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Mystic Lake YMCA Camp 

Overnight Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Basic Camp FAQS

 

Why the three tier pricing options?

Realizing that families have different abilities to pay,
Mystic Lake YMCA Camp has instituted a voluntary three-tier fee program. You may choose the tier that is most suitable for your family. All campers receive the same Y experience no matter what they pay. 

TIER A is our historically subsidized rate and does not reflect the true cost of operating summer camp programs. 

TIER B is our partially subsidized fee for those who can pay a little more but still cannot afford the actual cost of camp. 

TIER C accounts for the true costs of camp including wear and tear of building and grounds. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: 

A financial aid scholarship application is available on our website.

Is financial assistance/scholarships available?

We believe that no child should be denied access to Mystic Lake due to inability to pay.  We have financial assistance available for those that demonstrate need.  All information is kept confidential and assistance is awarded in the order we receive requests.  

Click here if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

What camp forms are required for my child(ren) to attend?

Once you have registered your child for camp please complete the following camp forms at least 15 days prior to your child’s session of camp:

What is the camp refund policy?

The $100 registration fee is nonrefundable.  

In the event of dismissal or voluntary withdrawal, there is no refund of fees

A medical excuse with physician signature may be required for medical refund minus the registration fee.

Due to Covid-19, special exemptions regarding refunds will be made on a case by case basis.  Refunds due to Covid-19 may include the registration fee.

When is check in and check out?

Check in Sunday at camp is from 2pm-4pm.  Bus check in takes place at the Parkwood YMCA at 11:30am (the bus leaves for camp promptly at 12pm.)

Check out is Friday evening from  6pm-7pm.  The bus will return to East Lansing at approximately 8:00pm on Friday evening.

COVID-19 Specific FAQs

HOW IS MYSTIC LAKE ADDRESSING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT CAMP IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONOAVIRUS?

A camp experience is more important than ever in the lives of our young people.  The opportunity to connect with friends and nature helps socially and developmentally in so many ways.  We will practice physical distancing when feasible but are excited to help add the social part back  into our kids lives again!  

Mystic Lake YMCA Camp operational protocols will be in alignment with local, state and national health guidelines.  This will include:

  • Pre Camp Health Screenings and Daily Temperature Checks for Youth and Staff
  • Program offerings and daily schedules will be adjusted to limit exposure to individuals both inside and outside our camp community.  All programs will take place on Mystic Lake YMCA Camp’s beautiful 600 acre camp property which includes miles of trails, 2 lakes and an amazing bog!  
  • Our mitigation strategy for campers and staff will include non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI’s) when appropriate and feasible- including physical distancing, staying outdoors and wearing masks. 
  • Hygiene and cleaning breaks will be  built into the camp daily schedule.
HOW WILL SOCIAL DISTANCING BE ACHIEVED AT CAMP?

  • Limited cabin capacity to help with physical distancing and more personal camper care.  
  • Campers will form “Cabins” with up to 10 campers each and will participate in activities together.  Occasionally a larger group activity may occur but only if physical distancing can be achieved.
  • Enhanced cleaning, sanitation and personal hygiene protocols will be part of our overall mitigation strategy.  
  • Daily schedules are being developed to keep campers in their “Cabin Groups” as they rotate thru activities.  Shared activities will be cleaned and sanitized in between uses.
  • Cabin groups utilizing shared shower houses will have shower schedules so sanitation can occur between uses.
HOW WILL MEALS BE AFFECTED BY THE ENHANCED SAFETY PROTOCOLS?

We have always loved serving meals Family Style and this year may be different.  In 2021 your child may enjoy a meal indoors, outdoors and maybe even at one of their favorite spots on camp.  Due to current restrictions your camper may not see our famous salad bar but rest assured- we will find creative ways to provide great food and healthy options. 

HAS CORONAVIRUS AFFECTED PROGRAM OFFERINGS FOR 2021?

In an effort to provide as safe a camp experience as possible we are focusing our resources on offering our core programs.  Equestrian, some specialty camps and Offsite Trip programs will remain paused for the summer of 2021.