YMCA CAMP SEYMOUR
RESIDENT CAMP PARENT GUIDE
Thank you for choosing YMCA Camp Seymour for your child’s summer Resident Camp
experience. This Parent’s Guide will allow you to become familiar with Camp Seymour
and help prepare for your child’s experience. Reading through this guide with your child
is important and should answer any questions you may have.
Please hold onto this guide as it has important information for before and during your
child’s camp experience.
Scott T Jackson
PRE CAMP CHECKLIST
— Review Parent Packet
— Make payment of any unpaid balances by June 1
(All online registration will automatically be set up for credit card draft on June 1 )
Sample Daily Schedule
— Complete forms and bring with you at check in
(Varies by age group)
— Help you child pack using the enclosed packing list as a guide
7:15 AM Good Morning!
Before Summer Visits Dippy & German Stairs (optional)
We invite you to take the opportunity to meet staff, tour camp facilities, and talk 8:00 AM Breakfast
with the Camp Director during a Seymour Sunday (check our website for dates
and times). Part of the magic of camp is making great friends while being away Morning Inspiration (at Chapel)
from family. We ask that there be no requests for visits to campers during Activities as a Cabin Group
summer sessions, as we are busy and involved with activities, and campers have Kapers (cabin and camp clean-up)
only a short time to be at camp. AM Camptivity 1
(4 days of a chosen activity)
We make every effort to place campers with requested cabinmates. We have 12:30 PM Lunch
found that placing more than three requested campers together tends to impact PM Camptivity 2
cabin dynamics and our emphasis of making new friends. Therefore, campers may (4 days of a chosen activity)
mutually request two ―buddies‖, within one grade of each other, on the regis- PM Camptivity 3
tration form. Saska (quiet time), Snack & Mail
Rec. Time -Open Activities
Changes, Cancellations, and Refunds
(Boating, Archery, Crafts, Games, Etc.)
As indicated on the registration form, the registration deposit and limited member
fee are non-refundable. Prior to the start of the session, you may change your 6:00 PM Dinner
camp session (space permitting) without penalty. Before June 1, if you cancel Evening Activity (Campfire, Skit night, Unit
your registration, the camp fee minus the deposit amount can be refunded. Af- Games, All-Camp Games)
ter June 1, fees are non-refundable without: 8:30 PM Embers
(cabin discussion or story)
1). Physician's written documentation of circumstances involving serious camper
illness/injury, and/or 9:30 PM Lights Out
2). Consent of the Camp Director. Minor illness, missing home, inappropriate
camper behavior, or change in plans are not sufficient grounds for a refund.
Telephone Contact candy/food from home can negatively Emergency Communication
Parents may contact Camp at any time complicate camper relationships. We In case of a medical or family emergency
to get a report on how their child is do- provide campers a snack each day, and at home, contact YMCA Camp Seymour
ing, or discuss their child’s experience, three full meals. If you wish to send a at 253-884-3392. After office hours,
at 253- 884-3392. Our experience is care package, inexpensive non-food our voicemail system will give you an
that campers’ telephone conversations items (including books, small non- emergency cell phone number you may
with parents tend to exacerbate or kick- electronic toys, travel games, puzzles use, and/or an opportunity to leave a
start missing home, so campers do not and the like - especially ones the whole message with the Camp Director. In the
have access to a telephone. In the cabin can enjoy) will show your child you event of an emergency, visits by a par-
event a child requests to make a phone care about and are thinking of them, and ent/guardian are allowed after contact
call, permission to do so is granted at will not disrupt the camp environment. with the Camp Director has occurred.
the Camp Director's discretion, after
staff make advance contact with the Medical Care
parent/guardian to discuss the Our Health Care Director is in residence PAPERWORK
situation. at our Health Center, and Dr. Roes, a
family practitioner in Key Center, is on Please fill all paperwork out and bring it
Mail call 24 hours a day. In case of emer- with you on the first day of camp.
To help your child make a smooth tran- gency, Mary Bridge Hospital (in Tacoma)
sition to camp, try to write them regu- accepts our campers as patients. Emer- Camper Release -The Camper Release
larly. You can start the letters before gency transportation is available from form is used to authorize specific indi-
arrival, so one can be waiting on the the local fire department in Key Center. viduals to pick-up and/or drop off your
first full day of camp. Mail from pets, Should any serious accident or illness child at camp.
siblings, relatives, and friends are great occur at camp, parents or guardians are Camp Store Deposit - The Camp Store
ways to show your love and support for notified immediately. In case of minor Deposit form is used to deposit money
your child. Funny cards and picture illness, parents are informed if their in the ―camp bank‖ for your child to use
postcards are great, too. Ask questions child remains in the Health Center for at the camp store.
about camp, and try to avoid telling your more than 24 hours.
child how much you miss them. Short Health and Medical History - Campers
declarations of love such as, ―We’re so We reserve the right to send a child will not be admitted to camp without an
proud of you,‖ or ―We love you‖, or ―See home if our Health Care Director or a accurately completed and signed health
you soon‖ are just what children want to physician so advises. If you plan to be form. A medical exam is required only if
hear. Please address mail to your child away for any length of time during your the camper has had surgery, serious
as follows: child’s time at camp, please arrange for illness, injury that has limited his/her
a relative or friend to be able to pick up activity, or has been hospitalized in the
Child's Name, Cabin Name your child should he or she become ill. past year. Please Note: It is the respon-
YMCA Camp Seymour Please notify camp of this situation by sibility of the camper's parent(s) or legal
9725 Cramer Road, KPN putting the name, address, and tele- guardian to provide accident and health
Gig Harbor, WA 98329 phone number of the relative or friend coverage for their camper while partici-
on the Camper Release Form. pating in activities with YMCA Camp
EMail Our medical staff or team of directors Seymour. The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap
To email your child while at camp, email will contact you (or your emergency con- Counties does not provide any accident
email@example.com and include tacts) if your child becomes ill or has or health coverage for its participants.
your camper's name and cabin name as any injury beyond a simple scrape or
the subject line. Emails will be printed in bruise. Letter to My Leader and Letter to My
the morning (in black and white) and Child’s Leader - Provides you and your
Camper Medication child an opportunity to communicate
distributed once daily with the mail. We
All medication (including prescriptions, with your cabin leader.
are unable to print attachments or link
over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins)
to greeting cards. Campers will not have
must be brought to camp in the original
computer access to reply.
container (as purchased or issued).
Care Packages Prescription containers must detail the
Putting a small gift in a letter or sending child’s name, name of the medication,
a package is a treat your child will ap- dosage directions, and the name of the
preciate. However, we need your help: person ordering the medication. All
please do not send food, candy, or medication must be noted on the Health
snacks to camp. Packages with food or Form, and will be held by the Health
candy are an invitation to ants or crit- Care Director, who will dispense it
ters to come and get dinner. Also, appropriately.
Be aware that camp is hard on clothing. We recommend against bringing new or expensive clothing, luggage, or other items.
All personal belongings should be plainly marked with camper’s name for identification. Each camper will care for his/her
own belongings, and storage is limited. Please bring only 2 items of luggage: a sleeping bag & one (1) suitcase/duffel bag.
Campers are expected to wear clothing appropriate for active days, outside, in a co-ed setting; and swim suits appropriate
for swimming and water games. Please work with your camper to select modest, athletic, durable clothing for camp. For
example, boxers and bra straps should not be visible. All shorts must cover below the fingertips of the camper when
Please Bring: Waterproof raincoat with hood or poncho
2 pair shoes (at least 1 pair sturdy tennis shoes)
Sleeping bag, w/stuff sack or plastic bag Swim suit (& goggles recommended)
Small pillow Pajamas
Laundry bag/pillow case for dirty clothes
Wash kit (w/soap, toothbrush and toothpaste) Optional Items:
1-2 Towels and 1 Washcloth
Flashlight (and extra batteries) T-shirt to tie dye in Arts & Crafts!
Pencil, paper, self-addressed envelopes, stamps Travel games, cards, activity books (rest time)
Sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) Fishing pole (w/barbless hooks, artificial bait)
Chapstick (minimum SPF 15) Non-aerosol insect repellent
6 T-shirts, 6 sets of underwear, 6 pairs of socks "Itch & sting stick" for insect bites
2 pairs of jeans or similar rugged pants Family photo (for comfort)
3 pairs shorts Journal
2 Sweatshirts Water bottle
(Pioneer campers should bring 1/2 of the above Rain pants
Warm jacket Books
Prohibited Items – Please do NOT bring.
The following items (and other inappropriate/hazardous items) will be confiscated if brought to camp:
Food, candy, or snacks. Treats in camper bags invite ants & critters into cabins. We provide a daily snack, as well as
three full meals with a fruit or salad bar. Food from home can complicate cabin relationships. All cash should be depos-
ited into the ―camp bank‖ at check-in.
Live pets must stay home, but a small plush stuffed-animal is great.
Electronic devices (toys, games, CD/MP3 players, iPods, cell/camera phones, etc.). They are a distraction from the camp
experience & easily lost.
Pocketknives, weapons or hazardous materials (e.g., matches, fireworks, etc.).
Cosmetics, curling irons, hair straighteners, etc.
Adventure Camp: Please bring enough clothes to last for the two weeks. An additional piece of luggage is acceptable.
Laundry is not available, so please plan accordingly. Adventurers will participate in a three-day, out-of-camp hiking or
canoeing trip – these trip groups are decided mid-way through the session. In order to have a safe and enjoyable trip
experience, all Adventurers need to bring, in addition to the above items:
Hiking boots/sturdy shoes Sunglasses
2 pairs wool socks Hat
Closed –toe shoes for wading: Water bottle
Old canvas shoes or ―aqua socks‖ Mess Kit
Sport sandals with straps are okay. Bowl & Plate—med-size
(To minimize injury from rocks & barnacles) ―Tupperware‖ style bowl work well.
Waterproof rain coat, w/hood & rain pants Cup– insulated plastic mug w/lid
Daypack & stuff sack for sleeping bag Sturdy fork & spoon
Lost and Found—YMCA Camp Seymour is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items. Label items plainly with your
child's name, and check through your child's belongings when he/she returns home. If your child is missing an item, please
call Camp at 253-884-3392. All unclaimed items will be donated 30 days after the camp session ends.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Check-in is from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm on the first day of camp.
Please bring the forms in this packet with you to check-in for your child's session. If your child is registered for more than
one session, you only need to fill out one Health History form & Letter to Leader, but will need to complete a Camper Re-
lease / Store Deposit form for each session.
Be prepared to walk about 100-150 yards to the cabin with your camper.
Please let us know in advance if you will need mobility assistance.
There are three steps to check your child in to camp:
1. At the parking lot: your camper will learn his/her cabin assignment. Your luggage will be tagged and shipped to the
2. Head for the basketball courts (follow signs). You will deposit any money you wish to leave for the camp store, and
sign and leave the Camper Release and Agreement to Participate form.
3. At the Health Check-in: A quick health screening and lice check. You will drop off all camper medications or
supplements, and leave your Health and Medical History form with the Health Care Director.
4. Arrival at your cabin: Meet the Cabin Leaders, leave your Letter to Leader form with them, and help your child get
Parents are urged to leave camp shortly thereafter, so that campers can become actively involved in the camp program right
away! If you suspect your child may become homesick, don't delay your departure from camp—he or she will be in good
Check out - Parents are invited to join us for a closing campfire on the last day of camp. Units 1, 2, and Pioneers Campfire
starts at 1:00 PM. Please, arrive no earlier than 12:45 PM for the 1:00 PM Campfire. Unit 3,4, Adventurers, or TREK camp-
ers have campfire at 2:00 PM. Please arrive no earlier than 1:45 PM for the 2:00 PM Campfire. If you have kids in both
programs, feel free to join us for either or both campfire programs. Park in the upper parking lot and you will be directed to
the ―Cove bowl‖ campfire. Adherence to this schedule is greatly appreciated. Remember to bring your ―camper claim check‖
with you, if you do not have your claim check you will be required to stop and show photo ID. After campfire you’re invited to
join us for a family BBQ and gather your child(ren), proceed to the lower field area, stop in the Dining Hall to receive any un-
spent store money (to the nearest dollar) and any remaining medications. Half of the claim-check will release your child from
the cabin leader and the second half will be given to the staff at the parking lot, when you are ready to depart.
Transportation—All campers must be provided their own transportation to and from camp. Driving directions are printed on
the map to Camp Seymour below. NEW for 2011– Campers attending sessions that end on Friday can pre-register for bus
transportation to the Morgan Family YMCA, which will arrive at 5:00pm. Spaces are limited and require and additional $20.
From Highway 16:
Take Purdy/302 Exit. Follow 302 across the
Purdy Bridge. Continue on this road toward
Key Center for approximately 5.5 miles.
Turn left at the sign for YMCA Camp Seymour
onto 134th Avenue. Follow 134th for about
two miles (134th will become Cramer Road)
and turn left onto Thomas Road. The en-
trance to camp is about 25 yards up the hill
on the right. Please drive slowly-the speed
limit is 5 MPH in main camp.