YMCA Camp Kitaki

Halloween Days

Halloween Days

Age: 
7-14
Length of Program: 
1 Day

Halloween Days:  Bring your costume for a silly spooky good time at YMCA Camp Kitaki!  Halloween Days are youth day camps with your favorite Halloween activities.  During the day, campers will explore camp with a small group of peers while playing Halloween themed games, enjoying a picnic lunch, carving their own pumpkin, and so much more!  Then it's time to jump into costumes for a costume dance party followed by a cookout dinner around the campfire ('smores included!).  As the sun goes down it's time to explore the spookier parts of camp with our haunted trail and spooky Western Town!  Our goal is to have fun and not scare the wits out of anyone.   

Safety:  As always, safety is our number one concern here at Kitaki. Here are a few of our protocols designed to limit the risk of exposure to our participants and staff:

  • All campers and staff will wear a mask whenever indoors and whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.  More information on masks is provided below.
  • Groups will spend time almost exclusively outdoors. 
  • Limited overall number of campers, and campers will be grouped into coed activity groups of 10 campers or less.
  • Each group and their corresponding staff will be treated as a distinct cohort to minimize possibility of exposure between groups.
  • Sanitation of program equipment before and after each individual use.  
  • Health screening during check in.

Days and Times:  Halloween Days are currently being offered the following dates.  Check in between 10-10:30 AM each day and check out is at 9 PM.  Sessions close when full.  

  • Saturday October 10th
  • Friday October 16th (Some school districts have this day off, check your calendars!)
  • Saturday October 17th
  • Saturday October 24th

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Highlights
Highlights
  • Get outside and celebrate Halloween!
  • Campers will come home tired after a day spent shooting archery, carving pumpkins, and running around camp! 
  • Meet new friends, share inside jokes, and create memories that will last a lifetime! 
  • Kitak will provide a picnic lunch, an afternoon snack, and a cook out dinner. 
  • Connect with our professional, college-aged staff, chosen for their zany, fun-loving personalities, their caring hearts, and their good judgement. Staff of Halloween Days are well-trained, college-aged leaders of Kitaki who have worked at least one full summer of overnight camp with us.
  • Each group will also have two teen helpers from our Senior Kitaki Kids (SK) program. In addition to their role as rockstar near-peer mentors, SKs will assist with sanitation. 
Goals
Goals

One of the most impactful features of a camp experience is bringing groups of kids from different communities together and watching them bond through shared experiences. Our goal is to continue this tradition in a safety-conscious, responsible way.

Halloween Days campers will:

  • Pack a ton of fun into a short stretch of time.
  • Spend time out in nature getting to just be a kid. 
  • Strengthen their network of support through connections with fellow campers and positive adult role models. 
  • Practice social distancing and mask guidelines that will need to be a part of their life during the school year.
The Schedule
The Schedule

10:00-10:30 Check in begins
10:30-10:45 Opening Ceremony
11:00-12:00 Activity rotations (archery, pumpkin carving, games, hikes, etc.)
12:00-12:30 Picnic Lunch (Kitaki provides)
12:30-1:00 Chill Choice Time (climbing, hammock time, shelter building, etc.)
1:00-3:00 Activity rotations
3:00-3:15 Snack
3:15-4:15 Activity rotations
4:15-4:30 Costume dance Prep
4:30-5:30 Costume Dance Party
5:30-6:30 Cookout dinner (Kitaki provides)
6:30-8:30 Spooky silly fun at our haunted trail and Western town!
9:00 Checkout

What to Bring
What to Bring

Campers are asked to bring:

  • Face mask
  • Halloween Costume (simple to change into and out of for the Costume Dance!) 
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray 
  • Sturdy close-toed, close-heeled (tennis) shoes 
  • A backpack to hold everything!
Weather
Weather

Campers should come prepared to be outside for the day, whatever the weather conditions.

If we have a few rain showers throughout the day predicted, we will continue to run programming and modify to covered outdoor spaces as needed for camper comfort and safety. 

Should the forecast call for significant storms and a decision be made to cancel for the day, camp administrative staff will notifiy registered families by 4p on the day prior to arrival. If an event is canceled, a full refund will be offered. 

In the event of sudden severe weather, each group will have access to a separate room in the basement of our Dining Hall. 

Dietary Needs
Dietary Needs

Halloween Day campers will enjoy a picnic lunch, afternoon snack, and cookout dinner throughout the day. We are able to accommodate most dietary needs if given advanced notice.

Kitaki is a nut-aware facility. Nothing served from our kitchen contains peanuts or tree nuts. 

Please notify camp staff if your camper has a food allergy or other dietary need either via email (campkitaki@ymcalincoln.org) or by calling our office at 402.434.9222.

Masks
Masks

Because camp brings groups of kids from different communities together, we recognize the importance of minimizing risk in the COVID-19 era. Campers and staff are asked to bring and wear masks during certain times of the day to help us minimize that risk. Below you will find some examples of times when campers and staff will wear masks, and times when they will be able to take a break from mask wearing.

Mask On Examples:

Check In and Check Out.

Transitions between activities.

Times where distancing is not easy to maintain, such as a counselor helping a camper with a skinned knee or campers building a shelter together.

Restroom breaks.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Mask Off Examples:

Lounging and talking in their Hangout Zone (shady, comfy outdoor seating we've arragned for each group spaced 6' apart).

Campers are at a program area, for example at their individual table while carving a pumpkin.

Meal times (eaten in the group's Hangout Zone). 

If you have questions about our mask policy, please call our office at 402.434.9222.