Sioux Falls YMCA FAQs
General Camp FAQs
Camp does not close due to the weather. If it rains during the day, all campers are moved under shelters, and are entertained with skits and games until it stops raining. If the weather becomes severe, or the rain is prolonged we move programs indoors, and continue with activities and games. Please keep in mind that we serve over 700 campers at a time, and all campers may not fit in one indoor area. Campers are often moved to several different indoor locations. If we evacuate camp for any reason, you will be notified via email as soon as possible. The safety and well-being of all campers is always our #1 priority.
Mosquito Control comes to camp everyday to check on the mosquito population at camp. They also spray and treat any standing water at camp several times a week. Camp staff also applies bus spray to campers 2-3 times a day. We understand how frustrating mosquitoes and bug bites can be, as we work at camp all summer long. We do our very best to keep mosquitoes off of your campers.
Please send the following items LABELED with your camper’s name EVERYDAY:
- clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather
- CLOSED toed and comfortable shoes that can get dirty (NO SANDALS)
- swimming suit- in case of water activity
- water bottle
- sunscreen and bug spray (all staff have sunscreen and bug spray for camper use, as well)
We were very excited to be able to return to a more traditional Camp Leif Ericson experience the past three summers and we will continue to keep the safety of our campers and staff as our top priority as we look forward to Summer 2024. Thus, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the American Camping Association, Y-USA, CDC, OSHA, and local Health Department as they are updated.
We allow campers to submit their application with up to two friend requests. These are simply requests, and though we try our best to accommodate them, they are not guaranteed. In order for friend requests to be accepted, BOTH campers MUST request each other.
Friend requests can only be facilitated if both campers are enrolled in the same age group (4&5, 6&7, 8&9, 10&11, 12&13, 14&15). Campers ages 6-13 must also be the same gender.
Lunch At Camp FAQs
Parents will have the opportunity to select a Camp Lunch Option for $65 which will provide a Camp Lunch each day for campers, or you will be able to send your camper with their own lunch each day. Every camper will receive a Camp Snack each afternoon regardless of the option you select. For campers who bring their own lunch, we recommend using a lunchbox with an icepack. As a reminder, camp is peanut-free; if your camper brings their lunch each day, it is prohibited that you send them with food items containing peanuts or peanut by-products.
No, we ask that you choose one option or the other, as we are required to order meals two weeks prior to the start of the session. You may change your preference up to two weeks prior to the start of your campers’ session.
The 2024 menu will be posted as soon as we receive it from our food vendor.
Transportation To/From Camp FAQs
Yes, you are welcome to provide transportation for your camper. If you elect to do so, your camper MUST be enrolled in our Before and After Camp Care program, and you MUST pay the extra one-time fee. It may seem backwards to pay to provide your own transportation for your child, however, that program requires staff to come earlier and stay longer than they would normally. To enroll and pay the fee, please call the camp office (605-336-2267).
Yes, extra staff is required to be there to care for your child at those times.
You are welcome to try and catch the bus at a later stop on the route, or you can drop them off and sign them in at camp.
Yes, however changes must be made ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SESSION. Any changes requested after that deadline are up to the transportation team.
No, your camper is required to use the stop that was chosen at the time of registration. Using more than one stop is difficult for us to accommodate, as we are responsible for the transportation for up to 750 campers at a time.
No, we prefer that you choose one or the other to limit traffic in and out of camp, and to limit confusion for campers and staff. If you want to use camper care, you MUST enroll in camper care, and pay the fee associated with that program.
Yes, we serve and are accountable for up to 750 campers at a time, and all campers are required to be signed in and out by an approved adult. We do our best to accommodate pick-ups and drop offs, but you may need to be patient as there are a lot of requests to accommodate every day. (605-336-2267)
Please see the transportation information page or parent handbook for the designated early pick-up times.
We prefer that your camper uses the mode of transportation chosen at the time of registration. We highly encourage families to AVOID early pick ups, late drop offs, and any other deviations from the regular transportation routine if at all possible. Campers are absolutely NOT permitted to drive themselves to camp, park at camp property or park at the Cliff Avenue Greenhouse parking lot.
Family Night At Camp FAQs
Family night is an open house-style event where your family is welcome to come to camp! Family night starts at 6:00pm with a short program, and includes time for you and your family to walk around. We ask that everyone leaves by 7:30pm. Your camper will still ride the bus home as usual, or will be picked up at the normal time from camper care. It is not required for your family to come, but it is a lot of fun!
In years past, we have held two separate family night events during the session. This year we are condensing them into one night. ALL CAMPS will have their family night on the Tuesday evening during the second week of the session. The event starts at 6:00pm, and ends at 7:30pm.
Overnights At Camp FAQs
Campers enrolled in Tepeetonka, TLC, and Ranch Camp will participate in overnights as listed below:
- Tepeetonka Alpha (campers ages 10&11) will have ONE overnight on the second Thursday of the session.
- Tepeetonka Grande (campers ages 12&13) and TLC (campers ages 14&15) will have TWO overnights during their session. One on the first Thursday and one on the second Thursday of the session.
- Ranch Camp will have ONE overnight on the Thursday of their session
- Tailfeather campers will have ONE overnight on the Thursday of their session.
That’s fine! It is EXTREMELY important that you communicate that with the camp office at least 24 hours before the overnight. Campers may either ride the bus home at the usual time, or be picked up at: 5:15pm, 6:30pm or 9:45pm. firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-336-2267.
All meals outside of lunch are provided free of charge during overnights and the following morning.
- a sleeping bag and pillow
- weather appropriate clothing
- a change of clothes
- a set of pajamas
- any other necessary toiletries
Our camp nurses will distribute all medications. Please send medications in the prescribed bottle labeled with the camper’s name, the name of the medication and administration instructions. Camp nurses will NOT administer medication that isn’t properly labeled. Please refrain from sending over the counter medications that aren’t absolutely essential for the camper’s well-being (these may include: melatonin, daily vitamins, etc.).