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Summer camp is right around the corner and we can't wait to see you in a few short weeks. Get ready for hikes, campfires, boating, crafts, cookouts, and more! Prior to your arrival at camp this summer, here are the most important things to know:


SIX WEEKS BEFORE CAMP:

  • Begin talking to your child about camp. Is it their first time? Check in with them to see how they're feeling and offer encouragement. Wondering how you can help with potential homesickness? Check out this great article from the American Camp Association.
  • Consider getting your child vaccinated. While it is not required to attend camp, the more folks who are vaccinated means the safer camp will be for everyone!
  • If you haven't already, make sure your camper's medical form is fully complete. If there are any additions you need to add since you filled it out, please contact our office and we will be happy to update your child's medical information.
  • If your child has a chronic health concern, activity restrictions, or has undergone surgery within 3 months of their camp session, families must complete our Healthcare Provider Sign-off form, found below.


  • TWO WEEKS BEFORE CAMP:

  • Start monitoring your camper for symptoms of COVID-19 and limit their exposure by practicing safe social distancing and wearing masks.
  • Review our Health and Wellness protocols.


  • ONE WEEK BEFORE CAMP:

  • Final payment and your camper's medical form are due. This is to help our drive-thru check-in and check-out process go smoothly.
  • Start reviewing the packing list. If you're anything like us, we start packing for camp at least a week in advance because we're so excited!
  • Remember, if your camper is bringing medication with them to camp it needs to be in its original packaging with at least two extra doses and placed inside a gallon plastic bag. The plastic bag should be labeled with the camper's name, program, and date of birth.


  • THREE DAYS BEFORE CAMP:

  • Have you started packing yet? Are there any last minute things you need to grab like toothpaste or deodorant?


  • CHECK-IN DAY:

  • Check-in is a drive-thru process. One week prior to camp you will be emailed with a time slot for arrival and check-out. We ask that you do not come before this time slot so that we are able to ease the flow of traffic in and out of camp.
  • Upon arrival you will proceed through a number of steps, including: check-in (name, health screening), medication check-in with our Healthcare Supervisor, and camper drop-off.
  • We ask that adults dropping off campers stay in their car the entire time and please wear a mask. There will be a restroom stop available, if needed. Additionally, we ask that families limit the number of people dropping off campers.
  • If there are any changes to the list of adults picking up campers at the end of the week, we ask that you let us know at check-in.


  • CHECK-OUT DAY:

  • Check-out is also a drive-thru process. One week prior to camp you will be emailed with a time slot for arrival and check-out. We ask that you do not come before this time slot so that we are able to ease the flow of traffic in and out of camp.
  • Adults picking up campers must show a valid I.D. to pick up their child(ren). Pyoca staff and our Healthcare Supervisor will be stationed around the parking lot to return medications and direct adults for pick-up.
  • If you have any questions about your camper's registration, payment, waitlist status, or camp in general, please do not hesitate to contact our office at: (812) 358-3413 or email program@pyoca.org. We can't wait to see you!