FAQ for Campers

See below for answers to your questions regarding payments, check-in and check-out procedures, sending mail, and other frequently asked questions.

Check In/Check Out

The Camp Store during Check Out

What time do I have to be there?  Check in is on Sunday. You can arrive anytime from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The best time to arrive is around 3pm, the lines are shorter.  And don’t worry, there are plenty of top bunks.

What do we do when we get to camp on Check in day?  Check-in begins at the front gate, where we will give you the village you are in.  You’ll find out what cabin you are in when you get to the village.  Park out near the archery field and follow the signs to the Admin Building.  At the Admin Building you will meet Jon, the Camp Director, do a quick health screen, and maybe see the camp nurse. The camp store is also open to see or make a purchase.

From the Administration Building, you go to your village.  When you get to the village, you will be greeted by the Village Leader, who will give you the specific cabin assignment and introduce you to your counselors.  You will then move your stuff into your cabin, maybe make your bed, and start playing with your cabin and village mates.

It takes about 45 minutes from the time you arrive at camp until check in is complete.

Can I come early?  Unfortunately, we are not able to offer early check in.

What time do I get picked up?  Check out is on Saturday morning for one week sessions and on Friday afternoon/evening for two week sessions. Check out time is from 9:00 am to 11:30 am for one week sessions and to be determined for two week sessions.

Will the camp store be open during check in/check out?  Yes.  The camp store will be open during check in and check out.

During Camp

How do I get mail or care packages?

Mail is delivered every day after lunch. Some campers come to the Admin Building to get their mail with their village and some villages have their mail delivered to them by the staff.

How do I send a letter home? Can I e-mail my parents or call them?

We have a mail box in the dining hall where you can put stamped envelopes. We empty the mail box each morning after breakfast. Campers do not send out e-mail. But we do have a program where your parents or family can e-mail you. You will get these e-mails printed with the regular mail after lunch.

Will I get a care package?  What will be in it? Some campers receive care packages from their families. They may include snacks, books, games, or many other things. Care packages will not include gum, candy, soda or any other items not allowed at camp. If you receive food, please remember to share with all your cabin mates.   

Will I be able to talk with my parents while I’m at camp?  We recommend that contact between parent and child during camp be done primarily through letters.  Speaking to a parent can cause a camper to become homesick and disruptive to his camp experience. For many campers, increased independence from parents is a primary benefit of camp. Campers are not allowed to speak with family on the phone during camp.

What do you sell in the camp store?  The camp store offers a wide variety of merchandise, including hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, frisbees, dog tags, and more.  A 5×7 photo of your cabin group will be available for purchase during check out. You can also buy snacks and drinks and ice cream after dinner. The store is open during the free time before dinner and Campers’ Choice after dinner. Every camper will start the session with money in the camp store. It is part of your tuition. And every camper goes through the camp store with their parents as part of the check out process.

Have a question we didn’t answer?  Contact Jon in the camp office at (802) 652-8180.




Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

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1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT 05474
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties


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