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Camp Greenknoll

Registration is Open for the 2024 Camp Season!

IMPORTANT DATES:

March 1 Deadline to Register for Family Membership Discount
March 11 Tuition Assistance Application Deadline
May 19 All Cancellations/Changes Due or Forfeit the $35/week Deposit

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At YMCA Camp Greenknoll every camper, ages 3-15, is set up with the tools they need to build confidence, refine physical, emotional and leadership skills and create life-long relationships. We offer a wide range of activities to cater to every aspect of childhood growth. Our climbing tower, zip line and ropes courses foster physical development as well as confidence in completing difficult tasks. Our art, STEAM and nature programs foster creativity and expand knowledge. Our swimming programs designed from Y-USA’s swimming curriculum help build lifesaving skills and confidence in the water. At YMCA Camp Greenknoll our campers and families return year after year because they know we are dedicated to making the camper experience the best it can be.  

YMCA Camp Greenknoll raises the B.A.R. with our commitment to Belonging, Achieving goals and Relationship building. Join us and give your child the Best Summer Ever! 

We request that all campers register online. If you are unable to register online, a paper registration form is available upon request by emailing campgk@regionalymca.org.  Please note that paper registration may cause delay and spots are not guaranteed.

Camp Greenknoll Contact:

Sean Turner
Camp Director
203.775.4444 x 103
sturner@regionalymca.org

Rates for the Summer of 2024

Campers Ages 3 to 13

$321 per week (4th July Prorated at $257)

  • Family Membership Discount: $271 when you register by March 1 (4th July Prorated at $217)

 

Counselors in Training (CIT) Ages 14 – 15 only

$249 per week (4th July Prorated at $199)

  • Family Membership Discount: $199 when you register by March 1 (4th July Prorated at $160)

 

Please note:

  • Due at the time of registration.
      • $25 one time registration fee
      • $35 per week deposit deducted from your weekly fee.
      • (For example: If someone registers for 4 weeks of camp, the total due at the time of registration is $165.)
  • Master Card, Discover, Amex, Visa and debit cards accepted for your convenience.
  • Tuition Assistance available. Visit website for application. Due no later than April 17.
  • A full family membership must be active at the time of camp registration and remain active through the end of August to qualify for the discount.
  • The Family Membership Discount is only valid until March 1. After that, regular rates applies.
  • Any cancellation of registered weeks must be finalized by May 19 or forfeit your $35/week deposit.
  • Assistance available. Visit website for application. Due no later than March 11.
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*A Regional YMCA Family Member is defined as 2 adults & children through 21 years of age or single parent and children through 21 years of age living in the same household.

How To Register Online for YMCA Camp Greenknoll

  1. Click on “My Account” in the top right corner click of the homepage of this website.
  2. From there login, or create an account if you are new to the Y.
  • If you are currently a member of the Y but do not have an online account, you can create an account using your email or cell phone number the YMCA has on file for you.
  • If you are not currently a Y member, you will be given an option to create an online account. Choose “Sign Up”, choose Greenknoll as the location, and choose “non-member” as your membership type.
    • You must first create an adult account to be the primary member with all of your information. After you make an adult account there will be a prompt to add additional members. Select child and add as many children as needed. YOU MUST ADD YOUR CHILD(REN) BEFORE MOVING FORWARD.
    • View of the Non-Member login page
      • Next, Select the child(ren) you created and wish to register then move on to step 3.

If you are having trouble logging in/creating your account or you did not add your children before moving, please call the Y at (203) 775 4444.

  1. Click on Programs, in the ‘Categories’ section, click on Camp Greenknoll
  2. Select what group your camper will be in.
    1. NOTE: Some age groups have A or B group options. You may select either. Group choice is not guaranteed and may be rearranged depending on availability.
  3. Select the first week you are registering for. If you are registering for more than one week, select “Register for multiple offerings for this camp (8 more)” located at the top of the page, and select the additional weeks.
  4. Select which account member you are registering.
  5. Carefully and entirely complete the registration questionnaire.
  6. Carefully and entirely read and sign the agreement/waivers associated with camp.
  7. The fees page should pop up. If you are only registering one camper, proceed to payments. If you are registering more than one camper… “Add More Programs.” in the top left corner and begin again at step 3.

Please direct any questions about registration to campgk@regionalymca.org.

Important items to Know:

  • Online registration must be completed for the following week by the Tuesday of the prior week.
  • If you wish to register after Tuesday, a paper registration must be received in the camp office by Wednesday of the prior week no later than 5PM.
  • All campers must have a current medical form (completed within 36 months or less) on file before their first date of attendance.

Themes For Funday Fridays 2024

Weeks Dates Funday Friday Comments
Week 1 6/17/2024 Tropical Paradise Welcome to paradise! We are bringing the beach to the Y! What better way to splash into summer than a week full of tropical fun. Enjoy the first week at camp with loads of summer fun with our tropical paradise themed games. Learn hula, play some beach volleyball and much more!
Week 2 6/24/2024 Wild, Wild, West Yee-haw!! Welcome to the Wild West where campers will enjoy a week in the west they will never forget. How much gold can you and your group find around camp?
Week 3 7/01/2024 Party In the USA Let’s party at YMCA Camp Greenknoll for our party at the Y week. Play backyard games and enjoy some friendly Competition.
Week 4 7/08/2024 Holidays in July Get ready for a Spooktacular Halloween in this late summer adventure! Make Jack-o-Melons and wrap your counselor in the fiercest Mummy for our haunted week. Will you get tricked or treated?
Week 5 07/15/2024 Carnival One of the most anticipated weeks of the summer, come join as us at Camp Greenknoll for our annual Red vs. Blue color wars! The blue team was able to hold onto the title last year. Will the red team show up and show out this year and come out on top? It all depends on you! Will you rise to the occasion?
Week 6 07/22/2024 Camp Show A week of song, dance, memories, and hilarious outtakes. Come to our camper show week as each group creates its own unique performance to present.
Week 7 07/29/2024 Color Wars Step right up! Come one, come all! Come to camp and have a ball! It’s carnival week at Greenknoll; play games, win prizes, but most importantly have fun & make memories with friends!
Week 8 08/05/2024 Olympics Camp Greenknoll version of the Olympics.  Camp Olympics will have events such as balloon relay, track and field and Javelin Throw.  All ending with a medal Ceremony.
Week 9 08/12/2024 Bummer… The End of Summer As we prepare for the start of the school year, get ready to celebrate the end of summer at Camp Greenknoll. We will revisit some of our favorite themes from the summer and introduce some other fun! It will be the biggest celebration yet.

Counselor-In-Training Program “CIT”

YMCA Camp Greenknoll Counselor in Training (CIT) Program focuses on developing strong leaders through discussion, observation, and weekly discussions as well as supervised interaction with campers. This is a program for 14 and 15 year old’s who are interested in working with children or just want to build their leadership skill while working in a team oriented environment.

The Goal of YMCA Camp Greenknoll Counselor-in-Training Program is to help young adults build leadership skills, learn the value of teamwork and decision making through activities and mentoring. Our Counselor-In-Training program combines the fun of camp with leadership and on-the-job training. The CIT program in a unique opportunity for motivated young adults to develop the necessary skills to be role models for children.

CITs spend part of their day enjoying a range of activities and part of their day learning about responsibility and professionalism by directly working with camp groups and assisting with camp activities.

CIT will receive Community Service hours for the time the spend volunteering in a group or time spent helping with a special activity at camp.

Highlights of the Counselor-In-Training Program

  • Counselor training for working with our preschool and elementary school aged kids
  • Being supervised by CIT Coordinator.
  • Developing skills to prepare for college, a career, and life

Fees for Counselor-in-Training Program

Counselors in Training (CIT) Ages 14 – 15 only

$249 per week (4th July Prorated at $199)

  • Family Membership Discount: $199 when you register by March 1 (4th July Prorated at $160)

Please Note:

  • Any cancellations of registered weeks must be finalized by May 19 or forfeit your $35/week deposit.
  • A full family membership must be active at the time of camp registration and remain active through the end of August to qualify for the early sign-up discount.
  • A Regional YMCA Family Member is defined a 2 adults & children thru 21 years of age living in the same household. Or single parent and children thru 21 years of age living in the same household.  If you would like to become a Family Member please visit https://regionalymca.org/join-2/ .
  • Assistance available. Visit website for application. Due no later than March 11.

Requirements for Counselor-In-Training Program

  • Ages 14-15 years only
  • Space is limited to 24 Counselor-in-Training.

YMCA Camp Greenknoll, campers are placed in groups based on grade they will be entering into in the fall.  Camper entering Pre-K to 4th grade will be in Coed groups. Campers entering 5th Grade and up will be in same gender groups.   Groups are limited to 20 campers.  Campers in pre-K to 2nd grade have minimum ratio of 1 staff to 7 campers and for campers in 3rd grade and up the ration will be 1 staff to 10 campers.

Coed offers campers the chance to interact as they would in the real world at different stages of childhood. This helps to create healthy social interaction between the genders and there is a better understand of the opposite gender. Campers can then build a real-world relationship and much-needed social skills for future development. This interaction means that campers learn to relate to each other not as members of the opposite gender, but as humans.  Campers learn to be more respectful towards each other, all in a respectful environment.

We’re committed to providing an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion and community, a gender-blind environment for friendships at camp, and later in life Through shared experience, open communication, trust, and respect, campers form solid bonds with other campers. And this makes for the best kind of friends!

1. Why choose YMCA Camp Greenknoll?

YMCA Camp Greenknoll gives children an opportunity to unplug, to build confidenceexperience a sense of achievement and enjoy the outdoors.   

 Campers also participate in a variety of activities, including instructional swim,  team building and physical activities.

2. When does camp start and end?

Camp will begin on June 17, 2024, and ends on August 16, 2024.

3. Do I have to sign up for all nine weeks?

No. You can sign up for 9 weeks or 1 week. To get a more complete experience, most families sign up for 3 or more weeks.

4. What are the fees for camp?

Campers 3 – 13

  • Y-Family Members – $271 per week ($217 week of July 1st ), Discount only is eligible until March 1. March 2 and after rates become $321 per week ($257 week of July 1st)
  • All Others – $321 per Week ($257 week of July 1st )

Counselors in Training (CIT) Ages 14-15                                                                                                                 

  •  Y- Family Members $199 per week ($160 Week of July 1st) Discount is only eligible until March 1. March 2 and after rates become $249 per week ($199 week of July 1st)
  • All others $249 ($199 Week of July 1st)

A Regional YMCA FAMILY MEMBERSHIP is defined as 2 adults & children thru 21 years of age living in the same household or a single parent and children thru 21 years of age living in the same household

A non-member is anyone who does not have a family membership with the Regional YMCA.

To receive the Family rate you must register by March 1st, registration for family member after March 1st will pay the full non member rate. 

5. Why sign up for a Family Membership?

A YMCA Family Membership has its benefits!

  • Reduced Fees on Camp Registration Fees- and all programs at the YMCA
  • Priority Registration- be the first to sign up and get the camp weeks you want
  • Access to our Outdoor Pool during non-camp hours
  • Full use of the Greenknoll facility including open gym, cardio and strength training rooms
  • Lap Swim and Open/Family Swim in 3- year round pools
  • Free Group Exercise programs
  • Access to free family events and more!

6. When do I need to have my finalized weeks into the camp?

All weeks must be finalized by May 19th. Any Change after May 19th will result in a forfeiture of your $35 per week deposit.

7. What are the Hours?

7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

8. What are the themes for this summer?

Week 1            6/19/24            Tropical Paradise

Week 2           6/24/24            Wild, Wild West                                                                                                                              

Week 3           7/01/24             Party in the USA                                                                                                 

Week 4           7/8/24                Holidays in July                                                                                              

Week 5           7/15/24              Carnival                                                                                              

 Week 6          7/22/24              Camp Show                                                                                                           

Week 7            7/29/24            Color Wars                                                                                           

Week 8           8/05/24            Olympics                                                                                                   

Week 9            8/12/24            Bummer – The End of Summer

9. How are the children divided into groups?

YMCA Camp Greenknoll, campers are placed in groups based on grade they will be entering into in the fall. Campers in Pre-K to grade 4 will be Coed.  There are a limited amount of campers in each group.  Campers in Pre-K to 2nd grade have a minimum ratio of 1 staff to 9 campers and for campers in 3rd grade and up the ratio will be 1 staff to 12 campers.      

10. Why are the groups Co-Ed?

Co-ed offers campers the chance to interact as they would in the real world at various stages of childhood. This helps to create healthy social interaction between the genders and there is a better understanding of the opposite gender. Campers can then build a real-world relationship and much-needed social skills for future development. This interaction means that campers learn to relate to each other not as members of the opposite gender, but as humans.  Campers learn to be more respectful towards each other, all in a respectful environment.   

We’re committed to providing an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion and community, a gender-blind environment for friendships at camp, and later in life.  Through shared experience, open communication, trust, and respect, campers form solid bonds with other campers. And this makes for the best kind of friends!     

11. What are the groups?

The groups are Pre- K, Kindergarten, First, SecondThird, Fourth, Fifth, SixthSeventhEighth /Ninth.

11. What should I pack for camp?

  • Sunscreen – please apply before attending camp. Campers will have the opportunity to reapply during the day.
  • Lunch – lunch must be brought from home daily. Lunch is stored a refrigerator until lunch time.
  • Refillable water bottle – water bottles will be refilled throughout the day.
  • Bathing suit, towel –  for swim, some families will send in flip flops and googles.
  • Some other extras that people prefer to pack are a change of clothes, sandals/pool shoes, hats and on somedays a sweatshirt/raincoat.

Definitely remember to LABEL everything!

13. Do you provide transportation to YMCA Camp Greenknoll?

No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

14. What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?

You must come into the office and sign out your child. A note is always helpful. Please give your camper amply time to get to the office.  

15. I need to be at work early. What can I do?

To meet the needs of families, campers may be dropped at camp at 7:30 AM and picked up no later than 6:00 PM.  

16. May I come to visit my child at camp?

Parents coming to visit their camper while at camp has always been welcomed. If concerns arise or special issues need to be addressed, parents are encouraged to call the camp office.   

17. If I am unable to pick my child up in person, what is the procedure?

In the case where you cannot pick up your child and someone else will, we ask that you inform the office. An email or fax stating to full name of the person may be sent. Your child’s safety is important to us. Unknown persons will be asked to present an I.D. to camp staff.   If a camper is using a transportation service for pick up, we will need the name of the transportation service and we will ask the driver for a copy of their ID and may take a photo of the driver’s ID.

18. Is there an emergency phone number?

YMCA Greenknoll Camp phone number is 203.775.9363.  Someone is always available in the office during camp hours.

19. My child takes medication, what do I do?

As a licensed camp, we must follow strict guidelines. You must fill out an Authorization for Medication form and give the medication to a camp staff or first aid provider in the original container, physician’s name, and dosage and expiration date. The medication is locked up and a trained staff will administer the prescription per instructions from you and your physician. The Authorization for Medication form must also be signed by your child’s physician and by you.  In some cases an Individual Care Plan will be needed.

20. Does my child need lunch every day?

Yes, Campers should bring a brown bag type lunch, which will be stored in large lunch bags and brought to the walk in cooler until lunchtime. Clearly mark the campers name on lunch bags. No glass containers!!! Any food allergies your child has should be indicated on the medical form.  

21. How should my child dress for camp?

Dressing your child appropriately is important to ensure that your child has a good time at camp. Shorts and t-shirts, closed toed shoes, sneakers preferable, and a sweatshirt are standard dress. No open toed shoes are allowed except on the pool deck.  Campers will not be allowed on the Zipline and Climbing Tower without sneakers or hiking shoes.

22. What if it is raining?

In the event that there is liquid sunshine (rain) at camp, activities will be going on as scheduled. Camp is held despite liquid sunshine, so it is helpful to send rain gear with your child.  

23. Whom do I notify if my child will be absent from camp?

Parents should call the camp at 203.775.9363.

24. If my child attends camp am I able to get childcare tax credit?

Yes. A tax letter is sent out at the end of the year.

25. Can my child bring personal belongings to camp?

We discourage children from bringing any personal belongings to camp,  other than the standard camp gear.   This includes cell phones and personal gaming systems. YMCA Camp Greenknoll cannot and will not take responsibility for any personal belongings. 

26. Can my child bring their electronic devices to camp?

NO! We strongly encourage our campers to unplug this summer. Staff will bring any visible electronic devices during the camp day to the camp office, where it can be picked up by a parent at the end of the day. 

27. What can you tell me about the discipline policy?

It is the goal here at YMCA Camp Greenknoll to provide each camper with a fun, healthy and safe camp experience. Campers are treated equally and responsibility, caring, respect and honesty are the cornerstone for learning and understanding the camp rules and abiding by them. Campers may be given a time out and the opportunity to discuss the problem with the staff. If progress were difficult, we would ask you to help. If this is not productive, a day away from camp will be discussed. Should behavior continue to be a problem after a full day time out, then the child may be asked not to return to camp.  A Code of Conduct is included in the registration information.  It must be reviewed with your campers and signed.

28. Should I pack sunscreen and bug repellent?

Absolutely! If your child is sensitive to bug bites and sun, both are recommended. We ask you apply sunscreen in the morning before coming to camp. Younger campers will receive help applying sunscreen and older campers will be supervised. Campers will be encouraged to reapply during the day. 

29. How Many Times Does My Child Swim?

Most campers will swim twice per day. Morning swim is instruction and afternoon is recreational swim. A bathing suit and towel are necessary. It is helpful to have children use a backpack of some kind so they can keep track of their belongings. Clearly marking your child’s name on all clothing and towels will reduce the possibility of lost items.

30. What If My Child Can’t Touch The Bottom In The Shallow End?

Any child that cannot touch the bottom or is not a good swimmer, which is determined by our Red Cross Certified lifeguards, must wear a life vest. The camp provides life vests. Campers are given a break-away necklace which is used to identify where in the pool they can be. This is for the safety of all our campers.

30. How Does Swim Lessons Work?

Each Monday, children are evaluated and placed in the appropriate swim level. During the week, children are taught based on the evaluations. At the end of the week, children are retested; some children may remain at their level and some may move up to the next level.

SWIM BASICS – Recommended skills for all to have around water

 

 

 

 

SWIM STROKES – Skills to support a healthy lifestyle

The Y is giving kids their Best Summer Ever! The YMCA Camp Greenknoll offers a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being. Our programs center on three areas proven to impact kids’ development: Relationship, Achievement and Belonging.

The Y has been a leading provider of summer camp for over 150 years and continues to provide youth with an enriching experience. We ensure that campers are in a safe environment with caring YMCA staff that instill positive values that help build character.

Camping at the Y is a fun and unique experience that gives youth the opportunity to discover their full potential, meet new friends, play and create memories that last a lifetime.

YMCA Day Camp provides a safe and affordable opportunity for youth to participate in activities in which campers will have the opportunity to create arts and crafts, swim, appreciate nature, enrichment, STEAM, make lasting memories, and better understand our many cultures. Campers will build self-confidence, appreciate teamwork and sportsmanship while gaining independence as they nurture their sprits, challenge their mind and strengthen their bodies.

The Y works to help youth discover their full potential by providing opportunities to learn, grow and thrive amidst caring, supportive adults. Through the Y’s day camp program, kids participate in fun and educational activities that help them with:

  • ACHIEVEMENT – Learn and master skills that help them realize their passions, talents and potential.
  • RELATIONSHIP – Build friendships with new friends and staff role models adding to their well-being.
  • BELONGING – Help them feel like they belong so they feel safe, welcome and free to express their individuality.

Swimming 

Our developmental swim lesson program provides opportunities for campers to improve their skills, learn new competences, and advance to higher levels. Campers swim twice per day; morning is instructional, and afternoon is recreational swim.   

Campers participate in structured swim instruction to learn how to be safe in the water and work on skills appropriate to their level.  On Mondays, children are evaluated to determine their swim skill level. At the end of the week, they are reevaluated to determine progress.   

Safety is our priority.  Non-swimmers, regardless of age, are required to wear a life vest during the swim period.  At the discretion of the aquatic staff, life vests may also be required for campers based on their swimming ability, and/or height.  Our pool is staffed with a full-time Camp supervisor, Red Cross-certified lifeguards, and swim instructors. 

Drop Off

  • Drop off time will be from  7:30AM to 9:00AM.
  • Traffic will be one way in and one way out.
  • Please have your campers exit your vehicle on the right side 
  • Staff will walk campers to their counselors. 
  • Campers that arrive after 9:00AM must be brought to the office to sign in. 

 

Pick Up

  • Pick up time will be from 4:15 PM – 6:00PM.
  • Parents will park in the designated parking area and come to the pickup tables. There will be tables set up for pick-up in a parent waiting area.
  • Staff will radio for your camper and the camper will be brought to the waiting area. We are asking families to be patient, as this may take a few minutes depending on where the group is located and how many kids are being picked up at that time.
  • ID is required at dismissal at all times.  Staff may begin to recognize you and may not ask for ID.   

Camp Greenknoll Contact:

Sean Turner
Camp Director
203.775.4444 x 103
sturner@regionalymca.org