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Extend-A-Care YMCA Spring Break Camps – Ages 4 to 12

Each year the EAC Y hosts a fun, engaging all-day camp for children during spring break. Enroll your camper in Spring Break Camp for games, crafts, STEM activities, and more! All activities are based on the Y’s character development values and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your camper is enjoying enrichment activities under the watchful eyes of trained YMCA counselors. Your camper will make new friends, gain confidence and expand their horizons.

2024 EAC Y Spring Break Camp Information

DATES: March 11th – 15th

AGES: 4 – 12 years

FEE: $225 per child* (fee is due at time of registration)

*Financial Assistance is Available! CCS accepted at most locations.

REGISTRATION: Open now via EZChildTrack

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 4th

THEME: Spectacular Spring

With blossoming flowers and the rise of temperatures, campers will celebrate the awakening of the natural world after the cold winter months. The week will be full of discovering the spectacular season of Spring through activities that include kite flying, flower and butterfly artwork, and experiments that explore wind and pollination. Supporting literature will include Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone, Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss, and The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach.

LOCATIONS:

Reach out to the EAC Y at 512-236-9622 or EACY@AustinYMCA.org with any questions about enrollment.

YMCA Camp Moody Outdoor Spring Break Camp – Ages 8 to 13

Each year the EAC Y hosts a fun, engaging all-day camp for children during spring break. Enroll your camper in Spring Break Camp for games, crafts, STEM activities, and more!

All activities are based on the Y’s character development values and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your camper is enjoying enrichment activities under the watchful eyes of trained YMCA counselors. Your camper will make new friends, gain confidence and expand their horizons.

2024 YMCA Camp Moody Spring Break Camp Information

Register via EZChildTrack

DATES: March 11th – 15th

AGES: 8 – 13 years

FEE: $340 per child* (fee is due at time of registration)

*Financial Assistance is Available!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 4th

THEME: Color Craze

Camp Moody campers will let their colors shine through this week when we tie dye, splatter paint, have a color powder war, and run through a rainbow scavenger hunt. Join the color craze this spring break at Camp Moody!

Reach out to the EAC Y at 512-236-9622 or EACY@AustinYMCA.org with any questions about enrollment.

Program questions can be directed to Megan Gonzalez at YMCA Camp Moody: Megan.Gonzalez@AustinYMCA.org.

Register via EZChildTrack Parent Portal

Greater Austin Y In-Branch Specialty Mini-Camps 

Mini Camps are held by our YMCA of Austin branches, and they are limited-date, specialized camps. If you’re looking for full-day camp, please see our Summer Day Camp.

All kids benefit from making friends and bonding with their peers. Our mini camps allow kids the opportunity to stay active and engaged with their friends during breaks and summer vacation. Just because school stops doesn’t mean work stops too, mini camps ensure that parents have a safe and fun environment for there during breaks and summer. We make sure out day care are inclusive and welcoming for all kids. We create activities that fit all interests and hobbies.

Click below for mini-camp locations, hours, dates, and fees.

Get More Info About Mini-Camps here

2024 Spring Break Camps Locations and Hours

Extend-A-Care YMCA School Age Camps

(ages 4 – 12)

Fee $225/child

Theme: Spectacular Spring

Locations:

Hours:

  • Hays and Manor locations: 7:00am – 6:30pm
  • All other locations 7:30am – 6:00pm

YMCA Camp Moody Outdoor Spring Break Camp

(ages 8 – 13)

Fee: $340/child

Theme: Color Craze

Address:

  • 1220 Old San Antonio Rd, Buda, TX 78610
  • Google Map

Hours:

  • 7:30am-5:30pm

Activities:

Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, Slingshots, Atlatl, Teambuilding, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Education, Challenge Course.

In-Branch Specialty

Mini-Camps

Greater Austin Y Branches

Locations:

EAC Y School-Age Spring Break Camps:

Each day will be filled with enriching crafts, STEAM activities, and organized games all based on the camp theme. Trained camp staff will help lead campers in character development activities and team building games. The EAC YMCA desires for each and every child to gain a sense of accomplishment, build relationships, and find their sense of belonging.

YMCA Camp Moody Outdoor Spring Break Camps:

Campers will be immersed in classic Camp Moody outdoor activities like archery, canoeing, slingshots, atlatls, rock climbing, challenge course, hiking, outdoor education, team building, and more! Throughout the week campers will be engaged in lessons around the theme Color Craze.

Children aged 4-12 can attend the school-age Spring Break camps and kids aged 8-13 can attend YMCA Camp Moody Outdoor Spring Break Camp.

A child must be the minimum age before or on the Monday of camp. Age limits are set by licensing, via the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Please contact Extend-A-Care YMCA at 512.236.9622 or eacy@austinymca.org with any questions about age restrictions.

School-Age Camps (ages 4-12):

Camp hours are 7:15 A.M to 6:30 P.M (7:00AM for Hays).

YMCA Camp Moody Spring Break Camp:

Camp hours are 7:30am – 6:00pm.

Parents can drop off and pick up at any time between these hours.

Please refer to your welcome email and “How does sign in/out work?” for guidelines about dropping off and picking up.

A sign will be posted outside with the center phone number. Please look for our signs to direct you to the door where you can drop off and pick up. Please refer to your parent packet for specific drop off/pick up instructions for your child’s camp.

Anyone picking up (Primary and Secondary Guardians and authorized pick-ups) should bring a photo ID to present to staff every day, for the child(ren)’s security and safety. Staff may differ each day, so authorized pick-ups must be prepared to present ID any time they go to pick up.

Authorized pick-ups must be on the pick-up list in order to sign out and leave with the child(ren). If the Primary Parent/Guardian needs to add an authorized pick up, they should email Extend-A-Care YMCA at EACY@AustinYMCA.org prior to pick up with as much notice as possible. Please include the full name and contact information of any new authorized pick-ups/emergency contacts.

For health and safety, specific information will be emailed to you via a welcome email after registration is complete regarding drop off and pick ups.

Our group leaders are enthusiastic and motivated to lead your child(ren) through fun themed activities, games, and songs!

All staff are required to be at least 18-years-old and a high school graduate upon being hired. YMCA Site Directors are required to be least 21 years of age, graduates of high school, and must have at least one year of licensed childcare experience. The vast majority of staff hired has previous childcare experience.

At hiring, our staff is trained extensively through HHSC-mandated week-long Pre-Service training, First Aid/CPR training, new-hire orientation, child abuse sexual prevention training, and blood borne pathogens training. Staff must continue to participate in training and staff development seminars once employed

Y staff is trained on many procedures to ensure your child’s safe participation in camp and recognize that active supervision is important in all aspects of child care programs.

Camp staff will divide the kids into small manageable groups and assign counselors to each group. Your child will notice that we like to count and will be conducting head counts frequently — during the activity, before lunch, bathroom breaks, after lunch, etc.

School-Age Camps (Ages 4-12):

Camp opens each morning at 7:15 AM (7:00 for Buda). Children will place their belongings in their proper place (i.e. backpack table by age group). Between 7:15 and roughly 8:30 am, centers will be available for all campers. Centers may include board games, manipulatives, books, and coloring sheets.

Following centers is usually morning snack, and then the beginning of rotations. Campers are grouped by age and will do character development activities and games related to the weekly theme. While group 1 is playing an organized game in the gym or playing outside, group 2 will be doing an activity such as craft, a STEM activity, or team building.

Lunch is usually between 11-1pm. It is required to send your child to camp with a healthy lunch and a refillable water bottle each day. Following lunch is more engaging curriculum activities including: Einstein Time, SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Group Meeting, team building, creative writing, physical activity, and more!

The end of the day is usually winded down with centers.

Please pack a labelled healthy lunch and refillable water bottle for your camper each day. We will provide morning and afternoon snacks.

Your camper should have a labelled backpack/bag to keep all of his/her/their belongings inside. Please label all of your child’s belongings, and make sure to take everything belonging to your camper home with you.

Children should wear comfortable play clothes and closed-toe shoes to camp.

For outside activities, your camper might need a sunscreen and hat.

Please leave toys, mobile devices, money, or other personal items of high value at home.

Camp Moody:

Camp Moody campers will spend a lot of time outside and doing active outdoor activities. Please have your camper dress for these conditions.

Camp Moody campers will go swimming, so please pack/wear a swimsuit for swim days, along with a towel, change of clothes, a bag for wet items, and anything else they require for swimming (goggles, earplugs, etc.)

Extend-A-Care YMCA tries our best to adhere to small ratios of 1:15 (licensing standard is 1:27). However, we are unable to offer one-on-one care (Exceptions include: injuries, immediate disciplinary issues, and certain personal care needs customarily provided to all children).

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the EAC YMCA at EACY@AustinYMCA.org.

Y Camp is open to ALL children, and the YMCA will work with children of all abilities. Parents have a duty to disclose significant medical, physical, or behavioral needs at the time of enrollment.

Due to the large group format of camp the Y is unable to provide one-on-one care except on intermittent basis.

During the enrollment process, we may need to perform an accommodations review for your child to assess their needs. An EAC YMCA Program Director will reach out during this process before enrollment is completed to discuss how to best prepare that camper for success.

Please make sure to check the boxes for special needs and/or allergies on the enrollment forms. There is a line on the form to include details about your child’s allergy or special condition. Please keep in mind that Y staff cannot be with a child one-on-one as camp operates in a large group format. If you have questions about this, then please email Extend-A-Care YMCA or the Program Director over the camp.

Our licensing requires that children enrolled in our programs who have indicated food allergies have a Food Allergy Emergency Plan prepared by their health care professional before they can attend.

This Food Allergy Emergency Plan must:

  1. List your child’s full name and date of birth
  2. List each food your child is allergic to, possible symptoms if exposed to the food on the list, and the steps to take if your child has an allergic reaction
  3. Be signed and dated by your health care professional
  4. Be signed and dated by you
  5. If you are an Afterschool participant and we already have a copy of your allergy plan for this year, then you do not need to submit a new form for Winter or Spring Break camps.

The allergy plan must be renewed every year.

Most health care professionals have their own format for this information, which we can accept as long as it meets the above criteria. If you need a copy of the form, we are happy to provide you with one. Just call us at 512-236-9622 or email email the allergy form to Extend-A-Care YMCA.

Cancellation requests must be submitted to the EAC Y Customer Service team prior to the start of camp. Make sure to use our online cancellation form linked below. These requests can take 3-5 days to complete.

To cancel your spring break registration, please make sure to complete our online spring break cancellation form. We will reply to let you know once we have completed your cancellation request. Our spring break cancellation/refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancel by February 20th and receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee per child.
  • Cancel by March 1st and receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds for cancellations submitted after March 1st.

Emailed cancellation requests will not be accepted.

Questions? Please email us at eacy@www.austinymca.org or call us at 512-236-9622.

YMCA of Austin programs and activities are designed to benefit persons of all backgrounds, and fees are based on the cost of providing each program. While participants are expected to pay their fair share, when financial assistance dollars are available, the YMCA will assist any individual or family that wants to participate but cannot afford the fee.

Current EAC Y customers already receiving fee assistance will be offered a reduced Spring Break rate based on the level of assistance you are receiving. Please contact the customer service team EACY@AustinYMCA.org to inquire about your spring break rate. Registrants currently not enrolled with EAC Y can apply directly on the online spring break application, when registering (access the parent portal here). Our online application will ask whether you want to be considered for financial assistance and will ask you to answer some questions about your household and income. Please contact EACY@AustinYMCA.org with any questions.

Financial Assistance is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Funds are limited, and we recommend applying early.

Only the primary parent/guardian (or secondary if authorized) is able to submit a request to Extend-A-Care YMCA to identify an adult who is authorized to pick up the child. Authorized pick up contacts are also added to your Emergency Contacts and must be 16 years old or older.

Please provide the full name and full contact information of the person you wish to add when submitting a request. Please also contact us with plenty of time before the person picks up to ensure we are able to notify the site staff and Program Director. If you have any questions, or have a last minute change please call us directly (512-236-9622) during business hours.

We do our best to ensure that we can provide childcare to as many families as possible, while also keeping the safety of the children in mind in accordance with site capacities set by the Department of Health. If a camp is at capacity, we will recommend another camp nearby that still has space.

If you are not interested in attending an alternate camp location, you may be added to a waitlist. Spaces become available for a variety of reasons including cancellations. Spaces are offered to those on the waitlist on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are not guaranteed for those on the waitlist and registration will be pending available space for all programs.

The best guarantee of getting a spot at your preferred camp is registering early.

Our Site Directors and Counselors are passionate about their role in your child’s life while at the YMCA, and we welcome communication with parents. Please feel free to share any questions, suggestions, allergy information, etc. for your child to any on-site camp staff.

Additionally, the phone number and email address of the Program Director for camp will be listed in the camp welcome email. The camp webpage will also have contact details for your camp’s Program Director.

Email Extend-A-Care YMCA or call 512-236-9622 for general questions and help with your registration, camp billing, financial assistance, and Y online account.

Debbie Rios-Lombraña Accounts Director

Emma Jaramillo Senior Manager of Operations

Andie Connors Business Manager

Shana Chung Senior Program Director

Aneesa Royce Senior Program Director

Carley White Senior Program Director

Jay Mills Program Executive Director

April Walker Director of Education and Innovation

Sarah Rinner Associate Vice President, Out of School Time & Operations

Ami Cortes-Castillo Associate Vice President, Early Learning

YMCA Camp Moody:

Megan Gonzalez, Camp Moody Senior Program Director

Jamie Young, Camp Moody Business Manager and Membership Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

“We took advantage of the Spring Break camp, which really helped out since we didn’t have school and my wife and I both work. My son had fun and the counselors were great.”

– John J., Extend-A-Care YMCA Parent