Y Day Camp
2020 Y DAY CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Each day we are receiving and reviewing new information from a variety of agencies regarding COVID-19 as it relates to summer camp including the CDC, YMCA of the USA and American Camping Association who have, collectively, released a document providing very clear guidance around how we can and should operate to keep everyone as safe as is possible. Governor Scott has said that childcare and camp programs could open beginning June 1st and the Vermont Dept of Health has released guidelines around what will be expected upon opening. https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Health-Guidance-for-Childcare-Afterschool-Summer-Programs.pdf.
This summer will look different, but it will still be FUN! We are working hard to plan new games and programs that can be physically distanced, yet bring to life imagination and excitement and maintain some of our “traditions” like gold rush. Our directors have been busy planning a revised schedule and setting clear expectations for camp. While there are risks associated with everything, we believe that we are positioned well to provide a summer camp experience that minimizes those risks while creating a fun and meaningful experience.
Virtual Parent Orientation
To view the online Parent Orientation Click Here.
Pre-Camp Health Screening
The Pre-Camp Health Screening form must be completed within 48 hours of your child’s first day at camp each session and turned into the staff member at your child’s check-in location (bus stop or camp drop off). Do not e-mail this form to the office as it must be in hand when your child checks in to camp. These are critical policies that when practiced by our entire camp community, limit the risk of exposure of COVID-19 and help to keep each other and our loved ones safe.
Pick Up/ Drop Off Policies and Procedures
In light of the current pandemic and with guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and Child Development Division many of our policies and procedures have changed. You can find a copy here.
Y Day Camp Registration
Y Camp 2020 takes place from June 29-August 21. We look forward to you and your child(ren) joining us for our 56th consecutive summer providing quality and valuable camping experiences!
Read our Parent Handbook online.
Hear what campers and parents have to say about Y Camp by clicking here.
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;
- 56 years of history providing quality day camp programming with over 12,500 area kids served;
- Camp leadership provided by Sean Fortier;
- 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 2020 is the 56th 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 2020 Session Dates:
- Session 1: June 29-July 3
- Session 2: July 6-July10
- Session 3: July 13-July 17
- Session 4: July 20-July 24
- Session 5: July 27-July 31
- Session 6: August 3-August 7
- Session 7: August 10-August 14
- Session 8: August 17-August 21
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 Sean Fortier is an avid backpacker and hiker and would love to teach back country skills. You will also see a Y Day Camp version of "world cup soccer" or "core value 4 way capture the flag." Of course, there is likely to be a "gold rush" at some point in the summer.
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 2020. 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 $30/week. Parents can register their child(ren) for these services by completing the Before and After Camp Enrollment Form
Camp Staff: Our camp is directed by our seasonal Camp Director Sean Fortier. Many staff members from the previous summer will return and will be joined 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 10 campers is supervised by 2 counselors.
Family Nights: There will be no Family Nights this year but we will find a way to provide a virtual experience for your family!
Tuition: $175 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. If you are eligable for 100% financial assistance through the State of VT or NH please contact the main office for a discounted enrollment rate.
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.