Frequently Asked Questions About Camp


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2017 Summer Camp Parent Handbook










Important Forms
Early Release Form  


What should my Overnight Camper bring?


Please have your child’s name on all items.  Packing with your child helps them bring everything home. We suggest you pack the following items:            

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Laundry Bag
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Jacket /Heavy Sweater
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Creek Shoes                         
  • Shower Shoes
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 5 t-shirts         
  • 1-2 sweatshirts
  • Swim Suit           
  • 2 pairs pants / jeans
  • 4-5 pairs of shorts
  • 7 pairs of underwear & socks                                  
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush / Paste
  • Deodorant
  • Comb / brush
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Towels 
  • Washcloths
  • Cap or Hat 
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun Screen
  • Water Bottle 
  • Chap Stick

**In addition Ranch Campers must also bring:
  • Boots w/ smooth sole & 1/2” heel
  • 5-6 pair pants / jeans

Suggested, but not essential:
  • Disposable Camera 
  • Flashlight 
  • Bucket for toiletries
  • Single Fitted Sheet  
  • Stationary 
  • Stamps
  • Addressed Envelopes

What should my Day Camper bring?

Please be sure to have your child’s name on all items.  

  • Back Pack
  • Swim Suit
  • Towel 
  • Hat 
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Sweatshirt
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun Screen
  • Closed-toe shoes
**In addition Day Ranch Campers should wear:
  • Boots w/ smooth sole & 1/2” heel
  • Long pants / jeans

What should NOT be brought to camp?

These items will be mailed home and billed to your store account:     

  • Cell phones   
  • Electronic games   
  • Music players
  • Valuables 
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Lighters 
  • Matches 
  • Sports equipment
  • Pets
  • Gifts
  • Personal vehicles

*Campers arriving in possession of Weapons (including pocket knives), tobacco, alcohol or drugs may be dismissed immediately.   



What time is Check In and Check Out? 

  • Overnight Camp-  Check in for returning campers is Sunday 3:00 – 4:00 pm

     Check in for for NEW campers is Sunday  4:00 – 5:00 pm

     Check out is Saturday 8:30 am 


  • Day Camp- Check in Monday-Friday 9:00am

      Check out Monday-Friday 4:00pm

 

PHOTO ID REQUIRED TO CHECK OUT CAMPER !!!



What should I pack?  

   You know your camper best.  So when packing if there are additional comfort items, please make sure to pack those.  This could be stuffed animals, a favorite blanket, but please, no cell phones.  Cell phones are not comfort items.  Follow this link for recommended packing list for both Day & Overnight Campers.

 

What if my camper has medications? 

o   Campers must have a completed Health Form  returned to camp 2 weeks before your camper’s check in.

o   All medications must be given to the Health Officer in their original containers during check in.

o   Prescribed medications must be clearly marked with the child’s name, medication, and physician’s name.

o   Prescription medication can only be administered as directed on the bottle.

o   For dosage changes, please bring a signed note from the physician describing the new dosage.

o   Medication will be distributed at meal times and before lights out.

 

 

 

What if I need to pick up my child early?

We want to be as prepared as possible for your arrival.   If you need to pick your camper up at a different time than our normal check out time please fill out the Camper Early Release Form.  Camper Early Release form will also be available at check in or from your bus transportation staff. 

 

Can we set up a Camp Store account?

      You can add money to your campers account at check in, or anytime during your campers stay, or before you get to camp by clicking the following link:    Store Account      The store has some basic essentials for camp, toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, etc, as well as souvenirs, clothing and ice cream.  Campers will have the opportunity to go to the store at least once per week and on check in and out.  No cash is accepted during the week.  The store uses and account system.  We typically recommend you add $20-$30 to the account per week of camp.  We do not offer refunds.  You can either spend the remaining balance during check out, donate the money to our annual campaign, which helps send kids to camp, or you can donate to our staff banquet at the end of summer.  Any money left in the account after your campers last checkout will be donated accordingly. 

 

 

What forms do I need to fill out before arrival?

o   Health Form / Authorized Pick Up :  Please complete the health form 2 weeks before your campers check in day.  Camp Y-Noah needs to have all the current medical and behavioral information about your camper before they arrive.  We keep all forms confidential and share information only on a need to know basis to the staff.  Please click the link “Health Forms” to fill them out online.  Health Forms

o   Food Grant:  Camp Y-Noah participates in a Federal grant that helps subsidize some of our food costs.  When you fill out the form it is held for audit and tracking purposes for the Summer Food Service Program.  All of your financial information will be kept confidential and destroyed at the end of the year.  Please follow the link and bring the form with you at check in or email the form to benh@akronymca.org   FOOD GRANT FORM

 

Can you accommodate special diets? 

   We serve a hot lunch each day in our dining hall.  Specialty diets including vegetarian, gluten free, and many others can be accommodated for.  However, we ask that you please note any dietary needs on the health form.   Please contact email the Food Service Director, Kathy with any specific questions:  campynoahfoodservice@akronymca.org   

 

 

Is lunch provided for Day Campers? 

   Yes, a hot lunch and salad bar is provided each day in our dining hall.  Day Campers can also choose to bring their own packed lunch we just ask, due to other campers potential allergies that all items be NUT FREE

 

 

Where should I send camp mail and care packages? 

   There are several ways to communicate with your resident camper.

o   Mail & Care Packages:  Please include your campers name and cabin on all packages sent.  Our address is 815 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Clinton, OH 44216     Mail can also be dropped off at our camp office during business hours or at camper check in and marked appropriately  (Example:  Deliver Wednesday)   Mail is delivered at meal time.

o   Email:  Our one way email is ynoahcamper@akronymca.org Please include your campers name and cabin in the subject line of the email. 

 

What will my camper do during the day? 

RESIDENT CAMP SCHEDULE

Here is a basic example of our daily program at camp.  It is far more intricate in what we’re doing, but this gives you the highlights. 

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7:15am

Wake up & Early Bird Clinics

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2:50pm

Snack/Siesta

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7:50am

Flag raising

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4:00pm

General Swim Time

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8:00am

Breakfast

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6:00pm

Dinner

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9:00am

Cabin Activities

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7:00pm

Chapel

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10:30am

Camp Chores

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7:25pm

Flag Lowering

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11:00am

Cabin Activities

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7:45pm

Evening Activity

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12:30pm

Lunch

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9:00pm

Showers and Cabin Chats

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1:15pm

Progressive Clinics

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10:15pm

Lights Out

 

SAMPLE DAY CAMP SCHEDULE  

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8:45am

Arrive!

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1:25pm

Change for G Swim

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9:00am

Group Time

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1:45pm

G Swim!

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9:30am

Activity 1 (Archery, Canoeing, etc)

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3:00pm

Change Time

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10:30am

Activity 2

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3:20pm

Store/Snack

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11:20am

Chapel

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3:45pm

Bus Line Up

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11:45am

Lunch

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4:00pm

Buses Depart

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12:20pm

Activity 3

 

See you tomorrow!



Where can I see photos taken throughout the week? 

 We do our best to take pictures of everybody’s child at camp.  Below are a couple of FAQ’s regarding pictures. 

·         Where do I go to get pics?  Pictures can be found on Smug Mug at Camp Y-Noah SmugMug.  During check in you’ll be given your password for your camper’s week(s) at camp.

·         My child isn’t smiling.  Are they having a good time?  So, not everyone is smiling the whole time.  They’re not lunatics, but if you’re truly concerned, give us a call and we’ll give you a quick update on your camper. 

·         I don’t see a photo of my camper!!!   During our busy camp days we strive to capture as many moments as possible.   Throughout the week we will be uploading photos onto SmugMug.   If you do not see a photo of your child after day three please email us at:  campynoah@akronymca.org 

·         Our waiver states the following, I authorize the YMCA to take and use any photographs, comments, and videos of my child for promotional purposes.  If you’re not o.k. with the previous statement, please send us a written note that states otherwise.  We will inform our staffs who take pictures and let them know.  We generally will still post pictures on Smug Mug, which is a private site for you to view.  


Can my camper request a cabin mate?

Yes. If your child would like to be in a cabin or group with a friend please send a written request at least 2 weeks before camp.  To help in meeting request please submit only one friend per camper.  If campers are different ages, but within 2 years, the older camper will be placed in the younger camper’s group. 

Will my summer camp spot be held if I send in just a registration form?

No. In order to reserve a spot for your camper you must register them for the age appropriate camp they are attending, with the correct session number, and give a $75 deposit to hold their spot. 

Why are cell phones not allowed at camp? 

I know this may be a difficult thing, and if we’re being honest, it’s probably most difficult for you as the parent.  We understand and sympathize with this.  I know how accustomed you’ve become to having near constant access to your child.  However, at this point we find it to be a very healthy concept to disconnect from the tech world.  Our camper’s lives are very structured, and that structure remains true for their time at camp.  Every minute of the day is planned.  We plan to help our campers socialize, problem solve, and learn new skills.  This can be very difficult if our campers are focused on cell phones and not the campers and staff next to them.  If there is an emergency at home and you need to contact your camper, or if you’re just worried how your campers is doing; we will have an emergency number to call 330-858-4102This phone is carried by one of our directors after hours while the office is closed.  However, during the day please feel free to call our office.  330-896-1964 from 9-5. 

Do you have a scholarship program? 

Those in need of financial assistance may be awarded scholarship funds or receive aid according to an income-based rate structure. These support options are offered for one week of Overnight Camp or multiple weeks of Day Camp. The scholarships are made available through The Annual Giving Campaign.


Click here for financial aid forms >>

What are the eligibility requirements for Camp Y-Noah? 
Children ages 6-17 are eligible for programs at Camp Y-Noah.  Campers must be developmentally appropriate to participate in programs at Camp Y-Noah.  Staff review all health forms to ensure eligibility.  
All campers must be able to work in small and large group settings with supervision.  Our ratios are as follows.  For ages 6-8 1:6 for overnight camp, and 1:8 for day camp; for ages 9-14 1:8 for overnight camp, and 1:10 for day camp; for ages 15-18 1:10 for overnight, and 1:12 for day camp.  
Aggressive behaviors towards self and others will not be tolerated.  Campers must use socially appropriate methods to communicate their needs.  Campers must be in good health at the time of attendance and able to participate unrestricted in all activities.  

What would cause my child not to get to do an activity?

The biggest concern about the schedule is that there are some activities we may not get to do because of the weather. Safety is and always will be #1 for us. If an activity is cancelled due to poor weather, we will do our best to find another time make up that activity. Look for your counselor note coming home to find out what activities your camper got to do. Whatever weather comes our way, we're dedicated to providing campers with an adventure they will never forget.  

What do the different themes mean?

The theme games happen on Thursday nights and range from station games (like Quest) to large group activities (like a Beach Party and Luau). We do other things during the week to build up to the theme night, but it is a small fraction of a day compared to the overall schedule of the week. The themes do not mean that your camper will miss out on a specific activity, only weather will do that.


If you have additional questions and would like to talk to a member of the camp staff, please call the camp office at 330 896 1964. We’d love to hear from you!

Contact Information

YMCA Camp Y-Noah
815 Mount Pleasant Rd.
Clinton, Ohio 44216
(330) 896-1964
(330) 896-2956 (fax)