FAQs

Summer Camps

Q: I need to pick my camper up early – is that ok?

Absolutely. Please just communicate what time you would like to pick your camper up with the program director prior to your arrival.

Q: What is the food like?

We consistently receive rave reviews about our camp food. Many campers request that we send our recipes to their school so that they can eat them everyday! We have fresh fruit available at every meal, a salad bar at dinner, and are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. (If you have questions about your dietary restrictions, please call camp @ 303-647-2313.

Q: How many staff are in a cabin at a time?

For traditional camp programs our ratio is 1:7.

For aspen camp programs our ratio is 1:5.

Q: My camper did not spend all of their camp store money. How do I get a refund?

If your camper has less than ten dollars left in their account you have the opportunity to spend it on check out day or donate it to the camper scholarship fund. No refunds under $10 will be processed.

If your camper has more than ten dollars left in their account and you would like a refund, you must submit a written request (e-mail is fine) within 2 weeks of your campers session. After two weeks it will be donated to the camper scholarship fund.

Q: Is there cell phone service at camp?

There is no cell service at camp, allowing our campers to truly “Plug into Nature!” Several land lines are at camp for camp staff use. If you need to get a hold of camp, please call 303-647-2313.

Q: My child has medications – how do you handle that?

On check in day you will be asked to give your medications to our trained camp nurse/EMT. At that time you will be able to review with them information about times/dosages/frequency etc. Campers are not allowed to carry medication on them unless there is a special circumstance. (i.e. Emergency Inhalers)

Q: Do you have a nurse/EMT on site?

Yes, our Camp Health Manager is responsible for handling all medications, illnesses, and is on site and on call 24 hours a day.  

Q: What if there is an emergency?

EMS response time is within 10minutes. Parents will be notified of any emergency situation involving their child by the Camp Director.

Q: What is Bunk1?

Bunk1 is a great way for you to be able to stay in touch with your campers by writing them e-mails (Bunk notes). Bunk notes are printed off each day and distributed to the campers daily. Please note – this is a one way service – campers are not able to respond via e-mail.

Q: Can I contact my camper throughout the week?

We encourage parents who would like to talk with their campers to write letters to their campers or send a bunk note. If you have an emergency that you need to get in touch with camp, please call 303-647-2313.

Q: What if my camper gets homesick?

All of our staff is highly trained on how to handle homesickness. It is normal for campers to experience some homesickness during their time at camp. All parents will be notified if the homesickness lasts past the first night of camp and seems to be affecting the camper’s experience.

Q: How do I sign up for a trail ride?

You can do this online, when you register, by calling a member associate, or if space is available you can register the day of camp! Note: To guarantee a spot on a trail ride during your stay it is recommended you register in advance.

Q: What is a discovery center?

We have 2 sets of discovery centers designed to get your camper the camping experience they desire. Discovery 1 – This is an opportunity for your camper to select a different activity each day (Mon-Thurs) Great for trying out new activities that they may not have done before. Discovery 2 – This is a chance for you camper to advance their skill set at an activity of their choosing. Campers will participate in this activity every day (Mon-Thurs).

Q: What is Siesta?

Siesta is a time during the day (typically the hottest) that campers spend inside their cabin resting, writing letters home or playing quiet games.

Q: What activities do you offer?

Coming soon

Q: When/how can I pay the rest of my balance due?

Your full balance is due two weeks prior to the start of your session date. You can pay your balance due online at any time, or feel free to call or walk into a YMCA and an associate would be happy to assist you. 719-329-7292

Q: How do I get to camp?

For Directions from Colorado Springs, click here.

For Directions from Denver, click here.

Q: Where will my campers be living?

The lodging will vary slightly depending on your campers selected program and age. Campers will typically progress from modern cabins attached to washrooms, to slightly more rustic a short walk from the washrooms, to the true camping experience of living in a tent platform! Link to gallery of lodging photos.

Q: What do I need to bring to camp?

If you are a Camper, please see our camper packing list.  If you are a Parent – Please bring your photo ID, any money to deposit in their store accounts, and a camera!

Q: What training does the staff go through?

Comprehensive 2 week training including, behavior management, bully prevention, child abuse prevention, homesickness 101, waterfront safety, Inclusion & Diversity, and more!

Additionally all the staff go through a rigorous interview process including an interview with the program director, 3 reference checks, US & State background checks, and fingerprinting.

Contact Us

For general questions and scheduling
Call: 719-329-7266 

Email: campinfo@ppymca.org

Fax: 719-272-7026

 

For billing and summer registration
Call: 719-329-7292

Testimonials

“This really is a superb camp.  (My daughter) is confident, healthy, and excited when she comes home.  She tells everyone she meets that she doesn’t get ‘home-sick at camp’ she gets ‘camp-sick at home!’”

Camper Parent