The camp day is broken up into different periods. The schedule below is an example of what a camp day can look like, however it may vary depending on your campers Unit.
8:30am-9:00am Parent/Bus Drop-Off
Campers are dropped off at camp are are led to their appropriate Unit
9:00am-9:30am Morning Announcements/Attendance
Kick-off to the day; includes daily announcements
9:30am-10:30am Swimming Period
Swim instruction and games to get campers in the water and having fun
10:30am-11:30am Unit Period
Large group activity with an entire Unit (60-120) campers
A chance to take a break and talk to the counselor and other campers
12:00pm-1:00pm Rotating Period
Different traditional camp activity each day (arts and crafts, archery, tower, etc)
"Lots of Great Stuff!"; the entire camp gets together for an assembly loaded with songs and skits relating to the session theme
1:30pm-2:30pm Rotating Period
Different traditional camp activity each day, Free Activity Period for West Coast campers
2:30pm-3:00pm End of Day Meeting and Dismissal
Announcements and reminders for the next day, then campers are led to their dismissal locations (bus riders, personal pick up, or after care)
HOW TO REGISTER FOR DAY CAMP
All campers must have a few items with them each day:
- a lunch with a drink
- a refillable water bottle
- closed toe shoes
- a bathing suit with towel
- a backpack
Some items that should not be brought to camp include: cell phones, iPods, trading cards, camping knives, matches/lighter.
Our camper to counselor ratio varies per Unit.
- Wanderers (Pre-K) is 5:1
- Sloperians and Navigators (K & 1) is 8:1
- All other Traditional Camps (Explorers, Pioneers, Rangers, Trailblazers), and Specialty Camps (i.e. Sports Camp, Rock Climbing, Art Camp, etc) can be up to 12:1.
The Camp Director, Coast Directors, and Unit Directors are all CPR, First Aid, and Epi-Pen Administration Certified. They all have been working at YMCA Camp Sloper for a minimum of 3 years and most of them are year-round employees of our YMCA's.
Senior Counselors, the head counselor for a group of campers, are all entering their senior year of high school or higher and go through our camp's hiring process and 30 hours of staff training prior to working at YMCA Camp Sloper.
Junior Counselors, group assistants, are all entering their Junior year of high school and also have gone through our camp's hiring process and 30 hours of staff training prior to working at YMCA Camp Sloper.
The hiring process includes a background check, verifying certifications, a group and one-on-one interview, reference checks and specific skills verification.
Before care (6:30am-9:00am) and after care (3:00pm-5:30pm) are options for parents that need to drop-off their camper earlier than when camp begins or pick-up their camper later than when camp ends. We like to think of it as an extension of our day camp program, where they participate in various camp activities. You can choose before care and/or after care during the registration process.
We ask that all special group requests are made as far in advance as possible. There is a space during registration where special requests can be made. We will do our best to accommodate all special requests, however it is not a guarantee.
That is called a "Split Session". If you choose to do a split session, it MUST be a Traditional Camp. You will be charged half of the session fee, plus a $30 split session fee will be applied. You can still register online by registering for the full session then contacting the camp office to make a change to the session for the week that you would like your child to attend.
Yes, we do! We have a Registered Nurse onsite from 8:30am-3:30pm everyday during the day camp season that has an indoor station inside of our Main Office.
In addition to having a Registered Nurse onsite at all times, our Leadership team as well as many of our counselors are First Aid & CPR certified.
We have the ability to store necessary medications and our RN is responsible for the administration of all medications. *If your camper has medication for allergies, dietary needs, physical needs, or any other needs, it must be documented with our RN by having your campers doctor fill out an Authorization of Medication Form, which can be found in the Camper Forms and Documents page.
YMCA CAMP SLOPER 'LINGO'
Amphitheater - n. the large stadium seating area with a stage where we do large camp gatherings; L.O.G.S. is held at the amphitheater every day; the amphitheater is located just past Denorfia Pavilion, down towards Sloper Pond.
Character Values - n. caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, & fun. The basis of the YMCA Mission and values we instill in our campers and staff through our day camp programs.
Check - n. what we periodically do throughout the day to ensure that all campers are accounted for.
Corcl - n. an orange saucer-shaped, one or two person boat
Crystal Mine - n. an all natural rock formation in the ground that produces quartz crystals, located just past the Library on the orange trail. We do not stock Crystal Mine, beyond popular belief.
Dupa - n. a person's backside, normally referenced in the song "Singing in the Rain"
East Coast - n. the side of camp dedicated to campers in our K-5th grade programs; the main office, superslide, playscape, and Amphitheater are a few landmarks on the East Coast
Funyak - n. a small, open-faced version of a kayak, perfect for ages 7-12
Gladiator Dodgeball - n. commonly known as 'gaga' around the world, it is played in an eight-walled octagon pit; the object of the game is to hit a dodgeball with your hands into your opponents legs, while not letting it hit yourself, last on in the pit wins
Liquid Sunshine - n. a camp phenomenon that a camper might mistake as rain or downpour
L.O.G.S. - n. Lots of Great Stuff; our daily camp-wide assembly that is filled with skits, songs, and activities based on our session themes; this is held at the Amphitheater
Mama Cass - n. our camp's official mascot, a seldom seen friendly giant turtle that lives in the middle of the pond; Mama Cass is a legendary staple at Sloper
National Popsicle Day - n. a camp tradition that takes place every Friday throughout the summer when all campers and staff get to enjoy a popsicle!
the Red Barn - n. home of our Wanderer's program, our youngest campers; the oldest building at camp that houses the Maintenance team
Shake'n'Bake - n. a popular swimming activity where campers and counselors run out of the water, roll themselves in sand and run back into the water to clean off the sand
Sloper Store - n. our camp's trading post, which has custom Sloper items, snacks, and drinks. The Slope store is open during day camp hours in the summer.
Sloperians - n. this is the name of our Kindergarten only Unit, the first traditional camp for full day campers.
Units - n. a grouping of campers in a specific grade range; Explorers (2nd-3rd) and Rangers (6th-7th) are just two examples. There are 10 different Units at camp.
West Coast - n. the side of camp dedicated to campers in 6th-10th grade; home to the Jacob Family Pavilion, High Ropes Course, Sloper Stadium, West Coast Waterfront and more.