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HOW DO I REGISTER? add remove

Go to the location you are interested in, click register, and sign in or create an account. For youth or family memberships, please choose the branch you’re interested. For program membership, please choose the “YMCA of Greater Cleveland Child Care” branch. Select the weeks your child will attend camp.

Each child requires a $5 registration fee due at registration.

Each week of summer day camp requires a $25 deposit (deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable). These deposits are due at the time of registration, however, if registered by April 15th, we offer a deposit payment plan to schedule the deposits to automatically draft. All deposits must be paid in full by May 14th.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A FULL FACILITY MEMBERSHIP? add remove

No! An annual program membership is available for $25 per family and is required for those not currently a YMCA member or program member. Your program membership will only allow you to register for any childcare or camp programs that the YMCA of Greater Cleveland offers. To sign up for a program membership, select the camp you wish to attend and click Sign-Up Today. Select the Sign Up option and use the YMCA of Greater Cleveland Child Care as your location.

HOW WILL I KNOW MY CHILD IS REGISTERED? add remove

You will receive an email confirmation. You will be contacted the following business day via email with the enrollment packet that must be completed online and submitted.

DO THE CAMPS ACCEPT PUBLICLY FUNDED CHILD CARE? add remove

Yes! The Y is for ALL. Register Provisionally online.  The Payment Registrar’s Office will email follow up directions.

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland requires that individuals provide information regarding income, family size and necessary expenses so that it can provide financial assistance in a fair and consistent manner. All records are kept confidential.
  
Scholarship Applications will require income verification for all adults in the household and/or copy of class schedule if adult/guardian is a student.
 
Scholarship applications will be awarded up to 30% for those who qualify.

If the scholarship is denied OR is unaffordable, and you opt to cancel your provisional registration, any money paid for the registration fee and the Program Membership fee will be refunded.


All child care summer day camp scholarships must be sent to the Payment Registrar Office.

For additional inquiries contact the Payment Registrar's office at:
Phone: 216-263-6860
Fax: 216-479-0135
children@clevelandymca.org

WHAT DOES PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION MEAN? add remove

Provisional Registration temporarily holds space for participants seeking to use financial assistance via any of the following: County Vouchers, YMCA scholarship, deposit payment plan, or other 3rd party. All deadlines must be adhered to or you child may be removed from service. Please be sure to check your email (including spam) for communication from the Payment Registrar Office which will be sent one to three business days after registration.

WHEN IS THE ENROLLMENT PACKET DUE AND WHERE DO I SEND IT? add remove

The Payment Registrar Office will be sending a link to the enrollment packet following registration. For your convenience, all enrollment packets will be filled out and submitted online. Your immediate submission will assure the packets are received on time to the sites. Any information that is missing will be addressed by the site administrator. 
 

WHEN WILL FIELD TRIP CALENDARS AND PERMISSION SLIPS BE AVAILABLE? add remove

All field trip dates and locations will be available at the parent meeting.

HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE? add remove

School Age Summer Day Camp: Children must have completed kindergarten in June 2021.
Sports Day Camp: Ages 6-12 (some camps accept 5yr olds with completed kindergarten, please view camp page for more details)

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPORT CAMP AND SUMMER DAY CAMP? add remove

Summer Day Camp

  • Licensed through ODJFS, operate 7 am – 6 pm at most locations (see camp location page for specific times)
  • Ability to accept Publicly Funded Child Care
  • Weekly themes that has activities in: arts, science and nature, physical fitness and nutrition, and character development
  • Snack Provided

Sports Camp

  • Operate in the branches from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Weekly themes on different sport/sports theme where campers will complete drills, scrimmages, and activities enhancing their athletic ability and general sports knowledge 

Arts Camp

  • Operate in the branches from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Weekly themes on fine arts where campers will complete arts, crafts, game, and activities enhancing their themes knowledge.
WHAT SUPPLIES DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING? add remove

Summer Day Camp

  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Healthy and Nutritious Lunch (See Parent Handbook Page 17)
  • Sunscreen
  • Swim Suit and Towel (on designated swim days)

*Please label your child’s belongings!


Sports and Arts Camps

  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Water Bottle
  • Healthy and Nutritious Lunch (See Parent Handbook Page 17)
  • Sunscreen
  • Swim suits and towels (some locations)
HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH SUMMER DAY CAMP STAFF WHILE MY CHILD IS IN PROGRAM? add remove

Each site has a site cell phone that stays with a staff member at all times.  Parents will receive this number for the program their child is registered at parent meetings.

HOW IS DAY CAMP STAFF STRUCTURED? add remove

Site Administrator & Camp Counselors
The Site Administrator oversees the daily operations of the program and/or age group of the summer camp program including child safety, curriculum implementation, behavior management and staff supervision.

Youth Development District Director & Coordinator
The Area Youth Development Director oversees the Summer Camp Staff of several locations within the YMCA branch they are affiliated with.  The Area Youth Development Director supervises staff, is the liaison between the host facility and the YMCA, conducts parent meetings and resolves any parent/guardian questions, comments, concerns.

Payment Registrar
Oversees the Financial policies and payments of registrants of the programs, assists with parent/guardian questions, comments, concerns as it relates to payments and fees, assists in registration technical support. 

SUMMER DAY CAMP PARENT MEETING add remove
  • Each location will hold a Summer Camp Parent Night, prior to the start date of camp.  During this meeting, parents will:
    • Meet the staff
    • Receive child’s free t-shirt and any additional tshirts ordered at registration
    • Learn about financial policies
    • Receive schedules of swim days, theme days, etc
    • Turn in any addition required paperwork
SIBLING DISCOUNT add remove

Unfortunately, we do not offer a sibling discounts. However, for those who qualify, financial assistance is available.

RATIOS add remove
  • School Age Summer Day Camp Programs:  1 staff member to 18 children (ages 5-12)
  • Sports: 1 staff member to 12 children (ages 5*-12)
BENEFIT TO KIDS & PARENTS IN THE PROGRAM add remove

Even though it’s summer, and kids are out of school, learning doesn’t have to stop! The Y works hard to provide enriching activities where kids continue to learn and develop. This helps slow the summer slide and truly keeps kids having fun!

Camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends.  But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of outdoor activities, camp songs, field trips, talent shows and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

  • The Y is one of the largest providers of camp programs. There are over 1,850 day camps across the country, 315 overnight camps for youth and teens and many specialty camp programs that meet the diverse needs of children and teens, such as youth with disabilities and illnesses.
  • Ys nationwide serve 1.4 million individuals at camps every year.
  • The Y gives youth early work experience, employing 61,000 college-aged young adults as summer overnight camp leaders each year, guiding their career interests in youth development
  • Tens of thousands of teens are annually enrolled in “Leader in Training” and “Counselor in Training” program every summer at YMCA camps that provide valuable responsibilities in leadership.
PAPERWORK DEADLINES add remove

Please submit the online enrollment packet no later than Monday, one week prior to your child's first week of camp. Failure to provide completed information may result in a delay in the start date of your child in the summer camp program.

REGISTRATION CLOSING add remove
  • Mondays one week prior to the week of service based on camp capacity and availability.
  • As we are required to maintain a specific staff to child ratio at our locations and have a specific capacity, our locations are limited on the amount of campers we can accept, therefore, registration is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • If a camp does not reach capacity, the registration deadline is the Monday prior to the week of attendance.​