Overnight Camp FAQs

At Camp Seymour, our number one priority is providing a safe, positive camper experience. 

The below responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are based on overnight camp guidelines. We will continue to monitor updates from the Pierce County Health Department, Washington State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and make adjustments as needed to align with the guidelines. 

Changes, Cancellations, and Refunds

Registrations canceled before April 1 will receive a full refund of the $100 deposit. After April 1 and before June 5, if you cancel your registration, we will refund camp fees the camp fee minus the deposit amount.

After June 5, fees are non-refundable without written documentation from a physician stating circumstances involving camper illness/injury, documented evidence of a significant life event, or consent of the Camp Director. Missing home, inappropriate camper behavior, or change in plans is not sufficient grounds for a refund.

Campers requesting to change sessions after June 5 will be charged a $25 change fee. Changes can only be made if there is availability in the session a camper wishes to change to.

Cabin Mate Requests

Cabin assignments are finalized one week before the start of the session. You will receive information on submitting a cabin mate request with the parent packet and forms in June.

Campers may mutually request two "buddies" within one grade of each other and in the same unit. We have found that placing more than three requested campers together impacts cabin dynamics and our emphasis on making new friends. We make every effort to place campers with requested cabin mates.

How are dietary restrictions handled?

FOOD ALLERGIES AND SPECIAL DIETS

VEGETARIAN

Our breakfast bar includes fresh fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, and cereal (soy or cow milk). Our lunch/dinner salad bar offers a healthy selection of fresh vegetables, salads, soups and fruit. We serve a vegetarian alternative to each main course.

TREE NUTS AND PEANUT ALLERGIES

We are a NUT FREE campus. Even our peanut butter is Soy.

PLEASE ASK ABOUT

Gluten Allergies - We may be able to provide some gluten free items such as pastas, pizza, pancakes, breads and desserts. Please call and talk with the kitchen manager.

Kosher - We may be able to meet your needs with vegetarian options. Please call and talk with our kitchen manager.

Vegans - We do not provide vegan meals, but can provide a lot of animal-free food.

We encourage parents to send supplemental food items in a small "igloo" style cooler with their child name on it. Please include inside as many "store purchased" unopened items as you are comfortable with your child eating, and we are will be happy to refrigerate those items and make them available during meals.

Can my camper bring a cell with them to camp?

No, we do not permit cell phones at camp. YMCA Camp is a safe place to let your children have a bit of freedom and independence. We want them to make new friends and face challenges, not to spend precious camp time calling or texting their friends back home. Parents can choose to e-mail messages to their campers. Experience has shown that a call to Mom and Dad can often make an adjustment problem worse, not better. Lastly, the technology of cameras on cell phones also creates the potential problem of taking pictures in sensitive areas. Camper bathrooms and changing areas are not appropriate places for cameras. If your child needs to have a cell phone with them because of travel or other reasons, simply have them submit it to camp staff upon arrival. We will return it to them when they leave.

Will testing or vaccination proof be required?

All campers and staff must do ONE of the following before arriving to camp:

  1. Receive a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. Families must retain written documentation of negative results for camp check-in.
  2. Participate in rapid testing upon arrival at check-in and receive a negative test result.

We strongly recommend that participants, staff, and volunteers are up to date on vaccinations and receive a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at camp.

What will happen if there is a confirmed Covid-19 case at camp?

If we are notified of exposure within a cohort, we will notify families of all affected group members and quarantine exposed campers where appropriate. We will assess the situation on a case-by-case basis and work with local public health officials to take next steps.

Our priority is keeping our campers, families and staff safe. We will follow the latest protocol from the CDC, state and county, and make decisions accordingly.

What happens if my child get sick while at camp?

Unfortunately, in these pandemic times, we must send campers with flu-like symptoms home. Campers may return to the program after a negative PCR Viral Covid test and 24 hours symptom-free. We are proactive in calling parents about any health-related issue.

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