1 IT S THE SUMMER TO DISCOVER! METROWEST YMCA FRAMINGHAM BRANCH SUMMER CAMPS 2016 METROWEST YMCA FRAMINGHAM BRANCH 280 Old Connecticut Path, MA Call: (508) Click:
2 WELCOME OUR MISSION The MetroWest YMCA is dedicated to providing programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. OUR CAMP COMMUNITY Fostering friendships is vital to the camp experience. To ensure campers develop meaningful relationships, they are grouped by age and each group participates in frequent teambuilding and leadership activities. We are committed to creating a camp community that promotes healthy friendships amongst all campers and staff. OUR COMMITMENT The YMCA is committed to the healthy development of children through a range of programs that capture their imaginations, instill positive values, build self-esteem and teach fundamental skills. YMCA Camps are one of the most powerful ways for your children to learn lessons that will serve them throughout this summer and their lives, we invite your family to join us to be a part of something very special. We appreciate the feedback that we received from the families that completed our survey about Camp As a result of your input, families can look forward to increased communication, more engaging activities, and improved staff training in CAMP AGES / GRADES LOCATION TIME AM/PM CARE SWIM LESSONS/ FREE SWIM BREAK- FAST & LUNCH INCLUDED SESSION DURATION FIELD TRIPS CAMP OCP Completed K-5 Branch 7:30am- 6:00pm Included Yes/ Yes Yes One Week Sessions Yes GYMNASTICS CAMP Completed K-8 Branch 8:30am- 4:00pm Yes /Yes Yes Two Week Sessions Clearbrook CAMP CLEARBROOK Entering K-4 Swim Club, 8:30am- 12:00pm Yes/Yes One Week Sessions MY FIRST SUMMER CAMP 3,4,5 years old & potty trained Branch 8:30am- 1:00pm Structured Swim Yes One Week with Part Week options CIT GYMNASTICS Entering Grades 9 & 10 Branch 8:30am 4:30pm /Yes Yes Two Week Sessions LIT CLEABROOK Entering Grades 6-8 Clearbrook Swim Club, 8:30am- 1:30pm Yes/Yes Two Week Sessions YES MIDDLE- SCHOOL VOUNTEER Entering Grades 7-9 Branch 9:00am- 4:00pm /Yes Yes One 2-Week Session 2
3 MY FIRST SUMMER CAMP WELCOME CAMPERS! Dear Parents & Campers, Swim, play, laugh, and learn is what My First Summer Camp is all about. With the summer months just around the corner, we are excited to have your child grow and have fun at the YMCA. Thank you in advance for choosing My First Summer Camp for your child s camp experience. My First Summer camp campers will be guided by trained YMCA staff with a staff ratio of 1:5. This is the perfect introduction to the camp and group experience. All staff go through an extensive reference and criminal background check. A certified Y staff person with First Aid, CPR, and AED will always be on site. Camper safety, both physical and emotional, is of the utmost importance to us. This half day program features fun filled weekly themes and campers dress up on Fridays. Summer 2016 themes are: Session 1 Disney Session 2 Holidays Session 3 Seasons/Weather Session 4 Superheroes Session 5 At the Zoo Session 6 Outer Space Session 7 Pirates Session 8 Wild West This is the perfect camp for the first time camper. Campers will learn and play a variety of sports, participate in arts and crafts, structured swim and story time. We look forward to seeing you this summer! My First Summer Camp Staff MetroWest YMCA- Branch SAMPLE DAY AT CAMP 8:30-9:00am Drop off and structured free play Optional breakfast 9:00am All camp welcome song & opening 9:00am- 12:00pm Open swim, story time, crafts, sports & physical activities, water play 9:30-10:00 Structured swim time 10:00-10:30 Change after swim/transition back outside 10:30-11:30 Craft/Story Time 11:30-12:00 Sports ontime Lunch 12:30-1:00 pm Pick up & structured free play MY FIRST SUMMER CAMP DETAILS Who: Boys and girls who are ages 3,4, and 5 years old. This is the perfect camp for the first time camper. The camp environment features a small group setting in an outdoor environment with plenty of shady spaces. Indoor activity space available too. Campers must be potty trained and be able to use the bathroom independently. What: One week themed sessions that incorporate sports and games, arts and craft activities, and story time. Optional structured swim will round out the camp experience. Optional breakfast and lunch will be provided at no additional cost. Campers must bring their own reusable water bottle and snacks. Where: MetroWest YMCA- Branch 280 Old Connecticut Path,, Ma This program is mostly held outdoors on our back activity field. Drop off and pick-ups are at the Hardy Street canopy tent in the back field. During inclement weather camp activities happen in the YMCA facilities. When: June 27 - August 19, 2016 Monday-Friday 8:30am-1:00pm with 2, 3, and 5 day options. Why: Benefits of participation include: enhanced personal growth and skills, building of positive relationships, development of good sportsmanship, increased self-esteem, and a chance to make long lasting camp memories. Family Events: There will be 4 special events planned for My First Summer Camp Families throughout the summer. Look for details when camp begins. Contact: Jen Hyman at x81 or 3
4 CAMP OCP A Summer Learning Program CAMP OCP DETAILS Who: Children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade and enjoy learning and exploration with a highly motivated, friendly, professional and experienced staff. What: One-week theme based sessions that are focused on fun and exciting hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), ELA (English Language Arts), and art activities that incorporate theme based books and field trips, as well as water play, swim lessons, and a wide variety of engaging activities that take place both inside and outside. NEW! This Summer! Camp OCP will now have three sections: Voyage, Quest, and Odyssey which then break down into smaller groups. Both Voyage and Quest will have our youngest campers finishing kindergarten second grade mixed in groups of about 15 children. Odyssey will stretch the minds and abilities of our second - fifth grade campers in groups of about 20 children. With more of a focus on team building and group projects, Odyssey campers will have the opportunity to choose electives in addition to participating in traditional Camp OCP activities such as sports, art, STEM, and ELA. Our camp days begin and end with time where campers can choose from a variety of different activities such as arts and crafts, board games, field activities, and gaga ball. At 9:00, the morning meeting kicks off the core camp day. Children break into their camp groups and participate in swim lessons, sports and other physical activities, group team-building games and project-based enrichment activities linked to the theme that support summer learning. Where: Home-base MetroWest YMCA Branch 280 Old Connecticut Path,, MA Located at the back field at the branch. All groups call the Branch of the MetroWest YMCA home-base. During the course of each day, they will take field trips to various locations such as Clearbrook Family Swim Club for swim lessons, Public Library, and McAuliffe Charter School. When: June 27-August 26, 2016 Weekly sessions run Monday-Friday from 7:30am- 6:00pm (AM Care from 7:30-9:00 and PM Care from 4:30-6:00 is built into our camp day with no additional cost). Why: Some of the benefits of participation include: educational opportunities to support summer learning, enhanced personal growth and skills including increased confidence in the water and swimming ability, building of positive relationships, development of good sportsmanship, increased self-esteem, and receiving a free healthy breakfast and lunch. 4 Contact: Dianne Prentiss x54
5 YOUR CHILD S CAMP OCP EXPERIENCE * Summer learning through hands-on project based activities * 21st century skill development including decision making & problem solving * Building social skills & creating friendships * Swim lessons * Weekly theme based field trips * Reading daily & weekly trips to library * Before & after camp care included * Free breakfast & lunch option * Traditional camp activities such as: sing-a-longs, sports, arts and crafts & swimming SESSION DATES & THEMES Session 1: Jun 27-July 1 Theme: Mad Scientists Session 2: July 5-8 Theme: Water, Water, Everywhere Session 3: July Theme: Journey Through Time Session 4: July Theme: Super Heroes Session 5: July Theme: Blast Off Session 6: August 1-5 Theme: Sail the Seas SAMPLE DAY AT CAMP 7:30-9:00am Drop off and structured free play Optional breakfast 9:00am All camp welcome meeting Morning Rotation 1. Swim lessons 2. STEM enrichment activity 3. ELA enrichment activity on Lunch, read-aloud Afternoon Rotation 1. Water play, open swim 2. Physical activity 3. Creative arts activity Afternoon Snack Field games 4:15pm All camp closing meeting 4:30-6:00pm Pick up & structured free play Session 7: August 8-12 Theme: Y-lympics Session 8: August Theme: Myths & Legends Session 9: August Theme: Life s A Zoo My son has always enjoyed all activities he participates in at the Y, but particularly summer camp. Compared to other children we know his age (7years) he was so active this summer, and looked forward to it! He also made new friends that he now sees in school. He has had the best summer yet at the Y camp! 5
6 GYMNASTICS CAMP GYMNASTICS CAMP DETAILS Who: Beginner to advanced gymnasts. Youth who have completed Grades K-8. What: Two-week themed sessions that incorporate the gymnastics skills and drills learned into an end of session gymnastics show. We spend mornings doing gymnastics and afternoons at the indoor swimming pool, enjoying water games as well as practicing our gymnastics show routines. Gymnastics Camp is all about having fun so when we aren t practicing our new skills we are playing games, making crafts, singing camp songs and more! So get your leotard, comfortable gym clothes, bathing suit, sunscreen and lots of water and get ready to have some fun!! Where: MetroWest YMCA Branch 280 Old Connecticut Path,, MA When: June 27- August 19, 2 week sessions Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm Before & After Care 7:00-8:30am & 4:30-6:00pm Why: Our Gymnastics Camp is focused on skill development, strength building, enhancing coordination but most importantly to instill self confidence in every one of our campers. We want every participant to grow this summer not just by making new friends, trying something new, but more to gain confidence within themselves. Whether walking across the high beam for the first time or coming out of their comfort zone to cheering on a fellow camper! Come make this summer worthwhile and experience something you ve never experienced before! GYMNASTICS CIT NEW! Gymnastics Counselor in Training- NEW in 2016 Who: Teens entering grades 9 and 10 who love gymnastics, would like to share that love with younger children and would like to get hands on experience in training as a gymnastics counselor and instructor. What: This program is designed to give teens a fun and positive camp experience while providing on the job junior camp counselor training. Gymnastics CITs will have the opportunity to help lead activities, prepare for gym shows, and learn what it takes to be an outstanding counselor and instructor. This program is for teens who are interested in learning how to work with children while developing and improving their own leadership skills. Where: MetroWest YMCA Branch, 280 Old Connecticut Path, MA When: June 27- August 19 Monday Friday 8:30am 4:30pm Why: Gymnastics CITs can have fun serving as role models making an impact on the lives of younger campers. This is an opportunity to develop skills in preparing and leading activities while being mentored by experienced YMCA staff. Price and How to Apply: Please call the Branch for the Gymnastics CIT Packet after February 1st. Applications are due by May 1st. $214 members/$281 non-members Contact: Tom Black (508) SAMPLE DAY AT GYMNASTICS CAMP 8:30-9:00am 9:00-9:15am 9:15-9:30am 9:30-12:00pm 12:00-12:45pm 12:45-3:30pm 3:30-3:45pm 3:45-4:30pm Drop off & optional breakfast Camp welcome meeting Gymnastics warm-up Gymnastics rotations Lunch Swim/water games/crafts/more gymnastics Camp closing meeting Pick up & structured free play 6
7 CAMP CLEARBROOK CAMP CLEARBROOK DETAILS Who: Boys and girls entering kindergarten through completing third grade who are interested in a ½ day program supported by engaged and caring staff. What: A ½ day camp for younger school aged children. Each week session will include traditional camp activities, daily crafts and sports activities. Campers will finish each day with an instructional swim lesson. Where: Clearbrook Family Swim Club, 120 Parker Road,, MA (Owned and operated by the MetroWest YMCA Branch) Plenty of outdoor space and indoor space is available during inclement weather When: One Week Sessions: June 27-August 19 Monday- Friday, 8:30am 12pm 2,3, & 5 day option *Lunch Bunch (extended care): 12-1:30pm Campers must bring lunch Why: Your child will have the opportunity to develop social skills, make new friends, gain independence and increase self esteem. Contact: Karl Knipple at (508) X30 or SAMPLE DAY AT CAMP CLEARBROOK 8:30-9:00am Drop off and structured free play 9:00am All camp welcome, song & opening activity Morning Rotation Enrichment/ Sports Activities Camp group time 11:15-11:45am Swim Lessons 12-12:30pm Pick Up 12:30-1:30pm Optional Lunch Bunch* NEW! CAMP CLEARBROOK LIT- NEW FOR 2016! Who: Middle school students entering grades 6-8 who are interested in learning how to work with children, and developing and improving their leadership skills. What: This half day LIT program will focus on developing strong leaders. It is designed to provide on the job junior camp counselor training that will provide opportunities for developing interpersonal skills, confidence, and self -esteem. Where: MetroWest YMCA Clearbrook Family Swim Club, 120 Parker Rd,, MA When: June 27-August 19 (2 week sessions) Monday Friday 8:30am 12pm Lunch Bunch (extended care): 12-1:30 pm Campers must bring lunch. Why: Clearbrook LITs can have fun serving as role models making an impact on the lives of younger campers. This is an opportunity to develop skills in preparing and leading activities with the guidance of support of YMCA staff. Price and How to Apply: Please call the Branch for the LIT Packet after February 1st. Applications are due by May 1st. $195 members/$234 non-members CHANGES! CHANGES TO CAMP CLEARBROOK We thank you for your feedback from Summer We have made changes to our 2016 Clearbrook Camp season to give your camper the best possible summer camp experience. We are very excited to offer a new half day camp at our Clearbrook Family Swim Club in This is the camp for younger school age children who are interested in experiencing a traditional style day camp in one week sessions in a half day format. Campers will have full access to the green space at Clearbrook and daily instructional swim lessons. Our days will feature fun filled weekly themed sports, games, and arts and crafts. Campers will start their day in grassy area in front of our rec hall, weather permitting. Lunch Bunch is extended care for campers who would like to stay for lunch and structured free play up until 1:30pm. 7
8 YES - Youth Engaging in Service NEW! VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAM DETAILS Youth Engaging in Service (YES) is our new program where youth learn how to be volunteers for the MetroWest YMCA. Beginning with a two-week training session during the summer, our YES volunteers will gather throughout the year for YMCA volunteer opportunities. This new initiative establishes a core group of specialized youth volunteers who may be called on for their enthusiasm and expertise throughout the year to support YMCA events such as holiday parties, Healthy Kids Day, and other community events. During the summer, youth will have fun while training to become a YMCA volunteer with teambuilding, leadership development, and gaining skills for working with young children. In addition, participants will learn how to use the equipment in the Wellness Center and take part in some traditional camp activities. A special focus will be on creating and running a service learning project. Who: Youth who have entering grades 7-9 who are interested in volunteering and helping others. Where: Camp OCP: MetroWest YMCA Branch 280 Old Connecticut Path,, MA When: Monday-Friday 9:00am- 4:00pm How: Interested youth will need to apply for this specialized program. Please contact Dianne Prentiss at YES SESSION DATES Please choose one 2-Week Session Session 2: July 11-July 22 OR Session 3: July 25-August 5 OR SAMPLE YES DAY 9:00-9:30am 9:30am- 12:00pm 12:00-12:30pm 12:00-3:30pm 3:30-4:00pm 4:00pm Arrival, breakfast, welcome meeting Volunteer training (team building, leadership skills, personal growth) Lunch Traditional camp activities Closing meeting Dismissal Session 4: August 8-August 19 8
9 IMPORTANT INFORMATION Financial Assistance Within its available resources, the MetroWest YMCA will provide summer camp and membership regardless of a family s ability to pay. Partial financial assistance through our ASSIST program will be awarded to those who can demonstrate their inability to pay the full fee. Funds are secured by volunteers during the YMCA s Annual Campaign. Visit member services or download an application online. To obtain information about financial assistance, please call to request an application. You may also pick one up at the Member Service desk or online at Once you have completed the form, please copy two recent pay stubs and return information to the YMCA. Please note that it may take up to three weeks to process the application. Children receiving financial support with a voucher or contracted slot must submit a copy of their current financial aid agreement at the time of registration or they will be billed the full camp rates. HEALTH AND SAFETY Health Forms: Massachusetts State Law requires each camper to have a physical examination and current record of immunization signed by his/her physician. Campers are required to have had a physical examination within 24 months of arrival at camp. You will complete this process in our online Camp Doc system. You will need to convert your child s physical and immunizations to an electronic file (i.e. pdf, jpeg, scanned, etc.) METROWEST YMCA MEMBERSHIP Camp Fees To receive the member rate for camp sessions, your child must have an active membership with the MetroWest YMCA at the Branch through August 31, Memberships that are canceled prior to this date will be charged the nonmember rate. There are several options for membership for your child: MetroWest YMCA Family Member: If you have a Family Membership through the Branch your camper will receive the member rates on camp. NEW for 2016, all MetroWest YMCA Family Members also have full access to the Family Outdoor Center s Family Membership including the Swim Club. Contact our branches for rates and benefits. MetroWest YMCA Youth/Teen Membership: Your child will have member benefits at our facility in including the pool, gymnasium, and game room and member rates for all programs at both the and Family Outdoor Center branch s. FOC Family Swim Club and FOC Member Benefits are not included. Safety: There will be at least two people on site at all times who are CPR and first aid certified. Pool Regulations: On the first day of each session, the children will be swim-tested and their swimming level will be recorded by their counselor and the lifeguard. If the lifeguard decides that your child needs a flotation device, they must wear it in the pool at all times. YMCA STAFF TO CAMPER RATIOS Our staff camper ratio is 1:5 (younger campers) and 1:10 (older campers). As leaders and role models, our staff are dedicated to providing a safe and fun-filled experience for you and your child. Children spend most of their day in small groups based on their grade. The MetroWest YMCA Camp programs comply with the regulations of the MA Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may call the camp to request copies of background checks, health care, and discipline policies, as well as procedures for filing grievances. All staff and volunteers, ages 17 and older are subject to SORI and CORI checks by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 9
10 LET S GET STARTED! Registration begins: Members - Monday January 18, 2016 n-members - Monday February 15, SIGN UP TODAY! REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS TWO EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: Online Go to & click on the Camp Registration tab. In Person Visit us at either of our branches in Hopkinton or. PAYMENT OPTIONS All options will require a $25 deposit per week ($50/two-week session) at time of registration. All AM/PM Care options must be paid in full at the time of registration REGISTRATION CHECKLIST Plan your camp weeks Fill in form- with dates and codes Decide to register in person or online If new to online - set up your MetroWest YMCA online account Credit/debit card or check for deposit Go online & click camp registration tab After Registration: Watch for CampDoc to complete your campers online account and upload health forms and additional information. 1) May 15 Deadline Pay your remaining balance no later than May 15. Payment plans are available; please contact your corresponding business office for more details. 2) Monthly Payments If selected, the MetroWest YMCA will automatically charge your debit/credit on the 15th of the month prior to the start of your camp sessions. All camps with a start date in June will be due May 15, all sessions in July will be due June 15, and all sessions in August are due July 15. You can select this option during online registration. YOUR CAMP ACCOUNT (CAMPDOC) The MetroWest YMCA continues its partnership with CampDoc; a secure online service that brings ease and convenience to completing your child s additional registration information, uploading health records/physical exams and much more. You will receive an from CampDoc within two weeks of registration with information and instructions on how to complete the indicated forms. If your child was a camper here last year, your information has been saved in CampDoc and you will only have to make sure that your information is current and up to date. All CampDoc information is due 3 weeks prior to the start of your first session. After the 3 week deadline, all information must be provided at the time of registration; including but not limited to physicals/immunizations, medication authorizations, allergy plans, etc. Registrations will not be considered complete and children will not be able to attend until all forms and documents are provided. PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY 1)Families will be immediately charged a non-refundable deposit of $25 per week per child. 2)Prior to April 1, you may transfer your deposit to other camp programs. After April 1, deposits are non-transferrable. Remaining fees may be refunded less deposit. 3)Cancellations must be made prior to May 15 to receive a full refund less deposit. After May 15 there will be no refunds, credits or money transfers of any kind for withdrawal, failure to attend registered sessions, or partial attendance. 4)A YMCA credit or refund less deposit will be issued if a participant is unable to attend camp due to a prolonged illness/injury lasting 3 days or more. This request must be made prior to the end of the camps session and must be accompanied by a doctor s note. 5)All requests for changes to my child s camp registration must be done in writing via or letter to the correct camp office. Changes require a 2 week notice and not considered completed until confirmed in writing from the camp office. 6)All previous YMCA balances must be paid prior to camp registration. If any YMCA past due balance is unpaid, your child s spot in camp will be forfeited and they will not be able to attend. There will be no refunds, credits or pro-rating for missed days. 7)Families who have registered at our member rate must keep their membership active from time of registration through the end of the month their children are participating in camp. Memberships may not be placed on hold. 8)All information collected is kept securely by the YMCA. Credit/debit card information is not accessible by YMCA staff and is kept in a secure system 9)There will be a $10 late pick up fee per child for the first 10 minutes late. You will be charged $5 for every 5 minutes after. 10)If your child is on a waitlist we will contact you if an opening is available. Full tuition will be due at the time of enrollment. Waitlists are monitored regularly. VOUCHER AND CONTRACTED SLOTS If your child is currently on a voucher/contracted slot at the MetroWest YMCA or previously had a summer only voucher for the MetroWest YMCA, you will be contacted by our business office. Deposit is not required. If you have a voucher outside of the MetroWest Y, the voucher must be provided at the time of registration for the deposit to be waived or you are responsible for leaving a $25 deposit per session per child.
11 FRAMINGHAM BASED CAMPS RATES AND DATES Use this registration form to plan out your summer camp weeks. Enter codes online OR bring into the Y Member Service Desk on registration day. CAMPER NAME: Grade entering Fall 2016: Sex: Date of Birth / / Home phone: Home Address: School attended in Spring 2016 School attending in Fall 2016 Language(s) spoken at home Circle the appropriate fee for each session. In order to receive member rates, memberships must be active through duration of members camp session. n-member rate is in RED. Based on grade completed CAMP OCP Completed grades K-5 7:30am-6:00pm SESSION 1 Jun 27- July 1 SESSION 2 July 5-8 SESSION 3 July SESSION 4 July SESSION 5 July SESSION 6 Aug 1-5 SESSION 7 Aug 8-12 SESSION 8 Aug SESSION 9 Aug Camp OCP $239/ MY FIRST SUMMER CAMP Half day program - ages 3-5 8:30am-1:00pm 5 Days/Week Option Price & Code $125/ Days/Week Option Please circle days - 2 Days/Week Option Please circle days - CAMP CLEARBROOK Entering Grades K-4 8:30am-12:00pm 5 Days/Week Option Price & Code 3 Days/Week Option Please circle days - 2 Days/Week Option Please circle days $120/ GYMNASTICS CAMP Completed grades K-8 8:30am-4:00pm SESSION 1 6/27-7/8 SESSION 2 7/11-7/22 SESSION 3 7/25-8/5 SESSION 4 8/8-8/19 Gymnastics Camp $485/ $509/ $509/ $509/ AM Care 7:00-8:30am $ $ $ $ PM Care 4:00-6:00pm $ $ $ $ TEEN CAMPS SESSION 1 6/27-7/8 Gymnastics Camp CIT Entering Grades 9 & 10 Clearbrook Camp LIT Entering Grades 6-8 YES Volunteer Program Entering Grades 7-9 SESSION 2 7/11-7/22 SESSION 3 7/25-8/5 SESSION 4 8/8-8/19 $214/281 CITs must attend Camp training. Dates TBA. Then choose 4 of the remaining weeks. $195/234 $195/234 $195/234 $195/234 $300 /390 $300 /390 $300 /390 11
12 METROWEST YMCA FRAMINGHAM 280 OLD CONNECTICUT PATH FRAMINGHAM MA NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #13 FRAMINGHAM NO CAMPER LEFT BEHIND Within its available resources, the MetroWest YMCA will provide summer camp and membership regardless of a family s ability to pay. Partial financial assistance through our ASSIST program will be awarded to those who can demonstrate their inability to pay the full fee. Funds are secured by volunteers during the YMCA s Annual Campaign. Visit member services or download an application online.