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Monday, July 01, 2024

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Registration for Summer Day Camp @YMCA


Full Day of Activities for Every Child
at YMCA Summer Day Camp


Registration Open for Rome, Oneida and Whitesboro Locations


It’s time to register for the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley’s Y-Care Summer Day Camps in Oneida, Rome and Whitesboro.  The nine-week NYS licensed program runs Monday through Friday, July 1– August 30, 7am – 6pm for children entering kindergarten in the fall through age 15.


“Our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are essential parts of all of our programs,” explained Holly Panebianco, YMCA regional childcare director. “We value the unique personalities and potential of every child.”


“As in the past, our care plans ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all campers,” Panebianco noted. “Families can expect as many outdoor activities as possible with small group sizes.


Q: What makes YMCA Summer Day Camp the best choice for my child?

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley has been operating Summer Day Camp programs for over 25 years in the Tri-Valley Region. The main priority of the experienced staff and management is the health, safety, and emotional well-being of your child.


Q: What activities will my child participate in?

Y Summer Day Camp offers a wide variety of activities to appeal to all interests.

The programs feature sports, nature, arts & crafts, STEM, arts & humanities and more. Daily activities are planned on rotating schedules that allow ample time to explore interests, and keep every child engaged.


Q: What does a typical day look like?

The day starts at 7am with early care and breakfast. Morning circle begins at 8:30am with singing of camp songs and reviewing the day. We start camp activities at 9am rotating between arts and crafts, music, sports and nature.


Lunch is between noon and 1pm. The afternoon consists of more rotations of sports, music, nature and arts & crafts. The camp day closes with a circle ceremony including camp songs, special bead presentations and end of the day reports. Afternoon snack follows our circle along with free play. Late care begins at 4pm with kids' choice of centers and games. The camp day ends at 6pm.


Q: Why does the YMCA plan weekly themes?

All the activities are based on weekly themes. Sports, games, arts & crafts, special guests and other activities will revolve around the themes. Your child's camp staff will communicate any special events or activities weekly based on the themes. This is an extra way to make camp more exciting for our campers.


Q: How do we celebrate character development?

Campers earn special beads for participation in and demonstration of character throughout their participation in YMCA Summer Day Camp. These beads are a traditional part of the YMCA camp experience. Beads are worn on their necklace each day and can be spent on prizes at the weekly camp store.


Q: Does camp include swimming?

Swimming is included at the Oneida Family YMCA location. Water play is planned at all the locations on special days and staff will notify families in advance.


Q: I’m not sure I can afford Y Summer Day Camp. What are my options?

The YMCA believes all children deserve quality childcare. The YMCA accepts County Childcare subsidies. We have experience working with your case workers to ensure a smooth transition and managing parent fees. For families that do not qualify for county subsidies, the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley offers financial assistance for families that qualify. Financial assistance is based on household income and availability of funds. (Please see Holly Panebianco, Regional Childcare Director for assistance with affordability.)


Q: Is there a camp near me?

Choose one of three locations for your child:

  • The Oneida Family YMCA Program operates directly at the YMCA facility at 701 Seneca Street, Oneida.  This program is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and is available to youth from kindergarten to 12 years old.  Program begins at 7am and runs until 6pm.  The telephone number is 315.363.7788.
  • The Rome Family YMCA Program is based out of Gryziec Field on S. James Street and Muck Road.  Programming is licensed by the Oneida County Health Department and is available to youth from kindergarten to 12 years old.  Program begins at 7am and runs until 6pm.  Call the Rome YMCA branch at 315.336.3500.
  • The Whitesboro Tree House Program operates at Trinity United Methodist Church on Westmoreland Road in Whitesboro.  This program is licensed by NYS Office of Children and Family Services.  We serve youth from kindergarten to 12 years old.  Program begins at 7am and runs until 6pm. They can be reached at 315.571.5619.


Q:How do I register my child?

Register by the week or for the entire summer by downloading a registration form for each camper at www.ymcatrivalley.com. Email the completed form to Hollyp@ymcatrivalley.org or fax to the Oneida YMCA at 315.363.7352 or Rome YMCA at 315.339.4076.


All children deserve a chance to play at camp. Rates per week for members are $220/week for the first child and $200/week for the second child. The non-member rate is $260/week for the first child and $240/week for the second child. The YMCA accepts Department of Social Services (DSS) Assistance.

Families have trusted YMCA camps for generations because of their caring, trained staff and programs that that foster skill development, inclusion and a safe, fun environment.


Y-Care offers curriculum-based, year-round New York State licensed childcare programs. For more information about the continuum of programs offered through The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, visit www.ymcatrivalley.org or contact Holly Panebianco, regional childcare director at Hollyp@ymcatrivalleey.org.



The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley serves the greater Rome, Oneida and Whitesboro areas with programs and services for the whole family.  We are a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization with two primary branches in Rome and Oneida and school-age childcare in the Whitesboro area. The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 

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YMCA Summer Day Camp offers three convenient locations in Rome, Oneida, and Whitesboro. It offers a traditional camp experience with various programs and extended hours, making day camp ideal for working parents and fun for campers.


Programming includes a nationally accredited curriculum of arts, crafts, sports, nature, water play & swimming (location dependent), humanities, culture, archery, and more! Campers have opportunities to unplug, explore traditional play, and develop new friendships. There's something for everyone at YMCA Summer Day Camp!


We have a full line-up of guest speakers and fun experiences, including:

Girl Scouts of NY Penn Pathways, Inc.

     Utica Zoo


     Project Fibonacci


     Many More Guests & Field Trips Announcing Soon!


Registration spaces will fill up quickly. Visit our website for more information, including rates and financial assistance, and to download your registration forms today!

For more information about our summer day camps, please visit our website here or stop by the front desks in Rome and Oneida.





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