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
Community Members $495
WEEK 3: July 5 – July 8
No Camp on July 4
Community Members $395
CAMP MAHACKENO 2022 WEEKLY THEMES
|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 group at camp follows a similar time schedule but has a different set of activities each day. On Fridays, there is a special event in the afternoon that takes up the two last activity periods. The camp schedule is:
|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
NOTE: OUR CAMP HAS TWO DISMISSAL TIMES, 3:15 AND 3:45 PM:
All Abenacki, Shawnee and Mohegan campers are dismissed at 3:15 pm. Any camper who has a sibling in an older camp unit will be with staff while they wait for the 3:45 pm dismissal. Younger siblings waiting for their older siblings will be supervised until pick up.
All Lakota, Cayuga, Apache, Rangers, LITs and CITs are dismissed at 3:45pm. If your camper is not dismissed until 3:45 pm, please do not arrive at Mahackeno early. This will only block traffic for the 3:45 pm dismissal and slow down the whole dismissal procedure. You will not be able to enter the pick up line if it is not your designated time. Camp staff will direct you through the pick up line. Pick up takes place in front of the YMCA building, but the pick up line loops through the parking lot.
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. Campers will only be moved to the Bedford Family Center in the instance of extreme 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.
Each day during snack time, campers will have a chance to buy ice pops or other small snacks at the camp store. Campers are responsible for their money and camp is not responsible if it is lost. Campers should not bring more than $1.00 a day unless they are purchasing a camp shirt, water bottle etc.
MAHACKENO SWIMMING/CANOEING PROGRAM
All campers swim in our six-lane outdoor pool. 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. Counselors receive training in teaching paddling skills.
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.
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.
THINGS TO WEAR AND BRING TO CAMP
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:
- 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
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.
FIELD TRIPS & BUS SAFETY AT CAMP
When the Ranger Unit is off the property, they are expected to return by 4:00 pm. In the event of a delayed return, the parents of any Ranger camper will be notified. Siblings of Rangers must be picked up at the normal time. If your child is using a camp bus for a field trip, please remind them to follow the camp bus rules including to stay seated at all times and to listen to the staff. Bus drivers are YMCA employees. We will also have a second staff member on the bus at all times.