YMCA Camp Chase

15 Canton Road Burlington, CT 06013

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Camp Chase is the premier day camp in the Greater Hartford region. At Camp Chase, caring professional role models create experiences that help your camper build character, gain confidence, and learn friendship skills. Camp provides a safe place for kids where they can develop decision- making and problem solving skills, learn about team work, and participate in a progressive program developed to keep their interest. Camp Chase will provide parents with an option that also gives them peace of mind knowing that their children are safe, having fun, and among all else enjoying being a kid!

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Camp Hours:

Before Camp Care: 7 am -9 am (no additional fees)
Camp: Monday thru Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
After Camp Care: 4 pm to 6 pm (no additional fees)

Camp Schedule:

June 13-  August 19, 2022
Session 1 start date may change pending school release dates changing.

  • Week 1: June 13-17 – Summer Kickoff
  • Week 2: June 21-24 – Fancy Pants
         (Camp will be closed Monday, June 20 in observation of Juneteenth)
  • Week 3: June 27-July 1 – Under the Sea
  • Week 4: July 5-8 – Red, White, and Blue
         (Camp will be closed Monday, July 4)
  • Week 5: July 11-15 – Color Games
  • Week 6: July 18-22 – Real World Heroes
         Family Night: Thursday, July 21
  • Week 7: July 25-29 – Survivor Week
  • Week 8: Aug 1-5 – Sports Week
         Family Night: Thursday, August 4
  • Week 9: Aug 8-12 – Game Show
  • Week 10: Aug 15-19 – Camp Chase Favorites
Subway Lunch Schedule:

You can purchase lunch on a five (5) day M-F or three (3) day M,W,F schedule during the registration process. The lunches consist of a 6″ subway sandwich, baked chips, cookie and bottle of water. The menu is predetermined by day and unfortunately changes are not allowed.

  • Monday and Thursday: Turkey
  • Tuesday and Friday: Ham
  • Wednesday: Hot Italian
Pricing:

Tiered Pricing:
Realizing that families have differing abilities to pay, YMCA Camp Chase has instituted a voluntary 4-tier pricing program for our Summer Day Camp. To accommodate all financial needs. Please choose the tier that is most suitable for your family. All children have the same experience no matter which tier a family is able to pay. The tier selected by a family will be kept confidential.

  • Tier 1- $360 per week
    Most accurately accounts for the true cost of operating camp including, staff salaries, supplies, wear and tear on equipment, transportation, and depreciation. Please pay this cost if you are able.
  • Tier 2- $345 per week
    A partially subsidized rate for those who cannot afford to pay the full costs associated with attending camp.
  • Tier 3 - $330 per week
    A subsidized rate that only covers the basic costs associated with attending camp including, staff salaries and supplies.

Payment Options:

  • Pay in full: Families can pay off the entire balance at the time of registration if they choose.
  • Payment Plan: Using an EFT system, the YMCA will charge your account equal payment. All payments for each session must be paid up Wednesday to the prior session that the camper is attending. Please contact the YMCA at 860-653-5524 to set this up.

Payment Due Dates:
Payments are due the Wednesday prior to the session start date. Example: Session 2 payments are due on the Wednesday during Session 1.

Camp Improvement Fee:
YMCA Camp Chase requires a one-time camp Improvement Fee of $20 per child, to be paid annually at the time of registration. 100% of this annual fee is invested into the camp for specific program improvements. This will help us move one step towards our long-range plan. 

Cancellation / Refund Policy:

A deposit per one week session per camper is require for the purpose of securing a spot and is non-refundable and non-transferable to any other week of camp.

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Core Activities at the Camp

Arts & Crafts

Large Group Games

Nature Activities

Outdoor Cooking

Songs, Skits, & Plays

Sports

Swim Lessons

Team Building

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

Archery
Basketball
Climbing Wall
Field Spaces
Gaga Pit
Hiking Trails
Jumping Pillow
Low Ropes Course
Playscape
Splash Pad
Volleyball Courts

Camp FAQs

  • Backpack to carry all their items (Label all camper items) 
  • Bathing Suit and Towel
  • Healthy Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Complete change of clothes in a Ziplock bag for children under eight in case of accidents
  • Any medications you have paperwork for 
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn except while swimming
  • Electronics - campers will have all electronics confiscated and returned to the parents upon pick up. 
  • Anything that can be considered a weapon
  • Any valuables
  • Juuls or other E-cigarettes - all YMCA camps are smoke and vape free areas. 
  • Camps run an intensive 40 hours or more of Staff orientation before the campers arrive. We cover the basics of our: camp philosophy, behavior management, lesson plans, water safety, climbing safety, and day camp life. However, most importantly we spend time doing the activities that campers will spend their summer taking part in. Counselors learn different adaptations to games like Capture the Flag, Four–Square, and Gods Eyes. In addition, counselors have guest speakers discuss child abuse prevention, emergency action plans, and other integral parts of the camp day.
  • Camp staff older than 18 years old are trained in medication administration by a licensed RN, PA, or MD. 
  • Inhalers, epi-pen, and additional emergency medications are necessary to ensuring your camper is safe. On the first day of each session parents are responsible for dropping of their medication with the following items:
    • Original prescription box with current label
    • Medication that has not expired
    • Medical Authorization form signed by the campers physician and parent
    • Care Plan signed by the campers physician and parent. 
  • If you have any further questions regarding camper medication and forms; please reach out to your camp leadership. 
  • Yes, the State of Connecticut requires a physical examination complete with parent signatures. That form can be found on our website. Physical exams are valid for 3 years from the date of the last exam. However, if there are any pretendant medical conditions that happened during the year, please reach out to the camp staff. A copy of the health form can be found on our website. 
  • LOTS OF THINGS! First of all, a misty or lightly rainy day will not stop us from following our normal schedule (so send your child with a light rain jacket). If it is a steady downpour, we resort to our vast arsenal of indoor activities, including portable teamwork activities, character values lessons, skits, songs, group games, portable sports activities and much more. 
  • Our camp days are filled with a variety of hands-on activities based around each camp’s theme. These activities are designed to be fun and exciting while helping campers to develop skills and positive habits in scientific and critical thinking. Actual schedules may vary, based on weather, preferences of camp groups, and other factors. We design our curricula to include structured activities, and unstructured free-play, taking advantage of both indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate different learning styles and energy levels.

The YMCA follows the State of Connecticut guidelines for camper to counselor ratio. 

  • 1 counselor to 9 campers: Campers 6 years old and under
  • 1 counselor to 12 campers: Campers 7 years old and over
  • Yes, the YMCA provides financial assistance and will assist you in applying for Care4kids. 
  • Our refund policy states that all deposits and one- time registration fees are non- refundable and non-transferable. Cancelation prior to June 1st will be refunded less the 20% deposit. Cancellations between June 1st and June 15th are eligible for a 50% refund less the 20% deposit. All refund requests must be made in writing. If withdrawing due to a medical reason, a signed doctor’s note must be presented and full refund less the 20% deposit may be issued. All schedule changes must be made in writing at least one week prior to the session’s start date. 
  • Registration is completed on the ghymca.org website. The system will walk you through filling out and submitting the registration. The registration and deposits must be submitted at the time of registration. 
  • Yes, you and the other authorized pick ups would need to show an ID during pick up. As the summer goes on, the camp team will begin to remember you and may you sign you out without one. However, always make sure you bring an ID! 
  • Yes, as long as they are within the same age or grade levels the campers can be grouped together. Please reach out to your camp for more information. 

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Affordable Care and Financial Assistance

While we try to make our programs affordable for everyone, we understand that cost may be a barrier for some families. We encourage you to apply for financial assistance through our Y if you find that you may have difficulties in paying your program fees.

Financial Assistance CARE4KIDS 

Please return your completed application along with the supporting documents to your local YMCA.

Raising Funds

You are also invited to become a part of the YMCA Annual Campaign, where parents and other volunteers help raise money to provide scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to participate in our programs.

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