YMCA Camp Immokalee and the First Coast YMCA are committed to keeping our campers safe as they grow with us. We screen and train our dedicated staff to help them provide the best and most safe experience possible, and we test, maintain, and check our facilities and outdoor equipment frequently.
In addition to all of our staff being First Aid and CPR certified, we also have an on-site health center. Our health center manager distributes daily medication and provides First Aid to campers and staff. Our health center staff will administer approved over-the-counter medications when necessary. We keep these medicines stocked in the health center, so please do not send them with your camper.
If your camper needs prescription medicine while at camp, please send only the amount needed for camp in the original container. You will drop this off at check in and pick it up at check out. Medicine is typically distributed at breakfast, at lunch, at dinner, and right before bed. Please speak with the health center manager during your health check if you need alternate times.
If you are questioning whether to keep your camper on a certain medication while at camp, please feel free to reach out to our camp office. Generally, we recommend following whatever protocol you would follow if your camper was alone at home with you during the summer.
YMCA Camp Immokalee currently plans on running summer 2020 as planned. Safety is our number one priority, and we’ll continue monitoring CDC, American Camp Association, Y-USA, and other sources to ensure our policies and procedures are aligned to keep campers are safe as possible. Additionally, we’ll watch the decisions of local school districts to see if our schedule needs to be modified. We will continue to update our website and send out email communication as we learn more.
We are happy to accommodate food allergies, and we provide alternatives at each meal for picky eaters. We typically have cereal and fruit available in addition to each breakfast and a salad bar available in addition to each lunch and dinner. Vegetarian options are included with each meal.
If your camper has a food allergy, it’s extremely important you submit the paperwork by the deadline of two weeks prior to the session so that we can plan properly. If the allergy is not noted two weeks prior to coming to camp, you may be asked to send food along with your camper. Our kitchen staff will happily prepare food you send!
We following the First Coast YMCA’s incredible aquatics policies for our lifeguards at camp. All lifeguards undergo Y-USA Lifeguard training, participate in monthly aquatic in-services, and receive weekly skills checks from our aquatics director.
We have six horses, a mini horse, a goat, and two cats at our YMCA Camp Immokalee barn! Each Ranch Camp and Trail Ride camper wear a helmet while on our horses. Our barn staff knows our campers and horses, and they match campers and horses accordingly.
Our challenge course is inspected and repaired annually by an outside vendor, and our staff undergoes annual training to ensure their skills are sharp.
As part of the Y movement, we stand by our mission statement: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” In being for all, we believe that every child deserves the chance to experience the joy and magic of summer camp. In order to ensure the success of every child at camp we:
Inclusion services can include (but are not limited to):
To arrange for specific inclusion services, please reach out to our program director Abbi Pittman at firstname.lastname@example.org.