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Frequently asked questions
What ages does your camp serve?
YMCA Camp Tippecanoe has 1-week and 2-week sessions for ages 7-17. We also have half-week Mini Camps for ages 6-12.
What activities will my child get to enjoy? What does their schedule look like?
We wake up around 7 am and go to bed around 10 pm.
In the mornings, between breakfast and lunch, campers choose from one of three program paths: Mosaic (Music, Art, Drama, Video Production), OWLS - Outdoow Wilderness Living Skills (Science, Nature, Outdoor Skills/Crafts), and Wind & Water (Swimming, Boating, Fishing)
Pre-registered Horse campers enjoy the Horse Pals Path every morning between breakfast and lunch.
After lunch, campers have a rest hour (siesta), then do cabin activities, which can include swimming, bb's, archery, horse riding, tie-dye, crafts, hiking, zip line, boating, and more.
After dinner, we have a rotation of evening programs, which may include campfire ceremonies, large field games, dancing, and Chapel (a spiritual/inspirational message).
Other activities that camper enjoy throughout the week may include GaGa Ball, Four Square, initiatives, slip 'n slide, creek hikes, sailing, Ultimate Frisbee... anything creative that counselors and campers come up with!
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
How do I register my child for camp?
There are three ways you can register for camp. All registrations require a $75 non-refundable deposit per camper that goes towards the final amount due. 1) Call the Business Office (North Canton YMCA) at 330-499-2587. 2) Register in person at any YMCA of Central Stark County branch. 3) Go online at www.ymcastark.org/camp-tippecanoe.
What happens after I register?
A confirmation email is sent to your email on record, verifying dates, program, price, balance, and cabin mate request.
A parent handbook and camp forms will be emailed after a week.
Where do I turn in all of the forms?
All forms must be returned to the North Canton YMCA c/o YMCA Camp Tippecanoe, 200 S Main St, North Canton, OH 44720.
When do I have to turn in all the forms by?
All forms are due by the 1st day of the month prior to camp session. June camp sessions are due May 1st, July camp sessions are due June 1st, and August camp sessions are due July 1st.
When is payment due?
Camp balances must be paid in full by the 1st day of the month prior to camp session. June camp sessions are due May 1st, July camp sessions are due June 1st, and August camp sessions are due July 1st.
SUPERVISION & STAFFING
Who supervises the campers?
All camp staff pass a background check, attend a week-long staff training, and are First Aid/CPR certified.
Two counselors are assigned to a cabin of 6-10 campers. The lead counselor has the primary role with the campers and spends most of the day with the campers. The support counselor helps during wake up, bedtime, meal times, and evening activities.
At times, Counselors in Training (CITs) may be assigned to a cabin to shadow Camp Staff and help with cabin management.
Staff supervise all activity areas and walk with campers around camp throughout the day.
Is there medical staff on duty?
Camp Nurses or designated Medical Staff are available each week for medication distribution, camp health and safety, and first aid needs.
How do I communicate with my child while they are at camp?
Email: Parents can use a one-way emal service through Bunk1 to send emails to campers. Emails are printed off once a day and delivered at lunch or dinner.
Camp Post Office: Parents can write a letter for each day at camp prior to arrival, then deposit them in the Camp Post Office to be distributed throughout the week.
Mail: Campers have time each day to write a postcard home to parents or loved ones and mail out in the Camp Post Office. Our postal service at camp is slower than most, so please be aware that mail is not always timely.
Camp Office: There is always someone in the Camp Office to answer phones between 10 am and 12 pm, and again between 2 pm and 5 pm. Messages will be returned within 24 hours.
How do I contact the Camp during a session?
You may try to reach Camp by calling the camp number during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What types of meals are served at camp?
Planned nutritious meals are served family style to each cabi table.
A salad bar is available at lunch and dinner.
We do our best to work with parents to accommodate food allergies and special dietary restrictions. Please see the Parent Handbook for details.
Where do the kids swim?
Campers swim in our designated area on Lake Clendening - an 18-mile public lake.
Is there a swim test?
Campers must take a swim test. Swim ability is determined by camp life guards and swim protocols set by the YMCA.
Campers are classified as either deep water or shallow water swimmers, and given a wristband based on classification for easy identification by staff.
Campers not taking the swim test are required to wear a life vest when in the water. Shallow water swimmers may be asked to wear a life vest.
Do campers wear life vests when boating?
Life vests are required for all campers choosing to canoe, kayak, ride on the pontoon, or use the inflatables.
How much time do horse campers actually spend with horses?
Horse Pals learn basic riding lessons and techniques every morning from breakfast until lunch.
Lazy T Ranch campers care for a specific horse and live at our Lazy T Ranch. They take longer trail rides and learn more extensive riding techniques based on skill level.
My child is not in a horse camp, but has interest in riding a horse. Is horse riding available for them?
Every camper not in Lazy T or Horse Pals has an opportunity to ride in the afternoon during cabin activities.
Do we need to bring our own helmet for horse riding?
Camp provides all riders with an approved helmet for riding.