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Important Information

Camp Philosophy Statement

YMCA day camps are designed to provide your child with the opportunity to play, grow and meeting new friends in a safe, nurturing environment. Programming focuses on having fun while increasing self-esteem, learning new skills and cooperating and respecting others.

Camp Staff

Great care is taken in the hiring and training of our staff. All camp staff have been trained in YMCA Healthy Child Development recognized under the High Five Quality Assurance Program. All senior staff are certified in CPR and First Aid. Staff are selected on the basic of experience, skills and genuine commitment to children. All staff undergo many hours of pre-camp training to ensure quality programming. 

Behaviour Management Philosophy

It is our goal to provide a healthy, safe and secure environment for all participants.  Day Camp staff and managers will redirect camper behaviour and respond to inappropriate choices on an individual basis.

Children who attend our camps are expected to follow behaviour guidelines and interact appropriately.  If a situation arises where a participant threatens the safety of another person or shows disregard for camp guidelines, we will inform and work with parents to correct the child’s behaviour in order to provide a positive camp experience for everyone.  Campers are required to abide by our Camper Code of Conduct at all times. Contrary behaviour will result in implementation of a behaviour contract that will be discussed with camper and parents.  

Should disruptive behaviour continue, the participant may be dismissed from camp at the discretion of the Camp Director. The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce will not be held responsible for any costs associated with a participant’s dismissal, including camp fees.  Refunds will not be granted if a child is asked to leave our programs due to misbehaviour.  

Educational Assistants (E.A.)

If your child has an E.A. at school that assists with behaviour concerns, they are required to have someone assist them at camp.  Parents are required to make these arrangements for their children. Full disclosure on our Camper Information Form is required at time of registration.  Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal.


Any medication your child is taking while at camp must be prescribed by a doctor and be left with the Camp Director in the morning upon arrival.  All medication must be in the original package with instructions for dosage.  A consent form must be signed for the medication to be administered.  Please advise camp staff of medication changes so we can monitor or expect any changes in the child and their behaviour.

In Case of Injury or Illness

If a trip to a doctor or the hospital is necessary, a staff member will accompany your son or daughter, and one of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.  If your child becomes ill while at camp, staff will contact a family member to take the child home.


Any photographs taken of your child while at camp by an employee or representative of the Y or the City of Owen Sound, will become the property of the Y or the City, and may be used for various promotional purposes. If you or your family wishes otherwise, please inform the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce.

Lunches & Snacks

To be considerate of any children with allergies, we ask that you refrain from sending any food items with peanuts or traces of nuts. Usage of vending machines during camp hours is prohibited. This is a considerate effort to help protect the children in our camp with nut allergies and to let them have a safe, enjoyable camp experience

Lost & Found Items

We are not responsible for campers’ personal belongings if lost, stolen, or damaged. We will maintain a “Lost and Found Bin” which will be accessible to parents.  Items left more than two weeks will be donated to a local charity.

We reserve the right to cancel or alter any programs, times, costs or locations due to registration numbers, policy change, or availability of staff.