The safety of our campers, staff, and their families is always the top priority for us, and for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA. If we can’t do it safely, we won’t do it. We are regularly consulting with the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, the American Camping Association, and other Camp’s around the country.
We ran Summer Camp 2020, following CDC recommendations with smaller groups and program changes. Over the course of 8 weeks, we served approximately 500 children. Each week we asked families to keep us posted if anyone fell ill. Luckily, we had zero reported cases during the whole summer.
Camp will probably feel a little bit different than the normal experience for returners. We’ve updated and intensified our cleaning procedures, adding hand sanitizer stations, rearranged beds, and more. We have smaller cabin groups (10 people per CDC guidelines), and maintain socially distant from the other cabin groups. That means programs, the daily schedule, and meals are impacted. But the most important parts of Camp will remain intact; building friendships, experiencing new things, spending time in nature, and personal growth.
We are requiring campers to receive a COVID 19 test before coming to camp. This is so camp may return to doing activities and programs that are the staples of camp. Our preference is campers take the PCR test with results within 72 hours before returning to camp. We know that the testing is free and available at many locations. You should not have to pay for the test unless you are doing a rapid response test. If your family has any trouble obtaining these test please contact camp. Have your test ready upon arrival at camp.
There are many ways! You can call Camp and register over the phone (which is helpful if you have many questions since the Camp staff are the experts 🙂 ), you can quickly sign up online, or you can sign up at a Y branch!
A $50 deposit is required PER WEEK for all overnight camps. This will ensure your spot is reserved in the week you choose. It is applied towards your total balance.
To receive the Y Member pricing, it must be a Family Membership – youth memberships will not apply. If you sign up less than two weeks prior to your camp, you must pay in full upon registration.
By filling out his Financial Assistance Form and turning it in here! If you’re a Y member and are getting an income based discount, that same percentage will apply towards Camp! Add-on’s are not eligible for scholarship i.e. paintball and weekend stayovers.
Camp will contact you via email and send the forms you need, These are also available on our website here and under forms and resources. You will need a Health Form for all camps. This is filled out by a parent or guardian. They will also need a physical that has been done within the last 12 months of their camp dates. You’ll also receive the Parent Packet that tells you more about camp and what to bring, the check in and out process, and more! These forms can all be found under the Files & Forms tab.
Your balance must be paid in full before your child attends camp. When you register, you can schedule to make auto payments if that is easiest for you! If you sign up less than two weeks prior to your camp, you must pay in full upon registration.
Some very important items are a water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, and clothes they can play in! You can find the full list in the Parent Packet!
You can see a schedule in this handy dandy Parent Packet! Please note, that this schedule is currently being updated to adapt to the CDC guidelines. However, many activities are similar!
Drop off begins at 2pm on Sunday at Camp Winona. Please note that each age group has a different drop off time to cut down on wait time. This is available in the Parent Packet. Pick up is at 5pm on Friday.
Whoever picks your child up will need a photo ID, and to be on the list of approved people for pick up.
Overnight Campers can purchase snacks daily (in addition to the provided snacks), as well as merchandise like t-shirts, bandanas, keychains, etc. We recommend putting $25-$50 into their account if they want to purchase snacks and merchandise. There are NO refunds on any remaining balance. You can also put together care packages to drop off at check in that can be delivered during the week. We’ll be open during check out for parents to shop as well.
A camp staff member will contact you about a week prior via email with the necessary information leading up to camp. While at camp we post photos on Facebook and Instagram for you to follow along and enjoy. You can send emails to campwinona@VFYMCA.org. New camp families will receive a 48 phone call from a Leadership Staff member relaying their camper’s experience.
You will be contacted if your camper has a medical or behavior issue. Please know that minor scraps and bumps are possible, if not probable at camp. Campers are also still learning social skills. As your camper navigates these experiences there are medical staff and trained counselors to help them learn and overcome. For these typical camp experiences camp will not contact you. If your camper is unwell for an extended period, gains a significant injury, a problem arises in the cabin, or is exhibiting continuous behavioral issues you will be contacted.
Camp will be hosting Open Houses in 2022 to give you a chance to see the Camp, facilities and talk to Camp staff!
Family Camp is Memorial Day weekend – this is a PERFECT way to see Camp and get to enjoy all the activities as a family! We also have mini weekend camps for the kids to test it out solo, and we’ll have Family Fun Days!