Due to operating restrictions that COVID-19 has imposed on childcare programs we have made the difficult decision to suspend KinderCamp 2020. We will revisit operating this program again in 2021.
We look forward to you and your child(ren) joining us for our 56th consecutive summer providing quality and valuable camping experiences!
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About KinderCamp: During Session 7 and 8, we open our arms, hearts, and facilities to children entering kindergarten in the fall. KinderCampers will participate in all of the great Y Camp activities, led by staff members with a specialty in working with younger children. Activities will be adapted to be age-appropriate. KinderCamp is designed to be a fun, confidence-building transition from child care to school.
KinderCamp is a Summer Food Program site. As such, all campers, regardless of income or community of residence are eligible for a FREE, healthy lunch each day of camp.
Ages: KinderCamp is only for children entering kindergarten in the fall.
Session Date: Two one week sessions:
August 10-14 & August 17-21
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, four lean-tos, an archery range, beach volleyball court, basketball area, 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.
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 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 will offer Before-Camp (8-9AM) and After-Camp (4-5PM) services again in the summer of 2020. These 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.
Staffing: Our two KinderCamp staff leaders come from either our Y Camp or Y-ASPIRE staff and bring prior experience and training in working with younger children. KinderCampers stay with this staff team throughout the day. This team is joined at each activity by a Y Camp senior counselor who specialize in that activity (ie: arts & crafts, archery, swim lessons, etc.).
Groups and Ratios: KinderCamp is limited to ten campers, putting the camper:staff ratio at 5:1.
Family Night: Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends are invited to Family Night, held on Thursday, July 16th and Thursday, August 13th. Family Night allows KinderCampers (and other Y Campers) to share with their families the projects and activities that they have participated in during camp. Family Nights are always a hit!
Tuition: $200 plus a $25 administrative fee. Financial Assistance is available.
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.