Spring Break Camp

Camp
Ages 4 – 12

Each year during Spring Break the EAC Y hosts a fun, engaging all-day camp for kids aged 4-12. 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.

Activities Will Include: 

  • TECH TIME: Building technology skills through educational games and virtual field trips
  • SEL (Group Meeting): Providing opportunities to learn and listen well, communicate clearly, and establish relationships.
  • COLLABORATION CORNER: Collaboration via project-based learning, challenges, team building, and more.

Information to come in February 2022!

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

 

Financial Assistance: 

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.

If you need to submit a cancellation request, please email EACY@AustinYMCA.org.

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 Debbie.Rios-Lombrana@austinymca.org

Joseluis Flores Accounts Director Joseluis.Flores@austinymca.org

Cris Perez Senior Business Director Cristela.Perez@austinymca.org

 

Andie Connors Associate Executive Director Andie.Connors@austinymca.org

Jay Mills Associate Executive Director Jay.Mills@austinymca.org

 

Jaime Garcia Executive Director Jaime.Garcia@austinymca.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Each day will be filled with enriching crafts, STEAM activities, and organized games all based on the theme Luck of the Irish! 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. 

Children aged 5-12 can attend 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 with any questions about age restrictions. 

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

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. At drop off please call the center phone number and a staff member will come out to collect your child. The staff member will take your child’s temperature and perform a screening before taking them into the center. 

Parent pick-up will occur outside the center. Upon arrival, please call the center phone number and a staff member will bring your child to your car. Please be prepared to present an ID

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 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.

COVID safety precautions include:

  • Children and staff required to wear a mask
  • Small ratios maintained
  • Temperature checks and screening upon arrival
  • Hourly cleanings by staff
  • Adherence of social distancing requirement of 6 feet

 

 

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.

Due to COVID-19, our ratios are smaller than state licensing requirements. However, we are still 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 asses 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

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 us. Please email the allergy form to Extend-A-Care YMCA

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.

Financial Assistance is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Only completed applications will be accepted and reviewed. Funds are limited, and we recommend applying early.

We require a completed camp application form, 2 recent pay stubs, and enrollment with Workforce/CCS (to be placed on their waitlist). Camp Registration forms can be found on the camp webpage.

For any questions about Financial Assistance, contact EACYMCA@AustinYMCA.org.

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 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 changes 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 on the weekly Activity Plan and available online. The camp webpage will also have contact details for your camp’s Program Director.