YMCA Camp Chase
A BRANCH OF THE YMCA OF GREATER HARTFORD

FAQ

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What should my child bring to camp?

Please make sure that each item is labeled:

  • A back pack to carry all their supplies
  • Bathing Suit and Towel
  • Healthy lunch and a snack they can keep in their backpack—lunches will be refrigerated so there is no need for coolers or ice packs
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen and/or Bug Spray
  • Complete change of clothes in a ziploc bag for children under eight in case of accidents
  • Any medications you have paperwork for
  • Closed-toed sneakers or other durable and protective shoes

Can my child go to the camp store?

Check with your camper for their day!

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 (campchase.office@ghymca.org). We will make every effort to put them in the same group. Keep in mind, if they are in different grade units (Bucks and Does vs. Rascals), we will be unable to accommodate the request.

What’s the deal with Family Nights?

For the summer of 2020 we will not be holding family nights or over nights.

In past years 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?

Swim lessons are currently on hold for the summer of 2020 due to restrictions from the state.

Traditionally, 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 not typically get morning free swim but will have afternoon swim lessons.

Can we see camp before the summer?

Yes! Prior to the camp starting we have numerous opportunities for you to view the camp. Please check our Facebook page for the most up to date information.

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 Office Manager (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?

Contact Camp Chase by calling (860) 673- 4321. We will make sure that the message has been passed to your campers.

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 there at least 10 minutes prior to the 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, the appropriate medical attention will be called.

What if my child loses something?

Camp Chase has a lost and found area by the Lower Pavilions. Campers are encouraged to take a look daily during lunch as well as prior to leaving for the day.

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

We do not allow (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Electronics— Camp is a tech-free environment. Campers will have all electronics confiscated and returned to the parents upon pick up if they are found using them at camp
  • Anything that can be considered a weapon
  • Personal sports equipment unless otherwise instructed
  • Any valuables
  • Juuls or other E-Cigarettes– there is absolutely no smoking of vaping on camp property
  • Open-toed shoes
  • Books or material containing anything inappropriate

See a full packing list here

Camp Chase is not responsible for any lost items. If you have any questions about what to bring to camp please feel free to call or message us.

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