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Payments and Fee Assistance

We are committed to partnering with parents to help all campers grow in spirit, mind, body, and friendship.

Payment Plans

Each camp week is reserved with a deposit of $100 for summer 2020. In addition, camp needs to be paid in full one month (four weeks) prior to your registered camp week.  We can work with you to set up an automated payment plan using automatic payments with MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

Payments will be broken down and paid on the first business day of each month with camp paid in full at least one month prior to your camper’s arrival.

  • Weeks 1-4: Last automatic payment on May 1
  • Weeks 5-8: Last automatic payment on June 1
  • Week 9: Last automatic payment on July 1

Scholarships & Fee Reductions

Note: Scholarships and Fee Reductions apply only to week-long summer overnight camps and may be limited.

Community Exchange

Complete five hours of community service and receive $25 off your camp fees. You can volunteer up to 20 hours for $100 off. Click here!.

Deadline: April 15 for Community Exchange Form Below

Camp Director's Scholarship

Upon completion of 20 hours of community service (see above), Eli awards up to $50 based on your essay response to: “What are your special circumstances that make you in need of an additional scholarship for camp?” Email response to ce@myycamp.org. Funds are limited, first come first served.

Income-Based Sliding Scale Scholarships

We offer income-based sliding scale scholarships. These scholarships are based on your family’s income and funds are limited. For an application, click here.

Additional Fee Reductions

Multi-Week: $75 off each additional week after first week registered. $50 for second family member (in same household) and $75 for third and additional family members (in same household).

Cancellation Policy

2020 YMCA Camp Ernst Cancellation policy April 7, 2020

Due to the financial strain the COVID-19 crisis has placed on our camp families, our normal cancellation policy and payment schedule has been waived this year.

2020 Summer camp policy:

If Camp cancels the session (due to recommendations by the CDC and local health authorities):

a.  Camp families can choose to donate all or a portion of their camp fees to Camp Ernst. Donations help with the ongoing horse/property care as well as preparation work for summer which has already occurred (suggested donation: $100 per camper), OR

b.  Camp families can choose to roll their 2020 payments over to summer 2021, OR

c.  Camp families feeling the financial strain are eligible for a full refund, OR

d.  Some combination of donation/rollover/refund.

If a family wishes to cancel the session:

a.  Full refunds will be offered up to two weeks before the camp session is scheduled to begin. Please make the request in writing by emailing ce@myycamp.org. Families are asked to consider donating a portion of their fees to Camp Ernst to help with the ongoing horse/property care as well as preparation work for summer which has already occurred.

We are grateful for all of our camp families and their trust and loyalty over many years. If you have to cancel and request a refund due to your family’s circumstances, we understand and hope you will consider joining us again in the future!

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