Learning skills to last a lifetime
For over 120 years, YMCA Camp Abnaki has provided campers with a traditional camp program, with an emphasis on character and safety. Our program helps boys develop new friendships, build self-esteem, take a break from technology, and gain a sense of independence while away from home. Tradition meets innovation at Camp Abnaki, as traditional activities like archery and canoeing take place alongside new favorites like skateboarding and slingshots. Over the course of the day, campers engage in all types of activities designed to have fun while learning new skills and internalizing our character values.
Underlying each activity at Camp Abnaki is conscious role modeling and positive reinforcement of our character values–Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, and camp motto “Help the Other Fellow”.
Registration begins on December 1st for our camp programs. Campers are admitted on a first come basis. Financial aid is available for all sessions. See below for a full explanation of camp costs and fees. Click here to sign up for camp.
Deposit: There is a non-refundable deposit of $50 for every overnight session. Please note we have significantly lowered our deposit for this summer due to COVID 19. While we did refund "non-refundable" deposits in 2020, it is our policy in 2021 to have the lowered deposit be truly non-refundable, even in the event camp is cancelled. We incur significant expenses preparing for camp, and these deposits help ensure we can be prepared for summer. Thank you for your understanding.
Tiered pricing at Camp Abnaki
Realizing that families have differing abilities to pay, Camp Abnaki has a voluntary 3-tier pricing program. Tier C allows us to cover long term depreciation and growth. Tier B more accurately accounts for our true costs, including wear & tear and depreciation. Tier A is our historically low rate, and does not reflect the true operating cost of camp. By choosing to pay a slightly higher fee, families can help us keep the cost of attending camp low. This program is voluntary and in no way influences the experience children receive, yet it offers the opportunity for families to take an active role in supporting the true cost of their child's camp experience. Partial financial assistance is available for anyone who is interested. All scholarship applications must be completed prior to registering for a session.
One-Week Sessions: For boys who are currently in or have completed grades 1 through 10
Session 1: June 27 - July 3,
Session 5: August 15 - 21. One Week Rates:
C: $995 / B: $915 / A: $830,
Two-Week Sessions: For boys who are currently in or have completed grades 1 through 10
Session 2: July 4 - July 16,
Session 3: July 18 - July 30,
Session 4: August 1 - August 13. Two Week Rates:
C: $1,690 / B: $1,540 / A: $1,350.
Deposit: There is a non refundable deposit of $50 per camper per session. This deposit is included in the cost per session above.
Final payment for overnight and day camp is May 3, 2021. For families signing up for camp after May 3, 2021, the final payment is due at least 3 weeks prior to attending camp.
Camp Store: To make paying for camp easier, money for the the camp store is included in the fees listed for each session, and automatically included in your bill. The amount included is $25 for one week sessions, $45 for two week sessions. You can add additional money to your son's store account above the amount automatically charged. Any unused store money is nonrefundable.
Discounts: Families may receive the following discounts, if eligible (Financial aid applicants are not eligible for discounts, as they are incorporated into financial aid offers).
Multiple child discount: When registering more than one child per family for camp, each camper after the first full-pay registration will receive a discount of $105 (one-week sessions) or $170 (two-week sessions). Discount applies to the lesser camp fee if registering children for sessions of different length.
YMCA member discount: If you are a member of the Greater Burlington YMCA or your local YMCA, you will receive a one time per family (not camper) discount of $50. Membership must be current, and is subject to verification.
Military Discount: Eligible military families receive a discount off their camp tuition. Please contact the camp office to determine eligibility. 802-652-8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Fees Which May Also Apply:
Transportation Fee: Does your son need transportation to camp from Burlington International Airport or Montreal Airport? Camp will provide transportation to/from those locations for a fee. Please provide detailed information on our travel form. The fee for round trip transportation to and from Burlington Airport is $120. The fee for round trip transportation to and from Montreal is $240.
Changeover Weekend Fee: If your son is attending camp for more than one session, he can stay at camp for the day between sessions. This activity weekend may include an off-site trip for recreation and opportunities to do laundry and relax. This optional changeover weekend has a fee of $90, which covers the entire cost of the weekend. Parents who do not wish for their child to stay at camp during the changeover must pick up their son during checkout on Saturday and return to camp during check-in on Sunday. This fee does not apply to the middle weekend of a two week session, only to the weekends between sessions.
Financial Assistance: If you are interested in financial assistance, there is an application which is part of the registration process. If you have any questions about financial assistance please contact Lindsay in our Business Office at 802-652-8165. Please contact Jon in the camp office at 802-652-8180 if we can help in any other way.
All forms are due three weeks prior to attending camp. Please note, this is a new policy.
The sooner you get forms in the better.
We suggest you make a copy of any form you send in the regular mail or drop off at the Y.
Medical Policies and Procedures: Required Medical Forms
The Doctor’s form. This is a one page form the doctor signs every year. Once complete, you may mail in, fax, or upload the form to your account. Our camp accreditation requires campers to have documentation of a physical examination conducted by a licensed physician within two years prior to their stay at camp. While campers do not necessarily need a physical every year, we do need to have a new form completed on a yearly basis. We are not able to use a health form from a previous year. Click below for a printable version of the form. This form is not available as an online form because it needs the doctor’s signature. This form is required for both Day and Overnight campers
The Camper Health History Form. The camper’s parent or guardian must complete and sign this four page medical form within 6 months of their camper’s stay at camp. Please provide camp with a copy of both the front and back sides of your camper’s health insurance card. Please contact the camp office if anything on the form changes after you have sent it in. This form is required for both Day and Overnight campers
Please mail, fax, or upload your completed medical forms to camp as soon as possible. All forms are due no later than 3 weeks prior to attending camp. We cannot allow any camper to remain at camp without a current and complete health form. These medical forms include documentation of parental consent, allowing the camp staff to provide emergency medical attention for a camper if necessary, and basic health insurance information to be used if the camper requires medical care or prescription medication.
The Camper Information Form
This form is filled out annually by both the parent and camper. The parent side gives our staff helpful information about the camper such as fears or strengths. The info will not be seen by your child and will only be seen by the staff working with your child and used to insure that he can get the most out of his camp experience.
The camper side allows our staff to get to know the camper before they arrive at camp. We use this information to help place campers in cabins and to better prepare for their stay at camp.
This form is filled out online by the campers and families. This form is required for both Day and Overnight campers.
There is a camper section and a parent section
The Family Confidential form
This form is filled out annually by the parent or guardian. As a non profit we rely on United Way allocations, public funds, private foundations, and individual contributions to support scholarships and programs. It is our goal that every boy be give the chance to attend camp. We ask that you help us educate our community about the people involved in our programs by completing this form. Your answers will be kept anonymous and confidential. This form is required for both Day and Overnight campers.
This form if filled out annually by the parent or guardian to indicate how a camper is arriving and departing from camp. If arriving by plane, bus or train, this form allows you to give us arrival and departure information. The transportation form also allows parent/guardians to give permission for others to pick up or drop off their child(ren).
Day campers fill out their transportation options on the day camp registration form.
Parents/Guardians are more than welcome to send an e-mail to campers through their UltraCamp account. Some important things to know:
- We print the e-mails daily at 8:30am. Any e-mail sent after 8:30am will be printed the next day.
- Campers can read e-mails but do not have access to send e-mails. We encourage both campers and parents to send hand written letters or postcards.
- You must be logged into your UltraCamp account to send an e-mail:
- Log into your account
- Go to the Additional Options Tab
- Go to e-mail a camper
- Type in and send your e-mail
- You can create a friend account so a friend or relative can send e-mails.
|7:45 a.m. Wake up bell - Rise and shine|
|8:15 a.m. Flag Raising - A chance for all camp to meet each morning|
|8:15 a.m. Slingers - the time campers head to the dining hall to set the table for meals|
|8:30 a.m. Breakfast - Meals are served family style and campers eat by cabins|
|9:00 a.m. Cabin Clean-up - Campers and staff help out by cleaning our cabins and common areas of camp|
|9:30 a.m. Cabin Activity - A chance for the cabin to do an activity together|
|10:45 a.m. Free Time - It's your choice||campers can choose how they spend their time|
|11:45 a.m. Slingers - Campers rotate having the responsibility of being a slinger|
|11:55 a.m. Hand Washing - A quick chance to wash up before lunch|
|12:00 p.m. Lunch - All camp eats at the same time in our dining hall|
|12:35 p.m. Siesta - A time to rest out of the mid day sun with your cabin|
|1:35 p.m. 1st Skill Class Period - the first of three skill building periods|
|2:35 p.m. Snack - A quick chance for a healthy snack in the dining hall|
|2:45 p.m. 2nd Skill Class Period - An opportunity to learn new skills|
|3:45 p.m. 3rd Skill Class Period - Campers have the same skill classes for a week|
|4:45 p.m. Freetime - Jump in the lake||go to arts and crafts||play ping pong||or more|
|5:45 p.m. Hand Washing - The best way to stay healthy||wash your hands often|
|5:50 p.m. Flag Lowering/Slingers - Another chance for all camp to meet|
|6:00 p.m. Dinner - Dinner and lunch include a salad and sandwich bar for everyone|
|6:45 p.m. Camper's Choice - A free time with structured activities led by staff and some traditional free time activities such as soccer||ga ga ball||or the camp store|
|7:20 p.m. Evening Program - All camp gets together for a big game such as capture the flag|
|8:30-9:30 p.m. Cabin Chat/Lights Out (varies by age) Cabin chat||a review of the day and cabin conversation|
Mornings. Campers spend mornings with their cabin groups, which are organized by age. The focus is to have fun while forming friendships that will last a lifetime. Cabin activities may include games with other cabins, waterfront activities, team building on our low ropes course, or other fun events.
Meals. Campers eat meals family-style with their cabin groups in the Turrell Dining Hall. The food, a balanced menu of camper-approved favorites, is prepared by our wonder food service staff. Each morning, in addition to the meal is a wide variety of cereal, yogurt, bagels, and fruit. Every lunch and dinner is accompanied by a salad and sandwich bar.
Activities. In the afternoon, campers will choose three skill classes per week and receive instruction during these activity periods. Skill classes are designed to keep kids active, have fun, and develop their skills.
Skill Classes. Skill classes take advantage of all our facility has to offer. Campers have the opportunity to learn new skills in water sports such as: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, or land sports such as: archery, tennis, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts, nature, outdoor living, climbing, frisbee, baseball, and much more. Click here for a list of potential skill classes. Vermont is a great place for water sports. Our waterfront is a focal point of our activities.
Choice time. Twice each day, campers have the opportunity for self-directed play during free time periods. Campers can choose from any and all activities offered at camp during these periods such as tennis, basketball, archery, kayaking etc, further expanding skills already learned or gaining new ones.
Evening Program. Every evening, campers participate in a camp-wide evening program which includes activities such as; capture the flag, predator/prey, and campfires. Click here for a list of potential evening programs.
Cabin chat. The day concludes with Cabin Chat, a reflective time in each cabin that encourages campers to strengthen the bonds of friendship and discuss age appropriate topics which encourage growth and critical thinking.