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YMCA OF GREATER MONTGOMERY

camps - faqs

camp faq's

WHAT DOES TUITION COST?

The dates and rates can be found on the Register for Camp page.

ARE THE CABINS AIR-CONDITIONED?

YES, all camp sleeping quarters are air-conditioned.

Explorers and Scouts often stay in one of our three lodges – all of which ARE air conditioned! Week-long campers stay in one of our 11 rustic cabins. All 11 of these cabins have been newly renovated as of 2012. These 11 cabins now feature air conditioning!

DO THE COUNSELORS SLEEP IN THE CABINS WITH THE CAMPERS?

Yes, campers are supervised by our camp staff throughout the day and night. Each cabin holds up to 12 campers and as many as 4 counselors.

ARE THE BATHROOMS INSIDE THE CABINS?

Scouts and Explorers often use the lodges throughout camp which feature bathrooms as part of the facility. Week-long campers use a separate, modern bathhouse featuring private shower stalls with a changing vestibule and curtain.

DO I GET TO PICK MY OWN BUNK?

Yes, when we open the gates on Sunday and campers go to their cabins, they can choose their bunk.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE FOR CAMPERS?
WHAT GUNS ARE USED AT RIFLERY?

Campers use 22 rifles but do have the option to use BB guns.

IS YOUR CAMP CO-ED?

Yes, we serve both boys and girls ages 5-15. Campers sleep in cabins with other campers of the same gender and age.

DO ALL AGES COME AT THE SAME TIME?

There are points throughout the summer that campers of all ages (5-15) are at camp at the same time. Activities are often separated by age, and specific camps operate independent schedules.

WHERE DO I FIND A PACKING LIST?

Download the Camp Packing List. NOTE: Please remember to mark EVERYTHING with your child’s name. We suggest you send older clothes and shoes that you do not care as much about.

DOES MY CHILD NEED A PHYSICAL, IF HE/SHE IS IN GOOD HEALTH?

Yes, all week-long campers are required to show proof of a physical that has been completed within the last 24 months. You may attach a copy of the completed physical to our form. You may use your form from last summer, if it is not more than 24 months old, by calling our office. Scouts and Explorers do not have to complete a physical prior to camp. Download the Week-long Health Form.

I AM A YMCA MEMBER WITH A Y OTHER THAN THE MONTGOMERY YMCA, DO YOU STILL HONOR THE YMCA RATE?

Yes. You will have to register by calling our office at (334) 229-0035 or mailing in your registration and the adjustment can be made internally by our office staff.

WHAT AGES DO YOU TAKE?

We serve campers age 5-15. Scouts and Explorer camps are available for campers age 5-9, and week-long Ranger and specialty camps are available for 8-14 year olds. 15 year olds are eligible for our 3-week L.I.T (Leader in Training) program.

WHEN IS THE FINAL PAYMENT DUE?

Final payment is due two weeks before your child’s session starts

WHAT ARE WEEKEND CAMPS?

Weekend camps are for campers who are staying multiple weeks and campers who wish to come a day early or stay an extra day. The Weekend Camp fee includes an outing with staff and laundry in addition to regular camp activities. Check out for the weekend campers that are not staying the upcoming week will be at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

DOES THE DEPOSIT GO TOWARD THE COST OF CAMP?

Absolutely – this is a deposit, not an additional registration fee.

WHERE DO I FIND DIRECTIONS TO CAMP CHANDLER?
WHERE DO I FIND DIRECTIONS TO CAMP CHANDLER?
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards. Call 334-229-0035 for more information.

HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH MY CHILD DURING THEIR STAY AT CAMP?

You can send e-mails and bring in regular mail at check-in. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call (334) 229-0035 and our camp office assist you or get you directly connected to the camp director. Our staff will be glad to help! Campers do not have access to fax or phones during their stay at camp but can receive emails from home through our partnership with Bunk1.com. Specific details for sending Bunk1 emails are listed in the Parent Packet for your child’s session.

DO I NEED TO SEND ANY EXTRA MONEY?

No, arts and crafts and a storage fee are included in your child’s tuition. The store fee covers a snack and drink each day, a souvenir your child will receive on Friday, and a Camp Chandler T-shirt they receive at check-in.

CAN MY CHILD BRING A CELL PHONE?

No, if they bring them, they will be taken away and held in the camp office for the duration of their stay at camp. Our experience shows us that campers do better without phone access while at camp.

CAN I BE IN THE SAME CABIN AS MY FRIEND?

Campers can be in a cabin with a friend as long as they are the same gender and in the same age group. You can request up to three cabin mates on the registration form.

ARE YOUR COUNSELORS BACKGROUND CHECKED?

Yes, all staff are thoroughly background checked and interviewed. Reference checks are completed on all staff as well as on-site interviews and criminal background checks. Sex-offender registries are also checked in addition to Alabama Child Abuse registries. Staff also undergo an intensive 8 day training regimen after selection before summer camp begins.

WHAT IS DEVOTION?

Christian devotions are held twice a day in both our indoor and outdoor chapels. Morning devotionals feature singing, a bible verse for the day and a story with a moral. Evening devotionals reflect on the day and feature the rewarding of beads earned during the day.

AM I GUARANTEED MY TOP ACTIVITY CHOICES?

While we strive to grant everyone all of their activity choices, we guarantee your child will have either their first or second choice for sure. view activities and the daily schedule.

WHAT IS THE RATIO OF COUNSELORS TO CAMPERS?

Our ratio is 1:5 for 5-8 year olds, and 1:7 for campers who are older.

WHAT TIME IS CHECK-OUT?

Ranger and Specialty Camp Check-In: 2:00- 3:00 pm on the Sunday of your child’s session.
Ranger and Specialty Camp Check-Out: 5:00 pm on the Friday of your child’s session.
(We suggest arriving around 4:30 PM to sign out your child and gather their belongings)
The awards ceremony and slideshow will begin promptly at 5:00 pm in the dining hall.

Scouts Check-In: 2:00- 3:00 pm on the Sunday of your child’s session.
Scouts Check-Out: 5:30 pm on the Tuesday of your child’s session.

Explorers Check-In: 9:00- 10:00 am on the Wednesday of your child’s session.
Explorers Check-Out: 5:00 pm on the Friday of your child’s session.

DO I NEED BOOTS IF MY CHILD IS NOT DOING SPECIALITY CAMP?

Yes, they will need closed-toe shoes with a heel if they want to ride a horse.

DO YOU HAVE A NURSE ON THE GROUNDS?

All of Camp Chandler’s staff are certified in CPR and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer. Camp Chandler has ambulance service and is seven minutes from the nearest hospital. A local physician reviews our health care protocols annually. An AED, oxygen, inhaler, and epipen are kept on hand for emergencies. We have a camp nurse on site throughout camp to administer medication and provide first aid and treatment as necessary. Our camp nurse and Medical Hut Supervisor remain in contact with parents in the event of serious illness or injury.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER?

Camp Chandler has a tornado siren and a lightning detector on the camp grounds. The camp has designated storm shelters and has developed emergency action plans.

HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT?

$100 for all Sessions.

CAN I BRING MY HEALTH FORM AND CHECK-IN FORMS WITH ME AT CHECK-IN?

ALL forms need to be mailed in before your child’s camp session to our physical address:

1240 Jordan Dam Road Wetumpka, AL 36092

You can download the Parent Packet HERE.

MY CHILD IS A VEGETARIAN, WILL THERE BE OPTIONS FOR HIM/HER?

Yes, there is a full salad bar and non-meat options at meals.

MY CHILD IS A VEGETARIAN, WILL THERE BE OPTIONS FOR HIM/HER?

Yes, there is a full salad bar and non-meat options at meals.

CAN SOMEONE OTHER THAN MYSELF PICK UP MY CHILD FROM CAMP AT CHECK-OUT?

Yes, make sure that person is listed on your Parent Authorization Form. They will need a driver’s license or photo ID to be approved to check your child out.

HOW IS LOST AND FOUND HANDLED?

Lost and Found is collected and presented daily to children. Lost and Found items are laid out for parents on Check-Out day. Remaining items are washed and bagged up by week. If not claimed one month after the last camp session, items are then donated to a charity. Camp has limited space to warehouse lost and found.

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STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

You can email your questions to [email protected].