SUMMER DISCOVERY

Frequently Asked Questions

 

At the Y, we proudly have more than 130 years of experience in providing a safe, thriving environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, discover the creativity & health benefits of the outdoors, and make lasting friendships and memories.

IT’S WEATHER OR NOT: WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS SEVERE WEATHER?

In the event of severe weather, such as thunderstorms or tornado warnings, we will take immediate cover. Fortunately, we are inside our YMCA facility most of the time. However, if we are at Camp Tycony, we will seek shelter in the lodge. YMCA directors will stay alert for weather advisories. We will not transport children on our camp bus during severe weather conditions. Program staff are trained to handle severe weather conditions, such as storms, tornadoes, and heat conditions. During heat advisories, we will continue activities at Camp Tycony, just at a slower pace and will see an increased amount of water breaks. We will adjust activity schedules so that children will not be participating in field sports during the hottest days.

STAFF SELECTION: HOW ARE STAFF MEMBERS SELECTED?

Each staff member goes through an extensive hiring process including a criminal history background check, reference checks and an interview. Each Staff Member receives over 40 hours of training through the YMCA. Staff Training includes coaching in camp program areas, relating to children, licensing policies, health and safety skills and are First Aid and CPR certified. All of our Camp Staff members are committed to being positive role models for all campers.

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?

We will be serving breakfast, lunch and two snacks. Menus will be emailed weekly. We ask that if you do have any dietary concerns that you communicate those with the Director before the program begins. 

INJURY: WHAT IF MY CHILD IS INJURED AT CAMP?

If your child is injured Y staff will notify you. In case of an emergency, Y staff will:

  1. Call 911, perform immediate First Aid and contact you. After 911 has been called, the emergency response team will determine next steps.
  2. If emergency transport is required, a staff member will accompany the child to the hospital, and remain until the parent/guardian arrives.
  3. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, we will continue to call those listed on your emergency contact list until contact is made.

WHEN DO I PAY FOR CAMP?

Make sure all forms and payment are completed by Friday at noon the week before attending the program. Otherwise, your child may not be able to attend the program on time. 

 

SWIMMING: WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SWIM TIME?

Swimming is a great part of summer. We swim twice per week in the YMCA’s Aquatic Center pools. We will swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Each camper will take a swim test on the first swim day of the program, unless they have a documented test with our aquatics department. 

LATE FOR PICK UP: WHAT IF I’M LATE PICKING UP MY CAMPER?

  • If you are late for pick up, we will attempt to reach you by phone/cell.
  • If you are not reached, we will call persons listed as emergency contacts.
  • If it is after 6:00 a late charge of $1 per minute per child will be assessed.
  • After 1 hour the authorities will be called to ensure the safety of your child.

LOST AND FOUND: WHERE DO I LOOK FOR LOST ITEMS?

  • Check with the Camp Staff for lost items. Lost items are held for a week past the end of camp in July, and then donated to charity.
  • Families may search lost and found for lost items on family nights or during pick-up/drop-off.
  • We will do our best to help campers remember their things.
  • The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES WILL MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN EACH WEEK?

Click HERE for Theme Weeks and a list of camp activities!

PROGRAM SAFETY

The YMCA takes the safety of youth very seriously. No unauthorized individuals will be permitted to enter program areas. Weapons of any kind are not allowed on YMCA property. The YMCA is a tobacco-free environment, including e-cigarettes. The YMCA conducts regular emergency drills, including fire and tornado drills, throughout the summer. 

DAYS MISSED/ILLNESS: WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ILL

If your child is ill or must miss the summer discovery program, please notify us by phone or leave a message on our voicemail.

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGE: HOW DO I CANCEL OR CHANGE MY CAMPER’S REGISTRATION?

If you would like to make a cancellation or change to your registration before your arrival date, you may do so through your CampDocs portal. Know that once you have paid for camp in full there are no refunds, so be sure of your plans.

CHILD PICK UP BY ANOTHER: HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR ANOTHER PERSON PICKING UP MY CHILD?

When you arrange for persons who are not on your “authorized to transport” list to pick up your child from camp, you must send a written permission slip. Phone calls are not accepted. Authorized individuals are responsible for signing your child in and/or out.

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE

Care is offered before and after regular camp programming at no additional cost. Please let staff know drop off and pick up times (between 7am and 6 pm), so we may staff appropriately.

WHAT'S GOING ON AT HOME

Children’s actions in the program often reflect situations they are experiencing at home (i.e. pet’s death, divorce, sibling conflict, etc.) If any disruptive or traumatic experience should occur, please inform our administrative staff. Please review the following regarding the YMCA’s policy:
  • YMCA Staff are not allowed to transport children at any time outside of YMCA programs.
  • Parent/Guardians may not leave children at the YMCA program area unsupervised. 
  • The YMCA is a mandated reporter of any suspected case of child abuse or neglect. 
  • YMCA Staff are not allowed to babysit any youth involved in YMCA programs. 

 

WHAT TO BRING TO SUMMER DISCOVERY?

Click HERE for a list of what to bring and what to keep at home for camp!

WHAT IS THE YMCA DOING TO PROTECT CHILD DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME?

Click HERE for our COVID-19 Policy and Procedures!

Great Camps!

Years of Summer Fun!

Theme Weeks!

Kids Attended in 2019

Get In Touch

Downtown YMCA: 114 N. Union St.

Camp Tycony: 27 S. 300 W

Telephone: 765.457.4447

Email: camp.tycony@kokomoymca.org 

TWO GREAT CAMPS TO CHOOSE FROM!

Register today for Summer Camp at Camp Tycony or Summer Discovery at the YMCA Downtown! REGISTER HERE!

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