Y Day Camp
Y Camp 2017 takes place from June 19-August 18 (UPDATE: Because area schools are running into the week of 6/19 due to snow days, we have had to cancel session 1 of camp). We look forward to you and your child(ren) joining us for our 53rd consecutive summer providing quality and valuable camping experiences!
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Key benefits offered through our Y Day Camp:
- We are one of the only camps in the area that is licensed as a school-age child care program, which makes parents in VT and NH eligible for their state's child care financial assistance/subsidy program and ensures high standards for quality, staffing and safety practices;
- Bus service from nine NH and VT communities at no additional cost (see below);
- Full day programming (9-4, plus bussing time) with before- and after-camp services (see below);
- We are a Summer Food Program site... all campers are eligible for a FREE, healthy lunch each day;
- 52 years of history providing quality day camp programming with over 12,500 area kids served;
- Camp leadership provided by Sue Fortier, recognized within the YMCA movement as one of the best camp directors (she's on the faculty of YMCA University where she trains YMCA Camp Directors from around the country);
- Veteran staff of highly-capable, passionate teens, young adults and adults;
- Fun yet purposeful and structured curriculum focused on asset development, holistic well-being, social skills development (no time for just "killing time").
The summer of 2017 is the 53rd straight year that Meeting Waters YMCA has been providing fun and educational programs for the children of the CT River Valley. Over those years, over 12,500 children have participated in a MWYMCA summer camp program. Our Lewis Day Camp property, host site for all of our camps, is located at the "meeting waters" of the Black and Connecticut Rivers on Route 5 in Springfield, VT. In addition to providing fun, educational programming and caring supervision, we provide bus transportation from Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Charlestown, Chester, North Walpole, Putney, Springfield, Walpole and Westminster.
Ages: Y Camp is for children ages 6 (or 5 if completed kindergarten) to 13.
Summer 2017 Session Dates:
- Session 1: June 19-June 23 *CANCELLED DUE TO SCHOOLS STILL RUNNING*
- Session 2: June 26-June 30
- Session 3: July 3-July 7
- Session 4: July 10-July 14
- Session 5: July 17-July 21
- Session 6: July 24-July 28
- Session 7: July 31-August 4
- Session 8: August 7-August 11
- Session 9: August 14-August 18
Facilities: On our 52 acres of fields, woods and river frontage we have a 25 yard in-ground pool, a covered pavilion that seats 120, rest rooms, offices, changing rooms with private areas and storage cubbies, four lean-tos, an archery range, beach volleyball court, acreas of playing fields, a canoe launch, and miles of hiking trails.
Activities: Our staff fosters the development of the whole child by providing a wide-variety of fun, age-appropriate activities that promote social, physical, intellectual and emotional growth, and the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Core camp activities include: swim lessons, sports & games, arts & crafts, free swim, adventure games (leadership- and team-building), archery, environmental education, canoeing, and opening and closing ceremonies. Session themes provide the focus for many activities. Older campers are engaged in many session-long projects. Every Friday all campers will have a chance to delve into a favorite activity in more depth including activities that are not part of the traditional camp curriculum (Friday FunDay). For example, Camp director Sue Fortier was a nationally-ranked synchronized swimmer as a teen... she would LOVE to teach synchronized swimming as a Friday Fun Day activity.
Hours of Operation: Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday (not including transportation time).
Before- and After-Camp Services: In 2016, in response to requests from parents living and/or working in the Springfield/Charlestown area or driving up 91 for work in the WRJ/Lebanon area, we offered Before-Camp (8-9AM) and After-Camp (4-5PM) services. Based on positive feedback, we'll offer this service again in 2017. Before-Camp and After-Camp Care take place at our camp facility. They extend the fun and hands-on learning of camp. Two of our Y Day Camp staff members will lead these programs. The fee for each is $25/week. Parents can register their child(ren) for these services in the Registration Forms that are mailed out after a child is enrolled in camp.
Camp Staff: For the nineteenth consecutive summer, our camp will be directed by Sue Fortier. As always, a majority of staff members from the previous summer will return and will be joined this summer by several talented, passionate new staff members. Our "professional role models" are hired based on their camping, education, recreational and/or child care training and experience, as well as their passion for helping children learn, grow and thrive and their commitment to our core values. They participate in a comprehensive training program prior to the opening of camp. Training includes applying Developmental Assets research, teambuilding (for both the staff team and for staff to use with their group of campers), positive discipline, risk management, and First Aid and CPR.
Groups and Ratios: Children are organized into small groups by age. Each group of up to 13 children is supervised by a senior staff member (Activity Leader) and a junior counselor (Group Leader). The overall ratio of campers:staff is 6:1.
Family Nights: Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends are invited to Family Night, held from 7-8:30 on July 13th and August 10th. Family Night allows Y Day Campers to share with their families the projects and activities that they have participated in during camp. We have also woven our Healthy Family Home initiative into Family Night by providing experiences for families in getting more physical activity, eating healthier and connecting more as a family.
Tuition: $165 per one-week session, plus a one-time $25 administrative fee. Because Y Day Camp is a licensed School-Age Child Care program, camp fees are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. A variety of forms of Financial Assistance are available to help you pay for these fees. Parents receiving 100% of VT's Child Care Financial Assistance will pay just $10 per session (NH, slightly more).
Directions to our Lewis Day Camp facility:
- From the South: Take I-91 to Exit 7. Stay right at end of off-ramp, pass under I-91 and get into left lane. Turn left onto Route 5 between Irving and the Park & Ride. Lewis Day Camp is less than 1/2 mile up on the right, just after crossing over the bridge over the Black River.
- From the North: Take I-91 to Exit 7. Stay right at end of ramp. Immediately cross over to left lane. Turn left onto Route 5 between Irving and the Park & Ride. Lewis Day Camp is less than 1/2 mile up on the right, just after crossing over the bridge over the Black River.
- From downtown Springfield: Take Route 11 East toward NH. Just before I-91, take a right onto Route 5 South, between Irving and the Park & Ride. Lewis Day Camp is less than 1/2 mile up on the right, just after crossing over the bridge over the Black River.
- From Charlestown: From downtown, stay on Route 12 North until the left turn that will take you across the old Toll Bridge. On the VT side, pass under Route 91 and get into left lane. Turn left onto Route 5 between Irving and the Park & Ride. Lewis Day Camp is less than 1/2 mile up on the right, just after crossing over the bridge over the Black River.