Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Sewickley Valley YMCA’s Summer Day Camp Program! As we begin the 2023 season, we would like to welcome all of our new families and would also like to extend a great welcome back to each of our returning families. We look forward to providing your child with an exciting summer with memorable moments.
We take pride in teaching the Y Core Values – Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring – while creating a nurturing community that supports your kids’. Our top priority is your child’s safety, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Each camp counselor is thoroughly screened, certified in CPR/First Aid and trained in Child Abuse Awareness before the summer camp season starts.
The Summer Camp Parent Handbook has been created as a reference guide for parents and children. It contains vital information and policies about our program. Please take the time to read and review the entire handbook before the start of camp. If you have any questions, please contact Amee Kuzniarski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMP FEES, ENROLLMENT & PAYMENT INFORMATION
Enrollment forms must be completed online, on the Friday prior to your child’s first day of camp. All registrations must occur three days before the start of the session(s) your child wants to attend. The full fee is required for the first session of camp enrolled.
Multiple session registrations require the full fee for the first session and a $25 non-refundable deposit for each subsequent session(s).
All remaining balances owed after the first session has been paid in full and must be paid by the dates listed below.
- Session 1 Paid in full at registration
- Session 2 Friday, June 9
- Session 3 Friday, June 16
- Session 4 Friday, June 23
- Session 5 Friday, June 30
- Session 6 Friday, July 7
- Session 7 Friday, July 14
- Session 8 Friday, July 21
- Session 9 Friday, July 28
- Session 10 Friday, August 4
LATE ENROLLMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY
The following dates will be the last opportunity that a participant can register for Camp without a late registration fee of $25 or cancel camp registration.
If cancellation of a camp occurs by the dates below, all non-refundable deposits will be forfeited. After the dates listed below, payment must be paid-in-full regardless of the attendance of the participant. All cancellations must be made in writing or by phone to School Age Child Care Director at 412-741-9622 ext. 133. Cancellations of registration by the parent/guardian must occur by the following date.
- Session 1 Thursday, June 1
- Session 2 Thursday, June 8
- Session 3 Thursday, June 15
- Session 4 Thursday, June 22
- Session 5 Thursday, June 29
- Session 6 Thursday, July 6
- Session 7 Thursday, July 13
- Session 8 Thursday, July 20
- Session 9 Thursday, July 27
- Session 10 Thursday, August 3
Refunds will not be given. No adjustments will be made for missed or partially attended weeks. When you enroll, you are reserving the time, space, staffing and provisions for your child, whether or not he or she attends.
DROP-OFF & AUTHORIZATION FOR PICK-UP
You may drop off your camper no earlier than 8:55 a.m. There must be a counselor present when your child is dropped off. Everyone who picks up a child from the summer day camp must be on the
authorization list that is provided by the parent(s)/guardian. Anyone who is not on the authorization list will not be permitted to pick up a child. Parents, please remember to add yourself to the authorization list.
A photo I.D. must be shown by anyone who will be picking up children from the YMCA. Anyone who does not have a photo I.D. will not be allowed to pick up a child. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our children safe. All individuals listed on your authorization list must be 16 years or older and have a valid photo ID.
LATE PICK UP
If a parent/guardian will be to be late for pick-up, please call 412-660-4147 pick-ups to occur - the camper may be removed from the camp program. Please respect the pick-up times for staff/safety concerns.
Please be sure to inform School Age Director of any food allergies that your child may have. If any medical consideration(s) should arise with your child during the course of the summer, please notify the Camp Coordinator immediately. Medication should be sent in the original prescription bottle with only the dosage allotted for that day. Any variations of this will not be accepted.
If a child is mildly injured during the daily activities, the camp staff will administer first aid. If the injury requires outside medical attention, the child will be taken to the Emergency Room at the hospital by
ambulance and accompanied by the Camp Coordinator or Head Counselor. The parent will be called and should meet the child at the Emergency Room. An incident report will be filled out for all injuries for the YMCA records.
TSS / CAMP AID INFORMATION
All campers that require a TSS or Aid to accompany them throughout a school day, must have the TSS or Aid in Preschool Day Camp. All parties must touch base with the Camp Coordinator 412-741-9622 ext. 119 two weeks prior to the beginning date of camp with completed forms (Act 33 & 34 clearances along with his or her company’s liability insurance). Please remember the TSS or aid must accompany the child for the entire session.
Basic rules include having respect for each other, the property of others, the YMCA facility, the child’s safety, and the security of the group. Behavior management is accomplished through a positive approach and redirection which will respect the child as an individual. Discipline procedures are handled individually, with a mild consequence that is associated with the particular infraction. No child shall be subjected to punishment that subjects a child to verbal abuse, ridicule, humiliation, or denial of food, rest or bathroom facilities. There is no punishment for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet, and no punishment related to eating or not eating food.
TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION
The Sewickley Valley YMCA reserves the right to suspend and/or terminate services with a
one-day advance notice to families. When the health, welfare and safety of other children are at stake the YMCA reserves the right to terminate the services immediately. Possible reasons for suspension and/or termination of a child from day camp include: inappropriate behavior considered to be harmful to your child, staff or others, overdue fees, parent/guardian behavior, as determined and discussed with the School Age Director.
RELEASE OF A CHILD TO IMPAIRED PERSON POLICY
An impaired condition specifically relates to alcohol, mind-altering chemicals or other medical conditions that render a person unable to operate a motor vehicle and thereby endanger the safety of a child who would be transported by the impaired person.
If in the judgment of the responsible personnel at the Preschool Camp, a parent or designated person appears to be unable to safely transport a child, the camp personnel will ask the parent or designated person to arrange such transportation. If the person is unwilling to provide such alternate transportation, the matter will be referred to the police before the child is released for transportation. Hopefully, the necessity to implement this policy will not arise, but should it, the parent/
the designated person must be apprised of the policy.
PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
Our YMCA has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse. As a YMCA program, we are mandated by PA state law to report all incidents of suspected child abuse or imminent risk to authorities via the child hotline. The state law requires reporting of suspected adult-to-child abuse and peer-to-peer abuse. All staff and volunteers in the preschool camp program will be trained on child abuse prevention and reporting procedures required by state law. For more information on this law, visit:keepkidssafe.pa.gov