2021 SUMMER CAMP
Camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camp teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all while having fun and creating meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every attendee. The Y is one of the largest providers of camp programs. There are over 1,850 day camps across the country, serving 1.4 million youth.
Paper enrollment packets will be available for download, however, we are encouraging everyone to register on-line and have implemented a $25.00 processing fee PER CAMPER for those who register using the paper enrollment packets.
****NO REFUNDS OF ANY KIND WILL BE GIVEN.****
For questions regarding Y-ZONE Camp, please email Christine at email@example.com
For questions regarding Little Owls/Kindercamp, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding camp registration, please email Susan at email@example.com
2021 Greater Morristown YMCA Summer Camp Brochure
Please click here to view our summer camp brochure.
Preschool (Little Owls - ages 3 & 4)
Kindercamp (for children entering Kindergarten in Sept. 2021)
Y-Zone Camp (Grades 1-6)
Please click here to view the Parent Packet and enrollment forms.
Please note – we are encouraging everyone to register on-line and have implemented a $25.00 processing fee PER CAMPER for those who register using the paper enrollment packets.
Credit Card Authorization Form
Please click here for our Credit Card Authorization Form. We strongly encourage you to register on-line. There is a $25.00 per camper fee for paper enrollments.
COVID Response Plan
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your interest in the Greater Morristown YMCA’s 2021 Y-Zone Summer Camp Program!
While there remains uncertainty regarding how camps will be allowed to operate this year, we are prepared to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for your children, similar to last year’s experience.
Please click here to view last year’s COVID-19 Response Plan which will serve as a gauge to help answer some of the questions we have received. We will continue to follow all protocols and procedures put in place in response to last year’s guidance and regulations, however, once new guidelines are issued by the CDC and local health department closer to the start of camp, we will update our response plan as necessary. Those updates will be shared with all enrolled campers as quickly as possible.
Questions regarding registration and billing can be sent to Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to a fun-filled summer camp season!
GMYMCA Y-Zone Camp Director
Discipline & Expulsion Policy
In order to ensure every child’s full enjoyment of the program, the following DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES will be used to discourage negative behavior and encourage positive ones:
IN THE EVENT OF A DISCIPLINE PROBLEM WITH A CHILD, THE STAFF SHALL:
Speak to the child to determine the nature of the problem: Identify appropriate behavior.
Try to eliminate the problem by setting the stage for appropriate behavior.
Explain why the behavior is not appropriate and intervene to diminish problem behavior.
If the discipline problem continues, the Director will notify the parents and an appointment may be made to discuss the situation.
Time out is used only as an understanding period; not as a restraining period. This is used only to help children understand that their behavior is unacceptable. It also makes children aware of wrongdoing.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL A CHILD BE:
Deprived of food
Subjected to corporal punishment or verbal abuse.
In the event that the child should continue to be unable to participate according to the established Code of Behavior, the child will be suspended from the program. Re-entry is dependent on a satisfactory interview with the Director and at least one day’s suspension. If the problem continues, the child will be expelled from the program. Payment for suspended days is not refundable.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Our goal at the Greater Morristown YMCA is to make this a fun and rewarding summer for all involved. To do so, all Campers at the Y-Zone are expected to abide by the following guidelines:
All children will respect and abide by all YMCA rules, regulations, and Core Values. The YMCA Core Values are Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
Foul language, verbal or physical harassment will not be tolerated. This includes: name-calling, teasing, bullying, hitting, kicking, biting, pushing, etc.
Any personal belongings, unrelated to our program or Camp, will be confiscated and returned to parents at the end of the day.
Remember; we are to treat the grounds, equipment, staff, members, and all facilities with care and respect. All children will keep their belongings organized and in their own bag. All garbage will be properly disposed of.
Weapons of any kind are prohibited! If a child brings a weapon to the Summer Camp Program, it will be taken away and their parents will be called. The YMCA management staff will be notified and appropriate action will be taken. The child will be sent home after the incident.
Campers must stay with their group and counselors. Wandering away from your specific group is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. NEVER should a camper be alone.
In order to have the best summer camp at the Greater Morristown YMCA Camp Y-Zone Program, communication between staff and children (as well as their families) is essential. The only way we can solve a problem is if we know about it. Please feel free to present any comments or questions to any of the YMCA staff.
Unfortunately, sometimes there are reasons we have to expel a child from our program either on a short-term or permanent basis. We want you to know we will do everything possible to work with the family of the child(ren) in order to prevent this policy from being enforced. The following are reasons we may have to expel or suspend a child from camp:
IMMEDIATE CAUSES FOR EXPULSION
· The child is at risk of causing serious injury to other children or themselves
· Parent threatens physical or intimidating actions toward staff members
· Parent exhibits verbal or physical abuse to staff
PARENTAL ACTIONS FOR CHILD’S EXPULSION
· Failure to pay/habitual lateness in payments
· Failure to complete required forms including the child’s immunization records
· Habitual tardiness when picking up your child
· Verbal or physical abuse to staff
CHILD’S ACTIONS FOR EXPULSION
· Failure of child to adjust after a reasonable amount of time
· Uncontrollable tantrums/angry outbursts
· Ongoing physical or verbal abuse to staff or other children
SCHEDULE OF EXPULSION
If the Directors see the Child/Parent’s actions as cause for immediate expulsion, a parent will be required to pick the child up immediately.
If the Child’s/Parent’s actions are not deemed to require immediate expulsion, the child’s parent/guardian will be advised verbally and in writing about the child’s or parent’s behavior warranting an expulsion. The verbal and written warning is meant to give a period of time so that the Parent/Guardian may work on the child’s behavior or to come to an agreement with the center.
The Parent/Guardian will be informed regarding the length of the expulsion period.
The Parent/Guardian will be informed about the expected behavioral changes required in order for the child or parent to return to the center.
The Parent/Guardian will be given a specific expulsion date based on the safety and wellbeing of child and other children.
Failure of the Child/Parent to satisfy the terms of the plan may result in permanent expulsion from camp.
· No timeline will be given if the Child’s/Parent’s actions are considered to require immediate expulsion.
A CHILD WILL NOT BE EXPELLED (as the primary purpose)
If a Child’s parent(s):
Made a complaint to the Office of Licensing regarding a center’s alleged violations of the licensing requirements.
Reported abuse or neglect occurring at the camp
Questioned the center regarding policies and procedures without giving the parent sufficient time to make other child care arrangements.
A child may still be expelled if they or their parents violate our code of conduct or violate our expulsion/suspension policy.
PROACTIVE ACTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO PREVENT EXPULSION
· Staff will try to redirect child from negative behavior.
· Staff will reassess camp environment, appropriate activities, and supervision.
· Staff will always use positive methods and language while disciplining children.
· Staff will praise appropriate behaviors.
· Staff will consistently apply consequences for rules.
· Child will be given verbal warnings.
· Child will be given time to regain control.
· Child’s disruptive behavior will be documented and maintained in confidentiality.
· Parent/Guardian will be notified verbally.
· Parent/Guardian will be given written copies of the disruptive behaviors that might lead to expulsion.
· The Director, appropriate camp staff and parent/guardian will have a conference to discuss how to promote positive behaviors.
DISCIPLINE & EXPULSION POLICY
If a camper deviates from the expected behavior guidelines, in a way that disrupts programming, safety, or the enjoyment of other campers, the camp administration reserves the right to terminate their participation in the Greater Morristown YMCA Camps without refund. The Greater Morristown YMCA has a zero-tolerance policy.