YMCA Camp Abnaki
A weekday program for boys who have completed grades K-4.
At day camp, boys will have a chance to experience many of the great activities camp has to offer, then return home for dinner! In a typical day, boys experience a mix of small and large group games, swimming, and other activities such as archery, arts + crafts, and more. We help boys try new things and make new friends in a safe, welcoming environment. Every day there are at least 2 periods where day campers choose their activities, and one chance for an activity with overnight campers. Every Friday there is a campfire with s’mores! Lunch and an afternoon snack are provided by camp, and transportation is provided by bus from South Burlington (see the schedule below).
Sessions fill up fast, please feel free to contact the camp office for information on session availability and waiting lists.
At this point, day camp sessions are filled up, with interested families now going on the waitlist. Call 802-652-8180 or e-mail at [email protected] with questions.
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Day Camp Session 1: June 27 – July 1 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 2: July 4 – July 8 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 3: July 11 – July 15 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 4: July 18 – July 22 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 5: July 25 – July 29 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 6: Aug 1 – Aug 5 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 7: August 8 – August 12 (Waitlist only)
Day Camp Session 8: August 15 – August 19 (Waitlist only)
Recognizing that families have differing abilities to pay, we offer three pricing tiers for campers per week: A: $350 / B: $375 / C: $400
Your choice of tier is voluntary and offers an opportunity for families to support the true cost of operating the camp. The tier you choose in no way influences your camper’s experience. Day camp tuition includes a $15 per week credit for the camp store! Day campers will also receive a free gift from the camp store each session they attend.
Deposit: please note there is a non-refundable deposit of $50 for every day camp session.
If you are interested in financial assistance, there is an application that is part of the registration process. Please note that YMCA Camp Abnaki’s day camp program is not eligible to receive Vermont state child care subsidy. The registration deposit must be included with any registration and financial aid application.
9:00 – 11:45 am
9:00 am: Arrival and group meeting
9:30 am: Small group activities with resident campers
10:45 am: Camper Choice — favorites like archery, rock climbing, arts and crafts, etc.
11:45 – 3:30 pm
11:45 pm: Lunch — all camp eats together in our dining hall!
12:45 pm: Waterfront — swimming, kayaking, etc.
2:00 pm: Snack and activity
2:45 pm: Camp favorites
3:30 – 4:15 pm
3:30 pm: Camp Store and Gaga Ball
4:15 pm: Departure
YMCA Camp Abnaki offers transportation to and from camp for day campers. Each day, a bus with members of the Camp Abnaki staff will travel from the first stop at the University Mall through the Islands and up to camp. Parents can also choose to drop off or pick up directly at camp. See the registration form for more details.
What to bring
What to bring:
• Sunscreen/bug spray
• Clothes appropriate for the conditions (sweatshirt on cooler days, rain jacket for rainy days, etc)
• Bathing suit + towel
• Closed-toed shoes/sneakers
• A pair of water shoes, sandals, or old sneakers to go in the lake. We strongly encourage some type of water shoe at the waterfront, we have a rocky shore. A water shoe will make your campers use of the waterfront safer and more fun!
• Water bottle
• Nothing valuable
• Campers should bring clothes which they don’t mind getting dirty! Please remember that camp will still run in periods of light rain. To avoid lost articles, make sure all clothing and personal items are clearly labeled. If your camper loses something of significance, let our office know and we will do our best to locate it! Lost and found items will be washed and donated a few times each summer.
• If you have medications, as mentioned on the health form, which you would like administered to your camper during the day, please give them to the staff on the bus in the original container with medication and dosage clearly written.
Financial + parent info
What are the policies on refunds or cancellations? Please notify the camp office immediately if you need to cancel your child’s enrollment. Fees paid before the May 3 deadline, minus the $150 non-refundable deposit for overnight camp and/or the $50 non-refundable deposit for day camp will be refunded to you. After the payment deadline, all money paid is nonrefundable. On a case-by-case basis, refunds may be made at the discretion of the Camp Director. Cancellations requests must be submitted to the camp office in writing. Conditions for refunds may include prolonged illness or accidents which preclude camp participation. In such event, refunds may be made on a pro-rated basis for the remaining portion of the session. Homesickness / head lice are not conditions for refund.
When is my balance due for camp? All camp balances are due May 3, 2022. Registrations made after the deadline will require payment in full at least two weeks prior to camp. To make a credit card payment anytime, log into your Camp Abnaki account, stop by the Greater Burlington YMCA, or call our business office at 802-652-8180. To make a payment for camp click here.
What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, check, or one of the following credit cards: VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. Click here to make a payment.
What types of discounts do you offer? Camp Abnaki and the Greater Burlington YMCA offer the following discounts:
Can I use state child care subsidy to help pay for camp? Unfortunately the state of Vermont does not license resident camps. Therefore, state child care subsidy funds cannot be used.
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 Austin-Hawley in our Business Office at [email protected] or 802-652-8165. Please contact Brian in the camp office at 802-652-8180 if we can help in any other way.
Health care + behavior management
Camper and staff safety is paramount at camp. Our health services team of an RN and EMT support our staff in ensuring that campers have a safe and healthy camp experience. During check in any parent/guardian will have a chance to meet the camp nurse. While at camp, all medication is kept in the Health Center and administered by the health services staff. If for any reason your camper requires additional medical attention or has an extended stay in the health center, you will be contacted by a member of our staff as soon as possible. Click here to add a medication to your campers’ health form.
Camp is a “Nut Aware” facility. Peanuts and tree nuts are allowed on camp except for the Dining Hall. We ask that you please be aware of potential nut allergies when bringing/sending products with nuts to camp. The Dining Hall will not produce food made with nuts and is a nut free area. Some foods in the dining hall may be produced in a setting that processes nuts (i.e. … Hershey’s bars, etc). Items containing nuts may be sold in the camp store (pre-packaged).
Camp Abnaki views behavior management through the lens of fostering growth within our campers. We believe in ensuring a safe, welcoming community in which all of our campers can thrive. Behavior issues are handled on a case-by-case basis. Campers whose behaviors do not adhere to camp philosophy may be asked to leave camp at the discretion of the Camp Director or Assistant Camp Director. Campers dismissed from camp for behavior issues are not eligible to receive a refund.
Abnaki staff, photos, + store
Can you tell me about the staff? Each member of our staff is hired after extensive interviews and multiple background checks. Counselors are chosen for their understanding of boys, emotional maturity, and moral values. Every staff member serves as a positive role model for youth and we take seriously the responsibility we have. Staff are recruited from around the country and around the world, providing campers with an opportunity for an intercultural experience.
Our staff participate in an intensive, 10-day staff training program which includes instruction in group dynamics, skill development, behavior management, safety, and much more. In keeping with adopted policies of the YMCA, all staff also receive training in how to prevent, identify, & report incidents of child maltreatment. All aquatic programs and activities are supervised by trained certified life guards.
What is the best way to see pictures of camp? The best way to see pictures is to like us on Facebook or sign in to our secure photo gallery. We post pictures daily on our Facebook page and daily on our photo gallery. Our goal is to post a variety of pictures throughout the week to help get a flavor of camp.
Camp Store. Day camp tuition includes a $15 per week credit for the camp store! The camp store offers a wide variety of merchandise, including hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, frisbees, dog tags, and more. Campers can also purchase snacks and drinks from the camp store. Any unused store money is nonrefundable.
All forms must be completed before your son will be allowed to attend camp. If we can help with any of the forms in any way, please contact the camp office by calling 802-652-8180 or e-mail by clicking here.
How do I upload forms to my account? To upload a document to your account please follow the following steps.
If already signed in to your account you can go directly to the Document Center by clicking here.
Medical form. This is a one-page form that must be signed by the physician 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
Click here to print a copy of this form
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.
Click here to fill this form out online.
COVID-19 Vaccine Card Upload. Camp Abnaki will require all campers and staff to receive the COVID vaccination to attend summer camp this year. Families will upload valid vaccination cards for their campers in their Ultra-Camp Accounts. To read Camp’s full statement regarding the decision to require vaccination and details of implementation, please see the last section.
Click here to upload your child’s vaccine card.
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 required for both Day and Overnight campers.
Click here to fill out the form online
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.
Click here to fill this form out online
Vaccine policy — Summer 2022
Due to the continued risk presented by COVID-19, the unpredictability of the virus, and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, Camp Abnaki will require all campers and staff to receive the COVID vaccination to attend summer camp this year.
This decision is the logical fulfilment of our commitment to put campers first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being. Universal vaccination at summer camp should also support a potential return to our pre-pandemic camp experience by reducing additional COVID safety guidelines.
Families will be required to upload valid vaccination cards for their campers in their Ultra-Camp Accounts. Families can access these accounts and directly upload their cards here.
While we encourage eligible campers to receive booster shots, we are not currently requiring booster shots for summer camp participation this year. We do encourage all participants to be as fully vaccinated as possible. All eligible staff will be required to receive booster shots to work at summer camp.
We recognize that some campers and staff cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only people who should clearly qualify for an exemption from vaccination are those who have a severe allergic reaction after a first vaccine dose or have a known allergy to a component of the vaccine. Medical exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require documentation by a licensed physician. Camp Abnaki will be unable to accept any other exemptions from this policy.
We understand that some families have opted not to vaccinate their child for non-medical reasons. Those families will be required to contact us no later than this April 4th, for a full refund of their camp fees. Families who cancel their registrations after April 4th will forfeit their deposits in accordance with our Cancellation and Refund Policy. Cancellation and refund requests should be made to Brian Roy, Camp Director, at [email protected], or 802-652-8180.
Due to the uncertainties of COVID, we are currently unable to forecast additional COVID safety guidelines for summer camp. We will closely monitor the guidance provided by the CDC and Vermont Department of Health throughout the spring to determine whether the need exists to implement additional COVID safety guidelines. Families will receive ongoing updates as they become available. Families with questions or concerns about COVID vaccination are encouraged to visit the CDC Vaccination Website and discuss vaccination with their medical providers.
Camp is needed more than ever during these difficult times. We are thankful to the families who trust us with their campers and who count on us to keep them safe. We believe this policy provides the best opportunity to keep our participants and staff healthy through the entire summer camp experience.
Registration for all programs takes place through UltraCamp. You will first need to create an account, then you will go through the process of registering for a particular program or session. Additionally, all of the forms needed to attend camp will be found in UltraCamp. The only form you will need to print is the Medical Form, which needs to be signed by your child’s physician. Be sure to save your account login and password for next year!
Questions? Email camp and our staff will be happy to help!