Camp Prep

Camper Information


Call with Questions

If you have any questions or concerns, please call. Communication is very important to us. We like hearing from you! Check the camp specific web page for the best contact number.

Sick Child Policy

Please do not send your child to camp if he/she is sick and/or running a fever. If a child becomes ill during camp, a parent or person authorized to pick-up will be contacted to pick-up the child. Children must be symptom free for at least 24 hours before returning. A doctor’s note may be required for your child to return to camp.

Camper T-Shirt

Each registered camper will receive a Camp t-shirt as part of their registration. Camp t-shirts will be distributed to each camper during their first session in attendance.

Cell Phone/Electronics Policy

Camp is a cell-phone and electronic free zone. If cell phones come to camp, they must remain safely in a backpack or held for safekeeping in their group’s backpack. Remember the YMCA is not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal item.

Rainy Days

Campers will take part in a full scheduled program of activities regardless of the weather. We are prepared with a rainy day schedule for each group which focuses on crafts, group games, and special events. Be sure to dress campers appropriately for the weather!

Camp Inspection

YMCA Camps are permitted to operate by the NYS Department of Health. We are inspected twice annually. Reports are filed with the Steuben County Department of Health.

YMCA Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is made available through generous donations to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Applications for assistance are confidential and available on our website or at the Welcome Center. The amount of assistance granted is based on individual need and family circumstances. All camper financial assistance applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.


Campers who wish to swim in designated deep end of the pool must pass the deep-end test. The deep-end test will be administered on Monday of each camp session. Campers that are unable to complete the deep-end test and don’t meet height requirements will be designated to the appropriate level swim instructor and will remain in the shallow end of the pool.

Medical and Health Information


It is preferable that prescription medications be administered at home when possible. All medication dispensed at camp requires a Medication Consent Form/Special Health Care Plan to be completed by parent/guardian and the child’s physician. Upon registration, please obtain a Medication Consent Form from our website or from the camp office.

Camper prescriptions may be dropped off the day the camper is starting or given directly to the camp Director during the camp season. All medication must be in its original container and clearly labeled with campers first and last name. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MEDICATIONS THAT ARE NOT IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINER.

Campers with special care needs, including severe allergic reactions, asthma, or physical limitations are required to complete a Special Health Care Plan which can be obtained from our website or from the camp office.

Immunization History

New York State Department of Health requires each camp to keep a current copy of every camper’s immunization history on file in order for them to attend. A complete copy of your child’s immunization history should be submitted to the YMCA by June 1, 2016. CAMPERS WITHOUT AN IMMUNIZATION HISTORY ON FILE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND.


Our staff is trained in handling a variety of emergency situations. In the event of an emergency, we will make every attempt to notify parents immediately. If necessary, emergency transportation will be handled by local emergency services.

Daily Snack

The Y is committed to healthy living and modeling healthy eating. A healthy afternoon nut-aware snack will be provided for all campers.

Payment Options and Procedures

Payments are due in full two weeks prior to the beginning of each session. You can now use our new, convenient, Easy to Enroll system! Click here to register online.

Easy Payment Option

The Easy Payment Option (EFT) is the preferred billing method. Simply provide a credit or debit card and tuition will be automatically paid approximately two weeks prior to the session beginning.

Changes in Registration

Parents are responsible for informing the camp office in writing of all changes to camper registration and updating contact details including address and phone numbers.


Please note we are unable to pro-rate weekly camp fees for any reason other than a legal holiday. We require written notice of session cancellation 14 days in advance to the session beginning for refunds. You will be refunded the session tuition less the initial deposit.

Cancelations received less then 14 days in advance of a session beginning will result in a credit that may be used towards another 2016 session pending availability.

Once a session begins, no refunds or credits will be given without a note from your child’s pediatrician.

Please be aware that any registration received after the Thursday prior to the session start date, are subject to a $20 per child late fee.

Behavior Expectation

Behavior Policy

Our camp is dedicated to providing every camper with a positive summer experience. We have a set of community standards and expectations for behavior which all camp participants must follow, including a strict no bullying policy. Our leadership team addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and encourages campers, staff, and parents to alert us to any problems during the camp season. It is our goal to ensure that all participants in our community gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with a magical and memorable experience.

At Camp, we expect campers to:

Follow the rules that instructors set out for each activity, area, or project.
Remain on the camp property and with their assigned group at all times until properly signed out by authorized persons.

Use appropriate language and be respectful to staff and other campers.
Use all camp facilities and equipment properly.
Refrain from fighting and any form of physical or verbal aggression.
Be a positive and active participant in all camp activities.

Prohibited Items

The following items will be confiscated by YMCA Staff and held in the office for parents to retrieve at the end of the camp day.

Tobacco, alcohol, drugs
Trading/playing cards
Electronic games or devices (including cell phones)
Valuables (YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items)
Personal toys or games
Weapons (play or real)
Candy, gum, cough drops (due to food allergies, campers should not bring candy or snacks to share)

Behavioral Consequences

Campers not adhering to camp behavior standards will be handled on an individual basis. Frequent or severe violations may result in suspension or expulsion from the program at the discretion of the camp director. No refunds will be given due to expulsion or suspensions.

Camper Release Procedures

The following procedures are in place for your child’s safety and will be employed during the camp season. Anyone picking up a camper must be on the camper’s Authorized Pick-Up list and MUST present photo identification before a camper will be released.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A driver’s license or state non-driver ID
  • A passport or military ID
  • An Employment Identification Card


Authorized Pick-up List
Only those people listed under the “Persons Authorized to Pick-up Camper” on the camper application will be permitted to sign-out campers with proper identification. No notes will be accepted at the time of pick-up. In order to add or change authorized persons, please send a note at least one day prior to the pick-up date. No phone calls will be accepted to change authorized pick-ups. A written note must be on file at the camp office.

2019 Camp Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 24-June 28   
  • Session 2: July 1-July 5*
  • Session 3: July 8-July 12
  • Session 4: July 15-July 19
  • Session 5: July 22-July 26
  • Session 6: July 29-August 2
  • Session 7: August 5-August 9
  • Session 8: August 12-August 16
  • Session 9: August 19-August 23
  • Session 10: August 26-August 30

*Camp Corning will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

Camper Meet and Greet

Each camp will host an open house prior to the start of the camp season providing the opportunity for campers to meet counselors, the camp leadership team, and tour the camp. Please visit the camp specific Upcoming Events page for more details.

Family Night

Throughout the camp season, each camp will host events that provide parents the opportunity to meet their children’s counselors, friends, and learn more about their child’s progress. Please visit the camp specific Upcoming Events page for more details.

Day Camp Packing List

  • Water bottle
  • Swim suit and Towel
  • Sneakers or other outdoor shoes (No Flip-Flops please)
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Lunch (optional)
Extras (suggested but not mandatory):
  • Costumes to fit with the weekly theme (if desired)