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Camp Greenknoll

YMCA Camp Greenknoll 2022

We are excited to be getting ready for another amazing year at YMCA Camp Greenknoll.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

New this year at YMCA Camp Greenknoll- a climbing tower and zip line.YMCA Camp Greenknoll is more than just a day camp; we are a facility that offers campers ages 3-15 years a place where they can be themselves. We give our campers the chance to build confidence through skill building activities, positive developmental experiences and encouraging them to forge bonds with each other and staff. Campers experience a sense of achievement through opportunities in the outdoors and are welcomed to a physically and emotionally safe and stimulating environment.

Here at YMCA Camp Greenknoll we raise the B.A.R. with our commitment to Belonging, Achieving goals and Relationship building. Our campers are able to explore creativity, team work and leadership in a wide range of physical activities that influence lifelong healthy living. They have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor environment where they develop an appreciation of nature. Campers also participate in a variety of activities, including instructional swim, enrichment, STEAM, art education, and others that are designed to build confidence and teach teamwork. Y-USA’s swim structure is designed with a skill-based approach to help children become independent in the water and build confidence. And NEW THIS YEAR is our Climbing Tower and Zip Line to help kids gain confidence while experiencing the thrill of soaring to new heights!

At YMCA Camp Greenknoll we don’t just have fun; we make memories!

Camp Greenknoll Contact:

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

Rates for the Summer of 2022

Did you know if you have an active Family Membership with the Y, you qualify for our NEW CAMP FAMILY RATE which is $50 less each week?

JOIN TODAY!

Campers 3 to 13

Y Family Members* $246 per week (Week of 7/5* $196) $50 Savings
All others $296 per week (Week of 7/5* $237)

Counselors in Training (CIT)  

*Ages 14-15 only

Y Family Members* $175 per week (Week of 7/5* $140) $50 Savings
All others $225 per week (Week of 7/5* $180)
Please note:
  • Deposit: $25 per week, due at the time of registration.
    • (For example: If someone registers for 4 weeks of camp, the total due at the time of registration is $125. $25 registration fee and a $25 deposit for each week.)
    • The deposit will be deducted from your weekly fee.
  • Master Card, Discover, Amex, Visa and debit cards accepted for your convenience.
  • Tuition Assistance available. Visit website for application. Due no later than April 23.
  • A full family membership must be active at the time of camp registration and remain active throughout the session to qualify for the discount.

*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 This Summer of 2022

Week 1  June 20 Treasure Hunt
Week 2 June 27 Around The World
Week 3 July 5 (Closed 7/4) Party at the Y
Week 4 July 11 Camp Carnival
Week 5 July 18 Color Wars
Week 6  July 25 Camp Show
Week 7 August 1 Superhero
Week 8 August 8 Ninja Warrior Day
Week 9 August 15 Luau Party

CIT Program  

Our Counselor in Training (CIT) program is focused on developing strong leaders through discussion and observation. CIT’s will shadow counselors throughout the week. The CIT Coordinator will incorporate lessons of how to work with children in given situations.  This is a program for 14 and 15 year olds interested in working with children, improving their leadership skills and learning how to communicate with peers in a group setting.  CIT’s will learn the value of teamwork, community service, and leadership skills through various activities and mentoring. Candidates are required to fill out a questionnaire. The program is limited to 12 CIT’s per week. First come, first serve.

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 20, 2022 and ends on August 19. 2022.

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

No. You can sign up for 8 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?

  • $25 registration fee one time
  • $246 per week  for Family Members (See below for definition of Family Member)
  • $296 per week for Non-Members
  • $25 per week deposit  required at the time of registration. (For Example: If someone registers for 4 weeks of camp. the total due at time of registration is $125. The deposit is then subtracted from the weeks registered.)  
  • Credit card payment encouraged.

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.

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. What are the Hours?

7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

7. What are the themes for this summer?

Week 1  June 20 Surf’s Up
Week 2 June 27 Around The World
Week 3 July 5 (Closed 7/4) Party at the Y
Week 4 July 11 Camp Carnival
Week 5 July 18 Color Wars
Week 6  July 25 Camp Show
Week 7 August 1 Superhero
Week 8 August 8 Ninja Warrior Day
Week 9 August 15 Luau Party

8. 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.      

9. 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!     

10. 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!

12. Do you provide transportation to YMCA Camp Greenknoll?

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

13. 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.  

14. 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.  

15. 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.   

16. 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. 

17. 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.

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

As a licensed camp, we must follow strict guidelines. You must fill out a permission form and give the medication to the camp director or first aid provider in the original container, physician’s name, and dosage and expiration date. The medication is locked up and the first aid provider will administer the prescription per instructions from you and your physician. The permission form must also be signed by your child’s physician and by you.

19. 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.  

20. 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 pool deck. 

21. 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.  

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

Parents should call the camp at 203.775.9363

23. 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.

24. 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. 

25. 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. 

26. 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. 

27. 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. 

28. How Many Times Does My Child Swim?

Each tribe swims 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 back pack 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. 

29. 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 bracelet identifying them as deep end swimmers or shallow end swimmers. This is for the safety of all our campers. 

30. How Does Swim Lessons Work?

Each Monday children are tested and placed in the appropriate swim level. During the week, children are taught appropriately. At the end of the week, children are retested, some children may remain at their level and some may up 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 4PM – 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