YMCA Camp Chase
A BRANCH OF THE YMCA OF GREATER HARTFORD

FAQ

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What should my child bring to camp?

Brown bag lunch with their name written on it (we put in the refrigerator), water bottle, sun block/ bug spray (combo is the best), bathing suit, towel, SNEAKERS are a must, a willingness for fun and adventure, Last but not least a Smile!

Can my child go to the camp store?

The camp store has snacks available for campers on specific days. All snacks (drinks & chips) are sold for $1 each. Looking out for healthy alternatives Camp Chase has chosen Switch as our snack provider.

The store schedule is:
Tuesday & Thursday – Fawns/ Bucks & Does/ Rascals
Wednesday & Friday – Pioneers/ Ranger/ Its

The Switch is Sparkling 100% Juice! It has all the flavor and refreshment you crave, without any mystery ingredients. We are also offering Switch chips. You’ll flip for our chips! The Switch Flip Chips give you the snacktacular goodness of potato chips without all the junk. Popped full of mega flavor – never baked or fried – they’re the healthy snack you’ll crave.

Will my child be in the same group as his/her friend?

If you would like your child to be in the same group as his/her friend, we need a written request from BOTH families. Requests should go to our registrar, via hard copy or email. We will make every effort to put them in the same group. Keep in mind, if they are in different units (Bucks and Does vs. Rascals), we will be unable to accommodate the request.

What’s the deal with Family Nights?

The even weeks of camp on Thursday all families are invited to attend our camp family night. There is no fee for the night’s events (on line registration is required). We will have family-friendly games and activities so everyone can join in, and a closing ceremony that you will never forget. Family Night run from 5:30-7:00PM. We ask families to bring a side or healthy snack for the event.

Do Specialty Camps participate in swim lessons? Free swim?

YES. All campers (with the exception of trip based groups) are expected to participate in swim lessons. Campers are tested and put in appropriate classes on the first day of the session. Specialty Camps will also be given a regular free swim time as well.

Can we see camp before the summer?

YES. OPEN HOUSE Times & Dates are:
May 25, 2013 • 12:00-4:00 PM
June 2, 2013 • 12:00-4:00 PM
June 11, 2013 • 6:00-8:00 PM

Come join us for an opportunity to meet some of the staff and leadership of Camp Chase. This fun-filled day will be an opportunity to come down to camp and find out what Chase is all about. Fun activities will serve as the backdrop to a family-filled afternoon of tours.  If you cannot make the open house then contact Michael to set up a private tour of the campus.  These are conducted in Late April throughout the season by appointment.

What happens if it rains?

LOTS OF THINGS! First of all, a misty or lightly rainy day will not stop us from following our normal schedule (so send your child with a light rain jacket). If it is a steady downpour, we resort to our vast arsenal of indoor activities, including portable teamwork activities, character values lessons, skits, songs, group games, portable sports activities and much more. We also continue to hold our popular spirit assemblies indoors.

What if my child needs to arrive late, leave early, or miss a day?

Simply send a note the day before with your child; or email our camp registrar (all requests MUST be in writing for our records). For a late arrival, bring the camper directly to the camp office, sign them in, and a staff member will escort them to their group. For early exit, come directly to camp office and camper should be waiting there. Only authorized parties will be allowed to sign-out campers. Please have ID ready. Please understand it can take up to 15 minutes for your child to be brought to the office.

How do I get in touch with my camper in case of emergency?

Call the camp line (860-673-4321), and your child will be summoned immediately.

What if my child misses the bus?

Parents of campers missing the bus will be responsible for their transportation to camp. Bus monitors are trained to leave at the time indicated on the schedule. Please follow our instructions and have your child their at least 10 minutes for scheduled departure time.

What if my child gets hurt?

We have been fortunate to have a very clean history of running a safe camp, however, in the event that your child sustains a minor injury, he will be treated by the camp first aider and you will be notified. If a major injury occurs, emergency authorities will be called in as well.

What if my child loses something?

We have an area at the lower pavilion where all lost items are stored. At the last day of camp the contents are donated to local charities. Parents should send campers with nothing of real monetary value, and remind campers to check the contents of their backpack prior to exiting camp each day. If a significant item does go missing, please call the day camp office, and we will do our best to help locate it. Ultimately, though, we are not responsible for any items campers bring with them to camp.

What items are unacceptable for my child to bring to camp?

We do not allow (this is not a comprehensive list): electronics of any kind (including I-pods and video games), weapons of any kind, toys, personal sports equipment (unless otherwise instructed), heelies, open-toed shoes, books or material containing anything inappropriate.

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