Mill Hollow

FAQ's

REGISTRATION & PAPERWORK

When can I register my child for camp?

Registration for camp typically begins in October and ends once the session is filled. Camps do fill quickly so register early in the year to guarantee a spot.

How can I register my child for camp?

Complete the registration form (click here for registration instructions) and submit it to the YMCA with the non-refundable $75 deposit per session or full payment. If you are applying for financial assistance, you must also submit proof of income (IRS 1040 tax form, W-2s, copies of one months worth of paycheck stubs). Click here for information on our Financial Assistance. Incomplete registration forms will be returned and will not be processed until they are complete.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit is $75 per camper per session, including those applying for financial assistance. Deposits are non-refundable or transferable.

What forms of payment are accepted?

The YMCA accepts checks, money orders, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). Cash is accepted if delivered to the YMCA office during business hours.

When are the final payment, health form, waiver, and camper information sheet due?

Full payment and all camper paperwork are due SIX WEEKS before your child's camp session. Failure to submit payment and/or completed paperwork by the deadline could result in your child not attending.

Does the health form have to be signed by a doctor?

Each camper's health form must be signed by a licensed medical professional (i.e. doctor, physician assistant, registered nurse) if on Form 2, any of the asterisked items listed in the Health History Form Past or Present section are check boxed yes. The health form must be signed by the parent or guardian of the child. Unsigned forms will be returned. If you fill out the electronic version of the Camper Paperwork and you select one of the asterisked items, you will receive the Doctor's Authorization note via email as a PDF.

How can I get a refund?

If you notify the YMCA office at least six weeks prior to your child's camp session, your camp fee will be refunded minus the $75non-refundable or transferable deposit. Campers who must leave camp for medical reasons not of their own choosing will be sent a prorated refund. A refund will not be given to those campers who miss their camp departure, fail to attend, choose to attend late/depart early or are sent home for behavioral reasons.

Where is the YMCA office? What are your office hours?

The YMCA office is located at 3216 South Highland Drive, Suite #200, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. The YMCA is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday year-round. The YMCA is closed all weekends and limited holidays.

FACILITIES

Where is YMCA Camp Mill Hollow located?

YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is located one-hour east of Salt Lake City in the Uinta Mountains. Click here for driving directions. 

Is YMCA Camp Mill Hollow a safe place?

YES! All staff at YMCA Camp Mill Hollow are college-age or older with a clean/acceptable background. They participate in one-week of training before camp starts and learn about working with children, child abuse prevention, policies and procedures, emergency training, CPR/First Aid, and more. The maximum staff to camper ratio is 1:15. Staff are never alone with individual campers.

The facilities at YMCA Camp Mill Hollow also ensure camper safety. While there are always risks being in the outdoors, the YMCA has made facility improvements to improve the safety of camp. Camp entrance is gated and only accessible by welcome guests. Cabins provide sufficient shelter from inclement weather. The doors on the cabins and bathhouses lock to keep out unwanted visitors (i.e. animals, unannounced visitors)

Are there phones, computers, or email at camp?

Because YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is located in the heart of the mountains, communication is very limited. There are neither grounded phone lines nor any cell phone service; however, the YMCA has a satellite phone to make emergency calls and wi-fi to communicate with parents if the need arises. If you have an emergency message that you must get to your camper, please e-mail the director at camps@ymcautah.org.

What does a typical cabin look like?

There are two cabin designs. One accommodates 22 campers, one accommodates up to 26. Both designs have restroom facilities and bunk beds. Each have at least 2-4 staff living with campers to ensure safety. Cabins are decorated by the counselors that live in the cabin so each cabin feels like home. To get an idea of what camp is like click here.

How many campers and staff stay in a cabin?

There are at least 2-4 staff and up to 26 campers that live in one cabin for the week.

Is there electricity and running water at camp?

The buildings at camp have electricity and running water. The bathhouses are so modern that it hardly feels like camping!

Are there private or community showers in the bathhouses?

There are private showers in both the girls' and boys' cabins.

What kind of animals and bugs are at camp?

Remember YMCA Camp YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is in the great outdoors so we must share our space with those that were there before we were. Campers will encounter mosquitoes, flies, and the occasional spider or tick. Campers are encouraged to bring bug spray, but for those who do not the YMCA will supply the repellent. The more interesting guests that grace our meadow are ground squirrels/gophers, mice, deer, moose. There are porcupine in the area that campers can hope to spot and learn more about while at camp but do not need to concern themselves about as a safety hazard. In addition, there are beavers and fish in the nearby water sources and occasionally a snake on one of the trails.

PROGRAM

What activities do the campers participate in?

The activities offered at YMCA Camp Mill Hollow are focused on allownig youth to build their independence and resposibility. We have a choice schedule structure, so we can not guarentee that you child will participate in any specific activity. The choices of activities we offer include...

  • HIKING AND BACKPACKING
  • OUTDOOR COOKING
  • GEOCACHING
  • MOUNTAIN BIKING
  • VARIETY ARTS SUCH AS PAINTING, BRACELETS, STONE MAKING, ECT.
  • WOOD BURNING
  • GEOLOGY HIKES
  • OPTIONAL NIGHT TIME ASTRONOMY
  • OPTIONAL MORNING CLUBS

The guaranteed activity no matter the choice is lots of fun!

Can campers with special needs attend YMCA Camp Mill Hollow?

YMCA Camp Mill Hollow accepts all children who can spend six days away from home; can bathe, get dressed, and use the restroom without assistance; can sufficiently follow instructions; and are comfortable living in a very rustic setting. We welcome and encourage calls to discuss your child's need, personality, and behaviors to determine how they will succeed at YMCA Camp Mill Hollow. If your child has special needs, please adequately complete the registration form, health form and camper information sheet so that we may best serve your child. YMCA Camp Mill Hollow has welcomed children with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, epilepsy, and physical disabilities.

What time do the campers wake-up and go to bed?

Campers typically wake-up at 7:00am and have lights out at 10:00pm. With the ability to choose their schedule, there are early morning and late night activities campers can choose to participate in or to not. This allows youth to make choice that enable them to get the sleep they personally need. Counselors of course are available to encourage campers to make the decision best for them.

STAFF

How many staff work at YMCA Camp Mill Hollow?

There are approximately 20 staff consisting of counselors, cooks, a health supervisor, maintenance worker, and camp director.

Are the staff well trained?

All staff must complete online trainings and attend a multi-day training prior to camp. During this week of training they are certified in First Aid and CPR as well as receiving extensive education on child development, safety, child abuse prevention, policies and procedures, diversity, conflict resolution, and programming areas. Many of the staff have previous experience working with children or through their college degree courses.

Is there medical staff on-site to tend to the campers conditions?

There is at least one licensed medical professional, such as a CNA, LPN, RN or Wilderness First Responder, at camp at all times. Plus, all camp staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

Can I meet the staff before my child goes to camp?

Due to the busing nature of YMCA Camp Mill Hollow you may not spend a lot of time with our staff before sending your child. We want you to be comfortable with who we are and what we do. We will post about our staff on our Facebook page before the start of summer. To learn more about our camp staff, you can schedule a meeting with the camp director by contacting them at 801.839.3379 or camps@ymcautah.org.

Is YMCA Camp Mill Hollow a religious camp?

YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is a non-denominational camp that welcomes children from all backgrounds.

Is YMCA Camp Mill Hollow a school?

YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is a co-ed summer camp run by the YMCA. We are no longer run by Granite School district.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Do you offer financial assistance? How does that work?

Yes. The YMCA believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attend camp. Unfortunately, the YMCA can only distribute as much assistance as the amount of money raised so not every child is guaranteed assistance. Click here for information on how to apply.

What is YMCA financial assistance?

The YMCA strives to serve all people regardless of ability to pay. Financial assistance provides fee assistance for deserving campers. Assistance provides the opportunity for kids to attend camp who otherwise might not be able to due to financial limitations. Click here for information on how to apply.

Who is eligible to receive financial assistance?

The YMCA uses HUD federal income guidelines based on family size and household income to determine those that qualify for financial assistance.

Economic need is the primary criteria for receiving assistance. Families are eligible regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, financial status, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We strive to achieve more diversity in our campers, and therefore actively seek out relationships with schools and partnering organizations who will help us provide scholarships to a diverse group of children.

As we hope to allow as many children as possible to attend as a result of our fundraising, we grant financial assistance for one session per camper. We welcome siblings from the same family. Click here for information on how to apply.

What is the process?

Parents complete the standard camp registration form, include the Financial Assistance Form, Camper Letter, and Teacher Reference Form and return with documented proof-of-income (copy of current tax return, W-2s, paycheck stubs) and $75 deposit. The YMCA will notify your family within a week of receiving you application regarding your exact assistance amount. Click here for information on how to apply.

How is financial assistance distributed?

A portion of the financial assistance will be given on a first-come first-served basis depending on space available in the requested camp session. The financial assistance amount granted is taken off of the cost of Traditional Camp. If you are signing up for a horse camp or specialty camp, you must pay the difference in price. Click here for information on how to apply.

Will my child receive full (100%) financial assistance?

No. We have found that families that make an investment are more likely to attend camp, whereas families that do not make an investment are very likely to back out at the last minute. Our minimum fee for those in the greatest financial need is $75. Occasionally a partnering organization will offer to pay all of the parent's share. We strongly urge against that, as our experience has been that it leads to a very high chance of cancellation. However, we gladly welcome organizations that help us stretch our funding dollars by offering to contribute toward a child's financial assistance or paying a portion of the camp fees.

What if my financial assistance is not enough?

In the event that the YMCA is not able to provide you with assistance that meets your family's needs, you may request a refund of your $100 deposit in writing no later than 6 weeks before your child's camp session. Verbal requests and requests received less than 6 weeks before your child's camp session will not be honored.

CAMPER EXPERIENCE

Do you honor cabin mate requests?

We do our best to honor cabin mate requests as long as they are the same gender and within a year of each other's age and the same gender.

Can I send my camper mail?

Kids love receiving messages from home while at camp. Full week campers can be sent mail from home. To send mail via the post office we recommend you post it no later than Tuesday to assure delivery by Thursday. We know your kids like candy but so do mice! Please do not send food or candy. YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is not within the delivery areas of UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. You can also give any mail for the week to a counselor at check-in and we will distribute mail as the week goes on. Please address mailed letters and packages as follows:

YMCA Camp Mill Hollow
Child's Name
General Delivery
Kamas, UT 84036

To guarantee mail delivery, we encourage you to give mail for the week to a counselor at check-in and we will distribute mail as the week goes on. 

How will I know my child is having a good time at camp?

It is typical for first-time camp parents to be worried about their children, but there is no need. From the time the campers get to camp, staff work with the campers to get to know them and help them make new friends. Most campers are so busy having fun, participating in new activities, or laughing with their new friends that they rarely have time to think about missing the comforts of home.

If you provided your email address on the registration form, you will receive a general email update during your child's week at camp. This can be a great assurance for parents! If you are extremely concerned about your child, feel free to contact the director at camps@ymcautah.org. Checking out our Facebook page to see the pictures that we post daily is also a great way to see what your camper is up to!

Will my child have chores to do at camp?

Yes. YMCA Camp Mill Hollow encourages participants to share in the responsibilities of keeping camp beautiful and being part of the camp family through the ownership of maintaining camp. This is done by sharing in daily chores which require about 45 minutes a day total. These include making their bed, cleaning their cabin, dish washing, cleaning up the lodge after meals, picking up around camp, cleaning the bathrooms, and cleaning rec space. We believe this is not only a great occasion to come together as a team and share through service, but it ensures everyone can gain pride and ownership in their camp experience.

What kind of food is served?

All meals offer several options to accommodate for children's varying tastes and needs. Meals are prepared fresh daily to provide the campers with nutritional balanced choices.

  • Breakfast may be pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy with sausage, or many other meals. Milk, cold cereal, and oatmeal are available every morning.
  • Lunch may be grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, apple slices, and Jello OR chicken sandwiches, tator tots, fruit cocktail and yogurt.
  • Dinner may be a choice of spaghetti with meat sauce or macaroni and cheese, served with a bread stick, green beans, and fruit salad OR a choice of tacos or burritos with all the toppings, served with corn, cantaloupe, and a brownie.

What if my child is a picky eater or has numerous food allergies?

Most children are pickier eaters than adults so our menu is planned with the children in mind. We do encourage campers try everything that is served and we often find that once they've tried it or see their new friends enjoying it they themselves like it to! We do ensure every child gets plenty to eat and if we have a child that will not or cannot eat what is being served the kitchen will supply them with an alternative. If your child has specific dietary needs or restrictions we ask that you contact the Camp Director at camps@ymcautah.org ahead of time to ensure we are prepared to meet the campers needs.

How do the campers get to camp?

Bus transportation to and from Camp Roger is available for an additional fee of $30 each way. The pick-up/drop-off location is Adib's Rug Gallery (formerly the Villa Theatre). If you do not elect to use the provided transportation to/from camp, parent's are expected to drop off and/or pick-up your child at Camp Mill Hollow.

Do I need to send general allergy or pain medication up with my camper?

YMCA Camp Mill Hollow has a fully stocked health center to tend to all of the typical medical needs of the campers. If your child takes an over-the-counter medication regularly, please bring it with you to camp and give it to the health supervisor at check-in on Saturday. If you are concerned with your child having a random headache or scrape, and you have approved the medications section on the health form, the health supervisor can supply him/her with the appropriate over-the-counter medication or bandage supplies.

If your child is taking any prescription medications, please give all medications to the health supervisor in the original container that identifies the prescribing physician, the name of the medication, the dosage, and the frequency of administration. Do not pack any medication. All prescribed and over-the-counter medication must be turned in to the Health Coordinator at check-in.

What should my child pack for their week at camp?

When packing for camp, please remember that YMCA Camp Mill Hollow is a rustic camp located in the mountains, where there can be hot days and cool nights. YMCA Camp Mill Hollow provides plenty of opportunities to get dirty. We encourage you to pack old clothes with lots of layers. Closed toe shoes are required. Please label all personal items with your child's name. A packing list can be found here.

What should my child not pack for their week at camp?

The following should not be brought to camp: jewelry, excessive amounts of money, matches/lighters, fireworks/ explosives, guns, knives, drugs, cigarettes, illegal items, valuables, and new/expensive clothing. If any of the above items are found at camp, we will collect, label, and store them until they can be given to a parent/guardian at the conclusion of the week. If any fireworks, guns, knives or illegal items are found, the item(s) will be confiscated, the proper authorities notified, and the camper will be sent home.

Please do not bring food or candy. If you chose to send food items because your child has dietary needs, please label all items and give them to the health coordinator at check-in.

The YMCA is not responsible for any lost, stolen or misplaced personal possessions. All unclaimed lost items will be donated to a charitable organization on September 1st.

How do I claim Lost & Found items?

The counselors do their best to ensure that no items are left in each cabin at the end of the week, but there are often articles of clothing left in conspicuous places. The staff attempt to find the appropriate owners for all items before campers get on the bus and depart for home. Unclaimed items are usually sent back on the bus and stored at the YMCA office for convenience; email a description (color, size, any details) of the item lost, camper name and session attended to camps@ymcautah.org. All unclaimed lost items will be donated to a charitable organization on September 1st.