CAMP MAHACKENO

WAITLIST UPDATE: We are at full capacity for Camp Mahackeno, weeks 1 – 10, for Abenacki, Shawnee, Mohegan, Lakota, Cayuga and Apache (rising grades K-6) and Camp Hafaday (Pre-K-rising grade 1).

We are no longer accepting waitlist registrations for these sessions. If you are currently waitlisted, you will be notified if and when spots open up for your requested session. We appreciate your patience and looking forward to an exciting summer.

AVAILABLE: Ranger (rising grades 7-8) week 3 only and Leaders in Training (LIT) (rising grades 9-10) weeks 1-10.

YMCA Camp Mahackeno is a traditional summer day camp that allows campers to experience a wide range of summer fun. Our program creates an environment where campers build lasting friendships. Campers are encouraged to to grow and learn about themselves and others while under the care of our wonderful, caring and highly trained counselors and staff.

COST PER WEEK OF CAMP
WEEKS 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Members $405
Community Members $495

WEEK 3: July 5 – July 8
No Camp on July 4
Members $325
Community Members $395

CAMP MAHACKENO 2022 WEEKLY THEMES

WEEK WEEK THEME
WEEK 1: 6/20 – 6/24 W.O.W. Week of Welcome
WEEK 2: 6/27 – 7/1 Imagination Destination
WEEK 3: 7/5 – 7/8 U.S.A. – Unforgetable Summer Activity
WEEK 4: 7/11 – 7/15 Way Back Week
WEEK 5: 7/18 – 7/22 Color Games
WEEK 6: 7/25 – 7/29 Summer Safari
WEEK 7: 8/1 – 8/5 Mahackashow
WEEK 8: 8/7 – 8/12 Space is the Place
WEEK 9: 8/15 – 8/19 Community Hero’s
WEEK 10: 8/22 – 8/26 All Camp Carnival

A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP MAHACKENO

Each camp group follows a similar time schedule but has a different set of activities each day.  Campers swim between 4-5 times per week depending on age.  Activities vary by the day and are developmentally appropriate for each age group.  For example, campers will not do archery until 3rd grade.   The basic camp schedule is:

TIME ACTIVITY
7:30AM – 8:30AM Pre Care
8:30AM – 9:00AM Drop Off
9:00AM – 9:25AM LOGS
9:25AM – 10:10AM 1st Period
10:15AM – 11:00AM 2nd Period
11:05AM – 11:50AM 3rd Period
11:55AM – 12:25PM Lunch
12:30PM – 1:10PM 4th Period
1:15PM – 2:15PM 5th Period
2:20PM – 2:45PM Snack/Logs
3:00PM – 4:00PM Dismissal
3:00PM – 6:00PM Post Care

 

CAMPER DROP OFF

All campers must be dropped off at the Allen Raymond Lane entrance to our Mahackeno campus between 8:30 am and 9:00am. Please follow signage to the drop-off area, which is in the southeast corner of the parking lot at the camp access by the “Welcome” sign. Camp Morning Assembly begins at 9:00 am sharp.

During drop off, there will be a line of cars. Please be patient and remain in line for the safety of the children. Camp staff will direct you to pull your car up and will come to your car to help children out. If you have a question for a staff member or director, please park your car and walk up to drop off. Once we begin emptying cars there is no time for conversations in the drop off line.

 

CAMPER PICK UP

Camp Mahackeno pickup runs from  3:00-4:00pm.  Please understand that there is generally a rush right at 3:00pm and it may take a few minutes for staff to bring your child to you.  Please do NOT arrive at Mahackeno early.  Your camper will be available for pickup earlier than 3:00pm.  We ask that any necessary early pickups take place before 2:45pm.  Please alert the camp office of any pickup changes.  Camp staff will direct you through the pick up line. NO WALK UP PICKUP IS ALLOWED. The pick up line loops through the parking lot.  Please have your photo ID ready each day during pickup.  Camp staff will check ID and place a tag on your wind shield with your campers name on it.  Once your camper has been signed out and a tag place on your windshield another staff member will take the tag and bring your camper directly to your car.  Please do not exit your car during this time.  Please pay close attention to the staff members directing traffic so we can maintain a safe and efficient pick up process.

RAINY DAYS

The Mahackeno Outdoor Center is a traditional outdoor day camp; indoor facilities are limited. In the event of rainy days, the schedules and activities for all campers are modified to include indoor games, craft projects, talent shows and skits. We ask that you pack a jacket with your camper on days when rain is expected. We make every effort to keep to our regular schedule and only go to the Dew Day schedule in case of severe weather.

 

PRE CARE AND POST CARE PROGRAMS

Pre Care and Post Care are extended hours of camp. Drop off for Pre Care is after 7:30 am. Pick up for Post Care is before 6:00 pm. There is an additional fee for this service. During Pre Care, campers participate in quiet activities. During Post Care, campers will have an opportunity to partake in additional camp activities such as sports, slides, bouldering and other activities.

 

CAMP STORE

Each day during snack time, campers will have a chance to buy ice pops or other small snacks at the camp store. Families can add a snack deposit to their campers account at the time of registration. We ask families not to send campers with money. A camp store deposit of $5 per week is enough to cover a camper for a weeks worth of camp snack.

SAMPLE SNACK ITEMS
• Freeze pops, Smart Pop, baked chips, gold fish, small bottled water.

Merchandise available through our online registration system includes t-shirts, water bottles, and stickers.

 

MAHACKENO SWIMMING/CANOEING PROGRAM

All campers swim in our six-lane outdoor pool and splash pad. On the first day of each session campers take a swim test and are grouped with other campers according to ability. Swim lessons are Monday– Thursday with free swim on Fridays. This schedule may be adapted if needed during the summer. All staff and campers are required to wear a personal flotation device while Kayaking or Canoeing. Counselors receive training in teaching paddling skills.

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR CAMP MAHACKENO

Please be sure that your child comes to camp in appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. Please make sure your child wears closed toed sneakers to camp. Sandals, flip flops or crocks may lead to injury and inability to participate in some activities. Other items that are brought to camp:

  • Towels
  • One piece-bathing suit, if girls are wearing a tankinie, the top and bottom must touch.
  • Sun Block
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch with snack

 

SUNSCREEN/INSECT REPELLENT

Please have your camper’s sunscreen clearly marked with their name. Please be sure to apply sunblock and bug spray prior to coming to camp. Staff will assist campers in applying it after they get dressed from the pool. Please remind campers not to play with sunblock and bug spray at camp. Staff will take away sunblock or bug spray that is not being used properly.

 

LUNCH/SNACK

Please send your child’s lunch in a soft-sided bag clearly marked with name and group #. If you are not sure your child will remember to bring their lunch bag home, send a disposable one. We refrigerate each camper’s lunch. Campers should also have a snack in their bag that does not require refrigeration. During snack time campers will be allowed to purchase ice pops or other small snacks at the camp store. We are a nut-free facility. So please ensure that all lunches and snacks are nut-free. If you send in a peanut substitute (sun butter, wow butter, etc) please send in a note letting us know that.

 

LOST AND FOUND

We accumulate a large quantity of lost and found items each day. Please help us by labeling any item that your child wears or brings to camp with his/her full name. Please do not send video games, large amounts of money, iPods, cell phones or other expensive items to camp with your child. Mahackeno cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. All lost and found items will be available daily at Beck Lodge. Campers are not allowed to have cell phones at camp; they will be confiscated.

 

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