GROWING GREAT KIDS
Countdown to Summer Camp 2020
“My daughter absolutely LOVED going to camp this summer! She is very excited to return next year! I was very pleased with the process when dropping her off and EVERYONE was so amazing and sweet! Thank you so much for taking great care of her throughout her stay”. -Lindsay
“He gained independence and confidence. He learned how to cope with being away from his parents for a week. He also learned how to be more responsible. My son loved it so much that we are considering sending him to Camp Lakewood for more than one week next year”. – Katy
A MESSAGE TO OUR SUMMER CAMP PARENTS
At this time, we are still planning and preparing for a great summer 2020! We have decided to postpone Sessions 1, 2 and 3 for this summer. All of those campers have been notified and have been invited to register for later sessions this summer. We believe that the Camp Lakewood experience will be more important than ever after this time of social distancing and separation. Children will be eager for social enrichment and the electronic-free outdoors.
In addition, after carefully reviewing recently issued guidance from the CDC, American Camp Association and YMCA of the USA, we have made the difficult decision to cancel bus transportation to and from Camp Lakewood, stay overs in between sessions, and off site trips. All of those registered for these services have been notified of the change and given refund options. The reason these services are being cancelled is that they do not allow us to achieve our primary goal of keeping campers in pods and not intermixing campers in one combined group this summer. Also, bus services are third-party providers (not our own buses and bus drivers), thus we cannot certify that they are following CDC and ACA bus guidelines for bus transportation to and from camp and travel by bus. Parents, when you drop off your child, we invite you to see the camp and the new systems we have in place. We ask that only one parent accompany your camper through the check in process. Please note that check in is 1:30 – 3 pm and check out is 9 – 10 am. The Pick Up Authorization Form can be found on this page and must be provided to us in advance when someone other than the named persons on the registration form is picking up your child. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.
As always, the health and safety of our campers and guests is our top priority. We already follow recommendations of the health department, and licensing/ACA accreditation requirements. With recent events, we have increased precautions to exceed current recommendations.
- We will be increasing facility sanitization as a whole and with a focus on frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and equipment, posting hand-washing signs, adding hand-sanitizer stations and modifying activities to avoid close contact.
- We will make additional adjustments as we continue to monitor recommendations of the CDC, American Camp Association, YMCA of the USA and the health department.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We pushed back the balance due date from May 1, 2020 to May 15, 2020. If you paid by credit card, your balance was automatically charged on May 15, 2020.
When are parent packet forms due?
Parent packet forms are due three weeks prior to your camper’s session. Required forms are Parent Confidential form, Health History and Examination, and Trading Post form. These forms can be found here.
Is financial aid still available?
Yes, financial aid is available for those who qualify and families financially affected by the COVID-19 situation. The application is available here. Once completed, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our regular cancellation policy is; cancel 4 weeks in advance to receive a full refund less the deposit ($100 per session.) We will refund in full for illness or medical issues with a doctor’s note.
If summer camp sessions must be postponed or closed due to COVID-19, we will provide a full refund, hold a credit toward future programs or give the option to convert payments to a donation toward camp.
NOTE NEARBY ROAD WORK: From March 16 to July 1, 2020, Highway AA (if coming from Highway 185) will be closed for bridge repair. Please use Highway 8 (west – from Potosi) to (right on) Highway AA for access to our property. Thank you!
WHY CAMP LAKEWOOD?
YMCA Camp Lakewood is where kids come in the summer time to have fun, learn new skills, make new friends, and to simply be a kid. Your camper will forget all about television, video games, and smartphones while discovering the ultimate childhood experience, all within the safe and trusted environment of the Y.
Getting Outdoors: Camp Lakewood provides a well-rounded experience for campers and gets them outdoors to connect with nature. With a 360-acre lake, over 5,000 acres of forest-covered hills, caves, creeks and more, there are many opportunities for natural exploration and experiential learning. Whether it’s campfires, swimming, archery, climbing tower, zipline, sports, canoeing, cookouts, fishing, kayaking or a multitude of camp games, every camper delights in waking up with a renewed sense of excitement as to what new activities each day at camp will bring.
Safety First: The health and safety of each camper is our primary concern. All staff are trained in skills that emphasize safety, youth development and group dynamics. Each counselor is trained in CPR and first aid, and all water activities are closely supervised by staff who are lifeguard certified. A medical professional is always available in our well-equipped camp infirmary, and our local physician is on call to assist in emergencies.
It’s “My Camp”: What does it mean when everyone at Camp Lakewood says it’s, “My Camp!”? It means every one of our campers has a home away from home. It means every one of our campers has a special place where they can try new things without judgment. It means every camper knows a place where they have friends, where they feel safe, happy and wanted. It means every one of our campers has a camp, their camp, and they know the camper sitting next to them feels the exact same way. It means they are an important part of YMCA Camp Lakewood. So when asked, “Whose camp is this?” – we are excited to hear them say… “MY CAMP!”
Camp Lakewood Open House dates are designed to give parents and campers the opportunity to see Camp Lakewood in person before making any decisions. Come meet our camp directors, ask questions, see our beautiful property & lake, and even participate in some of the activities. You’ll be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime while summer camping at YMCA Camp Lakewood.
Please view our YMCA Camp Lakewood Facebook page for photos and videos and check out our virtual tour video at the top of this page.
For questions, please contact the Camp Lakewood office directly at 573-438-2155, or by email at email@example.com.