Camp FAQs

Registration

How do I register my child for Summer Camp?

To register, please download the registration packet for the location of your choice:

Fill it out and return it to the location indicated on the first page of the packet.

 

Are spaces in Summer Camp at the Y limited? Do you have a waiting list?

In order to best serve our campers, we have a set number of spaces available for Summer Camp. If the specific week of camp you are registering for is full, we will add you to the waiting list. You will be notified if a space becomes available.

 

Attendance, arrival and transportation

Is transportation provided for Specialty Camp?

Transportation from Day Camp site to Specialty Camp site may be provided. This service is only available for Specialty Camps held at Childs Park Y and YMCA at Lealman Community Campus. A minimum of 3 campers need to be registered in order for transportation to be provided. We will run the roster a week prior to see if we have enough children signed up in order to provide transportation.

If available, transportation will leave promptly at 8:00AM and your child will need to be signed into camp no later than that time. If transportation is not provided, you may drop off/pick up at the Specialty Camp site or elect to change enrollment to Day Camp only. Please contact the camp location for more information and to verify availability.

 

What time does my child need to be dropped off/picked up? What if I’m late?

Summer Camp hours for each location are as follows:

  • Jim & Heather Gills YMCA: 7AM - 6PM
  • Bardmoor YMCA: 7AM - 6PM
  • Childs Park YMCA: 7:30AM - 6PM
  • Harbordale YMCA: 7:30AM - 6PM
  • YMCA at Lealman Community Campus: 6:30AM - 6PM
  • Bardmoor YMCA Preschool Academy: 6:30AM - 6PM
  • Speer YMCA Preschool Academy: 6:30AM - 6PM

Drop-off: Campers can be dropped off at the beginning of camp hours listed above. Please inquire at your Summer Camp location for required drop-off times for field trips and Specialty Camps. On field trip days, children must be dropped off 30 minutes prior to the scheduled field trip departure time. If your child is not here in time for the field trip and the bus has already left, they cannot participate in camp that day. It is very important to have your child at camp on time for field trip days.

Pick-up: Campers must be picked up before the end of camp hours listed above. If you are late picking up your child, you will be charged a late pickup fee of $25 for the first 10 minutes, plus $1 per minute for each additional minute.

 

What if I want someone who is not on the pick-up list to pick up my child?

For the safety of our campers, whoever picks up your child must be on the pick up list form and have proper ID.

 

What if my child needs to miss a day of Summer Camp?

Please notify the camp director ahead of time.

 

What to bring to Summer Camp

What do I send with my child to Summer Camp?

Please pack snacks, a water bottle, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen. On swimming days, please also pack a towel, swimsuit and change of clothes.

Lunch is not provided at Bardmoor YMCA and our Specialty Camps, so those campers must pack lunch. All packed lunches must be non-refrigerated and non-reheated only.

 

Will my child be swimming? Do they need to pack a swimsuit?

Campers will swim at least once a week during Day Camp and Teen Camp. Preschool campers will cool off in a water slide and sprinklers every other week. Please contact your camp location for a schedule of swimming days. On swimming days, please pack a towel, swimsuit, change of clothes and sunscreen.

 

Can my child bring their cell phone, gaming device or other electronics?

No electronics are allowed at YMCA Summer Camp. If you would like your child to have their cell phone for emergency purposes, they must keep it in their backpack. The Y is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

 

What should I do if my child has medicine that needs to be given daily?

All medications must be given to the Camp Director. Your child may not administer medications on their own. Medications must be in their prescribed bottles with the label reflecting the child’s name, instructions and dosage amount. Medications taken before, during or after camp hours must be listed on the emergency medical treatment form included in the Summer Camp registration packet.

 

 

Meals

Will breakfast, lunch or snacks be provided?

Meals vary based on location:

  • Day Camp and Teen Camp at Jim & Heather Gills YMCA, Childs Park YMCA, Harbordale YMCA and YMCA at Lealman Community Campus: Lunch and snacks are provided through the Pinellas County Summer Food Service Program with the exception of May 29 and August 6 - 9 (Week 11).
  • Day Camp at Bardmoor YMCA: Lunch and snacks are not provided. Campers must pack a lunch. Parents may opt to purchase Tropical Smoothie Cafe; Camp staff does not order Tropical Smoothie Cafe for campers.
  • All Specialty Camps: Lunch and snacks are not provided. Campers must pack a lunch.
  • Preschool Camp at Bardmoor YMCA Preschool Academy: Lunch and snacks are not provided. Campers must pack a lunch.
  • Preschool Camp at Speer YMCA Preschool Academy: Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Outside food is not permitted.

Packed lunches are not refrigerated or reheated. Please pack accordingly. You must provide an ice pack if the lunch needs to stay cold.

 

Can my child pack a lunch?

Yes, however, lunches are not refrigerated or reheated. Please pack accordingly. You must provide an ice pack if the lunch needs to stay cold.

 

Field Trips

Is transportation provided for field trips?

For Day Camps and Teen Camps that include field trips, all students will be transported by YMCA buses or contracted professional coaches.

 

Do field trips cost extra?

All field trips are included in the program fees for Summer Camp. You do not have to send your child with money to spend during field trips, unless you want to. Your child will be responsible for any money you send with them. The Y staff is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

 

How will I know if my child is attending a field trip?

Parents/guardians will be given advance notice of any trips leaving the facility. Some field trips are subject to change. Parent/guardians will receive at least 24 hour notice of any changes.

 

Can I pick up my child from the field trip location?

No. Parent/guardians are not permitted to pick children up from field trip locations.

 

Do Preschool Campers take field trips off-site?

No. In-house vendors are invited to the preschool program site for weekly activities.

 

Payment and Cost

Is there a discount if I pay in full for all of Summer Camp?

No. There is not a discount if you pay for all of Summer Camp in full.

 

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes. The YMCA offers financial scholarship to those who qualify. Please inquire at the camp location when registering for Summer Camp.

 

Is there a sibling discount available?

For families with more than one child registering for Summer Camp, there is a discounted registration fee. The registration fee is $25 per child or $35 per family.

 

Will a week of Summer Camp cost less if my child misses a day, or for weeks with only four days?

No. Weeks of Summer Camp are not prorated.

 

Do you accept Child Care Government Discounts (ELC)?

Yes. Please inquire at the camp location when registering for Summer Camp.

 

Do you work with the state for children who are in foster care?

Yes. Please inquire at the camp location when registering for Summer Camp.

 

Do you accept a check from a third party, like the State of Florida for children who are in foster care?

Yes. Please inquire at the camp location when registering for Summer Camp.