YMCA Camp Cove is excited for your family to become part of our community. Parental and camper relationships are very important in raising well-rounded children. We welcome parents to be part of our program by giving us feedback on how to improve our program and their child’s experience. We strive not only for our campers to try something new, meet new people and be outside, but so much more. Through these things, our campers have a stronger sense of self-confidence and a broader understanding of their world.
The most critical piece to a successful camping experience are the staff. Camp Cove prides itself on our hand selected staff that will be working directly with our campers in daily activities and leadership. Our staff are Professional Role Models. They exemplify the Character Values of the YMCA; Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility through their leadership and ensure our campers show the same values while at camp. We’re here to do more than just play games, but rather teach new skills, introduce campers to new friends, lead team building efforts and keep our campers safe everyday.
All camp staff go through an extensive hiring and training program. Staff undergo a rigorous interview, criminal background check and three character references prior to being hired. Once on the team, they complete a week of staff training which includes child abuse prevention, camper behavior management, child development, leadership skills, first aid and CPR certification, safety training and more.
Danita Ballantyne, Camp Director
Danita has over 30 years experience as a Camp Director at Episcopal and YMCA camps. Her camp experiences also include additional summers as a Camper, Counselor, Unit Director and Trip Director. In 2020, Danita helped to Direct YMCA Camp Cove and it marked her 40th consecutive summer working at a summer camp! Danita has a degree in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota. She served as the Camp Watchaug Director from 2012-2019 and 2022. In addition, she volunteers as an American Camp Association Standards visitor and is a Past President of the Connecticut Camping Association. She looks forward to every summer. Her favorite part is seeing lots of familiar faces back at camp along with all the new campers and helping them ALL play, learn and THRIVE.
PARENT HANDBOOK & PAPERWORK
The Parent Handbook 2022 is available here. You can also download the Parent Handbook and all medical forms required for camp under the Forms Page. All forms must be on file two weeks before the start of your registered session.
AM is from 7 am to 9 am
PM is from 4 pm to 6 pm
AM or PM only is $50 per week for Members/$60 per week for Non Members
Both AM & PM is $65 per week for Members/$80 per week for Non Members
State law requires that all campers have the Physical Form completed by a physician prior to camp, which includes a physical exam within the past 36 months. The Health Form is required on file two weeks prior to the start of their camp session. If the Health Form is not on file two weeks prior to the start of your camper’s session, the camper’s spot will be forfeited.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We know you have questions so we are here to help and answer as many as we can as quickly as you need them. Browse the most commonly asked questions. If you still find you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
What is your staff to camper ratio? YMCA Camp Cove adheres to the following guidelines for appropriate staff supervision. We have a staff ratio of 1 counselor to every 10 campers at the greatest, however our younger campers receive smaller ratios to ensure the best supervision possible.
What emergency response training does your staff receive? All of our staff are trained CPR/First Aid providers and all of our waterfront staff are certified and licensed lifeguards. We train and practice routinely throughout the summer. There is an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and all the necessary professional rescue equipment at the camp site.
What should my child bring to camp each day? First, each camper should bring with them energy and enthusiasm to learn and explore new activities and meet new friends. Second, they need a good rest to get through our packed days of activity. And third, they should bring the following with them, all labeled with their name!
A back Pack Sunscreen Swimsuit Towel Lunch Water Bottle Insect Repellent Rain gear
What do the campers do on Rainy Days? We are fortunate at Camp Cove to be able to use the Mystic Branch on rainy days. Our Rainy Day programs are organized and setup during staff training every summer so that our staff and directors are ready to go for any inclement weather. We try to stay outside during the lighter rains. Be sure to send appropriate rain gear if there is a chance of rain!
Who supervises the camp? Camp Cove is organized by the Camp Director who is a full-time professional Director with the Ocean Community YMCA. The Camp Director also works with 1 additional full-time director who manage the waterfront. These full-time YMCA Directors supervise our summer program staff and counselors.
WHAT TO BRING…
- Packed lunch (refrigerated during the day)
- Water Bottle
- Flip Flops for waterfront
- Bathing Suit
- Extra change of clothes