Each staff member goes through an extensive hiring process including a criminal history background check, reference checks and an interview.
Staff receive over 40 hours of training including training in camp program areas, relating to children, health and safety skills and are First Aid and CPR certified.
All staff are committed to being positive role models for campers.
Where is the lost and found?
Help us prevent Lost and Found by labeling everything with your camper’s first and last name. #LabelEverything
We will do our best to help campers remember their things, however, the YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Our Lost and Found is located in the Y-Diner, on your way to Singing Hill, there are bins labeled to organize items. Campers are encouraged to check there in the mornings and afternoons for any belongings. This is open for families to check before/after camp and at Family Nights as well.
Every Friday afternoon we send items that are left at Camp to the Southdale YMCA in Edina. Items remain at the branch for two weeks and are then donated.
What about rainy days and severe heat?
Camp is held rain or shine. We have many fun-filled activities planned for rainy days. CAMPERS MUST DRESS ACCORDINGLY FOR THE WEATHER WITH APPROPRIATE RAIN GEAR!
Your child may come home wet and muddy. Activities are modified outside to fit rainy days and will continue as long as it is not lightning or thundering. Some of the best camp memories for children can be had on rainy days!
To keep campers safe during extremely hot days, we will occasionally cancel certain activities. We always encourage campers to drink lots of water and will play more water games and stay in the shade.
Is camp prepared for severe weather?
All of our staff have been trained in emergency procedures.
If a tornado warning has been issued while the children are at camp, they will be instructed to go to the Tornado Shelter.
The camp director will notify the YMCA immediately if the bus will be delayed.
What should I do if someone else is picking up my camper?
Please authorize whomever you need to on your camper’s registration BEFORE Camp. Check your ‘Emergency Info’ contacts as those are all people you are authorizing your camper to go home with.
If you need to arrange for additional people who are not on your authorized to transport list to pick up your child from camp, you must send a written permission note. (This should be given to the bus captain or emailed to camp including camper name, date, authorized pickup name and phone number.)
Authorized individuals will be responsible for signing your child in and/or out.
VERY IMPORTANT: You and all authorized persons need a picture ID to pick up your camper(s)!
What if I’m late for pick up?
We will try and reach you.
If we do not reach you, we will call persons listed as emergency contacts.
Campers will be transported to the Before and After Care site.
After 1 hour we will call authorities to ensure the safety of your child.
I’m nervous about swimming. What can you tell me about it?
All children at camp will have the opportunity to swim.
Counselors are required to be engaged with the campers when their group is in the pool.
Children will never be forced to swim if they don’t want to.
Campers are required to take a swim test to ensure their safety.
Campers may be required to wear a lifejacket depending on swim ability.
Camp Kici Yapi has an outdoor swimming pool. Only boating takes place at our Lakefront, not swimming.
What are the safety guidelines followed for boating?
Our boating program is an introductory opportunity for children to learn basic boating and safety skills.
All children and staff wear life jackets while in the boats and a Certified Lifeguard is always present and in sight of all boats while children are boating.
What if my child(ren) is ill or will not be able to attend Day Camp during the week?
Please call camp. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message.
What if my child is injured during the program?
If your child is injured YMCA staff will notify you.
In case of an emergency, YMCA staff will:
Call 911, perform immediate First Aid and contact you. After 911 has been called, it is then up to the emergency response team to decide what actions will be taken.
Staff will accompany the child to the hospital and stay until the parent/guardian arrives, if emergency transport is required.
If a parent/guardian is not able to be reached, we will continue to call through your designated emergency contact list until contact is made.
My child needs care before and after the bus stop times. What is available?