Preparing for Camp
The guide below will help prepare both you and your camper(s) for their Camp Ocoee adventure and give you a sense of what you have to look forward to. If you have any questions not answered below, please call the camp office at 423-338-5588 or check the Parent Handbook.
After your registration has been confirmed by email, there are a few standard forms that must be filled out for all campers. Please complete these forms and send them to camp at least two weeks prior to your camper's session
Packing for Camp
Camper Health Form: This will provide our medical staff with your camper's medical history and alert them to any potential health concerns. All medications that your camper takes on a regualr basis, including over the counter medications, MUST be listed on the health form. Be sure to include a copy of your health insurance card, front and back, with your health form.
Dietary Restrictions Form: If your child has an allergy or restriction to a particular food or ingredient, please complete this form at least two weeks prior to arrival. This will allow us time to ensure we have the proper food in stock to provide your child with safe and healthy meals.
Camper Information Form: The information on this form will be shared with your camper's counselor prior to your arrival to help them better prepare to care for and understand your camper. Please be candid, as this information helps us better care for your child.
Ocoee/Hiwassee River Rafting Waiver (if applicable): If you elected to sign your camper up for Ocoee or Hiwassee River rafting, we MUST have this form completed. These forms are turned into the rafting company.
Parent Handbook: Find out all you need to know to prepare your child for camp.
All clothes brought to camp should be comfortable, easy to move in, and okay to get dirty. Please do not bring nice or expensive clothes to camp. We recommend that campers pack in a large duffle or wheeled bag. You will need to carry your luggage from the parking area to your cabin. All items MUST be marked with your camper's full name.
Camp is not responsible for any items left behind. Items left can be mailed home and the charge will be billed to your account.
The Parent Handbook has a complete packing list on page 4.
Please pack sheets/blanket (single bed) and a sleeping bag. All cabin groups (depending on weather) will go out on an overnight camping trip. The sleeping bag will be used for the campout evening.
Sandals are the perfect shoes for camp as long as they have a tight back strap. Flip flops and Crocs are not appropriate or safe shoes for use at Camp Ocoee. Our trails are rough and steep. Shoes need to be secure to keep the campers safe.
Water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray (non-aerosol) are a must. Be sure they are all labeled with the camper's full name.
Swimwear should provide complete coverage, fasten securely, and be designed for active wear. One-piece swimwear only for girls.
Please pay close attention to the "What To Leave at Home" on the packing list. Our cabins do not lock and camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Camp is a natural setting that provides children the opportunity to "unplug" from electronics.
Check-in day is finally here and it’s time to head to camp! Directions to YMCA Camp Ocoee can be found HERE
. Check-in is on Sunday from 1pm-2:30pm ET
. Here is how the process works once the gate opens at 1pm.
As you drive down the hill into camp our staff will be along the road to review our Check-in Check List with you.
They will let you know if you need to stop on the office porch to take care of a balance, sign a waiver for rafting or sign your camper up for an addon activity (water skiing, Hiwassee Rafting, Ocoee Rafting, Paintball, Paintball Plus, Horseback Riding, or Stayover)
They will also let you know if we received your complete Health Form including a copy of the Health Insurance Card.
If your camper takes medication on a regular basis (including over the counter) you will need to go the infirmary porch to check these medications in with our nurses. Medications need to be in their original bottle.
The Camp Merchandise Store "The Outfitter" will be open to purchase t-shirts, water bottles, stuffed animals, etc. on the Office porch. This store is only open on Opening and Closing day of sessions.
If we have all the required paperwork and your camper does not take regular medication, you will be directed to the campers cabin for check in.
Once you have signed your camper in at their cabin, you are welcome to tour camp or head home for a relaxing week.
Our Merchandise store, "The Outfitter", will be open on check-in and check-out of each session. At this store you will be able to purchase t-shirts, water bottles, stuffed animals, and other YMCA Camp Ocoee merchandise. Merchandise will only be sold during check-in and check-out.
Camp Store Price List
The campers will receive a snack and a drink daily at no additional charge. Campers do not need any cash while at camp.
We encourage families and friends to write to their camper. Please be sure that all mailed items are labeled with the camper's full name and cabin. Mail letters to: YMCA Camp Ocoee, Camper Name and Cabin, 111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee, TN 37361. You can also e-mail your camper at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please be sure to include the camper's full name and cabin in the subject line. E-mails are printed daily at 4:30pm and delivered to the campers with the regular mail at dinner. Do not include attachments to the e-mails.
Camp Office (423) 338-5588 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Camp Fax (423) 338-5507
General Email email@example.com
Infirmary (Nurses) (423) 805-3386 (Emergencies between 5pm-9am)
Check-out time is Saturday from 9:30am-10:30am ET
. If you arrive prior to 9:30am ET, please wait at the camp office. Ocoee staff will let you know when you can go collect your camper(s). Boys will be waiting in their cabins while girl campers will be waiting with their luggage at the bottom of the hill. Campers MUST be signed out with their counselor. You will need a photo ID to sign out your child.
The Camp merchandise store "The Outfitter" will be open to purchase t-shirts, water botttles, stuffed animals, etc. on the office porch.
If you are unable to arrive by 10:30am ET on check-out day, we are happy to care for you camper(s) until 12:30pm ET for an additional $20. Please call the office to add this care to your camper's registration.
Please complete a Parent/Child Evaluation to share your experiences and feedback. Register for next summer and Save with the registration form attached to your cabin photo at check-out.
Be sure to review the information provided in the Parent Handbook prior to arrival.