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OVERNIGHT CAMP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
We understand that choosing an overnight camp for your daughter can be overwhelming. For your convenience we’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions that many parents have. If you still have questions and/or would like to speak with our camp registrar or our camp director, please feel free to call or email.
This is my child’s first time away from home. What can I do to help her prepare for the separation?
Browse through our website and Official Facebook Page together so that they can view the pictures and see all of the exciting new activities that they will be able to participate in. Also, go over the packing list (located on our website or in the handbook) together. Talk about all of the fun things they will be doing and all of the new friends that they will meet. Don’t focus on how much you’ll miss them or discuss a trip that you may be on while they are away. Reassure them that things will be fine while they are at camp, and remind them that they are not the only one going away to camp for the first time. There will be a lot of other kids also attending camp for the first time and many that are the same age. First time campers are always welcome to visit Camp Foss before their scheduled sessions.
This is my child’s first time away from home. What can I do to help better prepare myself for the separation?
After deciding that Camp Foss is the best option for your child, the way to prepare yourself is to read through the parent handbook in its entirety, browse our website, and even join our Official Facebook Page. This is the best way to see first hand the memories that are made, friendships that are created, and the fun that your child will experience this summer. Rest assured, our staff are trained professionals, and many of them started out at Camp Foss as campers themselves and have returned year after year. They know what it’s like to be a first time camper, so they can easily relate to your child and make sure that they’re having an amazing experience. Our staff are dedicated professionals that return year after year to provide campers with the same amazing experience that they once had as campers themselves.
Will my child make new friends?
Camp is a great way to make new friends! In addition to just being exposed to many new people, your child will be surrounded by staff that are trained to work with youth and help them meet new people while making new friends. Staff are also trained in how to address any negative issues, should they arise, such as managing cliques and/or bullying.
What happens if my child’s medical forms are not completed upon arrival at camp?
State law mandates that we have a completed health history and physician-signed physical for all campers that is signed and dated within the last 24 months. Unfortunately, your child will not be allowed to stay at camp until a copy of her physical, immunizations, insurance card, and demographic information has been received and uploaded to their account.
My child has special medical needs. What can I do to insure that their needs are met?
Please call or email our camp registrar outlining your child’s condition and any special requirements. This will allow us to determine if we are able to adequately meet your child’s needs and provide a meaningful camp experience. Additionally, we encourage you to speak with the nurse during the health check-in and to your child’s cabin counselors.
Is my child able to bunk with one of their friends?
Campers can request cabin mates as long as it is a mutual request and they are the same age. Both campers requesting to be together must also be attending the same length session in order to be placed in the same cabin. For example, both must be attending either one week or two week. If they are not the same age, but are within 12 months of age, they will be placed to the best of our ability, in a cabin that is age-appropriate for the younger camper. We will not put anyone together in a cabin that are more than 12 months apart in age. Due to last minute enrollment changes, cabin assignments are done just before check-in day. If you call in advance to check on your child’s cabin, we may not be able to tell you.
What happens if my child doesn’t get their cabin request?
Our camp staff does their best to accommodate all cabin requests. If campers aren’t in the same cabin together they will most likely be in the same village, but just in adjacent cabins. Campers will still be able to participate in activities together and will have the opportunity to make new friends.
Are laundry services available for my child?
Laundry services are only available for campers staying longer than a two week session.
Should I be worried if I don’t get any mail from my child?
No, it usually means they’re having a wonderful time and is busy in activities and making new friends. Tip: pack self-addressed, stamped postcards for them to send to you.
What should I do if I get a homesick letter from my child?
Don’t panic, it is very normal for the first letter. If you receive another, feel free to call camp and speak with a staff member. When you call the camp number, simply let the individual know the reason for your call, the name of your camper, and what cabin they’re in. The message will be delivered to your child’s cabin counselor and one of them will give you a call back during mealtime to discuss how they are adjusting at camp.
I will be out of town. Can I send someone else to pick up my camper?
During check-in, each family will fill out an authorized child release form that lists people that are authorized to pick up your child. Please be sure to include anybody that may be picking your child up if you are not able to. Anyone picking up your child will need to have an ID available during check-out.
Everyone is welcome at YMCA Camp Foss and YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na
The Granite YMCA provides a community were all are welcome. Camp Mi-Te-Na and Camp Foss are binary gendered overnight camps. We ask that campers attend the camp that aligns closest with their sincere self-reported gender identity. We expect campers and staff to follow all conventional social norms concerning modesty, the right to privacy and respecting others.