Frequently Asked Questions

2022 Frequently Asked Questions  

1. When does camp start and finish? June 7st-August 2th (Please note, there is no camp on 4th of July)

2. What does camp cost?  We have a weekly rate only for summer camp. You must select which weeks you plan on attending. Members: $155.00/week; Non -members: $215.00/week; Registration fee: $35.00 non –refundable fee per family Check out the benefits of why you and your family should become a member of the Peoria YMCA!

3. What time does camp start and end each day? 6:30am-5:30pm – Our structured activities begin at 8:30am each day, so we ask that all children arrive by this time.

4. Do you offer scholarships (financial aid)? Yes, but you will need to apply through Child Care Connections (CCC) first.  If you do not qualify for CCC, you may apply for a scholarship through the Peoria YMCA.  Requirements are on our website for the scholarship by clicking HERE

5. Can I pay in cash at the start of each week?  To eliminate the need to make weekly payments and provide a user friendly method, we use a a bank draft only option for the method of payment for camp.  This ensures a higher quality of service to you and your family.

6. What if my child care needs change during the summer or our family takes a vacation? If you need to change the scheduled days your child is in our Before and After School Care or Summer Camp, a Change of Status Form must be completed 7 days prior to your child being away.  If you neglect to submit a Change of Status Form one week prior, payment will be due. This policy allows for accurate staffing for camp. Click here for the Change of Status Form.

7. Do you accept children with disabilities? The Greater Peoria Family YMCA welcomes and encourages the participation of children and adults, including those with disabilities, in all of its facilities, classes, programs and activities. We are committed to the following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to include but not limited to:

  1.     Maintaining accessible facilities, classes, programs and activities;
  2.     Promoting inclusion through reasonable accommodations; and
  3.     Striving to make the recreational experience a positive and successful one for all.

If an individual with a disability requires assistance in order to successfully participate in one of our classes, programs or activities, or to use our facilities, a reasonable accommodation should be requested by the parent or guardian at the time of enrolling in the program or class. Participants visiting the YMCA’s facilities or taking part in the YMCA’s programs or activities must be able to participate in an independent fashion. Staff is not able to provide services of a personal nature, such as assistance in eating, toileting or dressing. Participants are welcome to bring a caregiver or aide if they need assistance with these activities. Personal caregivers/aides will not be charged program fees for programs or activities they are assisting in, but they are still responsible for paying costs, such as ticket or admission fees. Should a participant need support above and beyond a reasonable accommodation such as one-on-one support, medical assistance that requires medical training this will be provided at the participant or parent’s expense.  If at any time the behavior of a participant jeopardizes the ability of the YMCA to provide a reasonably safe environment, any individual may be removed from programming.  

7.   What are your activities in camp?  Swimming, field trips, Vacation Bible School*, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, arts & crafts, science projects, nature walks plus many other exciting activities!

*While the YMCA is a Christian organization, we welcome campers from all religious backgrounds we teach all campers to be caring, honest, responsible and respectful.

8.   What shall I bring and do you provide lunch. PLEASE PROVIDE LUNCH! We also ask that you send a bottle of sunscreen and a reusable water bottle still. Please bring spare clothes, sunscreen, bug spray. Please leave at home phones, toys, candy.

9.   What ages do you accept in camp?  Camp is for kids 5-10 years old (children who have completed Kindergarten-5th grade). For kids 11-13 (going into 6th-8th grade), we have our free Teen Reach program daily from 9am-3pm, plus before & after program for our members. Click here for more information on the Youth Leadership Development -Teen Reach summer program.

10. Do you offer overnight camp: No, the Peoria YMCA does not offer overnight camp, but other Y’s do offer them, see below for a few options.

Some YMCAs offer overnight camps that run from a few days to a few weeks in scenic outdoor areas that span from New Hampshire to Hawaii. Camp programs offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide children and teenagers in having an unforgettable experience. Expect new and fun activities that will add not only build skills, but great new friends and character values for life. Here are a few in the midwest.

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