Colman’s Frequently Asked Summer Registration Questions: 

What are the three price tiers? What do they mean? How do I choose?
We recognize that each family has a unique budget, and we’ve developed a tiered payment structure to meet different family circumstances. You’ll self-select into the tier appropriate for your family’s budget. Staff at camp will not know what tiers each family has selected; we will offer the same high-quality camp experience to all families.

  • Tier 3 reflects the full cost of operating camp and sustaining our program throughout the season and the year. If you are able to pay this amount, please do.
  • Tier 2 is a partially-subsidized rate to help families who can't afford the full program cost.
  • Tier 1 represents a more substantial subsidy for families who need assistance to attend our programs. While this tier covers specific costs related to your attendance, like meals and program supplies, it does not account for year-round operating costs. Choose this rate if it best meets your family circumstance.
  • Tier 0 represents a heavily subsidized rate and has been made possible through the support of donors who are committed to ensuring that all families camp participate in a camp experience.  If the earlier tiers are beyond your family’s means at this time, please choose this tier for a rate that is made possible via scholarships.

If none of these price points are accessible to your family, we hope you will connect with our team at campinfo@seattleymca.org to discuss a level of financial assistance that will make it possible for you to attend.  We have scholarship funds for this purpose, and we want to use them for you to join us!


What are your payment and refund policies?

  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 per session per child must accompany the registration form ($50 if applying for Financial Assistance).
  • Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express and personal check made out to YMCA Camping & Outdoor Leadership. 
  • Payment in full is due on or by June 1. 
  • If your camper is unable to attend, please notify our office immediately. To receive a refund, you must notify us by June 1. According to how you originally paid, a check or credit card refund will be issued, less the non-refundable deposit. Please allow 2 weeks for processing refunds.
  • Any cancellations or refund requests received after June 1 will be at the discretion of the YMCA.

 

What is the transportation fee?
Campers may be checked-in and picked-up at the Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac or at Camp Colman.

  • Bus from Matt Griffin YMCA: Buses supervised by camp staff will transport campers between the Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac and Camp Colman. If you choose this option, there is a $60 transportation fee ($30 each way). You’ll need to pay a transportation fee for each session for which your camper will be taking the bus. 
  • Camp Colman: Campers may be checked in and picked up at Camp Colman, which is located about an hour and a half South of Seattle in Longbranch, WA. There is no transportation fee associated with this option.

 

What is store money?
At Camp, there is a “Camp Store,” which has Colman gear (such as t-shirts and sweatshirts), souvenirs and miscellaneous items. All store purchases are made through your camper’s prepaid store account. We suggest $25-50 depending on the session length. You may add store money upon registration or with a later payment.

Your camper’s unspent store money can either be refunded to your account, or be donated to our campership fund, which helps send kids to camp. A detailed report of your camper’s store expenses can be found on your account, or you can request a hard copy sent to you. Please contact the YMCA Camping & Outdoor Leadership Office with any questions: 206 382 5009 or campinfo@seattleymca.org

 

How do you handle friend requests?
Making new friends is a big part of the camp experience. To ensure that our groupings are welcoming to all, we are only able to honor TWO friend requests. Requests must be mutual, campers must be registered for the SAME PROGRAM and received at least three weeks before the start of the session. Groups of more than 3 will be split.

 

What if my camper is transgender?
We welcome all children to camp, and want each child to feel safe and comfortable. We respect each child’s identity and will assign them to cabins based on their gender identity, with the exception of our all-gender session during which cabin assignments will be made based only by age. Please make sure to indicate your child’s appropriate gender identity and name they go by on their account. (If the above is possible regarding the Insurance section then also include: It is important, in the event of any emergency, that we have your child’s legal name and gender as it corresponds to their health insurance and any medication prescriptions. There will be a place to include this information in the Health Insurance section of the camper forms and this information will be kept confidential) As we tell all camp families, if you or your child would like to speak to our camp director in advance to discuss any concerns or question to help you, or us, best help your camper have a great week at camp, please feel free to contact Daniel “Shibby” Alpers at 206-717-2593.

 

What if my camper is gender nonconforming/gender expansive?
We welcome all children to camp, and want each child to feel safe and comfortable. Other than our all-gender session, we do make cabin assignments designated by boy cabins and girl cabins.  While cabins have private toilet and shower facilities, we do not otherwise have gender neutral restrooms at this time. Your camper should consider whether they will feel more comfortable being put in a boys cabin or girls cabin and then please register for that cabin. If your child changes their mind closer to camp, please just give us a call and let us know and we can easily make that changes as long as it is at least 2 weeks before the start of the session. For the sake of cabin dynamics, we do not allow campers to change cabin groups once they have joined their assigned cabin.  If your camper is attending for multiple weeks and decides they would prefer the other gender cabin the subsequent weeks, they can notify the camp director, Daniel “Shibby” Alpers, before the end of their current session and he can make sure that is arranged.  While for the majority of our session we do set cabin groups by gender, one of the first things cabin groups do is introduce themselves to their cabin group.  At this time, campers are invited to share the name they go by and their pronoun, and this will be affirmed, respected and supported by the cabin leader throughout the session. As we tell all camp families, if you or your child would like to speak to our camp director in advance to discuss any concerns or question to help you, or us, best help your camper have a great week at camp, please feel free to contact Daniel “Shibby” Alpers at 206-717-2593.