FAQ

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Explore our Camp Henry Info Guide and learn everything you need to know about coming to camp.

The following responses are intended for the 2017 summer season. Please note that prices and dates will change for 2018. We will have updated information for our 2018 season coming soon!

What are the sessions and pricing options? 

This five-day camping experience offers only the very best that the Y has to offer with accessible, state-of the art facilities to ensure your child's comfort and well-being while away from home. 

Session 1 – July 16 – 21
Session 2 – July 23 – 28
Session 3 – July 30 – August 4*
Chickadees - August 7 – 11
Session 4 – August 13 – 18
Session 5 – August 20 – 25*
Family Camp – August 27 – 31

The price per week is $595 plus tax and our Chickadees week is $480 plus tax.  For Family Camp, families of 3 or fewer are $700 plus tax and families of 4 - 6 are $850 plus tax. **

*Leadership sessions will also run during session 3 and session 5 for campers between the ages of 13-15.

**Are you a member? Our YMCA members save on our camping experiences. The member price for one week at Camp Henry is $525 plus tax or $430 plus tax if you attend our Chickadees week. For Family Camp, families of 3 or less are $650 plus tax and families of 4 - 6 are $800 plus tax.


Drop-off & Pick-up

Camp starts Sunday afternoon and runs until Friday evening.

Drop-off for campers is Sunday afternoons between 3-5pm and camper pick-up is on Friday evenings between 4-6pm; 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.

Pick-up and drop-off locations:

  • London – Wortley YMCA offices at 165 Elmwood Ave E

  • Chatham – YMCA 101 Courthouse Lane

  • Windsor – YMCA and Central Park Athletics at 3400 Grand Marais Rd 

Buses will be picking up campers on arrival day (Sundays and Monday, August 7) at 2pm in London and 3pm in Windsor and Chatham. Drop-off on Friday afternoons will be at 6pm in London and 5pm in Windsor and Chatham.

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?

We have a number of YMCA Camp Henry items available for sale this season! These items will be available for purchase at camp on all arrival and departure days, as well as on July 8th during our open house. We encourage families to complete and submit the order form available here so we can be sure to reserve the correct size and number of items. We will have all pre-ordered items ready for your camper on the first day of camp! If you would like to arrange a pickup of these items at our London office during the month of June, please email kreynolds@ymcawo.ca directly.


 

What kind of activities will my camper participate in?

Campers will have access to 8 km of national park for nature activities and close proximity to water for splashing fun! Nature activities include cycling, archery, low ropes, crafts, games, campfires and exploring. Campers will also have the opportunity to kayak, canoe and swim on Lake Erie.

Throughout the week, campers will be given optional activity time where they can choose which activities they would like to experience.  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.    


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 (otentiks 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?

Labelling 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@gmail.com 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?

With all of our camping experience, 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 do not need to bring any money to camp.


What is your cancellation policy?

Prior to June 1, 2017. A full refund will be granted minus the nonrefundable deposit of $100.

After to June 1, 2017.  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.