Camp FAQ

As you search for and make decisions about Summer activities for your children, The YMCA of Dane County wants you to know everything about us and our licensed summer camps. Learn more about what makes our Summer Camp programming different and see answers to frequently asked questions below. We hope the information on this page is helpful when making the important decision to send your child(ren) to camp. As always, feel free to contact your local YMCA of Dane County if your questions are not answered here.

So, how are YMCA of Dane County Summer Camps different?

  • EXPERIENCE: We know kids! After years of operating camp, we've learned a thing or two about providing the best possible camp experience for your child and you
  • FAMILIES SEND THEIR KIDS YEAR AFTER YEAR: 80-90% of our campers return the following Summer! Why? Because while camp is so much fun, what kids are really experiencing are positive life lessons.
  • ONE OF A KIND: No other camp program combines such a dynamic curriculum, mature staff, and well organized summer camp program.

Staff Qualifications and Supervision

  • OUR TEAM: Without a doubt, our team, extensive training and certification create the best possible group of teachers for your child
    • Are staff backgrounds checked? Yes!
    • What Type of background checks? Two different background checks, State of Wisconsin and the Child Care Background Check
    • How are staff members chosen? Extensive interview process including an on-site interview to determine if the applicant is the right fit for the camp.
    • What is the camper-to-staff ratio? 1:12 to 1:15
    • What kind of supervision do campers get from staff? Sight and sound at all times. Staff is engaged in the activities the children are participating in to ensure safety and fun!

Camper Health and Safety

  • SAFETY: Paramount in everything we do, the safety of our children continues to be our foremost goal. Staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Epi Pen.
    • What if my child gets sick? We isolate your child and keep them comfortable until a parent or guardian can pick them up.
    • How do you handle campers' meds? Parents complete a Medical Authorization form; all medications are kept with staff and are given to the child(ren) when it is designated.
    • Do you serve organic food? Yes, we serve a variety of snack options.
    • How do you handle food allergies? Parents fill out a child profile with suggestions and recommendations and staff accommodate during snack times by offering separate seating. Our staff snack shoppers are notified of allergies and shop accordingly. It is suggested that families send additional appropriate snacks for camp.

Additional Camp Information:


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