Frequently Asked Questions about YMCA Youth Empowerment programs

Do YMCA staff have police checks?

We take child protection very seriously and we are an experienced provider of camps, activity days and leadership opportunities for children and young people. Our camps are run by qualified and experienced staff.

We require all staff and volunteers to have National Criminal History Record Checks and DCSI Child Safe Clearances and the relevenat training to ensure a positive and safe environment for all involved. Staff complete Child Safe Environments training and CPR training as a minimum requirement. There will be first aid qualified staff on site at all times. 

YMCA South Australia is accredited with the Australian Childhood Foundation as a child safe organisation. 



Both camps are open to 13 year olds - which one should 13 year olds attend?

It's up to you. As a general rule, the 8-13yo camp is aimed at primary school students and the 13-16yo camp is aimed at secondary students. 


What happens to lost property?

Any lost property will be kept for 2 weeks after a camp or program finishes. If you have lost something, please contact YMCA.


How do I pay for the camp, program or activity?

Once you have registered for the program or activity, you will receive an email with bank details. You can pay via direct deposit or over the phone with your credit card.


Can I be invoiced?

If a Government Department or Local Council is paying for the camp, we can send an invoice. Please note this will attract a processing fee. please get in touch with YMCA Youth Empowerment staff to organise this


Can I use my NDIS plan to pay for the camp, program or activity?

You might be able to use your NDIS plan for some YMCA activities (or parts there of). Please get in touch with YMCA Youth Empowerment staff to discuss this.


What are the YMCA: Participant ratios for an activity?

It depends on the activity, the location and the age of the participants. Generally this will range from 1:7 to 1:15. Everyone's safety is our main priority.

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