General Information

You can give your child a super summer camp experience this year at one of the YWCA Central Massachusetts’ many summer camp programs, which run June 23 to August 22, 2014. Camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a child’s life. It’s a place to make new friends, learn new skills, explore interests, face challenges, build self-esteem and have fun! The YWCA has summer camp programs for children of all ages:

Scamper Camp for children 4 to 5 years.
Scamper Camp is offered through the YWCA’s Early Education & Care program.
For more information on Scamper Camp please click here.

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines Day Camp for youth 6 to 12 years.
The YWCA also offers a Counselor-in-Training program for teens 13 to 15 years at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines.

Qualified Staff
The quality of camp staff is what sets the YWCA’s summer camp programs apart from others. All camp counselors are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid, and meet the  departments of Early Education and Care and Public Health requirements.

Registration
All summer camp registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you will be mailing your payment please click here to download a registration form. Please read the registration form carefully. A $30 non-refundable deposit per child per session is required. Balances must be paid in full and all required forms must be received by June 1. To avoid any delays please register online only if you will be paying online, if you will be mailing your payment please download the registration form and mail it with payment.

Click it: To register and pay online please click here.
Mail it: Mail completed registration form with payment to YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Fax it: 508-754-0496

A confirmation packet with additional camp information and forms will be sent once your child’s registration is processed. To receive your confirmation packet via email, please be sure to print your email address on the registration form in the indicated area.

About Camp

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines is a summer day camp for school-aged children located on Stiles Reservoir in Leicester and provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to explore nature and participate in recreational water sports.  For the convenience of working parents, camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp has an ample amount of sandy beach and lake front property with a boathouse and dock, several recreation halls, a ball field and nature trails. The bath house is equipped with private rest rooms, showers and changing areas for campers.

Campers are divided into specific age groups and are instructed in areas that are developmentally appropriate. Each session is packed with themed activities, games, and projects, as well as traditional camp activities. Every session includes: swim lessons, recreational swim, boating (8 years and older), arts & crafts, games and sports.

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines is licensed through the Town of Leicester Board of Health and complies to all regulations established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Sample Day of Activities

Younger Group (Ages 6-9)

7:30—9:00 a.m. Drop-off at Camp or Bus Drop-off
9:00—9:15 a.m. Morning Circle/Pledge of Allegiance/Flag Raising
9:15—9:30 a.m. Morning Snack
9:30—10:30 a.m. Period 1
10:30—11:30 a.m. Period 2 – Swim Lessons
11:30—12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00—1:00 p.m. Period 3
1:00—2:00 p.m. Free Swim
2:00—2:15 p.m. Snack
2:15—3:15 p.m. Choice Period
3:15—3:40 p.m. Change, Pack-up, Clean-up
3:40—4:00 p.m. Afternoon Circle
4:00—6:00 p.m. Pick-up from Camp or Bus

Older Group (Ages 10-12)

7:30—9:00 a.m. Drop-off at Camp or Bus Drop-off
9:00—9:15 a.m. Morning Circle/Pledge of Allegiance/Flag Raising
9:15—9:30 a.m. Morning Snack
9:30—10:30 a.m. Period 1 – Swim Lessons
10:30—11:30 a.m. Period 2
11:30—12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00—1:00 p.m. Free Swim
1:00—2:00 p.m. Period 3
2:00—2:15 p.m. Snack
2:15—3:15 p.m. Choice Period
3:15—3:40 p.m. Change, Pack-up, Clean-up
3:40—4:00 p.m. Afternoon Circle
4:00—6:00 p.m. Pick-up from Camp or Bus

Transportation

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines provides parents with three locations for drop-off & pick-up:
YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester
YWCA Central Massachusetts, 15 Grove Street, Westborough
YWCA Camp Wind-in-the-Pines,89 Parker Street, Leicester
See registration form for bus pick-up & drop-off information.

 

Counselor-in-Training

Once campers enter their teens they want a different experience–the Counselor-in-Training program (CIT) at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines provides teens with just that. The CIT program prepares teens ages 13-15 years to become future leaders by developing self-esteem, peer relations, interpersonal skills, and leadership techniques.

CIT participants will receive training to prepare them to work with adults, peers, and children. Training includes: Child Development, Group Dynamics, Curriculum Development, Conflict Resolution, and Child Abuse Prevention Training.

 

Scholarships

The YWCA provides partial scholarship assistance through its summer camp scholarship program to prospective campers with financial need. The availability of scholarship funds is limited. If you meet the following qualifications you may be eligible: you work at least 30 hours a week; you are a student and attend class at least five hours a day; or you are medically incapable of caring for your child. For more information and a Camp Scholarship Application please click here.

Summer Day Camps

Summer Day Camps

Turn your child’s summer experience into life-long memories at the YWCA’s Summer Camp programs.

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