Find Your Answers

We know you have lots of questions about summer day camp and we’ve done our best to answer them. Read about our planned safety protocols, cancellation policy, and other frequently asked questions below.

Resources

  • Download our Family Guide to learn more about day camp with the Y.
  • Download this summer calendar to plan your camps week by week! 

 

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When does registration open for Y Day Camp?

Registration for Y Day Camp opens Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 am. 

When does registration close?

Weekly camp registration closes on the Wednesday prior to the camp session at 5:00 pm. For example, for camp starting on July 11, registration would close on July 6 at 5:00 pm.

What is the cost of Y Day Camp?

The cost of camp varies by type. Y members save an average of $50/week on camp fees. Learn more about becoming a member of the Y > 

Payments draft weekly on the Saturday two weeks prior to each camp session. A deposit of $15 per week, per camper is due upon registration.

  • Minis Camp (ages 3–5): $150 Member | $200 Community
     
  • Kids on Their Way Camp (entering Kindergarten): $325 Member | $375 Community
    (Kids must be 5 years old when they attend camp.)
     
  • Outdoor Day Camp (grades 1–5): $325 Member | $375 Community
     
  • Discovery Camp (grades 1–5): $325 Member | $375 Community
     
  • Swim & Sports Camp (grades 2–5): $350 Member | $400 Community
     
  • Climbing Camp (grades 4–6): $350 Member | $400 Community
     
  • Peak Camp (grades 6–8): $350 Member | $400 Community
     
  • Junior Lifeguard Camp (grades 8–10): $350 Member | $400 Community
     
  • Lead Camp (grades 9–12): $600 Member | $700 Community* 
     
  • Counselor in Training (grades 9–12): $25 Member | $35 Community**

*Two-week camp
**Counselor in Training Camp is only available after completing Lead Camp

I see pricing for three or four day camp options, how can I sign up for that?

Our camps are designed to be five-day experiences for most weeks. This allows us to create a program where your camper can be immersed in adventure, fun, and building new relationships.

We do have some shortened weeks due to observance of a federal holiday or due to a mid-week last day for a school district, and that is what the listed three or four day pricing option is for. 

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?

Yes, the Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching camp programs. The Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule.

Please complete this short two minute form to learn more about scholarships or financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within 3-5 business days once the form is received. 

Can I use a third-party subsidy to help pay for day camp?

Yes, many of our camps accept third-party subsidies.

For more information on Working Connections Child Care (WCCC), City of Seattle Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), or other third-party subsidy programs, please email us at registration@seattleymca.org or call (206) 382-4927.

What are the days and hours of day camp?

Day camps run Monday-Friday beginning June 20 and ending August 26. There is no camp on the 4th of July and camp that week runs four days from Tuesday-Friday. For Auburn and Edmonds School District programs, camps begin one week later on June 27 and end one week later on September 2. 

  • Minis Camp (ages 3–5): 3 hours long and actual times vary by location
     
  • Kids on Their Way Camp (entering Kindergarten): 7:30 am–5:30 pm
    (Kids must be 5 years old when they attend camp.)
     
  • Outdoor Day Camp (grades 1–5): 7:30 am–5:30 pm
    For campers utilizing bus options to and from Camp Terry, camp hours including transportation are 8:00 am–5:00 pm. There is no extended camp at those locations but there will be a 15-minute drop off and pick up window.
     
  • Discovery Camp (grades 1–5): 7:30 am–5:30 pm
     
  • Swim & Sports Camp (grades 2–5): 7:30 am–5:30 pm
     
  • Climbing Camp (grades 4–6): 9:00 am–4:00 pm
     
  • Peak Camp (grades 6–8): 7:30 am–5:30 pm
     
  • Junior Lifeguard Camp (grades 8–10): 9:00 am–4:00 pm
     
  • Lead Camp (grades 9–12): 9:00 am–4:00 pm
     
  • Counselor in Training (grades 9–12): 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Does camp fill quickly? Are there waitlist options?

We have limited capacity and locations, so we ask that you register promptly to secure a spot. If your chosen camp location is full, we encourage you to join the wait list and look at nearby locations. You can be on a wait list and registered for an alternative location at the same time.

What is your cancellation or change policy?

For cancellations, changes, or transfers, we require written notice via this form by end of day on Wednesday, 12 days prior to the start of the session week. For example, for camp starting on July 11, cancellations must be made by June 29.

Camp deposits are non-refundable and may not be transferred to account balances except for other camp programs. The Y reserves the right to charge a $25 fee for multiple registration changes. No refunds or credits will be given for absences, withdrawals, disciplinary suspensions, or removal of a camper.

How are you navigating Covid-19 at summer day camp?

We know that camp is a magical time for kids and are committed to bringing opportunity for discovery, enrichment, and play to kids across our region this summer. We also know that safety is a shared top priority for you and us!  

Our day camp offerings featured here follow the most current recommendations from the American Camp Association, YMCA of the USA, and those of our local, state, and federal government agencies. This guidance can change frequently, and we will adjust our camp programs to match current recommendations. We will keep this website up-to-date and communicate with you along the way. We appreciate your patience and flexibility!

How many staff will be with my child?

The YMCA of Greater Seattle camp programs follow the supervision guidelines of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and American Camping Association (ACA).

  • Ages 3-5 years: 1 counselor per 10 campers
  • Ages 6-12 years: 1 counselor per 12 campers
  • Ages 13+ years:1 counselor per 15 campers

Campers are assigned to a Y camp counselor using a hands-free, roster identification system. Camp staff regularly count campers and conduct name to face safety checks.

What happens if there are school schedule changes from snow days or Covid-19 related closures?

We recognize that these schedules are ever evolving.  We will adjust camp program dates and fees if needed and communicate any changes with you. Thanks for your patience and flexibility.

Do I need to fill out any additional paperwork for day camp?

Yes. We have partnered with PLAYERSPACE as your summer day camp communication and paperwork management system. In the spring, you will receive an email from PLAYERSPACE giving you access to your Parent Center where you can complete required forms and waivers, including immunization records, update emergency contact and health history information, and upload photos for children and parents/guardians. You must complete this paperwork before your child can attend Y Day Camp programs. This usually takes about 30 minutes.

Where do I drop-off? How do I contact my camp leaders?

More details about your specific camp will be emailed to families on the Thursday prior to each week of camp. 

Does day camp include lunch or snacks?

We provide a morning and afternoon snack each day of camp but we do not provide lunch.

There are some day camp locations that partner with summer lunch programs. Our team will communicate with families signed up at these locations once details are finalized.

How can I access documents needed for my tax returns?
  • Log In to your Y ActiveNet Account: If this is your first time logging in to your account, your user name is the email you provided when signing up for with the Y. To set up a password with that email select "Forgot Your Password." You will receive an email with a password. Use that password to login into your account.
     
  • Waiver: If you haven’t logged into your account recently, you will need to sign an updated waiver. For help, please follow these instructions.
     
  • Find Account Activity: Once you are logged in you will see all your account options. Under "Account Activity" click "Tax Receipts."
     
  • Find Your Name: A new window will pop up. Select your "Tax Year" from the drop-down list, select your payer name and add it to "selected family member."
     
  • Run Report: Click "Run Report." Each payer will have their own tax receipt. Once you view your report, save a copy for your records.
Can I use a paper reservation form to sign up for camp?

Yes, you may download forms here to print and fill out. 

Once complete, forms can be emailed to registration@seattleymca.org or dropped off at your local Y. Our registration team will follow-up within 3-5 business days after form received. 

Who can I contact with registration questions?

Please email us at registration@seattleymca.org or call (206) 382-4927. Our registration team is available between the hours of 7:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday.

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