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Frequently Asked Camp Questions

Calendar & How much does camp cost? 

How does registration at Camp work?

Is YMCA Camp Reed Accredited?

How do I get to camp?

Can I get a tour of camp?

What if I am seeking financial assistance?

What are some of the activities at camp?

What are the horse program options?

How can I prepare my child for camp?

What if I have a severe allergy or special need? 

What if I have a buddy?

What if I want to send a care package? ** NEW POLICY **

How much should I leave for store? 

What if my child gets homesick? 

Can I see my camper at camp?

What if my camper lost his or her item(s) at camp?

How will I be informed if there is an emergency?


How much does camp cost?

 

Camp fees depend on the program. Click here to see our Summer 2017 schedule and rates.

 

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How does registration at Camp work? 

To register your child for camp, you can call the YMCA call center at 509 777 9622, register online, or print out a registration form to complete and mail to the Camp Reed office.

2017 Parent Handbook coming soon!

REGISTRATION & FINAL PAYMENT: Registration to camp is initiated through payment of a non-refundable deposit that secures your child’s spot at camp. Final payment must be received on or before June 1st. If a payment plan has not been arranged with the Administrative Coordinator, registration may be suspended and your camper placed on a waiting list for their chosen session if there is a balance owing after June 1st. You may pay by check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards. If paying by check, please include camper’s name on check and designate what portion is for store money.

  1. Change in plans: We understand that circumstances can change and so we have established policies for transfers, cancellations and refunds.

  2. Transfers: Transfers may be made at no charge and are based upon availability.

  3. Cancellations: If we are given more than one week (7 full calendar days) notice prior to session start, we may refund your fee, less the non-refundable deposit. If a camper must leave camp during the session due to medical reasons/illness reimbursement may be available (fee, less deposit & pro-rata daily rate).

  4. Refunds will not be made for the following:

    1. Cancellations less than one (1) week prior to session start

    2. No shows

    3. If parent/guardian chooses to pick camper up for any reason other than illness

    4. Campers who violate camp policies and are sent home (camper pick up and transportation is the parent/guardian’s responsibility)

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 Is YMCA Camp Reed Accredited?

Yes, Camp Reed is ACA accredited.  ACA Accreditation means that Camp Reed undergoes a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camp Reed and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

ACA helps Camp Reed provide:

• Healthy, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences

• Discovery through experiential education

• Caring, competent role models

• Service to the community and the environment

• Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

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How do I get to camp?

Click here to see or print a map to camp

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Can I get a tour of camp?

Please join us Saturday, May 20 at 1pm at YMCA Camp Reed for our Open House and New Camper Orientation. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize your camper with Camp Reed. We encourage new campers and their parents/guardians to visit camp prior to the beginning of the summer season. This is scheduled at camp on Saturday, May 20th. The tour will begin at 1pm and will last for about 45 minutes. This is the ideal introduction for your camper to visit camp, see the sights, ask questions and meet some of the summer staff.

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What if I am seeking financial assistance?

Please start by filling out the YMCA Financial Assistance Application and submit it back to the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. You may mail in the application to 1126 N Monroe Spokane, WA 99201 or fax it to 509 343 4096.

If you are seeking additional funds, once you have heard back from the Business office. Please submit a letter to the Camp Reed office (1126 N Monroe Spokane, WA 99201) explaining your situation and why you are seeking additional funds.

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What are some of the activities at camp?

Camp Activities: A camper’s time at camp is divided between unit time, cabin activities, and free-choice time and all-camp events. Each day we have flagpole gatherings, chapel, waterfront activities, cabin clean up, work areas and siesta after lunch. Day and night hikes are extremely popular.

Activity Level of Camp: Camp Reed is a very active camp: LOTS of walking, hiking, swimming and activity. For some campers this is an adjustment to their town activity level. If your camper’s activity level is more sedentary, it is a good idea to take lots of walks, hikes, etc. in order to get in shape for camp. Sending good shoes to camp is essential. If you are in need of assistance for clothing or shoes for camp, call the camp office for a confidential consultation.

Swim Test: Camp Reed is located on the incredibly beautiful Fan Lake. On Monday all campers, by cabin, will take a swim test in our docks to determine ability: beginner, intermediate and advanced. If a camper chooses not to take the swim test they can still enjoy swimming and water activities while wearing a life jacket. Campers may re-test. All boating activities require life jackets.

Free-Choice Activities: Free-choice activities include arts & crafts, archery, climbing, sports, waterfront and wilderness activities. We also offer plenty of new and unique activities each day such as turtle hunts, random parades, stream hikes, boat races and a “Shark Swim” across the lake. This is a great time for campers to be with friends in different cabins.

Units: On Sunday, with the help of their counselor, campers will designate their top 3 choices of units, which are assigned based on availability and older campers are given preference. Units meet three times during the week for about 2 hours per session. Most unit activities are also available during free-choice time.

Archery

Climbing Wall

Waterfront

BB Marksmanship ($5 store charge)

Mountain Biking

Adventure

Drama

Challenge (Ropes Course)

Sports

Arts & Crafts

Wilderness

Riflery ($5 store charge)

Horse Unit (Weeks 4, 5 & 6 only- $150 unit fee)

Overnight/Bike Trip: Once a week, weather permitting, each cabin joins with another for a sleep-out. This often includes a long hike (1 – 7 miles) and a night out under the stars. Younger cabins stay close to camp, while older campers explore further away from camp. Backpacks or bags to carry sleeping bags and water bottles are helpful. The two oldest cabins may have the opportunity to bike about 30 miles from camp for their overnight.

Nighttimes: We have three campfires with songs and crazy staff skits with a special “sticks” campfire on the last evening. One night is reserved for a carnival and a camp dance. These events conclude around 9:30pm, and lights are out between 10:30pm and 11:30pm. Wake up bell is at 8:30am.

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What are the horse program options?

Trail Rides:

As part of registration, you may register your child to participate in a trail ride. There is an additional fee of $25, and this option is only offered for campers ages 10-14. Trail ride registration MUST accompany traditional camp registration.

Trail rides last approximately one hour ride on camp property and are offered only during weeks 4, 5 & 6.

Horse Unit:

The horse unit covers three two-hour introductory level classes which include trail rides. This will be your child’s unit choice while at camp during Weeks 4, 5 & 6 ONLY. Registration must accompany traditional camp registration with an additional $150 fee. Ages 11-14 only. 

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How can I prepare my child for camp?     

Make sure your camper knows they are responsible for good self-care:

  • Brushing teeth, washing, changing clothes & daily hygiene.
  • Bug spray & sunscreen are camper’s responsibility; practice applying at home.

Pack with your camper so they know what they brought and where it is:

  • Clothes don’t stay clean for long at camp. Realize that at Camp Reed part of the fun is not worrying about how you look. Rolling on the ground for fun is not uncommon!

Talk with them about making good choices:

  • There are lots of options at camp. Talk about how to make good decisions.
  • Encourage your camper to ask for help (JC, counselor or directors) if they have a problem.
  • We can’t help them out if we don’t know about the concern.

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What if I have a severe allergy or special need?

When you fill out participant’s Health History form, please describe in detail any allergies to medications, food, environmental, etc., including description of severity, typical reaction, preferred response and whether allergy is from airborne / ingested / or through contact. If your child has a severe allergy, please call and discuss your child's allergy with the camp nurse the week before your child comes to camp.  Please be as detailed as possible concerning your child’s allergy.

Food Allergies: Each day of camp, our staff prepares close to 1000 food servings. Through information parents provide, we attempt to identify and reduce the use of ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. However, there is always a risk of contamination. Despite care on our part, there is the possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Care packages brought or sent from home may contain items that could cause allergic reactions. Families of campers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Camp Reed does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods, or items a camper may encounter during their stay at Camp Reed. If your child has a food allergy, please contact the camp the week prior to your child's visit to discuss the allergy with the camp nurse so we can better prepare to meet your child's needs. There are circumstances that will make it very difficult for your child's needs to be accommodated- one possible option is to send your camper with special food that will be made available to your child at meal time.

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What if I have a buddy?

Campers are sorted first by gender, then age/grade, then by cabin buddy requests. Each camper may designate ONE “buddy” at time of registration (both must choose each other as their ONE choice). If ALL these conditions are met, we do our best to honor buddy requests. If at check in you find that your child is not in the cabin with their designated buddy – please let the directors know. If it is possible, we try to make things work out.  During our cabin assignment process we are not able to accommodate chains or large group requests. Groups and cabin buddies can interfere with opportunities to make new friends, which is part of our mission at camp. If your child is not placed with all of their friends, they will have plenty of opportunities to spend time with their friends during unit, free time or all camp activities. Some families (and campers) come WITHOUT a buddy for the sole purpose of meeting new friends.  Sometimes we get requests for campers NOT to be with other campers. Although you may want your child to get away from the group they regularly spend time with, campers will be placed in a cabin with other campers their same age/grade. This may include some of their classmates, depending on the number of campers we have registered in their age/grade that week. Every week we have varying numbers of each grade, so this is NOT something we can predict or control.

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What if I want to send a care package? *NEW POLICY*

We are introducing a ONE CARE PACKAGE PER CAMPER policy at Camp. The impetus behind this change has been the unhealthy side effects associated with the voluminous number of packages that arrive at camp daily. Distribution and management of care packages has become an issue. In addition, care packages can negatively affect cabin dynamics and be unhealthy for campers with allergies and special needs. If more than one package is sent to a camper, it will be returned to sender. Multiple letters are allowed.

If you choose to send a care package, you may drop off small care packages at check-in or send a short letter to let your child know you care. If you must send a package: use discretion, don’t send valuables, keep it SMALL (smaller than a shoe box) and mail EARLY! We encourage care packages to be shared with the entire cabin, like cookies, is ideal. Do not send tree nut products or anything that may cause allergy issues for other campers. Please do NOT send magazines. Its camp – we try to get away from society’s materialism and drama. Camp Reed receives several huge bags of mail each day which we do our very best to distribute to campers. Mail from Spokane can take 2-5 days to arrive. We cannot guarantee mail delivery or sign for packages. Mail received late or not delivered will be returned to sender or forwarded to camper’s home address.

                  Camper’s Name

                  Camper Program__________/ Week # _____

                  c/o YMCA Camp Reed

                  Rt. 3 Box 252

                  Deer Park, WA 99006

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How much money should I leave for the store?

The camp store is open 4 times during the week for campers to purchase healthy snacks, sport drinks, pop, candy and ice cream with a daily limit all priced $1 to $2. During free times the store is open to purchase authentic and awesome Camp Reed t-shirts ($15), sweatshirts ($35), white t-shirts for tie-dye, leather and craft materials, water bottles, sunglasses, stuffed animals and other signature items priced $5 to $15.  We recommend a store deposit of $25 - $75 for traditional campers or $15 - $30 for mini campers, depending on your child’s choice of purchases. PLEASE NOTE: The store is open on Saturdays after Parents Program to spend any funds left on account. We DO NOT accept credit cards or sell candy, pop or ice cream on Saturdays. Unless written request is received, money not spent by camper is automatically donated to the Camper Program/Equipment Fund.

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What if my child gets homesick?

Some children experience homesickness, whether it is their first or fiftieth time away from home. To better prepare your child, have them spend a couple nights away from home before they come to camp. Most of the time campers are so busy that they do not have time to think about missing home. However, some children may experience symptoms of homesickness including: feeling sad at bed-time, feelings of loneliness and a lack of interest in activities.

How parents/guardians can help:

  • Don’t project your apprehensions/concerns onto your child - keep it light.
  • Help your child focus on how much fun they will have at camp.
  • Let your child know that he/she will be busy and happy and that you are looking forward to sharing both of your experiences at the end of camp.
  • Don’t offer to pick up your child if they are homesick - this often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and hampers their experience.
  • At drop off tell them you believe they are ready and that you will see them at pickup!
  • Attend the New Camper Orientation with your child on Saturday, May 20th @ 1pm at Camp Reed. For more information about Open House click here .The good news is that it is a wonderful developmental step for your child to attend camp and almost all homesick children will overcome it and be just fine. In the unfortunate event that a camper shows severe anxiety, rest assured that we will place a phone call to ask you how you would like us to proceed.

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Can I see my camper at camp?

Visits to camp during the week are not permitted during the summer season, we urge parents not to visit campers. Experience has shown us that these visits tend to be disruptive to the camper as well as the staff who have to take time away from their program duties. If an emergency arises, a visit must be arranged and approved in advance through the directors, Bucky & Loco. Please rest assured that if a situation comes to our attention during the week that requires your input, we will contact you and keep you updated.

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What if my camper lost his or her item(s) at camp?

It is very important that you label all items with your child’s name and that your child is aware that they are responsible for everything they bring to camp. On Saturday morning all lost items from that week are placed on tarps at the soccer field for viewing and reclaiming. After that the items are held at Camp Reed for two weeks. If you believe your camper is missing an item or clothing, please call the on-site office at 509 276 5262 and we will look through The lost and found from that week. If we find your item we will make arrangements to have it transported to the Camp Reed corporate office where you may pick it up. After two weeks, all salvageable items are donated to local charity.

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How will I be informed if there is an emergency?

In the event of an emergency, or power outage, we will keep families updated utilizing our Camp Reed Facebook Page. Click the link below to be directed to our Facebook Page. 

Facebook Page 

Families may also obtain updates and ask questions utilizing the Facebook Link.

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