Q: How does camp ensure my child is protected from the sun?
A: We ask that you apply sunscreen to your child each camp morning. Throughout the day, counselors remind campers to apply sunscreen and we schedule time for sunscreen reapplication after lunch. Under camp guidelines, staff cannot apply sunscreen unless it is the spray. If your child’s physician strongly recommends that he/she needs more sunscreen application, the Authorization for the Administration of Medications form must be completed by the physician. The camper will be taken to the Camp First Aider at the appropriate times for it to be reapplied.
Q: What is summer camp swimming time like?
A: Our priority is to provide a fun and safe atmosphere at our waterfront. In addition to offering an opportunity to cool down from the hot summer sun, our campers develop their stamina in the water as well as learn swim safety and skills. Camp-To-Come-To and Free-To-Be children are provided with a combination of general instruction and recreational free swim times throughout the week. They are tested on their stamina and skills in the water weekly so they are grouped with campers with similar skill-set. Details on our water safety procedures are in our Parent Handbook.
Q: How does camp prepare and manage the large number of cars in the parking lot at camper pick-up/drop off?
A: We understand that our parking lot is smaller and we have made every provision to better serve you at camper pick-up/drop off. Our ‘camp parking team’ is stationed around the parking lot and bridge to help manage congested areas. In addition, we pay the Wilton Police Department every camp day to operate the traffic lights on Route 7 during pick-up/drop off. For your convenience, we offer Express Drop Off Tuesday-Friday from 8:55am-9:20am. Signs for this service will be posted and staff will escort your children to their groups so you are in/out of the Y quickly.
Q: Can I extend my child’s camp day?
A: Yes. AM Care begins at 7:00 a.m. and runs until 9:00 a.m. Drop-off is in the Activity Center. Staff will bring your child to regular camp. PM Care runs until 6:30 p.m. On-line registration for AM and PM Care MUST be done by the Tuesday before the week you want so we can staff program accordingly.
Q: What happens if my child loses their favorite towel at camp?
A: Lost and Found is located by our mini-golf course. Please label your child’s items to improve the odds of retrieval.
Q: Does my child need to be potty trained to come to camp?
A: Yes. All campers must be potty trained. If a camper has a bowel-movement bathroom accident, the parent will be called and the camper will go home. The camper may return the next day unless the child’s accident was induced by an illness.
Q: What happens when it rains or really hot on camp day?
A: Camp Gordyland is an outdoor camp. However, if the weather forecast advises extreme heat or lots of rain (a.k.a. liquid sunshine), we modify our activities/schedule to ensure that our campers are safe and happy.
Q: What if I am late to pick my child up?
A: We understand that life happens and you might be late due to traffic or unforeseen circumstances. In that instance, please call the Y at 762-8384, press ‘0’ and speak to a front desk representative. If you are unable to get to camp within 15 minutes of our camp’s end time, please secure an alternate pick-up person and notify us of his/her name to get authorization when they arrive. If lateness is repetitive, a late fee must be charged.
Q: Is it possible to have my child participate in a specialty camp AND traditional camp?
A: Yes. You may register for a “traditional/specialty camp” price for an additional fee. If the specialty camp starts at 9:00am, please drop him/her off at that camp. When the specialty camp day ends, a Camp Director will pick your camper up and bring him/her to their traditional camp group. If the specialty camp starts in the afternoon, a Camp Director will pick your camper up from their traditional camp group and bring them to the Specialty camp. You are responsible for picking your child up from that camp.