Is there bus service?
There is a bus option for New Britain families. For all other camp families it is parent drop-off and pick-up.
What are the camp hours?
- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for traditional camp hours and all specialty camps
- 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (for those needing extended care before, after, or both.) Before and after care campers will be assigned to groups with other before and after care campers.
- Specialty Campers can participate in before and after care
- Campers will wait at a specific grid location on the assigned field in the same spot each day
What is the Traditional Camp daily schedule?
- Arrival and morning announcements
- We will follow the regular camp requirement for staff ratios which are 1-12 for ages 6 and up and 1-9 for younger campers.
- Sites will be equipped with necessary art and sports supplies and hand sanitizers.
- Campers must bring water bottles that will be filled by counselors, at one of the various water stations, throughout the day.
- Follow planned activities for the day scheduled by unit directors and counselors.
- Rotations to assigned areas and activities.
- All camp units will have assigned port-o-let or bathroom areas.
- Campers must bring their own lunch. Campers should bring a lunch with ice packs that can stay in the backpack or is packed in a cooler. No refrigeration will be provided. Nothing will be heated up.
- Please note: We have a lot of campers with food allergies and peanut allergies, so please be courteous when choosing foods to send for lunch.
- Also in situations where campers forget their lunch, or if camp staff feel an inadequate lunch has been provided for a camper, parents will be notified in the morning and will be expected to provide a lunch by lunch time.
- Continue with scheduled activities
What happens on rainy days?
- At Camp Thundermoon we call rain liquid sunshine! We do have camp on rainy days and utilize our indoor spaces. When possible when the rain stops we will move camp outdoors.
- We will closely monitor the weather forecasts daily and announce any cancellation in advance.
- We will utilize all indoor space in sudden or threatening weather.
- If severe weather required us to close camp early (like when schools get closed early for a similar situation) we would call parents and guardians to pick up their camper.
- Rainy days are not prorated or refunded.
What should campers bring to camp?
- Bring a backpack. All items should be marked with the camper’s name.
- Campers must bring their own lunch. Campers should bring a lunch with ice packs that can stay in the backpack or is packed in a cooler. No refrigeration will be provided. Nothing will be heated up. Please note: We have a lot of campers with food allergies and peanut allergies, so please be courteous when choosing foods to send for lunch. Also in situations where campers forget their lunch, or if camp staff feel an inadequate lunch has been provided for a camper—parents will be notified in the morning and will be expected to provide a lunch by lunch time.
- A water bottle. There will be ample time for water breaks and a water fountain to refill when necessary.
What should campers wear to camp?
- Comfortable clothes for indoor and outdoor play.
- Sneakers or closed-toed shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals & open-toed shoes are prohibited during the camp day but may be worn for swimming or water games activities.
- For gymnastics camp, campers should wear shorts without zippers or buttons and a shirt that can be tucked in.
What do campers need to leave to leave at home?
- All Electronics - iPods, iPads, tablets, Gameboys, etc.
- Cell Phones - Campers do not need a cell phone at camp. If they need to contact a parent they can use the camp phone in the office. Campers that are caught with cell phones will be asked to leave them in the camp office until the end of the day.
- Trading Cards – Pokémon, Magic Cards, etc.
- Toys, jewelry, or anything of value. Please be advised that YMCA Camp Thundermoon is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Clothing with messages referring to tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sex or containing offensive or inappropriate words. Any camper wearing such clothing will be dismissed from camp for the day unless they can have a parent/guardian bring them in a change or clothes.
- Weapons - Knives, matches, guns, or anything that can be used as a weapon. Any camper who brings weapons to camp will be suspended immediately.
- Drugs, alcohol, tobacco. YMCA Camp Thundermoon is a drug, alcohol, and smoke free program. Any camper found with tobacco, drugs or alcohol will be immediately suspended from camp.
What guidelines is Camp Thundermoon Day Camp following?
Camp Thundermoon Day Camp is following all guidelines and requirements from federal, state, and local governments as well as the YMCA including: the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, YUSA.
How many campers will be allowed at Camp Thundermoon?
- The State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood has licensed our camp for 200 campers.
- Our location has enough space and walking areas within the spaces we will be using to meet the CDC guidelines.
- Groups per Traditional Camp: The number of groups per unit will depend upon weekly registrations.
- Groups per Specialty Camp: The number of groups per camp will depend upon weekly registrations.
How many counselors will be with each group?
We will follow the regular camp requirement for staff ratios which is 1-12 for ages 6 and up and 1-9 for younger campers.
How will staff keep camp clean and sanitized?
- Camp cleanliness and sanitizing meeting the current CDC guidelines of promoting healthy hygiene practices and intensifying cleaning, disinfection and ventilation
- Cleaning equipment and portable foam hand sanitizing dispensers will be located throughout camp
- Jugs of sanitizer will be at each group space
- Visual signs everywhere at camp as a reminder to wash hands, keep each other safe from germs, and keep camp clean
- Equipment will be cleaned before, during and after use
- End of day spraying with Ghost B Sprayer 105ex all outdoor equipment and picnic tables. Indoor classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by the janitorial staff of the school.
What if my child needs to take medicine?
Much like childcare settings that most of your children attend throughout the year, our staff will all be trained in administration of medication as well as First Aid/CPR. Rescue inhalers, epi pens and emergency medication will be kept in proper storage containers, labeled and with the child's counselor. First aid director and staff will log the administration of any medication throughout the camp day on the OEC's Medication Administration Record.
Where and when do we drop off medicine?
If your child needs to take medicine we will get you information on how you can drop off the required medication forms and medicine before camp starts.
What happens if someone gets injured or sick?
- Our First Aid Director, Health and Isolation Procedures meet the current CDC guidelines of monitoring and preparing.
- Counselors will evaluate the injury and contact the First Aid Director via walkie/phone for severity of request, injury, etc. and will be advised on course of action
- All staff have first aid and CPR training and will have First Aid Kits available to them.
- We have a First Aid Director on site throughout the camp day. The First Aid Director will advise on how to proceed.
- A specific indoor space will be designated as an isolation station should a camper show signs of a fever or COVID-19 related symptoms
- Childhood illnesses will still occur; children and staff who develop a fever will not be permitted to return to camp until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, fever reducers). Should a child or staff member develop signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 and a fever will not be permitted to return to camp until fever free for 72 hours without the use of acetaminophen. We will adhere to strict illness policies for the safety of all children and staff at the Y and consult with local and state health departments when necessary and as questions arise.
What is the registration deadline?
The deadline for registration is midnight on the Tuesday before the camp session you want your camper to attend.
How do we register?
There are two registration options, online or paper. We encourage you to use online registration if you can to help us go green as much as possible.
Will there be financial assistance available?
Yes. The first step for assistance is to apply for the state-funded Care4Kids program. Additional assistance may be available after Care4Kids on a case-by-case basis.
Can we request that our camper be with a friend in the same group?
Yes, however they must be in the same unit/grade. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
How can I contact my child and/or camp staff during the camp day?
Once camp begins, the camp phone will be the main way to directly contact your camper or the camp staff. The camp phone number will be given out once camp has begun. You can also call the New Britain YMCA at (860) 229.3787 to speak to someone there who may be able to assist you.
If campers need to call a parent for something, they should be using the camp phone in the office. Campers are not allowed to have cell phones at camp.
What if I need to cancel my camp registration?
- At least one week's notice is required for all cancellations.
- Upon cancellation, a system credit (minus the Camp Fun Fee) will be given for any camp fees paid. The credit can be used towards any future YMCA program.
- Full refunds (minus the Camp Fun Fee) are given for medical reasons (must provide a note form the child’s physician) and/ or emergency reasons only and are at the discretion of the Camp Director.
- Fees will not be refunded for absence, failure to attend during the term of enrollment, delayed attendance at camp or dismissal from camp.
Can my child arrive late to camp?
Campers that will be arriving late for camp MUST be signed in by a parent/guardian.
What if I need to pick my child up early from camp?
The camp office must be notified if a child will be picked up early from camp. Please call the camp office the morning of when your camper will be dismissed early. Please provide extra time when picking up your camper early from camp, as they may be involved with an activity at the time that you arrive. If the camper will be picked up by someone other than a parent/guardian, that person must be listed on the camper’s registration form and must present a photo I.D.
*Please note: Campers will not be released to anyone not on the Authorized Pick-up List or to persons on the list who do not present a valid I.D.
Is an afternoon snack provided for extended camp care?
A pre-packaged, peanut-free snack is provided for all campers who are registered for Extended Camp.