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Tri Y Camp Frequently Asked Questions

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Some common questions by our incoming campers and families:

What are the counselors like?

Our counselors, like our campers, come in all shapes and sizes. Usually about one third of our counselors have worked here for multiple years and about half are international. They come from all walks of life, have a variety of skills, and love camp (some are even former campers)! Every staff is background checked, goes through a full staff training, and is certified in CPR and First Aid.

What sort of housing do we stay in?

The Explorer campers stay in our lodges, which are nearest to the Camp Office. The lodges have central air conditioning, indoor plumbing, and bunk beds. They, also, have outlets and their very own fireside rooms relaxing.

Older campers (Trailblazers and HAC) graduate into cabins, which are a bit more rustic. Full of history and tradition, our cabins are decades old and kept up to date by our maintenance team. Cabins have air conditioning, 12-14 total beds, ceiling fans, and electrical outlets. We clean all cabins weekly and take preventive measures for bug control.

How many other campers will be in my cabin?

Typically there are about nine other campers in your cabin, but cabins can range from 6-14 campers.

What kind of other campers will I meet at camp?

Campers, like counselors, are difficult to describe in any one sentence. The typical camper has a lot of energy, wants to meet other campers, and is always looking to have fun. While many of our campers have been coming for many years, the majority of our campers are first-timers. Most campers start as strangers and end up as great friends by the time they leave.

What is the food like?

In a word- great! Our kitchen staff prides itself in creating delicious dishes and providing variety- you will never have a repeat meal in your week at camp! From tacos to pasta to sweet and sour chicken, our food comes from all over the world. We can accommodate virtually any dietary needs, always have our salad bar available at lunch and dinner, and a cereal and oatmeal station at breakfast. There is always enough food to go around and we eat family style.

How do I get a hold of my parents at camp?

With the exception of emergencies and sickness, campers rarely talk to parents throughout the week. We seek to help campers emotionally develop and our staff are trained to work through tough emotional times.

If necessary, a Triangle Y Ranch senior staff will always be the first to call parents and work with parents to determine the next course of action. We do, however, encourage families to send packages, emails, and letters. All campers are given the opportunity to write letters home.

What is the weather like?

In June it remains dry with clear skies and no humidity. Days are typically in the mid-to-upper-90’s and nights are in the mid-70’s. Early to mid-July is when monsoon season starts here. It is very similar weather to June, except there is a chance of pop-up storms many of the days.

Regardless of the date, there will always be water available all around camp.

Should I bring my phone?

No. It won’t make calls, receive data, and the wifi is unavailable. Bringing a phone puts you at risk of somehow losing or breaking it. We have an on-site photographer, so don’t worry about pictures being available.

Can I request a cabinmate?

Absolutely. Most people request their cabinmates upon registration. If you’d like to request a cabinmate and haven’t done so, please call the camp office at least a week before your camp session begins. Limit of 2 cabinmate requests per camper.

When is payment due?

A $100 deposit is due upon registration. The remainder of the payment is due at or before registration.

Is financial aid or scholarships available?

Yes! See our Scholarship page here.

When and where is registration and pickup?

Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up campers during registration and check-out. All are encouraged to meet the staff and tour the facilities. Registration occurs at our Conference Room (next to the Office) on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm.

You may show up at 3:50 to pick up your camper. All camper medication and leftover camp store credit can be picked up at the Dining Hall.

How do I get to camp?

Map and directions to Triangle Y Ranch Camp

Is there a transportation service?

Yes! For $25/each way campers can take a bus to and from the Jacobs YMCA on Sunday and Friday (mini-campers go to Jacobs YMCA on Wednesday). Bus registration can take place online and please call the office for more details.

How do I know what activities I will do?

All campers will go to the Dining Hall during registration to choose their top activity preferences. By Monday at breakfast all campers will have their own personalized schedule. We do everything we can to make sure all campers get most of their top choices and consider medical conditions in placement.

Do some activities require me to bring supplies?

Nope! We have everything here that you would need for any activity, but feel free to bring your own sports equipment, costumes, and any other fun items that you might want!

Packing List

The following list is a time-tested checklist of the vital items you should bring to camp:
DO NOT BRING any valuables, cell phones, snacks, or important electronics.Triangle Y Ranch is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items brought to camp.

  • Sleeping bag or twin sheets and blankets
  • 2 towels
  • Pillow and case
  • Washcloth
  • Laundry bag or old pillow case
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Pair of walking shoes or sneakers
  • Pair of shower sandals
  • Deck of cards, pen/paper, reading book, etc.
  • Flashlight
  • Pair of hiking boots (optional)
  • Jeans or long pants (that can get dirty)
  • Musical instrument (optional)
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts
  • 6-7 t-shirts
  • Backpack (optional)
  • 6-7 pairs of underwear
  • 6-7 pairs of socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle