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Camp Erdman

Summer Camp


Frequently Asked Questions About Camp Erdman

When does registration for summer camp begin?

Registration begins in January! Just use our online registration, download a form, or call our main office at 808-637-4615 and tell them you would like to register for summer camp!

Can we visit camp prior to registering?

We operate year round programs and have campers on site so we are very conscientious of who is visiting. Please call ahead to verify that we are open for visits. During the summer season, visitors are only allowed during pick-up and drop-off.

What are "specialty camp add-ons"?

Specialty camps are separate morning activities that are not included in the Traditional Camp experience. Our specialty camps are surf, horse, swim, and ESL. Please notice that these are not separate camps. They are just separate morning activities that sometimes require specialized instructors or areas that we travel to. Everyone returns to camp at lunch and is integrated into programming with the rest of Traditional Camp.

What is your cancellation policy?

For 2021, we have relaxed our cancellation policies in recognition of the challenges our community is still recovering from and to provide parents and families peace of mind.

If you need to cancel your registration for Camp Erdman Summer day or overnight camp, notify us by calling (808-637-4615 or 808-678-4296) or emailing us at info@ymcahonolulu.org at least 1 business day in advance prior to the start of your program and you will be fully refunded, less a $50 deposit for day camp, or $100 deposit for overnight camp, which you can use as a credit for any Y program.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. Register with a $50 deposit for a Day Camp weekly session or package or $100 deposit for an Overnight Camp Erdman session and you can defer final payment of your balance until 10 days prior to the start of your program. When registering, choose "Payment Plan" and the "Deposit: Balance" option.

You can also call Camp Erdman if you'd like to set up a custom payment plan at 808-637-4615.

Do you offer bus transportation to Camp Erdmn?

Yes, we offer bus transportation to and from Camp Erdman as an optional add-on for our Day and Overnight Camps. For details, please click here.

Can children bring a cell phone to camp?

No. Cell phones or any electronics are not permitted at camp. Camp is a safe place to let your children have a little freedom and learn independence. They will be able to meet new friends and face challenges instead of sitting on a phone. Parents can send camper mail through post or our camper email. Experience has shown that a call to Mom and Dad can often make an adjustment problem worse, not better. Camera technology has also created potential problems of taking photos in sensitive areas.

What happens if my child gets sick at camp?

We employ trained health care staff during the summer at all times. Our Health Center provides a space for short-term care, but we try not to house sick children for longer than a day. Our staff call parents when a child is sick and required to stay in the Health Center. Most times children just need some rest and fluids to feel better. However, if an illness lasts longer than a day or is very serious, we will call you and ask for you to pick them up.

Do you control what children purchase from the camp store?

We monitor what your child is purchasing. Campers are only allowed to order 3 snacks per day. When the order is filled by our store personnel it is checked again. Each day during free time the campers are given the opportunity to shop for souvenirs, also monitored by our store staff.

If my child is on the wait-list, what are the chances of him/her getting in?

Wait list availability is difficult to predict. We receive transfers and cancellations, right up to the day camp starts. Once we receive a cancellation, we contact all available phone numbers, leaving messages to contact us within a certain amount of time. If the first person is unavailable, we move on to the next family on the list.

How many adults are there to how many children?

We follow American Camp Association guidelines in maintaining a 2:12 ratio of staff to campers on camp at all times. In addition to this we make sure there is no time when campers are left unsupervised.

What happens if my child gets homesick?

Homesickness can be a challenge for some campers. We have several steps to work with it. In most cases we will simply encourage the camper to stay busy and think positively. Most times this works quite well. The camper starts to enjoy themself and make new friends.

What is a "stayover" and what do they do?

Our programs are designed in one-week sessions but because some campers have such a great time, they wish to stay for more. In these cases we give families the option of having their campers “stayover” for two or more weeks without being picked up. So they “stayover” from one session to the next. During this time they are given a day where they do laundry and relax a little. Campers choose which activities they’d like to do at a slower pace then a normal camp day. When the next session begins, they join right in and are well rested to begin another week of camp.

What happens if my child does not like the food?

We think our camp food is some of the best around. We encourage each camper to try what is being served but we don’t force them to eat. If campers don’t like what is being served, we provide options. At each meal there is a well-stocked salad bar and fresh fruit. At breakfast, a buffet with hot and cold cereal is available along with the hot entrée. Our staff is trained to watch what campers are eating. If a child is not eating a healthy amount, they will report the matter to the health care staff.

Who do I inform about my child's food allergies?

First, make sure you have listed all health concerns on our Health History form through ePACT. Then, at Check-In, you can personally discuss your campers specific health issues with camp health care personnel. They will ensure the information is communicated to the other departments at camp, including your child’s counselor.

What about bullying and teasing?

Whenever you have groups of children together, teasing and bullying can occur. We do everything we can to prevent this from happening. Our staff are trained in how to spot this behavior and put a stop to it. We have no tolerance for this type of behavior and a camper could be sent home for bullying or intimidating actions.

What COVID-19 safety procedures do you have in place?

Safety is Our Top Priority
We have learned so much about COVID-related modifications and program adjustments; and we are committed to providing safe and meaningful camp experiences this summer.

Please review our COVID-19 safety information below which was developed closely following CDC and State guidelines. Note that as CDC and State guidelines continue to change, our protocols are subject to change accordingly. We will continue to update our procedures based on any additional public health guidance changes, and we will let you know of those changes.

Here are our current safety measures:

What extra health and safety measures are you taking?
We have changed the physical layout within our facilities and the style of our programs to accommodate physical distancing.

  • Ohana Groups - resident camp cabins for overnight camp, and weekly groups for day camp - will have meals, and activities to the greatest extent possible, together as separate cohorts.
  • Materials, equipment, and spaces will be cleaned per CDC guidelines.
  • Where appropriate, cabin cohorts will receive program supplies and equipment that will not be used by others during the camp session.
  • The majority of activities will be enjoyed outdoors. When indoors, CDC and State guided physical distancing will be enforced, and windows will be utilized to increase air flow.
  • Campers and staff will wash and sanitize their hands between each activity and before and after each meal.
  • Campers and staff are required to wear masks at all times, except while eating, sleeping, bathing, or swimming.

How will you be screening campers and staff for COVID-19?.

Children and teens in our overnight programs will follow a process of pre-screening prior to arriving at camp, which includese a required, negative COVID test for all campers. Instructions on how to secure a COVID-19 test at no cost will be sent to registered campers.

All staff who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, will have weekly COVID-19 tests.

Any camper or staff member that exhibits symptoms will activate our Covid Response Plan, which will include isolation from our camp population until a negative test is confirmed or removal from camp if COVID-19 or other communicable illness is confirmed.

What is the mask policy at camp?
Campers and staff will be required to wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times, except when outdoors, or when they eat, sleep, bath, or swim. Windows and fans will be utilized in cabins to increase air flow. Please send an approved mask [gators, bandanas, and masks with valves are not allowed] for each day your camper will be in the program.

What is the cohort size during COVID-19?
Resident Camp Ohana Groups - one cabin each - are composed of up to 8 campers and 1-2 trained counselors. Day Camp Ohana Groups are composed of up to 12 campers and 1-2 trained counselors.

What will happen if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at camp?
If we are notified of exposure within an Ohana Group cohort, we will notify families of all affected group members and quarantine exposed campers where appropriate. We will assess the situation on a case-by-case basis and work with our local public health officials to take next steps.

Our priority is keeping our campers, families and staff safe. We will follow the latest protocol from the CDC, state and county, and make decisions accordingly.

What happens if my child gets sick while at camp?
Given the nature of COVID-19, we will send children showing symptoms of COVID-19 home. Our Camp Nurse and Medical Director always treat a child experiencing illness at camp very seriously. We work closely with our medical staff, as well as the camper’s parents and guardians to determine the best course of action for a camper who may need either further medical care, or to return home as the situation dictates.