2021 KINDERCAMP REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 1ST!
During Session 7 (August 9-13) and 8 (August 16-20), 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.
To register today click here!
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 State of Vermont, CDC, YMCA of the USA and American Camping Association. As we have since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to adapt our program to meet the ever changing safety protocols while still providing a fun and memorable camp experience for your children!
The Vermont Department of Health has released clear guidelines around operating camp this summer. https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Health-Guidance-for-Childcare-Afterschool-Summer-Programs.pdf.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Weekly Health Screening Form: Click Here
Drop Off/Pick Up Policies: Click Here
State of VT Return to Child Care Program Following Illness Guidelines: Click Here
INFORMATION FOR FIRST TIME FAMILILES
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, acres 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, and canoeing.
Meals: KinderCamp is a Summer Food Program site. As such, all campers, regardless of income or community of residence are eligible for a FREE, healthy breakfast and lunch each day of camp.
Hours of Operation: Hours of operation vary depending on which drop off/pick up method your family chooses. Drop off and pick up at our camp in Springfield is between 8:45-9:15 and 3:45-4:00. We offer an additional hour before and after camp to those families who enroll in before/after care extending the day to as early as 8:00am and as late as 5:00pm. Before/after Care is charged at a rate of $30 per week for before care and $30 per week for after care. Bus pick up/drop off times can be found below.
Northern Route: (Westminster 8:00/4:55) (BF 8:10/4:45) (Chester 8:30/4:25) (Springfield 8:45/4:10)
Southern Route: (Brattleboro 8:00/5:00) (Putney 8:15/4:40) (Walpole 8:35/4:20) (No. Walpole 8:40/4:15) (Charlestown (8:50-4:05)
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 childcare 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, positive discipline, risk management, and First Aid and CPR.
Groups and Ratios: KinderCamp is limited to ten campers, putting the camper:staff ratio at 5:1.
Tuition: $200 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 eligible for 90% financial assistance through the State of VT or NH please contact the main office for a discounted enrollment rate.
Directions to camp:
- 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.