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ABOUT CAMP FOSTER

Camp presents a tremendous opportunity for children to widen horizons, make new and lasting friends, and discover new strengths. At the heart of camp is our mission of “building healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.” We live out this mission through our values. United by our mission and values, our caring and nurturing camp staff will support your child in developing:

  • Self-Respect and Self-Confidence
  • Independence and Responsibility
  • Friendship and Social Skills
  • Teamwork and Community Living Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Affinity for Nature

Safety is always our top priority at camp. You can rest assured that your child will receive the best care and attention possible. Here is some of the ways we keep your child safe at camp:

  • We are accredited by the American Camp Association, meaning that we meet or exceed more than 300 standards for healthy, safety, and program quality.
  • Excellent camp counselor to camper ratios – one counselor for every six campers.
  • All summer staff and camp counselors members must complete a rigorous application process that includes:
    • Reference checks
    • Criminal Background Checks
    • Sex Offender List Checks
  • All summer staff and camp counselors participate in an extensive 10 day training to ensure that they serve as a positive, responsible, and caring role model for your child.
  • We have an on-site health coordinator and camp nurse to provide ongoing care for campers. Camp Foster is located 10 minutes away from Lakes Regional Hospital.
  • All lifeguards are American Red Cross certified and do ongoing training throughout the summer months.
  • All of our area coordinators are CPR/AED/1st Aid Trained.

Head Lice Policy
Head lice has become more prevalent over the past few years in schools and camps across the United States. Self-contained communities, like Camp Foster, are especially vulnerable to lice. As a camp we must be vigilant and take precautions to minimize lice infestations amongst campers and camp staff.

We ask that two-weeks prior to your child’s arrival to camp you, a medical professional, a lice specialist, or a hairdresser check your camper for nits (lice eggs) or lice bugs. Due to the lifespan of lice, we also ask that you have your camper checked once again immediately before their camp stay. We hope by doing these multiple checks that if lice is found it can be treated before coming to camp and be a much more comfortable situation for the camper. For information on lice please refer to the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/lice.

Each camper will go through a lice check during check-in at Camp Foster. Campers will be checked by professionally trained individuals. If lice is found on a camper, that camper will be sent home. There is no refund for a camper that is found to have lice.

Camp Foster will also have our camp counselors checked at the start of their employment and throughout the summer to ensure that they are not part of a lice infestation. Camp counselors will also go through an educational session about how to detect head lice symptoms and be advised to discourage campers from sharing personal articles such as: hats, hair brushes, pillows/cases, hair ties, bandanas, towels, etc.

If we work together we can provide a safe, lice-free environment for both campers and staff. Thank you for taking an active role in lice prevention.

Camp Foster YMCA is a 100+ year old program that allows kids to be kids! Camp is a place where children learn to canoe and sail, swim, ride horses, make friends, rifelry, and archery, explore the great outdoors, and create art. However, camp is so much more than that! Camp Foster is a place where campers and counselors alike learn side by side, get out of their comfort zone, and build a respectful and caring community where each person can be themselves. It is this sense of being part of something that translates to loyalty and pride to both counselors and campers since 1912.

Our program is designed to encourage campers to take healthy, safe risks that push them both mentally and physically with the guidance of our skilled counselors. This helps each child gain confidence, grit, and learn to work as a team. Our program incorporates the natural surroundings and requires a positive attitude, age-appropriate independence, and team work.

Check out our daily schedules and activities offered:

DAY CAMP               RESIDENT CAMP

CAMP REGISTRATION

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REGISTER FOR CAMP NOW!

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. There is a $100 deposit to hold each resident overnight camp session and $50 non-refundable deposit to hold each day camp session. Sessions will fill fast.

To learn more about sessions and their availability please click on the program you are interested in:

DAY CAMP               RESIDENT CAMP

 

FORMS, PAYMENT, and CANCELLATION POLICY

There are mandatory camp forms that must be filled out and returned by May 15th.

Final payments for resident camp are due by May 15, 2019. If there are any challenges to making your payment before the start of your camp session, please contact the Camp office for assistance.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY

  • $50 of the $100 deposit per session is not refundable or transferable.
  • After May 15, the entire deposit ($100) is not refundable or transferable. All bus fees and specialty camp fees (including watersports) are non-refundable or transferable and charges will still apply.
  • Cancellations within 7 days of the session or no shows will result in a loss of all fees paid, and charges will still apply.
  • All session changes and cancellations must be made in writing. You may email changes to: info@campfosterymca.com.
  • Please refer to the resident camp bussing form for cancellation policy.

There are mandatory camp forms that must be filled out and returned by May 15th.

Final payments for resident camp are due by May 15, 2019. If there are any challenges to making your payment before the start of your camp session, please contact the Camp office for assistance.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY

  • $50 of the $100 deposit per session is not refundable or transferable.
  • After May 15, the entire deposit ($100) is not refundable or transferable. All bus fees and specialty camp fees (including watersports) are non-refundable or transferable and charges will still apply.
  • Cancellations within 7 days of the session or no shows will result in a loss of all fees paid, and charges will still apply.
  • All session changes and cancellations must be made in writing. You may email changes to: info@campfosterymca.com.
  • Please refer to the resident camp bussing form for cancellation policy.

Meeting new people while on your own at camp is an invaluable experience, but we understand some children feel more comfortable with a friend.

We do not guarantee cabin mate or group mate requests, but we will make every effort to honor them. By following the policy below there is a higher chance of them being placed together in a cabin or day camp group. Refunds will not be given if cabin mate requests are not honored.

  • Children are placed into groups with campers in which there are generally no more than 18 months difference in age. Campers who request each other must stay within the age range indicated.
  • We recommend that siblings do not be placed in the same cabin – please note if you do or do not want sibling placed together.
  • We do allow campers to make cabin mate or group mate requests. Campers must mutually request each other to have a better chance of being placed together. So for example, if Jane Foster requests Petunia Camp and Petunia Camp requests Jane Foster than they have a greater chance of being together. If Jane Foster does not request Petunia Camp, but Petunia Camp does request Jane Foster than the chance of them being placed together is lower.
  • At the time of registration you will have the opportunity to share TWO names of individuals your child would like to be placed with. Please put the first choice than the second choice. Again, please follow the mutual request policy when making requests.
  • Requests of groups over three will be split up in order to decrease the impact of cliques. If you know this may be a concern, please contact the summer camp director prior to the season to discuss this.
  • We will make our best effort to contact you prior to your camper’s session to discuss any cabin placement issues.

We are not able to make changes at the time of check-in. If you have concerns please address this with the summer camp director.

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