What is the age range?
Our camp sessions are designed for grades 1 – 12. Each session is for a selected age group.
Is it co-ed?
Yes. Every camp session is co-ed. Campers are separated by boys cabins and girls cabins.
When is camper drop off and registration?
Sunday from 3 – 5 pm unless otherwise stated.
When is camper pickup and de-registration?
Saturday at 10 am unless otherwise stated.
If I've registered in the past, how do I log back in?
Do I have to re-type information I entered in the past?
No. If you already have an account, you can log back in to use your information and forms for an upcoming session. You will need to make sure the information is still up to date, make any changes and resubmit it.
Is visiting allowed?
No. To prevent homesickness, parents should not visit or call. But please send letters, postcards, and care packages! If you want to ensure that your letters and packages make it to camp before your camper leaves, please mail things no later than Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at the very latest.
Tell me about my campers counselor.
This person’s sole responsibility is your childs safety and fun. They are selected from our Leadership Workshop (the first week of every summer) or they have equivalent experience. They are screened through personal interviews, performance at the Leadership Workshop, previous counseling experience, and personal references. Each counselor is in charge of a cabin of eight campers of their gender. They are with their campers at classes, meals, sleeping in the cabin, planning sessions. They foster unity, trust, friendship and responsibility in their cabin. They are ages 15 on up.
Do you take cabin-mate requests?
No. We find that when a cabin of kids start on equal footing of being new to each other, they have a happier week and have greater growth in self confidence. There are still plenty of times throughout the day campers in different cabins can be together. For example: Morning free time, afternoon free time, store time, thought, evening rec, and campfire. Please talk to your camper(s) about this before they arrive. We are a tight knit camp and they will never be far away from their friends, old and new.
How does the store work?
Parents may deposit spending money in their child’s store account which the camper may “charge” purchases to throughout the week. Unspent money will be refunded at the end of the week in the form of cash at de-registration. The store sells sweatshirts, hats, T-shirts, pens, postcards, candy, drinks, stuffed animals, etc. We do not allow campers to give us cash money during the week and do not encourage them to have money in their cabins.
Counselors – go here to learn how the camp store works for you. http://vbyc.org/counselors-info/
How will I be in contact with my camper(s)?
Every day we have an hour of Cabin Quality Time. This gives all of our campers time to relax, take a nap, read or write letters home. We have a mailbox in the Lodge where campers can put out-going mail. This is taken to the mailbox at the entrance to camp once a day. Please show your camper how to address an envelope before you come to camp if you know they plan to send a letter. Thank you!
Just as we send letters home each day, we also receive a ton of mail! This is all sorted through, alphabetized, and laid out on the windowsill on the deck of our Lodge each day.
What about sending Care Packages?
- Absolutely NO NUTS!!! VBYC is a peanut-free facility and we have children with peanut allergies here almost every week. If you send candy with peanuts in it or even candy made in a peanut facility (read the back of the package, please) then we will be unable to allow your camper to eat it during the week.
- If you choose to send a care package to camp, please try to send anything we must keep in our camp store (this includes all snacks) in a shoe box size box and no bigger. We are happy to store these snacks for you which your camper can choose from whenever our camp store is open.
- Items not to send (which we have received in the past): anything with nuts or that may contain nuts – as stated above, chewing gum, candles, fireworks of any kind.
- If you want to ensure that your letters and packages make it to camp before your camper leaves, please mail things Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (at the very latest).
Can you help me get in touch with other alumni?
Can I donate time/money?
Yes please! See our Donation page.
To Volunteer at VBYC, please contact us!
Can I serve on the Board of Directors?
- Yes please! Contact us.
Can I rent camp for an event?
Yes please! See our Rent Camp page.