Camp

CAMP CONTACTS

Camp Director Brandon Drake

415-446-2178

 

Loma Verde Camp: 415-883-2663

Hidden Valley Elementary: 415-457-4465

 

Specialty Camp: 415-892-4849

Jayne Johnson

 

Devil’s Gulch Camp: 415-456-5349

Mimi Choudhury

 

Sports Camp: 415-446-2178

Niel Bergquist

 

Billing: 415-446-2157

Stephanie Hamilton

Y Camp is back with more spirit than ever! Our traditional day camp offers everything from frisbee to flower gardening to bring your child a new adventure every day. This year will feature field trips to the Chabot Space Center and A’s baseball games, visits from princesses and magicians, and much more. Daily activities span the range of your child’s imagination, with special focus on art, sports, music, swimming and learning about the natural world. Join us at the Camp Family Picnic in July to feel the magic for yourself!

We have two day camp locations for your convenience. This year programs will be held at Loma Verde Elementary in Novato and Hidden Valley Elementary in San Anselmo. Both sites will host 5 age-based camp groups: Discoverers (entering grades K-1), Adventurers (entering 2-3), Explorers (entering 4-5), Movin’ On (entering 6-8) and Counselors in Training (entering 9-10). Camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Extended care hours from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. are open to all campers, where we will provide light breakfast in the morning and snack in the afternoon. New to camp this year is our Y-Tykes camp program for your Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten-aged children. Y-Tykes will be held at nearby Rancho Elementary in Novato from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with extended care from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. (snack is also provided).

 

Why your child belongs at Y Camp

With more than 100 years of camping experience, Y camp is a safe and nurturing place, where children build self-esteem, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world around them.

 

Our commitment

Your child will find the confidence for creative self-expression through songs, art, new friendships, and new adventures. We offer more than nonstop fun. Your child will learn how to apply time, talent, and energy toward a caring, honest, respectful and responsible life.

 

Our leaders

We are caring, competent and experienced. Our training includes camp safety, child abuse prevention, activity planning, CPR, First Aid, and more, making your child’s experience both safe and fun.

 

Our pledge

We are dedicated to making your and your child’s experiences at Y camp extraordinary. At the end of the day, your child will come home with a positive experience, excited and ready for their next camp adventure.

 

Marin YMCA 2014 Spring/Summer Program Guide

Parent Handbook

 

Day Camp Locations

Loma Verde
399 Alameda De La Loma
Novato, CA 94949
415-883-2663

Hidden Valley Elementary
46 Green Valley Ct.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-457-4465

 

Sample of Daily Events:

Monday: Traditional day

Tuesday: Swim at IVC Pool (times vary)

Wednesday: Guest visitors

Thursday: Field trips

Friday: Choice activity rotation & spirit day (dress-up), lunch provided

 

Y-Tykes (ages 3.5-5) - CANCELLED

Introducing our new half-day summer day camp for preschool-age campers! Y-Tykes will be held at Rancho Elementary in Novato and incorporate all the theme-based enrichments of traditional camp in a more intimate, nurturing

environment for your child to comfortably transition from preschool to day camp. Programs are similar to those of our Traditional Day Camp but do not feature field trips or swim days. Special focus is given to child development practices based in age-appropriate activities that develop fundamental skills and engage the imagination. Regular camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Extended Care hours are offered from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Please note that your child must be potty trained to attend. Fees are $135 per week for facility members and $150 for program members. Y-Tykes runs sessions 2-8. Check out our Beginner’s Superhero Camp during session 1 for your Y-Tykes (see “Specialty Camps”).

 

Day Camp Discoverers, Explorers, and Adventurers (entering grades K-5)

Our Discoverers, Adventurers and Explorers form the largest bodies of our camp family. Each day, campers engage in age-appropriate activities that keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer. This year will feature programs developed by specialist counselors dedicated to areas such as music & dance and arts & crafts. Our amazing staff is dedicated to creating a magical atmosphere that is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for any child.

 

Day Camp Movin’ On (entering grades 6-8)

Movin’ On is not your average day at camp. Participants work together to plan field trips, community service projects, activities and events for each session. Projects push campers to take their favorite camp activities to higher skill levels and tackle new challenges like cooking nutritious meals while deepening their understanding of our community. Movin’ On is an excellent way for your middle-schooler to become a leader at camp and prepare to be a Counselor in Training (CIT).

 

Counselors in Training (entering grades 9-10)

Our counselor in training program gives teens youth development leadership skills in real-life group situations while having a blast at camp. CITs register, interview with camp staff and participate in trainings that focus and build on their camp experience. Being a Counselor in Training is a powerful way to build life skills and professional abilities. CITs must register by the week for a fee of $40 for Facility Members and $50 for Program Members. Participants will be held to a set schedule and attend training on Monday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Loma Verde Elementary School, 399 Alameda de la Loma.

 

Weekly Themes

Session 1: Out of This World (June 16-20)

We’re blasting off to a world that only Y Camp can take you to! We will be learning about outer space and other scientific wonders, using their imaginations to visualize what might lie beyond our little planet. Activities will include designing their own spaceships and working together to build models of our solar system.

Highlight (Wed.): Visit from Mad Science

Field Trip (Thurs.): Lawrence Hall of Science ( Discoverers, Adventurers, and Explorers), Chabot Space Center (Movin’ On)

Spirit Day (Fri.): Aliens and Astronauts

 

Session 2: Fantasy Summerland (June 23-27)

Imagine a place where every camper is the king or queen of their castles! We will experience some of the great stories, legends, and characters that our culture passes down to us in an engaging, interactive setting. Activities will focus on the magic of storytelling and the power of fantasy.

Highlight (Wed.): Visit from fantasy characters

Field Trip (Thurs.): Children’s Fairyland (Discoverers), Adventure Playground (Adventurers and Explorers, Shorebird Waterfront (Movin’ On)

Spirit Day (Fri.): Mythical Creatures and Wild Monsters

 

Session 3: Pushing Our Limits (June 30-July 3, closed July 4)

This week we are pushing ourselves to climb to new heights! Campers will participate in games and activities that challenge them to move in crazy new ways, such as a gigantic sidewalk-chalk Twister tournament. On Wednesday we will be participating in the Y-sponsored Play Fair 1K Fun Run at the Marin County Fair!

Highlight (Thurs.): Rock climbing wall

Field Trip (Wed.): Marin County Fair

Spirit Day (Fri.): Stars and Stripes

 

Session 4: Into the Mystery (July 7-11)

Have you ever wanted to know how to build a rocket ship or a sturdy bridge? This week is your chance to give your child a real taste of scientific discovery and examine some of the great mysteries of the world around us. Programs will place special emphasis on applying real knowledge to interpret natural wonders like light and color. Activities will include using physics and chemistry to build creations like tall towers and homemade volcanoes!

Highlight (Wed.): Visit from Roy the Magician

Field Trip (Thurs.): Bay Area Discovery museum (Discoverers), Exploratorium (Adventurers, Explorers and Movin’ On)

Spirit Day (Fri.): Pioneers and Party-starters (dress up as a person who did something creative, new or special!)

 

Session 5: Rock On! (July 14-18)

It’s Y Camp Rock City! Campers will find their groove as they immerse themselves in music, working together to create musical instruments, songs, and dances of their own. Watch them take the stage as they share their creations at the Camp Family Picnic on Saturday, July 19th at McNear’s Beach!

Highlight (Thurs.): Visit from bay area children’s musicians

Field trip (Wed.): Children’s Creativity Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens

Spirit Day (Fri.): Rock Stars

 

Camp Family Picnic (Saturday, July 19, 5:00-7:30 p.m.)

Join us at McNear’s Beach in San Rafael for a day of fun with our whole camp community. Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members of Y campers are welcome to attend. The fee to attend is $5 per person (plus applicable parking fees) and family members must be registered as a YMCA Facility or Program Member. The Y will be barbecuing but we ask that everyone bring something to share, potluck style! This is an excellent opportunity to meet our amazing camp staff, play some games, and see what your campers have put together for our first-ever camp talent show!

 

Session 6: Hometown Heroes (July 21-25)

This week we will be taking a look at what qualities define the heroes all around us. Program activities will have our imaginations running wild with possibilities for changing the world and following our dreams, including creating their own superhero identities and watching our bay area baseball heroes take on the Astros. This week we will put into practice some of the ways that we can help protect our planet, like collecting recycling for craft projects and working on our camp garden!

Highlight (Wed.): Visit from Firefighters, Y Camp Jamboree on Treasure Island

Field Trip (Thurs.): Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros

Spirit Day (Fri.): Superheroes

 

Session 7: Aqua Adventures (July 28-August 1)

Grab your snorkels and stay cool this week with a wide range of water games and sea-themed activities from mini-boat racing to a group display of the ocean’s food chains. Don’t miss out as we experience our favorite element in exciting new ways!

Highlight (Wed.): Visit from the Bubble Lady

Field Trip (Thurs.): Aquarium of the Bay

Spirit Day (Fri.): Pirates, Sailors, and Mer-kids

 

Session 8: We Are Champions (August 4-8)

Every camper will feel like a gold medalist as they step up to the Camp Olympics. The spirit of friendly competition will take hold of our camp sites as we host challenges ranging from flag design to obstacle course races. We will head into the new school year knowing that every single one of us is a champion.

Highlight (Wed.): Camp Olympics

Field Trip (Thurs.): Santa Rosa Gymnastics (Discoverers and Adventurers), Snoopy’s Home Ice (Explorers and Movin’ On)

Spirit Day (Fri.): Sports Stars

 

August Adventures (7 days: August 11-15, 18-19, grades K-8, not part of traditional day camp)

Soak up those last days of summer before school begins! We’re heading off to a new adventure each day, traveling everywhere from Stinson Beach to Six Flags Discovery World. All campers must be dropped off at the Marin YMCA by 9:00 a.m. as we will be leaving on the bus shortly thereafter. Camp runs until 4:30 p.m., with extended care offered from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Register by the day and see registration form for fees. Contact Brandon Drake for more information at 415-446-2178.

 

Day Camp Fees:

If you are not a Facility Member, you must purchase a Program Membership ($50 for an individual or $75 for the family) in order to register for camp.

• Daily: Facility Member $52, Program Member $57

• Parents may register for Tuesdays and Thursdays (swimming and field trip days) for an additional fee of $10.

• Drop-in days (days registered after registration closes, the Tuesday prior to the week of camp) may be available in rare circumstances for a fee of $70, depending on availability. Drop-in days must be approved by Site Director.

• Weekly: Facility Member $255, Program Member $280

• Entire Summer: Facility Member $1734, Program Member $1904

• Note: Does not include August Adventures (8/11-15,18,19)

 

How to Register

Preferred method: Online. Registration is also available in person at the Marin and Novato YMCAs. Packets may also be picked up at any of the child care centers or at the Member Service Counter. All camp fees are due 14 days prior to the start of the camp session you are registered for. 

Parents can sign up for Y Camp by the day, week, or the whole summer. You must register for the day at least 2 weeks in advance, and there is an added fee of $10 for swimming and field trip days (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Please remember to pack a healthy lunch for your child on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen. We will be swimming on Tuesdays but water play happens daily so please send your camper prepared! Daily schedules vary, and camp families will receive newsletters before each week begins with details about schedules and activities.

 

Money-Saving Tips for Summer Day Camp

• Early Bird Registration: Register by April 15 for 15 or more days of camp and receive a youth-sized Y sweatshirt on the first day of camp.

• Become a Y Facility Member to save up to $25 a week on camp tuition.

Facility members also save on other Y programs such as swim lessons and specialty camps.

• Register by the week to save money instead of registering by the day.

• Register for the whole summer to save even more—15% savings on weekly registration!

 

Please Note:

• Day Camp Extended Care closes at 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 a minute per child late pick-up fee thereafter.

• All families on Marin Child Care Council, CalWorks, or any other agency must sign a contract, pay deposits and are responsible for outstanding balances not covered by the agency.

• Financial Assistance Applications must be submitted with the registration form. Applications and deposits will be accepted from February 1 to May 15.

• The last day to register for the upcoming week of camp is the Tuesday prior.

• Day camp requires a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit to reserve a spot and is applied to your tuition. The deposit is due upon registration and the full balance is due two weeks prior to the start of the session. If you are registering the week prior, the deposit and registration fee are due in full: 

Session 1: June 16-20..................... Due June 2

Session 2: June 23-27..................... Due June 9

Session 3: June 30-July 3............... Due June 16

Session 4: July 7-11......................... Due June 23

Session 5: July 14-18...................... Due June 30

Session 6: July 21-25...................... Due July 7

Session 7: July 28–August 1.......... Due July 14

Session 8: August 4-8..................... Due July 21

 

• Sessions 9 & 10 (August Adventures) are not included in the all-summer package fee.

• Day Camp information may change without notice. Check our website for updated information.

• Children entering Kindergarten should enroll in the Discoverers program group. Y-Tykes is available to children from age 3.5 to entry into Transitional Kindergarten programs (must be potty-trained).

 

Marin YMCA 2014 Spring/Summer Program Guide

Parent Handbook

For more information on Specialty Camp contact Jayne Johnson at 415-382-1837.

Young Chef Camp

grades 1-5

Lessons will include nutrition education and basic culinary skills. Campers will get hands on experience as they create nutritious nibbles such as fruit kabobs, mini muffin pizzas, tortilla roll ups, trail mix and fruit ice cream. Campers will have a chance to take a break from the kitchen, take a nature hike or play in the pool, so don't forget your swimsuit! Pre and post camp not available.

March 31 - April 4, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $210, Program Member $240

Click here to register for Young Chef Camp

 

Future Filmmaker Camp

grades 4-7

Young Filmmakers will learn to create movies from start to finish with a certi­fied Sound Engineer and Video Editor. Students will create scripts, act, shoot footage and place sound effects into movies that they can take home for family viewing. Projects can include Kung Fu Movies, music videos, action movies, and stop motion films. Students are encouraged to use their imagination to bring their ideas to life.

April 14-18, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - this session has been CANCELLED

Fee: Facility Member $230, Program Member $260

Click here to register for Future Filmmaker Camp

 

Devil's Gulch Camp

grades 2-10

Grades for campers: Adventurers 2-3, Explorers 4-5, Movin' On 6-8, CIT 9-10

The Marin Y runs a camp in partner­ship with DG Educational Services (DGES), located at Devil's Gulch Ranch in Nicasio. DGES provides agriculture and nature educational programs to diverse communities. Children will con­nect with nature through recreation, animal care, gardening, free play and other outdoor activities. Pre and post camp not available.

Session 2: March 31-April 4

Session 3: April 14-18

Fee: Facility Member $400, Program Member $430

Click here to register for Devil's Gulch Camp

 

SUMMER SPECIALTY CAMPS

What makes our Specialty Camps so special? In Specialty Camp, campers have the opportunity to participate in camps with a variety of specific topics, themes and experiences. We provide specialists and experts in those subjects by partnering with other organizations as well as highlighting the strengths of our talented counselors. Our team provides a wide variety of engaging, fun and skillbuilding camps that promote individual creativity, teamwork, and problem solving techniques while building lasting relationships and memories with new and old friends.

Please Note: All Specialty Camp fees are due at registration. If you are not a Facility Member, you must purchase a Program Membership for $50 for an individual or $75 for a family. Hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and locations vary (see description for location). Pre and post camp are not provided.

 

Beginner Super Hero Camp (ages 3.5–5)

An epic adventure awaits, learn to be a superhero! Campers will design their own super hero identity, create logos, masks and capes. Put the Super in Hero as we engage in interactive-science based activities, story time and take-home art projects. Children are welcome to dress in their favorite super hero costumes. Don’t forget sneakers for fast and furious fun in the gym/outdoors and infinity and beyond.

Session 1: June 16–20

Location: YMCA at Rancho, 1430 Johnson St., Novato

Fee: Facility Member $138 • Program Member $158

 

Skateboard Camp (grades 2–5)

Learn the basics of skateboarding from professionally trained staff from 4141 Corp. They are ready to instruct and demonstrate, making your child’s experience one they will never forget. During the skate camp kids will get a chance to skate and learn with a pro skateboarder. Our beginner course covers safety, stance, kick turns, carving, ollies, dropping in and movement. Our Y staff will be onsite providing support to the instructors. Campers will have a variety of afternoon activities such as decorating skateboards and local trips to the

Hamilton Pool and parks. Requirements: All skaters must wear helmets regardless of age. Pads are required for all children under 8.

Session 1: June 16–20

Location: Novato YMCA, 3 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140, Novato

Fee: Facility Member $350 • Program Member $380

 

Hip-Hop Summer Dance Camp (grades 2–8)

Instructor Roland Johnson will teach a one week dance camp where the focus will be on learning choreography, technique and freestyle movements. We will cover various styles such as new and old school hip hop, break dancing and popping. The camp will conclude with a performance for friends and family. Campers will have a chance to go swimming, so don’t forget your swimsuit.

Session 1: June 16–20 (grades 2–5) - this session has been CANCELLED

Session 2: June 23–27 (grades 4–8) - this session has been CANCELLED

Location: Marin YMCA

Fee: Facility Member $280, Program Member $310

 

Duct Tape Boot Camp (grades 2–5)

Tape it, stick it, tear it, duct tape it! This camp will keep campers busy with an abundance of Ducktivities. Each day campers will create unique one of kind creations such as wallets, game boards, bracelets, bookmarks and other unique projects.

Session 1: June 16–20, YMCA at Rancho, 1430 Johnson St., Novato - this session has been CANCELLED

Session 5: July 14–18, YMCA at Hidden Valley, 46 Green Valley Ct., San Anselmo

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Aspiring Artist Camp (grades 2–5)

This camp will explore a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, textiles and more! Create one of a kind art pieces. Each day campers will explore different media: jewelry making, modeling clay, watercolor painting, photography and recycled art. All activities are designed to promote self-confidence and personal expression.

Session 2: June 23–27

Location: YMCA at Rancho, 1430 Johnson St., Novato

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Food Science at the Y with Rainbow Chefs (grades 2–5)

Food is science and science is food in this delicious camp full of culinary experiments (recipes). Learn why 350 degrees is the optimum baking temperature, and why we level measurements to have our recipes come out perfect!

Recipes vary, but may include: Scientific Slushes, Mentos Experiment, Edible Slime, Maple Syrup Crystals, and Carbonated Fizzy Fruit.

Session 2: June 23–27

Location: YMCA at Hidden Valley, 46 Green Valley Ct., San Anselmo

Fee: Facility Member $345 • Program Member $380

 

Origami Engineering Camp (grades 2–5)

Come and join the engineering fun! Learn about the amazing Japanese art of origami and create mind-boggling origami sculptures! You will be learning how to make everything from simple animals to beautifully complex patterned structures from just mere pieces of paper. We will also get to construct replicas of ancient catapults, build wood bridges, and make soft-ended bow and arrows! Campers will have a chance to go swimming, so don’t forget your swimsuit.

Session 4: July 7–11

Location: Marin YMCA

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Ooh La La Beauty Spa (grades K–5)

Make your own scented candles, soaps, baths salts, essential oils, lip balms and more. We’ll also study and re-create some of the beauty products from ancient Egypt to the modern day. Learn how the concept of beauty has changed through history and the amazing things that women all over the world have created to keep them beautiful. Campers will have a chance to go swimming, so don’t forget your swimsuit.

Session 4: July 7–11, YMCA at Rancho, 1430 Johnson St., Novato

Session 6: July 21–25, Marin YMCA

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Animal Planet (grades K–5)

This camp will allow campers to learn about animals and animal care. Campers will go on field trips to Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Marin Humane Society. There will be visits from small animal companions and service animal agencies. Campers will get hands on opportunities to handle a variety of small animals; rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, pot-bellied pigs and domestic dogs. Each day will have an animal theme with art and cooking projects. Campers will make animal toys and donate them to local agencies.

Session 5: July 14–18

Location: YMCA at Rancho, 1430 Johnson St., Novato

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Future Filmmakers Camp (grades 2–5)

Young Filmmakers will learn to create movies from start to finish with a certified Sound Engineer and Video Editor. Campers will create scripts, act, shoot footage and lace sound effects into movies that they can take home for family viewing. Projects can include Kung Fu movies, music videos, action movies, and stop motion film. Campers are encouraged to use their imagination to bring their ideas to life.

Session 6: July 21–25

Location: YMCA at Hidden Valley, 46 Green Valley Ct., San Anselmo

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Pirate Mania! (grades K-3)

Ahoy mates! Join us in an adventure of how to become a pirate in 5 days. Each day explore a science concept, create a pirate project, hear stories, treasure hunt, walk the plank and enjoy moving to music! We will explore the life of a pirate – what they wore, how they lived and learn about living on a sea vessel.

Session 6: July 21-25

Location: YMCA at Rancho, 1430 Johnson St., Novato

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Restaurant Challenge at the Y with Rainbow Chefs (grades 2–5)

Want to run your own restaurant? Learn how to set up different stations and work with a team. From checking in your produce, to creating your menu, to serving your customers (parents), this camp is extra special! Recipes vary, but may include: Tapas, pies, appetizers, main courses, and desserts.

Session 7: July 28–August 1

Location: YMCA at Pleasant Valley, 755 Sutro Ave., Novato

Fee: Facility Member $350 • Program Member $380

 

Young Chefs Camp (grades K–3)

Lessons will include nutrition education and basic culinary skills. Campers will get hands on experience as they create nutritious nibbles such as fruit kabobs, mini muffin pizza, tortilla roll ups, trail mix and fruit ice cream. Campers will have a chance to take a break from the kitchen, take a nature hike or play in the pool, so don’t forget your swimsuit!

Session 8: August 4–8

Location: Marin YMCA

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Marin YMCA 2014 Spring/Summer Program Guide

Parent Handbook

For more information on Sports Camp contact Niel Bergquist at 415-446-2152.

Multi-Sports Camp (grades K-5)

Run, throw, and kick every day at sports camp. Campers will spend the week playing an assortment of traditional and non-traditional sports games ranging from indoor soccer to tag to dodgeball.

Session 4: July 7–11 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (grades 2-5)

Session 7: July 28– August 1 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (grades K-3)

Session 8: August 4–8 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

(grades 2-5)

Location: YMCA at Hidden Valley, 46 Green Valley Ct., San Anselmo

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $310

 

Jr. Warriors Basketball Camp (grades K-3)

Dribble, pass, and shoot at this popular camp.

Campers will develop and learn basketball skills through fundamental drills and games. Counselors

will also lead the campers through non-basketball games like tag, dodgeball, and other fun activities in the Marin Y gym.

Session 2: June 23-27 • 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Session 5: July 14-18 • 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $120

Program Member $150

Click here to register

 

 

 

Contact Mimi Choudhury at 415-456-5349

Devil's Gulch Camp Line: 415-662-1099 during camp operating hours.

Parent Handbook

Parent Information Night:
Thurs., May 22 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Devil's Gulch Camp

grades 2-10

Grades for campers: Adventurers 2-3, Explorers 4-5, Movin' On 6-8, CIT 9-10

The Marin Y runs a camp in partner­ship with DG Educational Services (DGES), located at Devil's Gulch Ranch in Nicasio. DGES provides agriculture and nature educational programs to diverse communities. Children will con­nect with nature through recreation, animal care, gardening, free play and other outdoor activities. Pre and post camp not available.

Session 2: March 31-April 4

Session 3: April 14-18

Fee: Facility Member $400, Program Member $430

Click here to register for Devil's Gulch Camp

 

 

Devil's Gulch Summer Camp

For grades 2-8

The Marin Y will be running a camp in partnership with DG Educational Services (DGES), located at Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio. Devil’s Gulch Ranch is an actual working agricultural operation that produces meat for high end restaurants and the local farmers markets. Children will connect with nature through games, crafts and skills, animal care, gardening, and other fun outdoor activities. 

The bus will leave from the back of the Marin Y at 8:00 a.m. and pick the second group up at Nicasio School at 8:45 a.m. The return bus will be at Nicasio school by 3:45 p.m. and then drop the rest of the kids off at the Marin Y by 4:30 p.m. Tues., Wed., and Thurs. campers will swim at the Marin Y from 3-4 p.m. Drop off at Nicasio School at 2:15 p.m. Pre and post camp not available.

 

Counselors in Training (grades 9-10)
Come experience the outdoors and all the ranch has to offer, while also learning youth development leadership skills. Participants pay regular rate.

Camp Fees: Must be a current Facility or Program Member

Program Membership: $50 for single member or $75 for a family

Fee: Facility Member $405 • Program Member $435

 

Camp Dates:

Session 1: June 16-20

Session 2: June 23-27

Session 4: July 7-11

Session 5: July 14-18

Session 6: July 21-25

Session 7: July 28-August 1

Session 8: August 4-8

Session 9: August 11-15

 

Novato: Jayne Johnson at 415-382-1837

Ross Valley: Torrey Hughes at 415-446-2148

grades TK-8

The Marin Y has exciting and fun-filled options for kids during the school holidays at our Holiday Camps.

Drop-in days may be available if space allows.

Camp Fees: Must be a current Facility or Program Member

Program membership: $50 for single member or $75 for a family

Full Day (7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.): Facility Member $50, Program Member $55, Drop-in $70

 

Spring Camp

Ross Valley April 14-18 - Novato March 31st - April 4

Location: Loma Verde Elementary, Novato and Hidden Valley, San Anselmo.

Y Camp is warming up for Summer Camp! Campers will get a taste of summer activities.

Click here to register for Novato Spring Camp

Click here to register for Ross Valley Spring Camp

 

One Day Camps

Ross Valley & Novato

The Y provides child care during teacher in-service days, staff development and school closure days. A variety of activities, guest speakers and local fieldtrips are planned.

Ross Valley: October 31, November 1, January 6, March 17, June 12

Novato: August 30, November 1, May 23

Click here to register for Novato One Day Camp

Click here to register for Ross Valley One Day Camp

NUSD One-Day Camp at Loma Verde: Y Camp’s Greatest Hits

 

 

 

Ross Valley & Novato

The Y provides child care during teacher in-service days, staff development and school closure days.

A variety of activities, guest speakers and local fieldtrips are planned.

Ross Valley: October 31, November 1, January 6, March 17, June 12

Novato: August 30, November 1, May 23

Click here to register for Novato Camp

Click here to register for Ross Valley Camp

 

Click here to download the Parent Handbook

Day Camp Locations

Loma Verde
399 Alameda De La Loma
Novato, CA 94949
415-883-2663

Hidden Valley Elementary
46 Green Valley Ct.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-457-4465

How can I register?

• Register online:

Weekly Traditional Day Camp Registration

Daily Traditional Day Camp Registration

All Summer Traditional Day Camp Registration

August Adventures

Specialty Camp Registration

Sports Camp Registration

Devil's Gulch Camp Registration

Counselors in Training Registration

• You can also register at the Marin branch, Monday- Friday, 5:30 am-10:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 7:00 am-6:00 pm.

• Registration closes the Tuesday before the coming week.

 

What do I need to register?

• Program Memberships ($50 for individual, $75 for family) or Facility Membership (Non-refundable).

• Your YMCA member number.

• Primary account holders email address that is on file with us.

• Primary account holders birthdate that is on file with us.

• An account that has no outstanding balances.

 

How do I apply for Financial Assistance?

You may down load a FA application from our website or you may pick one up at the branch. Please attach your registration forms with your deposits so your application can be reviewed. Financial Assistance is given out to the extent possible. The highest we are able to award is 50%. FA will not be awarded toward drop in days or additional days once the acceptance agreement has been signed.

 

Does the Y accept Marin Child Care Council, CalWorks or other Third Party Agencies?

Absolutely! All families on Marin Child Care Council, CalWorks, or any other agency must sign a contract, pay deposits and are responsible for outstanding balances not covered by the agency. Once we receive payment form your agency and see that they have paid in full we will reimburse the deposits but this is often not the case.

 

What is the YMCA refund policy?

No credits, refunds or transfers are allowed after the program’s full payment date. If you wish to make a change or cancel your registration prior to the program’s full payment date, you may choose one of the following:

1. A transfer to another YMCA of San Francisco program (registration must be available).

a. Prior to the program’s full payment date, all fees already paid are transferable minus a $5 processing fee and the deposit (deposits: $35 for all full week camps)

b. After full payment date, all fees and memberships are not transferable

2. A credit voucher for future use at any YMCA of San Francisco program.

a. Requests for credit vouchers made prior to the program’s full payment date will incur a $5 processing fee and the loss of the deposit (deposits: $35 for all full week camps)

b. After full payment date, there are no credit vouchers for all fees and memberships.

3. A check or credit card refund (no cash refunds). Check refunds can only be issued for amounts over $20. Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing.

a. Check or credit card refunds requested prior to the program’s full payment date will incur a $10 refund processing fee per person and the loss of deposit (deposits: $35 for all full week camps)

b. After full payment date, there are no check or credit card refunds of program fees or deposits.

Before program starts, we pay our vendors, purchase our admission tickets and supplies, and hire our staff according to the enrollment. These are the reasons for our credit/refund policies.

What if my child misses a day?

• No make-ups are allowed due to staff ratios required

• No refunds or credits permitted for missed days

 

When is the balance due for a camp?

The remaining balance for each camp is due 14 days prior to the start of the session or the deposit will be forfeited and the camper’s registration will be cancelled. See below for exact camp payment due dates.

 

Automatic Payment Option

Full payment for each camp session is due two weeks prior to the start of the session. If you choose to enroll in our automatic payment system at the front desk, we will charge your debit/credit card or check¬ing/savings account on the dates below. Note: If you register online, you will have the option to schedule future payments on any date(s) you wish.

Once enrolled in automatic payment, it is your responsibility to notify the YMCA of any changes to your billing account, including credit card replacement and new expiration dates.

If you purchase the whole summer you will need to do so in person at the branch.

 

What is the YMCA Transfer Policy?

Transfer requests are accepted 14 days prior to each session in writing.

Paperwork must be submitted on time. If a transfer occurs within two weeks start of each session, a $15 processing fee will be charged.

 

SUPERVISION OF CAMPERS

Who is watching and caring for my child?

We are confident that we have the best staff around. Staff are carefully hired based on enthusiasm, educa¬tion and experience in providing a quality and safe program.

All camp staff are fingerprinted and undergo background and reference checks. All staff are certified in first aid, CPR/AED and Child Abuse Prevention. All of our drivers are DMV and YMCA certified.

Most importantly, the Y staff are people who enjoy inspiring our youth. They want to spend their summer playing, teaching, and working with children. They are caring, energetic and responsible people with big hearts who are silly enough to sing camp songs at the top of their lungs.

 

What training does camp staff receive?

All camp staff are required to attend 30 hours of training prior to the first day of summer camp.

In addition to learning all the policies and procedures of the Marin YMCA Summer Camp program, staff learn techniques for how to best interact with children and how to use positive discipline techniques. They also learn songs, games, skits, and arts & crafts projects.

 

Can YMCA staff babysit my child?

Although our staff work well with children, our policy does not permit YMCA staff to baby sit for families involved in our YMCA programs.

 

What happens if my child has a discipline problem at camp?

Our camp staff are trained and expected to resolve misbehavior problems in a positive manner. Our staff speaks with the child, allows him/her to take time out to think about the problem, discuss the problem/solution with the child, then let the child return to the activity. In more severe cases, the child will be kept out of the activity and the parent will be asked to pick the child up. Together, parents and YMCA staff will work out a custom-designed behavior modification method depending on the severity of the problem.

In the event the problem persists, the child may be suspended or expelled from the program. Some acts may result in immediate suspension or expulsion, including but not limited to: fighting, intentionally harming others, theft, and possession of weapons or drugs. Our policies do not grant refunds or credits for missed program days due to behavior problems.

 

My child needs to take medication during the camp day. How does this work?

The camp director will administer your child’s medication as directed. In order to administer the medication, we will need the following to happen:

1. The medication needs to be prescribed by a doctor, and in its original prescription bottle with your child’s name printed on the label.

2. A completed Medication Release Form must be completed every Monday morning.

3. A completed YMCA Medical Release Form must be on file in order for our staff to give your child medication.

 

What if my child becomes ill or gets injured while at camp?

If your child becomes ill while at camp, our staff will contact you to pick him/her up. If your child is injured, the staff will take whatever steps are necessary to obtain medical attention. Your child may be transported to the hospital by an ambulance. All expenses for emergency medical care are the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

 

Will my child have an opportunity reapply sunscreen throughout the day?

Of course! We count on parents to apply sunscreen in the morning before children come to camp. We apply sunscreen several times during the day, including before boarding the bus and during snack time. All children will apply sunscreen. If you do not want sunscreen applied to your camper, or would like a special type of sunscreen applied, please send a note to your child’s camp director on Monday and provide them with the special sunscreen.

 

What is camp’s bathroom procedure?

No camper is ever alone and no camper is ever alone with a staff member. All campers will take trips to the bathroom with the entire camp and/or camp groups escorted by camp staff. Campers will only use bathrooms inspected for safety by camp staff.

What if I need to speak with my child while s/he is at camp?

We understand that urgent situations come up. If you should ever need to reach your child while s/he is at camp, please call your camp location directly or the Y Member Services line at 415-492-9622.

How do I communicate with the YMCA Camp Staff?

It is vital that you inform us of changes happening in your family. Such changes include moving, hospitalization of a sibling or parent, altercations in the parent’s relationship, etc. These influence the way your child relates to others. Staff members can better provide for a child’s needs if they are aware of the situation. We will treat this information with the utmost confidence. Please speak directly with your child’s camp staff during drop-off and pick-up each day.

 

Can my child and his/her friend be in the same group during the day?

We’ll do our best. Many of our camps are divided into groups by ages/grades and/or ability. Please send a note to your child’s assistant camp director on Monday morning and we will make our best effort to keep your child with his/her friend. If we are unable to meet your request, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day when all of the campers can interact with each other. And remember, camp is for making new friends too!

 

POOL & BEACH SAFETY

Where do children change into their swimsuits?

Children change in designated same-sex changing areas. These areas are supervised by staff whenever children are present. To make the transition smoother, we encourage kids to wear their bathing suits.

 

What if my child does not want to swim or forgets his/her bathing suit?

If your child doesn’t want to swim or forgets their bathing suits, s/he simply won’t go swimming. Most children choose to swim, and those who do not, engage in other camp activities, including poolside games and arts & crafts.

 

What if my child cannot swim?

Please inform your child’s camp director. All children who wish to swim in the deep end of the pool are required to take a swim test. The children line up and lifeguards watch as each child swims from one end of the pool to the other. If a child is unable to swim the full length of the pool without holding on to the side, or if a child chooses not to take the swim test, s/he will be required to stay in the shallow end of the pool while wearing a certified life jacket. All campers are closely watched by certified Y lifeguards.

 

How often do campers take a swim test?

In order to keep your child safe, campers who wish to swim in the deep end must pass the swim test. Swim tests are offered at the start of each swimming day.

How will I be informed of what is going on in the camps my child is registered for?

Prior to each camp session, you will receive a phone call or email with relevant information regarding the upcoming week’s schedule. If you do not receive either a call or email and registered prior to the deadline, contact the camp director. Please be sure that we have your correct phone number.

When do I get my camp T-shirt?

You will receive a camp T-shirt at the day camp site. Each camper will receive one shirt per summer. You may purchase additional t-shirts for $10. We may run out of some t-shirt sizes and we will reorder as needed.

ATTENDANCE & PICK UP/DROP OFF

What if my child is going to be absent?

If your child will be absent from camp, please call your camp site location by 8:30 am. Give your child’s name and his/her camp name. There will be no credits or refunds for missed days unless a doctor’s note is provided.

 

What if I am late picking up my child from camp?

Participants not picked up at the end of the day will be supervised by YMCA staff. A fee of $1.00 per minute after 6:30 pm will be charged per child. For example, program ends at 6:30 pm, and a child is picked up at 6:55 pm, there will be a charge of $25.00 that we will automatically deduct from your provided credit card. Every attempt will be made to contact parents. If by 7:30 pm we cannot get ahold of the parents and the child has not been picked up, we will contact Child Protective Services.

What if I need to add or delete someone from my authorized pick-up list?

You may change pick-up information at any time, simply speak with your Camp Site Director and please put the change in writing.

What if I need to pick up my child early? Or drop off late?

We do our best to accommodate late arrivals and early departures, however a bus cannot wait. Communicate with your child’s director in person prior to the schedule change. Ensure that you know where to meet the director at least a day in advance.

 

Am I required to sign my child in and out daily?

Your child’s safety is our top priority. You must sign your child in and out of our summer programs each morning and afternoon. Please do not drop your child off or instruct them to sign them selves in and/or out. This is for the protection of your child as well as the YMCA. The only people that your camper will be released to are the ones you have listed on the Parent Release form. Parent Release forms are kept on site at all times. If someone other than who is listed on the form will be picking up your child(ren), please give the YMCA prior written notice. We cannot accept notice over the phone. Ensure that every person who will pick up your child always brings a valid government-issued photo ID.

 

Can my camper sign themselves out?

Participants of the Teen Camp program who are at least 10 years old will be allowed to sign him/herself in and out with written consent from a parent or guardian. The consent for signing in and out is located on the camper health history form.

 

THINGS TO BRING/WEAR TO CAMP

What should my child wear to camp?

Campers are required to wear closed-toe shoes daily. We encourage children to wear comfortable clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. If your child gets cold easily, have him/her bring a sweater or jacket.

Each child must bring:

• Lunch and drink every day (except when noted in the camp schedule)

• Small snack: We highly recommend bringing a morning snack for your child.

• Water bottle: This will help your child stay hydrated during the day.

• Sun protection: Don’t forget to bring a hat and sun block to reapply throughout the day.

 

What if my child forgets his/her lunch?

Every so often, a lunch doesn’t make it from the car to camp. The camp staff will make sure your child gets something to eat. A lunch will be purchased and parents will need to reimburse camp at pick up.

 

Can my child buy lunch during camp?

Some Fieldtrips include lunch but purchasing lunch will not be allowed. Your camp director will let you know when this is appropriate. Plan to pack a lunch daily.

Should my child bring money to camp?

Camp fees include all day camp trip admission fees and related costs. There is no need for campers to bring money. As this is a highlight to campers, fieldtrips that have $$ next to the description may bring spending money for souvenirs. We ask that they carry no more than $10. Campers will not be allowed to purchase candy, sodas or lunch with there money.

Movin’on Camp will often go on additional fieldtrips that have not been factored in as they will decide on those as a group. In this case, we may ask for campers to bring entrance fee money on those days.

 

What if my child loses something at camp?

We know that sometimes things get lost. The best ways to prevent the loss of property is to leave it at home and to label all of your child’s belongings. Lost and found items are kept at the YMCA for two weeks before it is donated to charity. The YMCA is not responsible for posses¬sions that are lost or stolen.

What shouldn’t my child bring to camp?

• Video games

• Cell phones

• Personal electronics such as DS games or IPods

• Money, unless specified for certain field trips

• Toys and card games

• Personal sports equipment (unless noted)

 

How are children transported to the different camp trips?

We transport all children to their trip destination using a school bus managed by a chartered busing company. We also have our own Class B license driver that may drive certain trips with Y vehicles.

At the beginning of each week, the bus driver will go over the bus rules, safety and evacuation procedures. Here are the bus rules:

• Basic program rules apply at all times.

• Children will follow their leader’s directions.

• Children/Staff will stay seated while in the bus, unless asked to stand.

• Throwing objects is not permitted.

• Only air may pass through windows; arms, head, legs, and belongings remain in the bus.

• Singing and other loud noises will be permitted only when appropriate.

• Silence will be required when the bus is approaching and crossing railroad tracks.

• Eating and drinking are not permitted on the bus.

• Children and staff will walk while on the bus.

• Staff must sit next to emergency exits.

• Only the front door will be used to enter and exit the bus except during an emergency.

• Children/Staff will participate in roll calls, as requested.

• Children may be on the bus only