Bring on Summer!

Day Camp will look a little different this year, but the Y remains the same. Days will be filled with fun camp activities to engage brains, exploration rotations to encourage kids to try new things, and plenty of physical activity and games to keep bodies active. Campers will have the opportunity to develop friendships and interact with others while following physical distancing and safety protocols, and will stay in small, close-knit circles. 

Y Day Camp Classic, our consolidated day camp offering this summer, will begin on June 22 and continue through August 28 at most locations.

All original summer day camp programs previously offered this year have been cancelled. A credit for any deposits or payments made is available on your Y ACTIVE account unless other arrangements were made.

Registration for Y Day Camp Classic

Registration for Y Day Camp Classic opens in phases, with a priority registration period for previously registered families opening first for each location followed by a general registration opening to the public. Previously registered families are those that were signed up for our original summer 2020 day camp programs.

Due to space restrictions and physical distancing guidelines, we have very limited spots and we expect the demand to outpace the capacity at all locations, even for previously registered families. We encourage you to register promptly and consider nearby locations or sign up for the waiting list, if your preferred location is full. We are continuing to work hard to secure additional locations, but do not expect more to open before June 22, the start of camp. 

We also wanted to remind you that due to physical distancing requirements, we will not be able to provide transportation this year. Parents or /guardians will be responsible for dropping off and picking up at the day camp location.

Registration closes each week on Wednesday end of day for the following week of camp. 

Central

Serves the greater Seattle area, including south Seattle, central Seattle, north Seattle, Ballard, Green Lake, Lake City, Phinney, Sand Point, First Hill, West Seattle, White Center, and South Park areas.

East

Serves Bellevue, Fall City, Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, North Bend, Preston, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie areas.

North

Serves Bothell, Brier, Duvall, Edmonds, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, North Seattle, Redmond, Shoreline, Woodinville, and Woodway areas.

South

Serves Algona, Auburn, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Normandy Park, Pacific, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila, and White Center areas.

To start, we’re offering Y Day Camp Classic at the locations listed above throughout King and south Snohomish counties. For families in the Coal Creek area, we are still working to identify locations near you. We’ll keep you updated and offer priority registration for previously registered families for the added locations, as well.

For families who previously registered for summer day camp, we have credited your original deposits or payment amount to your Y ACTIVE account, which can be used for Y Day Camp Classic, unless other arrangements were made.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need to fill out any additional paperwork for Y Day Camp Classic? 
    Yes, we have partnered with PLAYERSPACE as your new summer day camp communication and paperwork management system. 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 child(ren) and parent/guardians. You must complete this paperwork before your child(ren) can attend Y Day Camp Classic. We estimate this work will take about 30 minutes. 

    If you have forgotten your login information, please go the main YMCA of Greater Seattle PLAYERSPACE login page and click forgot password. 

    Separately, we also ask that you identify those adults who are authorized to pickup your child(ren) in your ACTIVE account.  Follow these instructions.
     
  2. What does the mask requirement mean for camp?
    The Governor's Office has issued a mandate for all youth 5 and older to wear face coverings.  The Department of Health has clarified that for our day camp this mandate only applies when campers are indoors or are not able to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing. We will provide buffs and bandanas to campers that will stay onsite. Campers are welcome, and encouraged, to bring their own masks that express their personality and fit them comfortably. Please be sure to label them with their name. 
     
  3. I am not seeing my child's age available for this camp, what do I do? 
    The ages for Y Day Camp Classic are 5-13 and grades are incoming Kindergarten through 8th. If your child’s age falls into these guidelines and you are unable to register online please email us with your child’s name and date of birth. We will reach out to begin the registration process.
     
  4. Will camp operations be affected by the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order or phases of re-opening?
    The Safe Start plan for reopening Washington State does not address child care or day camp. Child care has remained open and may continue to operate. Organizations like the Y have been given the approval to move to a summer day camp model when the traditional school year ends. 

    The Washington Department of Health states that families who are able to safely keep their children and youth home should continue to do so, but understands that this is not always possible. This becomes more relevant especially as communities move through phases and more sectors come on line.
     
  5. When is registration for Y Day Camp Classic? 
    Registration for Y Day Camp Classic opens in phases, with a priority registration period for previously registered families opening first for each location followed by a general registration opening to the public. Previously registered families are those that were signed up for our original summer 2020 day camp programs.
     
  6. When does registration close? 
    Registration closes weekly on Wednesday end of day for the following week of camp.
     
  7. What is your cancellation or change policy?
    For cancellations, changes, or transfers, we require written notice by Wednesday at 12:00pm prior to the start of the session. Deposits are non-refundable and may be non-transferable. 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. 
     
  8. Who can I contact with registration questions?
    Please email us at registration@seattleymca.org or call us at 206-382-4927. Our registration team is available between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. 
     
  9. I was registered for Quest, Minis, Trek, Horse, or Specialty Camp, is my camp still running? 
    Unfortunately, all original 2020 summer day camp programs are cancelled. We are only able to offer one type of camp this year, Y Day Camp Classic.  We are also offering Camp in a Box, a virtual way to bring the magic of camp home.
     
  10. Will this camp fill quickly?
    We do have limited capacity and locations, so we ask that you register promptly to secure a spot if you need care and services. Our team is working hard to secure additional locations to serve more families. 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.
     
  11. Will you provide transportation to camp locations from branches or centralized locations?
    Unfortunately, we will not be able to transport campers this summer.  You will need to drop off and pick up from the location you have selected.
     
  12. What is the cost of Y Day Camp Classic?
    For Y Facility Members, the fee is $260 per week. For Community Members, the fee is $300 per week. A deposit of $15 per week is due upon registration.

    The Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching camp programs. We accept Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy at many locations. In addition, the Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule. Please complete the Affordable for All Day Camp Income Acknowledgment Form to learn more about scholarships or financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within three business days once the form is received.
     
  13. Do I qualify for Facility Member pricing if my membership is on hold while facilities are closed or not up to full operations?
    You must be an active member to qualify for Facility Member pricing. If you would like to remove your hold status, please contact us.  
     
  14. What should I send in my child’s lunch to camp?
    Each day, parents will need to provide a nutritious lunch for their child(ren). Lunches provided by parents should strive to meet the USDA guidelines and contain a dairy product, a protein food, and two or more servings of fruit or vegetables. Please do not send candy, gum or soda with your child to camp. Remember these are active days and kids may eat more than usual! It is not possible for us to provide refrigeration or a microwave for lunches, so please do not send foods that may spoil (such as mayonnaise) or require reheating.

    To help the Y create a safe environment for children with life-threatening nut allergies, you may be asked to refrain from sending your child with food containing peanut butter or other nuts and/or other foods manufactured in a plant that processes nuts. If you have any questions, please speak with the Camp Director. 
     
  15. How are camp circles made? Who will my child be grouped with?
    Children are typically grouped by the grade they are entering in the next school year. Camp staff will work to maintain the same circles from week to week as well as accommodate special requests if possible.
     
  16. What should I send with my child to camp?
    Find a list of suggested items to bring to camp each day on the Know Before You Go page.
     
  17. I'm interested in Camp in a Box, can you tell me more? 
    Camp in a Box is the Y's virtual way to bring the magic of camp to your home for kids entering Kindergarten through 5th grades. 

SUMMER WITH THE Y

Family Camp

Explore the magic of Camp Colman and Camp Orkila through water activities, challenge course experiences, campfires, and more while getting to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Teen Expeditions

Our outdoor leadership trips will take teens to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest while inspiring them to be their most courageous and confident selves.

Camp in a Box

Let’s explore the great nearby! Camp in a Box brings the magic of camp to your home for kids entering Kindergarten through 5th grades.

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