Overview of the program: Camp Joy’s Resident Camp program is designed to provide programming that is surrounded by relationship, self-esteem, and skill development and provide all campers with a strong sense of purpose and value. Campers participate in traditional camp programming that includes activity sessions, swimming, and high ropes experiences.
Goals of Camp:
Please discuss this with your child
- Relationships: build/identify healthy relationships with peers and counselors
- Skill Development: provide an opportunity to learn new skills or enhance a current skill
- Self-Esteem: provide opportunities for campers to challenge and feel good about themselves
- Purpose: provide opportunities for campers to be leaders and make decisions
Fun Activities at Camp:
- Morning Choice: Canoeing/Fishing, Archery, Mountain Biking, Creative Arts, Nature, and More!
- Afternoons: Cabin Time, Swimming, Team Building and High Ropes Courses!
- Evenings: Camp Fires with songs and skits, Large group games, Dance Party, talent show and more! **There will be a talent show, please bring what you will need for your talent, and be ready to perform on Thursday night! Bring some silly clothes to wear as well
- Yurts: Campers will live in Yurts with approximately 13 others campers and 2-3 staff
- Shower House: Campers will use a shower house for cleansing and restrooms. An Eloo is attached to all Yurts for evening use.
- Schedule: Campers will follow a daily schedule which they will have opportunities to choose what they will participate in
- Meals: Campers are served three nutritious meals per day and a snack
**Minor adjustments can be made for dietary needs. Please let the camp know in advance.**
Camp Joy’s Expectations:
- Respect: (Property, Others, Nature and Yourself)
- Nice Words: (Language must be positive and appropriate ~ No foul or abusive language.)
- Good Behavior: (Abusive, threatening, or bullying actions will not be tolerated, Use and/or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, or weapons are not permitted.)
- Always stay with a counselor: (Campers are expected to stay on camp property and with their staff at all time.)
- Have fun: We hope that all campers have fun while at camp, and we will do anything within reason to make that happen.
What should I Pack?
Below is a complete list of what to bring, and what not to bring. Please read through this carefully!
Comfortable, appropriate, loose fitting clothing suitable for hiking, sitting on the ground, getting dirty, etc. Clothes that are appropriate for the weather! (rain, cool air, or hot weather)
Please pack Sleeping Bag/Blanket and pillow
- 4-5 Shirts
- 2 pairs of Jeans or pants
- 4 pair of shorts
- 2 sweatshirts/hoodies
- 2 pairs of sturdy shoes
- 1 raincoat/poncho
- 1 pair of pajamas
- 6 pair of underwear
- 1 bath towel & Wash Cloth
- Soap and shampoo
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Bag for dirty clothes (trash bag)
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen/Pool Towel
What NOT to Bring:
- Cell Phones
- Ipods, Ipads, Mp3 Etc.
- Any clothes or jewelry that is of great value
- Personal Sports Equipment
- Aerosol Spray Cans
- Vehicles (skateboards and rollerblades included)
- Food of any kind
- Hair dryers, electric curlers or irons
- Matches or lighters
- Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes etc.*
- Weapons or Bullets*
If these items are found, they will be confiscated and returned to the parent/camper on Friday.
*If some items are found the guardian will have to come pick the camper and item up from camp immediately.
How to Pack Medication:
- All medication must be in original bottles. Medication not in original bottles will not be accepted.
- Please have only the correct amount of medication needed for the week.
- This includes over-the-counter meds, cough drops, Tylenol, Advil, etc.
- During the check-in process, parents will turn the mediation into the Camp Nurse or other
Do not pack the medication in the child’s luggage because it will be turned in during check
Medical Assistance: A medical supervisor is on duty 24 hours a day. Emergency service is provided by 911, and Clinton Memorial Hospital is 12 miles from camp. Parents will be notified in cases of accidents and illnesses
Search and Seizure:
- Camp Joy wishes to maintain a safe environment free of illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms or other improper materials. To enforce this policy Joy representative may inspect cabins and belongings upon reasonable suspicion.
Camper Mail: You can send mail to campers at the address listed below. Please send it the day before camp begins to ensure its delivery. Campers may also bring envelopes and stamps to send mail out.
Campers Name, C/O Camp Joy, PO Box 157, Clarksville, OH 45113
Phone Calls: Campers are not permitted to call home during the week. If there is an emergency, you will be contacted. If you have an emergency, please call 937-289-2031 or after 4:00 pm please call our on-call phone 937-725-4036.
Bus Pickup and Drop off information:
Buses will pick up campers at the Carl H. Lindner YMCA at 1:30 pm on Monday.
- The buses will return campers to the Carl H. Lindner YMCA at 11:00 am on Friday.
- The Carl H. Lindner YMCA is located at 1425b Linn Street. Take the Ezzard Charles Exit off I-75. Make a left off of the exit onto Ezzard Charles Drive. Turn Left onto Linn Street. Turn left onto Derrick Turnbow Ave. The YMCA is located behind Cincinnati Preparatory Academy.
- The check-in process may take up to 10-15 minutes to complete and you will have to wait in line. Check-in takes place at the back left corner, furthest from the baseball field, of the YMCA’s parking lot.
- Parents/Guardians are expected to stay with the campers until they have boarded the bus. Campers must stay in their seats once the bus in loaded and there is to be no horseplay.
- Parents/Guardians must sign campers out before leaving YMCA. You may be asked to show an ID to sign out a child.
If there are any transportation changes or emergencies we will contact you.
Car Pickup and Drop off information:
- Parents/guardians can drop off campers at Camp Joy at 3:00 pm on Monday.
- These campers should be picked up at Camp Joy at 10:00 am on Friday.
- Parents/Guardians must sign campers out before leaving camp. You may be asked to show an ID to sign out a child.
- Visit camp-joy.org for directions to Camp
Camp Joy strives to work with each child to ensure a positive and safe experience. If a child breaks the expectations, consequences could include; disciplinary discussions, written apologies, behavior plans, probation, or expulsion from camp.
The consequence for the following actions are expulsion:
Abusive, threatening, or bullying actions. Use and/or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, cigarettes, tobacco, or weapons.
*** The guardian is responsible for picking up the participant from camp for any consequence that has led to the participant’s expulsion from camp.
Expelled campers are not allowed to return to camp the following year for their actions.
- $50 deposit is non-refundable.
- Balance Due by 5 pm Monday, the week prior to the session attending. If payment is not received, your spot will be given to the next name on the waiting list.
- Any additional payments can be refunded if cancellation is made by 5 pm Monday, the week prior to the session attending. After this date, ALL additional payments are non-refundable.
No child will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or marital or family status. This facility is operated in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington D.C., 20250
We are excited about this summer! We cannot wait for you to be here. When you come, don’t forget your smile and be prepared for the week of your life! It’s going to be a great time. We cannot wait to swim, play, laugh and of course GAGA. Summer is coming, so get ready!
See ya soon!
The Camps Team
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