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Family Handbook

It's time to get ready for camp! Please use the links below to make sure your camper is ready for camp. We have created a printable check-list with everything that you'll need to complete for your camper prior to their arrival.


Photos

Our photos are uploaded to SmugMug. Please use the password provided to you when you dropped your child off at camp. We'll also send you a reminder email with your password. Please do not share your password on social media! This is for the privacy of our campers and staff, and we appreciate your help in keeping our campers safe. If you can't find your password, please contact our office and we'll be sure to send it to you. 

SMUG MUG


Health History Form

You can now complete your child's health history form online! 

  1. Visit fairviewlakeymca.org/registernow and log into your account. 
  2. Complete the forms online*.
  3. Review and submit all forms for each child. 

If you can not complete the form through our online registration portal, please contact Michele Scabet at our office.

Medications at camp

If your child WILL need to take daily medications at camp (including vitamins), you must ALSO complete a Camper Medication Form.

THIS FORM MUST BE SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN.

Camper Medication Form


Parent Confidentials

Parent confidentials are an important tool for our staff to help your child have the best experience possible. Please follow the directions below to complete your parent confidential. 

  1. Visit fairviewlakeymca.org/registernow and log into your account. 
  2. Complete the forms online*.
  3. Review and submit all forms for each child.

Trading Post & Fair Accounts

Visit our Trading Post and Fair page for more information

Trading Post & Fair


Packing Lists

Please remember to label your child's belongings! Packing with your child will help them recognize their stuff - especially new towels! 

Traditional Camp (2 or more weeks)

Traditional Camp & Specialty Camp (1 week)

Ranch (1 week)

Ranch (2 or more weeks)

ETC (All trips)

CIT & CIT Extended


Trips

Campers in the following programs have the opportunity to join us for off camp trips!  These include a Miner's Baseball Game, a Whitewater Rafting Trip, and a trip to Camelbeach Waterpark. Trips are chaperoned by our counselors and senior staff, and are $60 each. 

Campers in Ranch (Grades 5+), Laurel Ridge, Kittatinny and Taste of Tradition are eligible to go on a trip. To register, visit www.fairviewlakeymca.org/registernow


Waivers

If your child has been registered for a rafting trip (ETC Extreme, ETC Voyagers or an ADD ON trip), please complete the waiver and return it as soon as possible!  This trip is included in ETC Extreme and ETC Voyagers; Kittatinny, Laurel Ridge & Ranch campers must REGISTER & PAY for the trip to participate!

RAFTING WAIVER


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, we recognize that sending your child to camp can be a daunting and sometimes a little scary proposition for parents, especially if this is the first time your child is participating in an overnight camp. On this page, you will find Frequently Asked Questions and answers that will help guide you throughout the entirety of your camp experience. This includes information about the registration process, preparing for camp, and while your child is at camp. 

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What time is Sunday check-in?

Check-in takes place on Sundays between 1pm-3pm. Upon arrival, you will be given instructions and direction of the check-in process. CITs will check in between 8-9 AM. 

Please do not arrive earlier than 12:30pm; our staff is busy finalizing camp prep - we want it to be perfect for your arrival!

What time do I pick-up my camper on Saturday?

Pick-up takes place between 9am and 11am on Saturday. Campers can be picked up at their cabin. 

Can I call my camper while they are at camp?

Campers cannot receive or make phone calls while at camp, unless authorized by the Summer Camp Director (i.e. emergencies). If you wish to learn how your camper is doing, you will need to call and ask for the Unit Leader. We encourage letter writing - please feel free to send them postcards and letters too!

What if I need to pick-up/drop off my camper up early/late?

If you need to pick-up/drop off your camper on a day/time different than what is scheduled, you must notify the office in advance!

What if someone else is picking up my child?

Each family will be required to complete a release form which is a list of individuals who you authorize with whom your child may leave camp. Any changes to this form must be made in writing. Please remember that we will need their birthday prior to their arrival! 

Can I send a cell phone with my camper?

No. Fairview Lake YMCA is a cell phone free facility. Cell phones are expressly prohibited and will be confiscated and held in the administration office until departure. For the complete cell phone policy, please refer to our Parent Handbook.

How do I stay connected with my camper while they are at camp?

We encourage our families and campers to use traditional mail to stay connected. Campers and staff love getting mail - from cards to care packages. Send a few pre-addressed stamped envelopes along with your camper to encourage communication.  To send mail or packages to your child, please use this address:

Child's First and Last Name, Cabin #
Fairview Lake YMCA 
1035 Fairview Lake Road 
Newton, NJ 07860

If your child is participating in an ETC or Ranch program, please write in the program name instead of cabin number. 

If your child is experiencing problems with homesickness, we will call you. Chances are that by the time a “homesick letter” has reached you, the problem will be over.

In addition, we will have staff photographers out taking photos and videos of campers playing, laughing and learning all over camp! We will post photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram (@FVLYMCACamps) on a weekly basis.

Can I visit my camper while they are at camp?

Yes! Twice a summer we hold a Family Visiting Day, a day for parents and campers to get together to enjoy camp, or for a quick trip to town for a milkshake and an adventure! If you are unable to come up on visiting day or need to visit at another day/time, please contact camp to arrange a special visit. Unannounced visits disrupt the camp program, so please call ahead!

What if my camper takes medications or gets sick?

The Fairview Lake Health Center is centrally located in the main area of camp and is stocked with first aid and emergency medical equipment. A licensed medical professional with advanced medical training is on site 24 hours a day. If your child takes medication, our Camp Nurse will supervise the administration of all medications. Your family doctor must include specific instructions on the camper medication form. All medications must be in original containers and must be under the supervision of the Camp Nurse. Please do not pack any medications in camper bags. Please check all medications in at check in - and bring them to the nurses station.

Camp personnel will contact you or other designated emergency contact if your camper requires the services of a physician. It is your responsibility to schedule an appointment and transport your child to a physician of your choice. If a camper requires hospital emergency room treatment, camp personnel will attempt to contact you immediately. If we are unable to reach you, we will contact your designated emergency contact immediately. If your camper becomes sick during their stay, you will be contacted and updated.

What will my camper eat?

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps has a 3-week meal rotation during the summer. Each breakfast consists of the breakfast bar (yogurt, fruit, and granola), cold and hot cereal, juice and water, and a main course (i.e pancakes and sausage). Each lunch and dinner includes a salad bar, juice or milk, water, and a main course. There will be a vegetarian option at each meal. Families who have campers with food allergies or with special food requests will be directed to the Food Service Director.

What should my camper bring to camp?

Knowing what to pack for your camper can be a bit overwhelming! Keep in mind that we will do laundry for any camper staying for three weeks or more, so please include a laundry bag. We cannot stress enough the importance of labeling your child's belongings. There are specific packing lists located on this page above the FAQ - please scroll up and click on the corresponding link. Please feel free to reach out to camp with any questions! 

How does Fairview Lake handle food allergies?

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps does not serve nut-based food in our dining hall and Trading Post. However, food allergies should still be listed on your camper’s health form and discussed with your camper’s counselor upon arrival. Families who have campers with food allergies with special food requests will be directed to the Food Service Director.

Can I find out what cabin my camper is in prior to arrival and will I be with my friends?

Cabin assignments will be given upon your child’s arrival, no sooner. Placement within a cabin group depends on school grade, age and interests. We will attempt to honor all bunk requests. Bunk requests must be MUTUAL. Please only request one friend. Placing too many friends in the same cabin can oftentimes disrupt the social interaction of the group and leaves those who do not already know others at a real disadvantage.

How does Fairview Lake YMCA Camps deal with homesickness?

Occasionally, children do feel homesick, particularly if it is their first time away from home. This is a completely natural and understandable feeling, and we allow kids to understand that it's ok to feel homesick, but it shouldn't ruin a camper's stay!

You can be helpful in preventing homesickness in the following ways: 

  • Talk about the forthcoming stay at camp with enthusiasm. Share pictures and your own positive camp experiences and have them help plan for their trip.
  • Practice! A weekend trip at a cousin’s house, a camping trip with a friend or even a series of sleepovers will help your child get used to the idea of being away from home.
  • Let your child know your confidence in him/her! Do not encourage problems by talking about how he/she will be missed. Camp is a happy experience - a part of growing up -for which you feel he/she is ready.
  • Do not promise to come for him/her if they experience homesickness, or bribe a child to go to camp. Their reward for camp should be the awesome experience they have!
  • Send them an encouraging letter, and treats for them and their cabin-mates! Remember to be positive and supportive.

If your child is experiencing problems with homesickness, we will call you. Chances are that by the time a “homesick letter” has reached you, the problem will be over. The American Camp Association has great resources for dealing with homesickness.

Does Fairview Lake YMCA Camps participate in an accreditation process?

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. This accreditation goes above and beyond the NJ requirements for summer camps. 

Where will my camper be staying?

Traditional Camp, most Specialty Camps and Ranch Camps are housed in our cabin units. These include the Birch Unit, Laurel Ridge Unit, Lakeside Unit and Wickapeck Lodge. Each cabin has ten or twelve built-in bunks, an indoor bathroom with flush toilets and hot showers.  Due to the design of the buildings, coed groups can be easily accommodated.  The cabins have thermostatically controlled gas furnaces, a central cooling fan, electric lights and outlets plus smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Wickapeck Lodge is one of the original farm houses on the property, and has three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs; two bedrooms, a bathroom and a large living room with a fireplace downstairs; plus a dormitory wing.

E.T.C. Camps, certain Specialty Camps, and the C.I.T. Program are based on the seasonal side of camp in the Delaware and Warrior Units. Cabins are fully enclosed with built-in bunk beds. Each of our seasonal units have their own centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets, hot showers, sinks, and electricity. 

Depending on enrollment and popularity of a program, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps cannot guarantee a placement in a particular cabin or unit. 

Who will be supervising my camper?

Our staff is like family at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, and we strive to find the best people to work with your child. Each staff member goes through an extensive background check, reference check and interview process before being hired. All staff are trained in child abuse and bullying prevention, as well as how to work with campers from different backgrounds and are supervised by experienced Unit Leaders. Each cabin has staff members who will build community and foster friendships among campers, and each unit will build a cohesive, fun and exciting environment in which your child will thrive. While many of our staff are FVL alumni themselves, we also hire international staff to bring diversity to camp and to help campers expand their worldview. Find out how Fairview Lake YMCA Camps is Keeping Kids Safe in our community.

Do you provide Financial Assistance?

Yes! No camper or family will be turned away because of their inability to pay. Financial assistance is available through our Y for ALL program for families who are unable to pay the entire camp tuition and qualify for assistance.  

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We would love to hear from you, so please contact us if you have additional questions.  

 

 

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