Summer Camp Programs

Summer Day Camp

The Bath Area Family YMCA Day Camp program is located at the YMCA facility on 303 Centre Street in Bath. Campers entering grade 1 through 6 in September of 2013 are invited to participate in the camp. Activities include arts and crafts, field trips, games, special events, climbing wall, swim instruction and more.

Campers are placed in age appropriate groups with activities facilitated by a qualified, quality staff in a fun and safe environment. The camp utilizes the many YMCA facilities to build self-esteem, cooperation, and team building. The camp meets Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. We establish community by group interaction and team building activities. Activities such as, swimming, outdoor education, crafts, games and team-building exercises will create leaders of tomorrow. We also promote a respect and appreciation of the environment, by allowing for hands on activity that enhances nature. We build self-esteem and have fun through guided discovery and problem solving. We develop new and positive ways to deal with behavior management and team building. We learn to solve conflicts amongst ourselves that build relationships rather than tear them down.

There are eight one week sessions with the first week beginning June 23rd and the final session beginning August 11th. There is no camp July 4th. Children may be dropped off as early as
6:45 am and picked up no later than 5:30 pm. During the hours pre and post camp, children are supervised by camp staff but are expected to play board games, read or participate in other low key activities.

As with all Y programs,
financial assistance is available.

2014 Day Camp Weeks

Week 1 / June 23-27
Sports Week

Get to learn, or improve your skills with some popular sports from this area. We will dabble in soccer, basketball and more!

 

Week 2 /June 30 -July 3
Stars & Stripes
Lots of fun will be had! Water balloons, water games, and relay races! We will do the 4th up right here at camp!


 

Week 3 / July 7-11
Olympic week

Let the YCamp Olympics begin! We will have many different Olympic themed events for the children to try out!

 

Week 4 / July 14-18
Fantasy Week
Fairy Tales, Knights & Princesses, Fairy Houses, Wizards and more! Be prepared to let your imagination run wild!

 

Week 5 / July 21-25
Movin' and Groovin'
Music and dancing all week long! We will be dancing to our favorites of the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's along with trying out lots of new dances!

 

Week 6 / July 28- Aug 1
Holiday Week
A different holiday each day - Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Valentine's!

 

Week 7 / August 4-8
Blast from the past

Clelebrating a different era each day! 

 

Week 8 / August 11-15
Maine Week

Learning about our great state, Maine is Vacationland after all!

 

Fees and Registration Incentives:

  • Register by May 2nd to get the Early Bird Special $165/week ($25 deposit per week due at time of registration).
  • Register May 3rd-June 1st to get the reduced rate of $175/week ($25 deposit per week due at time of registration).
  • Register two or more children within the same family and get $10 off per week for each additional child.
  • Weekly registration fee (after June 2nd) is $185/week ($25 deposit per week due at time of registration).

*Fees for week 2 / June 30- July 3 will reflect the July 4th closure.

Day Camp FAQ

Will I get more information on Camp?
A: An information packet will be available in early June containing information on special events, field trip permission forms and other camp news.

Do you provide transportation to the YMCA?
A: No. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian .

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?
A: A note given to the camp director that morning telling the time your child will be picked up and by who should be written.. 

I have a busy work schedule. What can I do?
A: To meet the needs of the working parent, children may be dropped at camp at 7am and picked up no later than 5:30pm. The structured day camp program takes place between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm. Prior to and after this time, campers are encouraged to participate in quiet activities and free play. Parents will be required to sign their child in and out in the morning and evening.

What  if my child lives close enough to the Y to walk to camp?
A: If a child is walking to and from the YMCA, please present the camp staff with a written permission slip stating that your child has permission to walk home. Please include the time they are to be dismissed.

May I come to visit my child at camp?
A: Yes, parents are invited to visit the site at any time to observe their child and camp. Parents are required to check in with the camp director..  Invitations are given to parents when special events are planned. If concerns arise or special issues need to be addressed, parents are encouraged to speak personally with their child’s counselor or the camp director.

If I am unable to pick my child up in person, what is the procedure?
A: In the case where you cannot pick up your child and someone else will, we ask that you give a note to the camp director so she will be aware of the change.  Your child’s safety is important to us. Unknown persons maybe asked to present an I.D. to camp staff.

Is there an emergency phone number?
A: The YMCA phone number is, 443-4112.  Our camp director is routinely available. If we cannot come to the phone please leave a message on voice mail and we will be right back to you as soon as possible

My child takes medication, what do I do?
A: As a licensed camp, we must follow strict guidelines. You must fill out a permission form, give the medication to the camp director or first aid provider in the original container, physicians name, dosage and expiration date. The medication is locked up and the first aid provider will administer the prescription per your instructions from you and your physician.

Does my child need lunch?
A: Yes. Each day your child should bring a lunch and a morning snack to camp. A lunch box or small cooler is recommended.  Clearly mark the campers name on it. No glass containers!!! Any food allergies your child has should be indicated on the medical form.

How should my child dress for camp?
A: Dressing your child appropriately is important to insure that your child has a good time at camp.  Shorts and t-shirts, sneakers and a sweatshirt are standard dress.  Swimming occurs daily, so a bathing suit and towel are necessary.  It is helpful to have children use a daypack of some kind so they can keep track of their belongings.  We ask that children not wear their bathing suits all day, so underwear is necessary. Clearly marking your child’s name on all clothing and towels will reduce the possibility of lost items.

What if it is raining?
A: In the event that it should be raining at camp, activities will be go on as scheduled. Camp is held despite the rain, so it is helpful to send raingear with your child.  Although outdoor activities will be restricted some exciting rainy day activities will be planned. Parents picking up their children should call the Y, 443-4112 to be sure we are there. Field trips may be planned during extended periods of bad weather.

Whom do I notify if my child will be absent from camp?
A: Parents should call the YMCA between 7:00-8:15am  at 443-4112

Is my child required to take swimming lessons?
A: Yes.  All campers must attend swimming lessons.  Swimming lessons are an important component of the camp program and all campers are given instruction.

Does the YMCA provide camper accident insurance?
A: No, in the event of an accident, prompt medical care is arranged through local rescue to Midcoast  Hospital. Medical bills are the responsibility of the family.

Should I pack sunscreen and bug repellent?
A: Absolutely. If your child is sensitive to bug bites and sun, both are recommended.  It’s a good idea to put a stick bug repellent vs. a spray and sunscreen in your child’s backpack.

What can you tell me about the discipline policy?
A: It is the goal of the YMCA to provide each camper with a fun, healthy and safe camp experience. Campers are treated equally and responsibility, caring, respect and honesty are the cornerstone for learning and understanding the camp rules and abiding by them. Campers may be given a time out and the opportunity to discuss the problem with the staff. If progress were difficult we would ask you to help. If  this is not productive a day away from camp will be discussed. Should behavior continue to be a problem after a full day time out then the child will be asked not to return to camp.

If my child attends camp am I able to get childcare tax credit?
A: Always check with your accountant. We will gladly provide you with receipts for your payments and our federal tax identification number so you can receive childcare tax credits.

If I have questions about the camp whom should I speak with?   
A: Beth Waters, our camp director, or Kevin Shute,  Program Director.  Both  can be reached at the Y. 443-4112.

Links to Specialty Camps

Frequently Asked Questions

2014 Camp Parent Handbook & Registration Form

Financial Aid Request Form

Gymnastics Camps

2014 Pre-Team Camp

Camp Dates:
July 7 - 11

Days: Mon through Fri

Time: 9:00 - 3:00 pm


Fee: $180.00 (Y Membership Reqired)

Athletes considering future participation on a competitive team will benefit from a week at this camp. Motivated athletes will practice back walk overs, handsprings, pullovers on the bars and more advanced skills. Gymnasts who are motivated and believe they possess the necessary skills are invited to attend this session. Y membership required

Online Registration Tab

2014 Team Camp

Camp Dates:
June 23-27 or
August 11-15

Days: Mon - Fri

Time: 9 am - 3 pm

Fee: $180 per week (Y Membership required)

Competitive gymnasts wishing to improve their overall skills will be delighted with this camp. Participants must be current team members or be invited by team coaches to attend this advanced week of camp. Check with coaches to see if skill level is appropriate for this camp. Y membeship required.

Online Registration Tab

2014 Youth Mini Camp

Camp Dates:
July 14-18

August 4-8

Days: Mon, Wed and Fri

Time: 9 am - 12 noon

$90 per week
 

Budding gymnasts or those with casual interest in the sport will enjoy this camp. Athletes will use all the equipment and will be taught handsprings on the floor, jumps on the beam, squats on the vault and back hip circles on the bars. All abilities welcome.

Online Registration Tab

2014 Tumbling/ Mini Tramp/ Vault Camp

Camp Dates:
July 21-25
July 28- August 1

Days: Mon, Wed, Fri

Time: 9 am - 12 noon

$90 per week
 

This is a great camp for cheerleaders of all ages and abilities. The focus is on all levels of tumbling, both front and back flips, new vaults and use of the mini tramp.

Online Registration Tab

2014 Preschool Camp

Camp Dates:
June 30-July 4 (no July 4th)
July 28 - August 1

Days: Mon, Wed, Fri

Time: 9 am - 11 noon

$60.00 per week
 

Children ages 2 to 5will be gently introduced to all appropriate gymnastics equipment in a structured, non-intimidating manner. For 2 & 3 year olds, parents must stay with the child during the class. For 4 & 5 year olds, parent involvement is encouraged but not required.

Online Registration Tab

2014 Kids Kayaking and SUP Camp

Camp Dates:
June 23-27
July 14-18

Days: Mon - Fri

Time:
9-12pm (1/2 day),
1-4 pm (1/2 day), 9-4pm (full day)

Ages 8 and up

Fee: Half Day: $200
Full Day: $275

What is SUP? Stand Up Paddling (also known as paddle boarding)! Participants will spend the week at Seaspray Kayaking in West Bath learning about the proper techniques and safety of kayaking and paddle boarding. A snack and drink will be provided daily and all kayakers will receive a kayaking T-shirt and certificate on the last day. Guaranteed to be the talk of the summer! *Kayakers should be prepared for a change in weather conditions. If a change in the schedule is made, all participants will be notified by phone. For ages 8 and up.

What to Bring:

  • Bathing Suit/Nylon Shorts
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses/Sunblock/Hat
  • Windbreaker/Fleece/Rain Jacket
  • Water Shoes/Sandals/Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Water Proof Camera (Optional)
  • Own Kayak/Lifejacket/Wetsuit (Optional)

***Please bring the filled-out Waiver of Liability (below) on the first day of camp
Click here to download Waiver of Liability

For more information, please contact Kevin Shute at 443-4112 or kevin@bathymca.org.

Online Registration Tab

beginning sailing program

Dates: TBD

Ages 8 - 14

We are working with the Small Point Summer School to offer a basic introduction to sailing program this summer. The program would be for youngsters ages 8-14 and acquaint them witht he fundamentals of sailing. As soon as we have confirmation that the program is going to happen we will release info on dates, times, fees, etc. Please check with the Y in mid April.

Online Registration Tab

Dance camp summer sizzle

Camp Dates:
August 4-7

Days: Mon-Thurs

Time: 9-3pm

Ages:8 and up

Fee: $180

This high energy camp will incorporate theme days that will offer a range of styles including ballroom, hip hop, jazz, theater, contemporary and more. Dacers will learn choreography and be taught how to choreograph their own routines and how to dance with partners. Theme will be incorporated day full of dancing and creating. this week will offer tons of hoto opportunities during dance class, crafts, and making new friends. Campers will continue to add to their personal binders, where they will be able to bring their camp memories home with them. Day will include several breaks where campers can socialize, listen to music and swim. Campers are asked to bring an old T-shirt from home for one of the crafts, attire that allows them to move freely, dance shoes, a bathing suit and towel. For those that have tap shoes, please bring those along as well. Campers are to bring a refillable water bottle and lunch each day

Online Registration Tab

Junior lifeguard camp

Dates:
July 28 - 31
Days: Mon - Thurs
Time: 9am-3pm

Ages 10-14
        
Y-Members: $200
Non-Membes: $250

Learn Self-help and Rescue Skills, Explore Leadership and Community Service, Improve Stroke Mechanics and Endurance. Students gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge including how to enjoy the water safely, first aid and CPR, water rescue techniques, the importance of keeping physically fit, and other topics related to lifeguarding. A portion of each day will be spent outside. Campers will spend one day offsite at a local beach. Pre-requisite skill required: 50 yards Freestyle.

Online Registration Tab