FAQ

Have questions? We have answers!
Explore our 2017 Camp Henry Info Guide (2018 guide coming soon)
and learn everything you need to know about coming to camp.

What are the sessions and pricing options? 

This season we will be offering 4 night and 5 night overnight camp programs, as well as our Family Camp at the end of the summer.

Here are our program dates and rates for the 2018 season:

*Leadership sessions will also run during Session 1, Session 3 and Session 5 for campers between the ages of 13-15. There is no additional fee for this program.

*Leadership sessions will also run during Session 1, Session 3 and Session 5 for campers between the ages of 13-15. There is no additional fee for this program.

For more information on each program, please visit here


What are Family Camp dates and rates?

2018 Family Camp is running August 26 to August 30. Everyone has their own definition of family and we welcome everyone at YMCA Camp Henry, we just ask that two generations attend with each group that registers. Our prices for this program are broken down by number of family member attending.
Family of 3 or fewer - $735 full fee; $680 if YMCA member
Family of 4-6 - $895 full fee; $840 if YMCA member
For more information on YMCA Camp Henry’s Family Camp, please visit here

Drop-off & Pick-up

Drop-off for campers is Sunday (Sessions) or Monday (Chickadees) afternoons between 3:00pm and 4:00pm and camper pick-up is on Friday afternoons between 2:00pm and 3:00pm; that way you can spend the whole weekend with your child and hear all about their awesome camping experience!


Transportation - Bus Options

Buses are available if parents cannot make the drop-off or pick-up times (an extra fee will be charged).  There are three bus pick-up and drop-off locations. Transportation is available for all camping sessions, with the exception of Family Camp.

Busing locations and times:

Bus to or from camp is $50 (plus tax) per camper. Return transportation is $100 (plus tax) per camper. 

Bus to or from camp is $50 (plus tax) per camper. Return transportation is $100 (plus tax) per camper. 


Is there Camp Henry merchandise available for purchase?

Absolutely! We still have a number of YMCA Camp Henry items available for sale this season! These items are available for purchase throughout the offseason. Currently, our order form is available here which you can complete and email directly to kreynolds@ymcawo.ca who will help arrange each sale.


 

What kind of activities will my camper participate in?

Campers will have the opportunity to explore all of Point Pelee National Park while here at YMCA Camp Henry. We take advantage of the incredible environments around us with many nature exploration and hiking programs. Our more traditional camp programs available to campers include mountain biking, archery, arts & crafts, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. 
Throughout the week, campers will participate in each program with their oTENTik group. Each individual camper will also have the opportunity to select programs during choice periods which they would like to focus on improving their skills in. So if your camper tried everything with their group and decides biking is their favourite, they will have ample opportunities to ride on the trails throughout the park, while their friends pick the programs they are most interested in. By the end of camp, your child will have learned new skills and will have new memories that will last a lifetime!


What sort of supervision can I expect my camper to have?

At Camp Henry, all of our campers will receive 24 hour supervision. Each oTENTik will have up to 7 campers and one counsellor in it meaning even in the middle of the night, there is a YMCA staff member there for your camper! During the day, there all of our camp staff will be running programs with our campers. A counsellor will always be with their group during transition times as well as at meals, programs, and everything else!


When a camper is accessing financial assistance through the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaigns, will these funds come from the YMCA’s across Southwestern Ontario, or the YMCA of Western Ontario?

The short answer is campers who require subsidy will be able to access Strong Kids.  The registration is happening through staff at YMCA of Western Ontario so families will be speaking with staff from there.  There will be some methodology for an exchange of Strong Kids dollars between Associations that we are working on but this won’t be something we need to involve Camp Henry families with.


Does Camp Henry qualify for municipal subsidy? 

Municipalities do not provide subsidy for overnight camps unfortunately. The YMCA does have its own financial assistance program that all of our camper families are more than welcome to apply to. More information can be found here


Will Camp Henry have a nurse or physician onsite?

Due to our proximity to the Leamington District Memorial Hospital, as well as our quick EMS response time, Camp Henry will not have a nurse or physician onsite. We will, however, have a senior staff member dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of our campers and staff throughout the summer. This individual will ensure all campers are receiving their medications at the correct times, and will be available to help with any illnesses or injuries. In addition, all staff members at Camp Henry will have a minimum of Standard First Aid and CPR certifications. Our staff will also receive site specific emergency response training.


How accessible is the Camp?  If children want to attend that have special accommodation requirements, is this a place they will be comfortable and able to participate in activities? 

The camp is being designed to be accessible (oTENTik and dining hall).  There will be some areas that might be less accessible (beach) but we will work with families to do our best to ensure a fantastic experience for every camper’s needs.


What should my camper bring to camp?

It’s important to us that campers are prepared with the things they need to feel comfortable while at camp. Check out our complete packing list  here to help guide you with how to pack for camp.

Exploring nature can be messy at times - that’s why we encourage campers to bring clothing and items that can easily be washed. Electronics and valuables of any sort should not be brought to camp and the YMCA cannot be held accountable for any lost or damaged items.


What kind of bedding does my camper need to bring?

Most campers and staff choose to sleep in a sleeping bag while at camp. For added comfort, your camper may want to bring a fitted bed sheet for the mattress and a blanket as a light layer on warm nights, or an extra layer for when it’s cooler. And of course, don’t forget your pillow and favourite stuffed friend!


What if my child loses something while at camp?

Labeling all of your camper’s items helps us ensure everything goes home with the correct camper at the end of each session.  We also encourage families to include their children in the packing process, so every camper is aware of the belongings they’ve brought with them to Camp Henry.
If you notice something is missing when your camper returns home, please contact us at ymcacamphenry@ymcawo.ca with a detailed description of the item and we will do our best to locate it.


How can I communicate with my camper while they are at camp?

Writing emails to your campers while they are at Camp Henry is the best way to let them know you’re thinking of them! To send an email to a camper, simply put the camper’s full name in the subject line and send your message to ymcacamphenry@gmail.com.  Campers will receive emails everyday after dinner.  At any point during their stay, campers can write a note home, which we will then scan and email to you.  


Can campers call home while at camp?

Based on our experience in overnight camping, we find calling home to speak with loved ones generally results in an increase of homesickness. Because of this, campers are unable to call home while they are at camp, but can write as many letters as they like, which our team will scan and email. Our trained and caring staff will be in touch with families if there are ever any concerns!


Is there a Tuck Shop?

No, there will not be a tuck shop at YMCA Camp Henry and campers should not bring any money to camp. YMCA Camp Henry merchandise will be available for purchase during the off season as well as on arrival and departure days. 


What is your cancellation policy?

Prior to June 1, 2018. A full refund will be granted minus the nonrefundable deposit of $100.

After to June 1, 2018.  Refunds will be granted for medical reasons only. Written notice of the cancellation as well as a Medical Certificate must be approved by the Camp Director in order to qualify for a refund.

Refunds will not be issued in instances where the camper is removed from the camp program at the choice or request of the camper or camper’s parents/guardian, or is dismissed from camp for contravention of camp guidelines or the camp code of conduct for behaviour. The code of conduct is available in the 2017 Family Information Guide.

A service charge of $30 will apply to payments declined by the chosen financial institution.

YMCA Camp Henry reserves the right to cancel programs at any time due to inadequate registration.