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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q: WHAT AGE DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP AT CAMP CULLEN?

A: Camp Cullen welcomes all campers ages 7-17. Campers 13-15 have the opportunity to participate in our Teen Adventure Camp while campers ages 15-17 can participate in our Teen Leadership Camp. Once a camper turns 18 they can apply to be a summer camp counselor with plenty of experience to back their applications.

Q: WHY CHOOSE CAMP CULLEN?

A: Camp Cullen has 40 years of traditions and a new facility that was completed in January 2013. We're all about building character through activities that run the gamut from ropes courses and horseback riding to swimming and canoeing.

Q: WHAT MAKES CAMP CULLEN DIFFERENT?

A: Campers tell us that Cullen is "their summer camp." It feels like home to them and they keep coming back year after year because of the friendships they make with other campers and the counselors who are wonderful role models. Everyone is welcome at Camp Cullen and as a Y camp, we teach core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

Q: HOW BIG IS CAMP?

A: Each of our 24 cabins can accommodate up to 13 campers and 2-3 counselors. We host more than 40 different activities on 530 acres nestled among the tall pines along the shores of Lake Livingston.

Q: WHAT IS THE RATIO OF STAFF TO CAMPERS?

A: At no time does our ratio exceed 10 campers to 1 counselor and sometimes falls to 5:1.

Q: WHAT IS THE HIRING PROCESS FOR YOUR COUNSELORS?

A: We carefully screen all of our applicants, who are at least 18 years old and have started college. They are dedicated to working with children. In addition to the interview, staff members must submit 3 reference checks, pass a drug screening, and pass a criminal background check. Before the summer starts, all staff members participate in a 2-week orientation/training which includes CPR, First Aid, and Childcare specific courses.

Q: ARE CAMPERS GROUPED BY AGE?

A: Yes, by age and gender. Cabins are single gender and campers are separated by no more than three years in age. During various camp activities and meal time, campers will have the opportunity to mingle with others of a different age group or gender; however, all campers are constantly supervised by Camp Cullen counselors.

Q: ARE THE BATHROOMS IN THE CABINS?

A: Yes. Each of our cabins has bathrooms and showers. In fact, our cabins were built by David Weekley Homes and even feature granite countertops. Please view our virtual tour online to view the many amenities we offer at www.ymcacampcullen.org/virtual-tour.

Q: CAN MY CHILD BE IN THE SAME CABIN WITH A FRIEND?

A: Absolutely, as long as they are the same gender and age. On your registration form, there's a place to note your cabin mate requests. Just put down the name of the other child and be certain the other parent lists your child as well.

Q: CAN I CALL OR VISIT MY CAMPER DURING CAMP?

A: We recommend giving your child the opportunity to enjoy camp without parental interruption. We encourage you to send your child letters, and staff is always available to speak with you about your camper. Simply call us at 936-594-2274

Q: WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS HOMESICK?

A: It may happen and if it does, please know that counselors are trained to deal with the issue. To avoid homesickness, we engage campers immediately when they arrive at camp. Counselors get kids involved in games and activities and every camper has a buddy in the cabin for the week.

Q: CAN I SEND A CARE PACKAGE TO MY CHILD?

A: Yes, care packages are welcome. Send the package directly to the Camp Cullen office and include your child's name and session number on the package. Please do not send food as that may cause a health issue for other campers in your child's cabin with dietary restrictions.

Q: WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD NOT BRING TO CAMP?

A: We "UNPLUG" at camp to get more connected with people; therefore, iPods, electronic games, and cellular phones are not allowed. Do not bring gum, firearms, matches, lighters, knives, tobacco products, valuable items, illegal drugs, money, fireworks, electric fans and aerosol cans to camp. Aerosol insect repellent is not allowed; we suggest lotion or repellent wipes.

Q: WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN?

A: Camp Cullen hosts more than 40 different activities for campers to enjoy. Just a few activity options include horseback riding, ropes course, archery, riflery, water sports, canoeing, waterslide, sand volleyball, swimming, and arts and crafts. Every week is a new adventure for campers as they can participate in new activities, sports, and games! Campers that are at least 10 years old can concentrate on Horsemanship or Water Sports Specialty Track. Each of these specialty tracks carries an additional $200 fee for the full track and $100 fee for half track.

Q: WHAT DOES A TYPICAL CAMPER DAY LOOK LIKE?

A: Each day includes an early rise, three full meals, three hours of land-based activities, three hours of aquatics-based activities. Each day concludes with an evening program complete with a reflection of the day's activities before bed. This structure can change based on specialty tracks selected. Click here to see a schedule breakdown of a typical camper day.

Q: WHAT IF MY CHILD TAKES MEDICATION?

A: No problem. Our Staff dispenses all medications including inhalers and our infirmary is ALWAYS open. Simply bring prescription medication to camp along with a physician's written order listing your child's name, dosage and medication times. Bring any necessary over-the-counter items such as vitamins, creams, lotions, etc. All items must be turned in at the Health Center at check-in with the camper's name labeled on each item. Medications and items must be in the original bottle. We stock most over-the-counter medications needed at camp. Please specify preferences or those you wish your child to avoid on the Health Section of the registration form. We will also accept further changes and instruction at check-in.

We strongly suggest that campers stay on regular daily medication during their time at camp.

Q: CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN WITH ADAPTIVE NEEDS?

A: We have some ability to serve campers with adaptive needs, but our scope is limited. If you have any questions about our ability to serve your camper’s needs, please contact the Camp Director at Andrew.hood@ymcahouston.org prior to registering your camper.

Q: CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE MY CHILD'S DIETARY NEEDS?

A: YES! Just let us know when you complete your registration by emailing our Camp Registrar and Relational Marketing Director, Kelly Reffett at kelly.reffett@ymcahouston.org.

Q: WHAT IS KAMP K'AANA?

A: Kamp K'aana introduces children to powerful, life-changing tools for healthy living while offering the fun of an overnight summer camp experience. Kamp K'aana provides a two-week program for kids ages 10-14 who are battling obesity. Partner organizations include Texas Children's Hospital, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center and Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, contact the camp office directly at 936-594-2274.

Q: WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS SICK?

A: We have a nurse on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have a nurse’s station located at the dining hall and an infirmary building for more serious illnesses.

Q: WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?

A: East Texas Medical Center of Trinity is less than 10 miles from camp.

Q: HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST?

A: The YMCA membership rate is $849 for each camp session. The non-member rate is $949. There is a $100 deposit due at the time of registration and payment installments can be made so long as the amount is paid in full two weeks prior to the start of camp.

Q: DO YOU OFFER A SIBLING DISCOUNT?

A: Yes, we offer a $50 discount per session, per sibling. The discount will be applied after registration.

Q: IS A YMCA MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR CAMP?

A: No, it is not necessary to be a Y member. Everyone is welcome at Camp Cullen. There are some cost savings as a benefit of membership. Y members save $100 per session of camp.

Q: IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO REGISTER?

A: A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot for camp.

Q: WE RECEIVED A YMCA GIFT CARD. CAN WE USE IT TO PURCHASE SESSION OF CAMP AT CAMP CULLEN?

A: Yes, however, YMCA gift cards must be redeemed at one of our centers in the Greater Houston area. The Welcome Center staff can assist you with registering for Camp Cullen and redeeming your gift card. Locations of centers can be found by visitingymcahouston.org. Other types of gift cards such as VISA or American Express may be redeemed when registering online.

Q: I WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER ONLINE. CAN I DO THAT? WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR DIFFICULTY WITH REGISTERING ONLINE?

A: Online registration is available now. Simply click on the tab at the top of the page marked "REGISTER". Direct any issues with registration to our Camp Registrar and Relational Marketing Director, Kelly Reffett at kelly.reffett@ymcahouston.org or call 936-594-2274.

Q: I JUST REGISTERED. NOW WHAT?

A: All additional forms for camp are available here. These include a General Liability Waiver, Equine (Horse) Waiver and Challenge Course Waiver. All of these forms must be completed and sent to camp for your child's registration to be complete.

Q: HOW MUCH MONEY IS SUGGESTED FOR THE CAMP STORE?

A: About $50 per week is recommended for camp items. No snacks or drinks are sold in the camp store. The camp store will also be open during Opening and Closing Days. Please do not send cash with your campers. Each child will be given a FREE camp T-shirt.

Q: ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CAMP?

A: Yes! Applications are available and processed through our Camp Registrar and Relational Marketing Director, Kelly Reffett at kelly.reffett@ymcahouston.org. The Y standard for scholarship processing is within two weeks of receipt of the entire application. The application packet must include the one page application, verification of income by your most recent tax return, and any other proof of income the family might have. We love to provide help and bring all kids to Camp Cullen!

Q: WHAT TIME IS CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT?

A: Check-in takes place on Sunday from 2-4 pm. Check-out is Saturday from 9-10 am followed immediately by Closing Ceremonies.

Q: WILL I NEED IDENTIFICATION TO CHECK OUT MY CAMPER?

A: YES! Staff will request a picture ID when you sign your child out.

Q: WHAT IS THE WEEKEND STAYOVER PROGRAM?

A: If your camper is staying for two consecutive weeks, they can stay at camp for the 'bridge' weekend to enjoy activities and a more relaxed schedule. The cost is $100.

Q: DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM CAMP? WHAT DOES THE BUS COST AND WHERE DOES IT PICK UP?

A: Buses pick up and drop off campers. 2017 locations are TBD. Children taking the bus to camp should already have had lunch before boarding. Cost is $25 each way. The cost is waived for full scholarship campers.

Q: WHAT SHOULD WE PACK FOR CAMP?

A: Please pack old clothing that's loose and comfortable for rugged sports, climbing and hiking through the woods and horseback riding. Each item must be clearly marked with your camper's name. Luggage should be compact and easy to carry. NOTE: There are no laundry services at YMCA Camp Cullen. Do not send clothing that is tight-fitting, low cut, revealing or featuring inappropriate imagery. Shorts and T-shirts fit our activities best.

Clothing

  • 2 Pair of closed toe shoes such as sneakers or athletic shoes
  • 1 Pair of sturdy closed toe shoes with a smooth sole (if camper wants to take part in horseback riding)
  • 1 Pair water shoes for the showers and the waterfront activities
  • 1 pair of jeans (required for horseback riding)
  • 2 swimsuits (Girls – one piece or Tankini only, NO BIKINIS ALLOWED)
  • 7-8 pairs of underwear
  • 7-8 t-shirts or blouses
  • 7-8 pairs of shorts
  • 7-8 pairs of socks
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Hat or Cap (protection from the sun)
  • 1 water bottle or canteen (heavy duty)

Bedding

  • 1 Sleeping bag or 2 single sheets and 1 light blanket
  • 1 Pillow
  • Laundry bag (old pillow case will work)
  • 1 Vinyl mattress cover for twin bed (optional)

Toiletries

  • Soap & Soap Dish
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Brush or Comb
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • 4-5 washcloths
  • 3-4 bath towels
  • 1-2 beach towels
  • 1 Flashlight with extra batteries (A MUST)

Optional

  • Insect Repellent (non-aerosol)
  • Paper, Pen, envelope and stamps
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen or Sun Block
I got to meet friends and do stuff I never get to do at home.

Dane P., 10