Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have a question? We have an answer! Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below.

Registration

No, but as a Y Member, you’ll receive $100 off camp! Camp will honor ANY current YMCA membership in the country. If you intend to use your local YMCA Branch during the summer, you should purchase your membership through that Branch.

Yes, a $100.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to secure each spot per camper, per session (all two week sessions will require a $200.00 deposit – $100.00 per week). The deposit must be received at time of registration.

Transportation for your camper round trip from the Chris-Town YMCA for a fee of $70.00 round trip or $40.00 one way, and a Stay-Over Session charge of $65.00 (each stay-over) will combine 2 or more sessions together. Additionally, parents have the option of making a deposit into the Camp Store for their camper’s use towards the purchase of drinks, snacks, and camp memorabilia.

If a lower cost is needed to allow your camper to attend, you may fill out the Financial aid application, available online. Partial Scholarships are awarded based on individual needs. Parents are encouraged to pay as much as they can. We will make an offer to everyone who applies. Parents are still required to pay the camp deposit if a specific session is requested. Payment arrangements from the parents are required to be made before the camp session. Financial Assistance can only be applied for through the Camp Office, not your local Branch.

Most parents drop off and pick up their campers at the camp. This allows parents the benefit of seeing camp and meeting the staff before their camper’s session begins. We also offer bus transportation. Air conditioned buses are available for an additional fee of $40.00 one way or $70.00 round trip. Bus pick up and drop off is at the Chris-Town YMCA, 5517 N. 17th Ave. Phoenix. Reservations must be made 2 weeks prior to departure times.

Campers who are turning 7 this summer and entering grade 2 are the youngest campers accepted into camp. Several of our programs have additional age requirements. To participate in age restricted programs, the camper in question must be the appropriate age for the program by July 31st. Exceptions regarding age can only be made by the Summer Camp Director. The oldest campers attending our camps are 16 (with the exception of our Counselors In Training Camp. There are different programs and specialty opportunities available as campers get older. This is called progressive programming and we give Campers more responsibility to plan their schedule as they get older.

Check In / Out

For Camp Sky-Y, the campers should arrive on opening day (Sunday) between 1:00pm-3:00pm for check in and pick up time at the camps on closing day (Saturday) is between 9:30am-11:00am.

For Fall Family Camp, check-in is Friday, August 31st at 3:00 – 5:00 PM & check out is on Monda,y September 3rd between 9:00 – 11:00 AM.

The last day of camp, parents must “sign out” their camper with the camp counselor. A photo I.D. is required to “sign out” your camper. If someone other than the parent/guardian plans on picking up your child, that person must be listed on the Parent-Camper Confidential Form and/or the parent/guardian must provide a signed permission letter on check-in day.

Preparing for Camp

All campers must have a physical examination within 2 years prior to attending Camp.

If your camper is staying for consecutive weeks, the cost is $65.00 per camper staying for consecutive sessions. All laundry will be taken to be cleaned on Saturday and is usually returned to the camper on Monday so be sure to pack extra clothes for the weekend. During the stay over campers may be taken off site to participate in a special activity such as bowling, movies, mini-golf, etc. Parents wishing to pick up stay-over campers for lunch may do so after signing them out between 9:30am-11:00am on Saturday.

Transportation provided for an additional fee of $70.00 round trip or $40.00 one-way. All bus reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp session.

All buses will depart and return from the Chris Town YMCA located at: 5517 N. 17th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85015

Please plan to be at the YMCA by 10:00 am. Bus departure time to camp will be at 11:00 am. Bus return time from camp will be approximately 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

The Camp dress code mirrors the policies of most schools. No spaghetti straps, tube tops, strapless attire, short shorts, blouses that reveal the midriff or sandals, flip-flops and open toe shoes. Also prohibited is clothing that portrays inappropriate behavior, logos or language that could be offensive.

Each camper is allowed to make one cabin mate request. Both campers must be within the same age group and of the same gender. We do not guarantee placement, but will make every effort to honor requests. Cabin unity, as well as making new friends, are two of the goals of the camp experience and we encourage each camper to participate in the process of meeting new people. We want to make sure that each camper feels welcome and part of the cabin group from the moment the program begins. Campers that have many friends attending of the same age have lots of time during activities and free time to “hangout” and are usually neighbors in the Village.

Facility

We have a full time, live in Camp Nurse. In case of campers feeling ill or having a minor accident which requires first aid, leaders will accompany them to the Health Center. Our Camp Nurse is in contact with the Camp Doctor (off site) and works under his orders. Bumps, bruises, scrapes and tummy aches are all part of camp and our Health Staff is well prepared to handle them. In case of a serious accident, campers are transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center OR the Urgent Care Center. Anytime campers are taken to the medical center or are in the Camp Health Center overnight parents are notified.

We take every safety precaution into consideration when planning and conducting our activities and have extensive staff training so that we can avoid accidents, injuries or dangerous situations. All of our staff have been trained in first aid and CPR. In addition we have a full time Nurse on site. Emergency services are only minutes from each camp should the need arise. All of our policies, procedures and rules are developed with the safety of your camper in mind.

Camp staff is identified with a name badge and/or staff shirt. Parents are encouraged to bring campers on the first day to meet the camp staff and become comfortable with the campsite. All visitors must check in at the camp office or be escorted by a camp staff member. We receive regular visits from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies who regularly patrol the area. The Sheriff’s Department is also the coordinating agency in the event of an area wide evacuation or other emergency. Each camp practices fire drills and other emergency procedures weekly with campers. Parents are notified any time a camper must visit the doctor or is held in the Health Center overnight.

We have a small store at camp that carries a variety of snacks, toiletries, clothing and souvenirs. All campers will have the opportunity to visit the camp store at various times during the week. The store will also be open on the first and last day of camp for parents. We do not allow campers to keep cash in their cabins, so we ask each camper to deposit their store money on opening day. It has been our experience that a camper will find ways to spend as much money as you give them. $20-$30 is the recommended amount per week.

At least two staff members in cabins with campers age 12 year olds and younger, one staff member in cabins with campers age 13 years old and older. Overall camp ratio is 1 counselor per 8 campers.

Staff members are selected based on their experience working with children, specialized knowledge of program areas, and those who represent a high moral character. In addition, we conduct background checks and phone references. Summer Staff are required to attend a one week training that includes: first aid, CPR, camper behavior management, handling discipline, acceptable discipline measures, group work skills, special class planning and more. The supervision structure at Camp is important for the safety of campers as well. We enlist Head Counselors, Unit Directors and the Camp Director to breakdown the supervision responsibility of the Camp community.

Cabins are fully enclosed with electricity, doors and windows. Sky-Y cabins are heated for winter time; Chauncey cabins have evaporative coolers for comfort. Bunk beds are built in with a 4 inch mattress. Cubby holes and shelves are provided for storage.

Campers are placed in cabins by gender and age. Example: 7-8 year old girls. Girls are put in one village and boys in a separate village. Each camper is allowed to request ONE friend to share their cabin of the same gender and age group. We will NOT mix campers who are 3 years apart in age. In addition, we try to avoid large groups or “clicks” from monopolizing a cabin. Campers in different age groups and different cabins will have the opportunity to get together throughout the day and week.

Contacting Campers

Send books, magazines, stickers and things that your child can share with their cabin. It is a good idea to send packages a few days prior to the start of the session. You are also welcome to bring camper packages with you the day of arrival. We will have bins set up in the office and labeled with each day of the week. You can place your letter or package in the correct bin to insure delivery on the correct day of the week.

Being homesick is very real part of the adjustment that many children may experience when they are away from their home and family. We are sensitive to campers and parents who are missing each other. We work hard to support families through the adjustment. Camper Letters to home early in the session may reflect a somber attitude, so don’t be alarmed. Contact us if you receive a second letter or one that causes particular concern. We are happy to work through the process and keep you informed. Cell Phones are NOT allowed at camp and are ALWAYS a negative influence and do not help the adjustment period. View the camp photo’s & send emails.

There are after hours phone number available for true emergencies or situations that cannot wait until morning – 1-800-660-1385 (Office), 803-460-6038 (David’s Cell), 928-830-7439 (Alex’s Cell). You will be directed to the contact per camp.

Parents are encouraged to visit camp during the first or last day and meet the staff and see the camp. Mid week visits can be very distracting and are not recommended for the campers since our sessions are only one week long. If your camper is staying more than one week, please use the weekend as your visiting time; go out to lunch, spend the night in town and come back Sunday morning.