Parents

Sending your child to camp can be a very big step in both your life and your child’s life. We recognize that because a stay at camp means at least a week away from home, we must be the home away from home for your child. Feeling like home doesn’t come automatically, we work very hard to make sure that both campers and parents are comfortable and confident with camp. The first step to building this relationship is taking a trip to camp for a tour or open house.

At YMCA Camp Immokalee, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Our Camp provides an exciting, safe community for campers to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and make lasting friendships and memories. Our goals are to assist campers in learning by providing balanced growth in the following ways:

  • To develop the responsibility for one’s self and others.
  • To nurture self-confidence, good habits and sound moral values.
  • To promote an atmosphere which increases new interests and skills without fear of failure.
  • To develop in one’s life a respect for individual differences among all of God’s people and creations.
  • To encourage good social skills through the experience of community living.

The YMCA Camp Immokalee experience is for all boys and girls regardless of race, creed or national origin.

Arrival and Pick-up

Arrival at Camp is on Sunday afternoon starting with registration at 2:00pm. Campers cannot be registered before that as they will be busy making last minute preparations for an exciting stay at camp for your camper. Remember, payment of all fees and submission of all forms will save you time during the registration process. During registration, your camper will be registered, assigned a cabin, and be given a quick medical check. After registration, you can proceed to your camper’s cabin to get them moved in and unpacked. In order to avoid long lines, we would suggest the following arrival times and ask for your cooperation.

Age

Arrival Time

7-8 2:00pm-2:30pm
9-10 2:30pm-3:00pm
11-12 3:00pm-3:30pm
13 & older 3:30pm-4:00pm

Pick-up for your camper is on Friday afternoon starting at 4:00pm and continues until 6:00pm. When you drop off your camper, your Driver’s License number will be recorded by the Cabin Counselor. This is to insure that we release our campers safely. If you will not be the person who picks up your camper, please email the camp email address (immokalee@firstcoastymca.org) with a photo copy or the Driver’s License number and name of the person who will be. During pick-up, please proceed directly to your camper’s cabin and check thoroughly to make sure that all your camper’s belongings go home with them. Please insure you have all of your camper’s medications as well as the cabin photo. If you need to pick up your camper before 4:00pm, please contact the camp office and we’ll arrange for your camper to be ready.

Activity Registration

Campers will register for their week activities on Sunday evening after dinner. Campers will hear about all the activities and choose five activities per week. Campers that pre-register for the Paintball Program will be assigned a designated time for paintball and will complete their activities around that.

Camp Store

Camp Store happens twice per day at camp, once in the afternoon and again after evening activities. This is a chance for campers to get a snack and a drink and hang out with their fellow campers. Money for Camp Store is included in your registration payment and no additional fees are needed.

Visiting Days

We do not have visiting days during our one-week sessions, but if your child is taking part in our two-week session than we allow parents to visit between 11:00am and 2:00pm on Sunday. Please make arrangements with the camp office in advance if you plan to visit as the camp program continues throughout the weekend.

Homesickness

When children are away from home for the first time, it is reasonable to assume that until they become adjusted to the camp environment they may experience several days of mild to severe homesickness. Understanding parents realize that it is something which a child may need to experience the degree of independence which is necessary to make the camper a self-reliant individual. If you suspect that your camper may become homesick, don’t delay your departure from camp- he or she will be in good hands. If you feel there is a problem, feel free to contact the Camp Director and you will be informed on your child’s progress adjusting to camp life.