Camp day runs from 9 am-4 pm. Campers will have an opportunity to swim every day, weather permitting. The Y is committed to healthy living and modeling healthy eating. A healthy afternoon snack will be provided for all campers.
Please note: Parents are responsible for informing the camp office in writing of all changes to camper registration. Changes will not be accepted over the phone.
EXTENDED CAMPER CARE
Extended morning care begins at 7 am and afternoon extended care is available until 6 pm. Extended care is available at no extra charge or additional registration to campers.
Due to the recent update from the CDC, an increase of COVID cases across our region, and the fact that Monroe County is now considered a “substantial” transmission area for COVID-19, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has amended our mask policy. Effective August 3:
- We strongly recommend all members of the YMCA, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask.
- All children age 2 and older in youth facing programs — including Day Camp, Summer Quest, Power Scholars, youth sports, child care and child watch — will be required to wear a mask when indoors.
- All staff members in youth facing programs, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask at all times. This applies to programs held indoors and outdoors — including Day Camp, Summer Quest, Power Scholars, youth sports, child care and child watch.
Because safety is at the forefront of every decision we make, we believe these extra safety steps are critical and necessary. We will continue to monitor what is happening in our community, and follow local, state and national guidelines to ensure campers and staff remain safe.
If this changes, we will be sure to update all of our families.
DROP OFF POLICY
Each unit has their own designated check in space.
For Camp Corning: Parents will not be allowed to enter the facility. We will offer curbside drop off for your camper where a staff member will meet you at your vehicle. This is when your child’s temperature will be checked you will answer questions regarding your child’s health.
After checking in, campers will be given hand sanitizer or taken to a hand washing station and then be sent to join their unit.
Parents and guardians are not permitted beyond the check in table.
Anyone picking up a camper must be listed on the child’s Authorized Pick Up List and must have either:
- A photo uploaded to campsite as an authorized pick up. Please note that you may still be asked for a valid photo ID even with a photo uploaded to campsite.
- A valid photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include: Driver’s license or state non-driver ID, passport or military ID, or an employment identification card.
For Camp Corning: A staff member will meet you at your vehicle to check your ID and get the name of the camper you are picking up. Then they will bring the camper to your vehicle.
If a child is not picked up, YMCA staff will notify authorized individuals for pick up. If they cannot be reached within 2 hours of scheduled pick up time, the Monroe County Protective Agency will be notified. There is a charge of $1.00 per minute for any child remaining after 6 pm. Please note that we are no longer using PINs for authorized pick-ups.
To change authorized pick-ups, please log into your Campsite Parent Dashboard. No notes or phone calls will be accepted to change authorized pickups. If a last minute change or addition to your authorized pick-ups is necessary, please contact your camp and specify the change needed. In the event that an unauthorized individual attempts to gain access to a child, the parent/guardian or emergency contact will be notified. Law enforcement will be contacted if necessary. Please note that a parent, regardless of custodial arrangements, has the authority to obtain a child from camp at any time unless a copy of the Court Order is on file with the camp office.
Transportation for Camp Corning:
Campers will still be dropped off at the Corning Family YMCA to be bussed to Watson Homestead.
LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY PICK UP
Please provide written notice if you need to pick up your child prior to 4 pm. Please be aware that due to the nature of the camp property, it’s likely your child’s group will not be in the immediate area of the camp office.
Unusual arrivals and departures close to regular arrival/departure time will result in delays.
Email daily changes directly to your camp.
Please notify the camp if your child will be absent.
SICK CHILD POLICY
Please do not send your child to camp if they are sick and/or running a fever. If a child becomes ill at camp, a parent or person authorized to pick up will be contacted to pick up the child. Children must be symptom free for at least 24 hours before returning to camp. A doctor’s note may be required. Medical reasons for your child to remain home include but are not limited to:
A temperature of 100.4 or more.
- Persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Heavy nasal or eye discharge.
- Any questionable rash or skin condition: This can include chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, etc.
- Any communicable diseases: This can include conjunctivitis, herpes virus which causes cold sores, lice,etc.
CAMPERS WALKING/BIKING TO CAMP
If you child will be walking or biking to and from camp, please send a signed note to the camp office with specific days and dates that this is permitted. Please remind your child to sign out with their counselors before departing each day. Please note: New York State law requires that children have proper safety equipment (i.e. helmet) to ride a bike.
CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONICS
Camp is a cell phone and electronics free zone. If cell phones come to camp, they must remain safely in a backpack. The YMCA is not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal item. If a camper is continually reminded to put their cell phone away, staff may take the phone and lock it safely in the camp office.
Campers will take part in a fully scheduled program of activities regardless of weather. We are prepared with a rainy day schedule for each group which focus on crafts, group games, and special events. Be sure to dress campers appropriately for the weather.
LOST AND FOUND
YMCA of Greater Rochester is limiting items held in lost and found after each camp session ends. We want to be mindful of safe storage space and how to prevent exposure of staff and campers from items, week to week. As such, camp will only hold the following specific list of items:
- Water Bottles (with names on them)
- Prescription glasses, durable medical equipment, prescription medication
- Shoes (not water shoes or sandals)
Camp will keep these items for no longer than 1 week from the end of the session. After this time, these items will be donated or thrown away. Please note that these items will be held at the discretion of camp staff. Items that are soiled, damaged, or otherwise deemed not able to be safely stored will be disposed of.
The list of items camp will not hold on to includes but is not limited to: socks and underwear, hats, water bottles (without names), sunglasses, toys, arts and crafts projects including tie dye.
Campers will have unit and sub-unit spaces to help campers maintain their belongings and help staff identify misplaced items during the camp session. We highly encourage parents to label all items with their camper’s name to help our staff identify items during the camp session. Many items look similar and it can be confusing for both staff and campers.
Please do not send campers with stuffed animals, toys, blankets or other items from home. Items like jewelry can be easily lost or damaged. Electronics, including phones, are not permitted to be used at camp. Phones will be confiscated and returned to families at the end of the day if campers are using. Camp is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items—including confiscated phones.
After the camp session ends, if one of the listed items is missing, please contact a the camp to see if has been found and to arrange a pick up.
YMCA Camps are permitted to operate by the New York State Department of Health. We are inspected twice annually. Reports are filed with the Monroe County Department of Health.
Campers who wish to swim in designated deep-end water areas must pass the deep-end test. Campers that are unable to complete the deep-end test and do not meet the height requirements will be required to wear a life jacket and remain in the shallow end while swimming.
Please note: Camp Corning will not offer swimming for the 2021 camping season.
TAKING THE DEEP-END TEST
Deep End swimmers are required to take the Deep End Test every summer.