Medical forms must be completed with two small photos attached and delivered to the YMCA five days before the start of camp. Please note, photos will not be returned. An electronic medical form will be made available soon.
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.
YMCA of Northern Alberta is fully committed to safeguarding 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 YMCA Camp and Club 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 Camps and Clubs.
To keep our participants and staff safe and healthy this school year, these programs will have a smaller capacity with limited spots available. The YMCA will meet or exceed all provincial health guidelines and requirements, which include keeping each camp to its designated area with its own entrance to the building, enhanced cleaning, hand washing and social distancing. Parents and/or guardians will be given all the information they need to feel comfortable and safe before their child's first day of camp.
If your child requires an aide to participate at school or other activities they will need to be accompanied by an aide for YMCA Camps and Clubs. The YMCA does not offer aide assistance. If you have questions about the YMCA policy for aides please contact your centre.
LOST AND FOUND
Participants’ belongings should be labelled. Although each YMCA location has a lost and found, participants’ belongings should be labelled. The YMCA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
YMCA Camps and Clubs 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. Participants must understand the importance of sunscreen and know how to apply it before coming to program. Due to the nature of sunscreen allergies, YMCA staff will not provide or apply sunscreen.
CAMP AND CLUB SATISFACTION SURVEYS
Let us know how we did! We will be conducting a program feedback survey to help us improve our program quality. Staff will provide you with more information.
YMCA 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 training programs, which include safety and emergency training, standard first aid, CPR, WHMIS, behaviour management, and physical literacy (NCCP FMS). Camp staff are also required to pass a Police Security Clearance and Vulnerable Sector Search.
At YMCA Camps and Clubs, 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.
“Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activity for life.” -International Physical Literacy Association (May 2015).
When children acquire and practice fundamental movement and sport skills at a young age, they are more likely to stay active and maintain healthy habits in adulthood. YMCA staff that lead these programs are trained in the National Coaching Certification Program Fundamental Movement Skills (NCCP FMS). Aligned with the Canadian Sport for Life’s Long-Term Athlete Development Framework (CS4L LTAD), all YMCA programs provide children and youth the opportunity to practice and improve their physical literacy skills and develop movement confidence in support of becoming “Active for Life.”
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.
In our programs, 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, teamwork, 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!