ESSENTIALS GUIDE FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CAMPERS
Important letter and survey information for our Summer Camps will be made available soon.

MEDICAL FORM
Medical forms must be completed (with two small photos attached) and delivered to the YMCA five days before the start of camp. Each camper must have a completed Medical Form (PDF). Photos will not be returned.

CAMPER SAFETY
YMCA of Northern Alberta is fully committed to safeguard the welfare of all children in its care. To help ensure all children are kept safe at the YMCA, we will ask for Government-Issued Photo ID to be shown for all Day Camp pick-ups from the identified parent/guardian/pick-up person on the medical form and sign-in sheet. This is in effect for all YMCA Day Camps.

ENHANCEMENT WORKERS
If your child requires an enhancement worker to participate in camp, please contact the Preschool, Child and Youth Supervisor at your YMCA centre for important camp informaIf your child requires an aide to participate at school or other activities they will need to be accompanied by an aide for YMCA summer camp. The YMCA does not offer aide assistant. If you have questions about the YMCA policy for aides please contact your centre.

LOST AND FOUND 
Campers’ belongings should be labelled. Although each Centre has a lost and found, campers’ belongings should be labelled. The YMCA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. 

WEATHER SENSE
YMCA summer day camps are outdoor-based programs, so every camper must bring clothing suitable for all types of weather. Spray sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle are also necessary. Campers must understand the importance of sunscreen and know how to apply it before coming to camp. Due to the nature of sunscreen allergies, YMCA staff will not provide or apply sunscreen.

CAMP RECREATIONAL SWIM
For the safety of all campers during recreational swim, campers 3–5 years old will be required to wear a life jacket during recreational swim. Campers 6 years and older must complete a swim test to determine life jacket use.
 
LUNCH AND SNACKS
Campers are required to bring a nutritious and allergen-aware lunch, two snacks, and plenty of cool drinks. Lunch and snacks can also be purchased by parents before camp at the food service kiosks. Day camp lunch service options are available at select YMCA locations. Please note: microwaves will not be available to heat up food items.

TRANSITION TIMES
Transition times are from 8:30-8:45am and 4:15-4:30pm daily. During this time, staff will be moving from their pre-care or to their post-care locations. For the safety of all children in our care, we discourage dropping-off or picking-up your child(ren) during transition times as you will expect delays.

CAMP SATISFACTION SURVEYS
Let us know how we did! We will be conducting a day camp feedback survey to help us improve our program quality. Day Camp staff will provide you with more information.

CAMP STAFF
Camp staff are carefully selected for their leadership skills, enthusiasm and their ability to work with children of all backgrounds and abilities. All staff members have completed the YMCA Day Camp Training Program, which includes safety and emergency training, standard first aid, CPR, WHMIS, behavior management, and physical literacy (NCCP FMS). Camp staff are also required to pass a Police Security Clearance and Vulnerable Sector Search.

VALUE-BASED APPROACH
At YMCA summer day camps, Value Beads play an important role as a sign of character and personal achievement. Value Beads promote positive behaviour and are worn as a reminder of what we value as a camp community. Throughout the week, Value Beads are awarded to individuals for demonstrating friendship, caring, honesty, diversity, social inclusion, responsibility, respect, leadership and excellence.

UNSTRUCTURED PLAY AT THE YMCA
Here at the YMCA, we are dedicated to the continuous development and growth of your child. In today’s world, structure is becoming more prevalent, and at an earlier age, we believe that it is important to find a balance between structure and the wonders of imagination and creation.
At camp, your child will participate in many structured activities such as, sports, physical literacy, songs, crafts, and other games. Research is showing that while it is crucial for children to have structure in their lives, it is also important to balance it with free play. Free play is the pure action of your child’s imagination taking flight in the world around them.
Unlike structured play, where the staff lead activities, free play allows the child to lead the staff and their peers in what excites them. Studies show that children who experience regular free play build skills in problem solving, team work, sportsmanship, creativity, conflict resolution, and critical thinking. It is for these reasons that the YMCA is ensuring that your child is able to enjoy free play every day, at your YMCA. We strongly encourage you to enjoy free play with your child today!