Parent's Guide to Sleepaway Camp

Frequently Asked Questions and Parent Tools 

Camp In Touch

You can access this on the top of any page on our website. This button allows you to make payments, get required forms, upload forms, update information and review your selections. You can login to your account day or night at your convenience.    

Additionally, this page is where you can purchase CampStamps and Photos. 

CampStamps - These allow you to send your camper e-mails while they are at camp. These are printed twice a day and handed out at lunch and dinner. Each CampStamp allows you to send 1 e-mail. 
 
10 CampStamps - $10
15 CampStamps - $15
20 CampStamps - $18
30 CampStamps - $20 
 
Camper Photos - Camper photos are uploaded daily each Session Monday through Friday. You are welcome to look through them at any time. You are welcome to order a print or digital download of photos from your child's session. Please Note: We try to capture an image of every camper each day, but this is not always possible due to the amount of activity happening all over camp. Parents can access photos from their camper's session until December 31st each year. 
 
4X6 Print - $2.49
Digital Download - $1.69

Camper Forms and Waivers

Starred forms are mandatory and allow us to provide for safety and the best care of your camper.  All forms must be returned two weeks prior to your child’s session so that we have time to review them and distribute to the various departments who will utilize them.  We receive 100's of forms and greatly appreciate your help in returning these forms on time. Please note that some of these forms are fillable without printing. All forms can be mailed or e-mailed back to us at cosbyforms@ymcabham.org or 2290 Paul Bear Bryant Rd, Alpine, AL 35014. 

Financial Assistance Form         

Allergy Form

Letter to my Counselor

 

*Please note forms are due two weeks prior to check in. There is a $35 late fee charged for forms that are turned in late. 

The Parent Handbook

This is a handy tool for first time campers and their families. You’ll find information about check in, check out, the health center, communication policies and more.     

Parent Handbook 

Camp Meals

The Dining Hall is a staple of the camp experience. At YMCA Camp Cosby we pride ourselves in having a fun, interactive and character building dining experience in a family atmosphere.

Seating – Campers sit at the same table as the other campers in their cabin and their counselors for each meal.

Family Style Meals – Meals are plated and set on the table for campers to pass, share and enjoy. This allows the campers to spend their time enjoying each other’s company instead of standing in line. Counselors eat each meal with their campers and enjoy meals as a time to talk and connect.

Salad Bar/Other Options – Each meal has many options. Along with the main dish a salad bar is offered. At breakfast salad bar consists of fruit, yogurt and granola. Lunch and Dinner salad bar consists of vegetables and salad fixings. No one goes hungry at Camp Cosby. If a camper cannot find something they enjoy their counselor will work with the kitchen to make sure everyone has something satisfying to eat. Please note: Dietary Restrictions and special meal needs must be communicated in advance on your camper application.

Kitchen Patrol “KP” – Each meal one camper from each cabin is on Kitchen Patrol. This is known around camp as “KP" and is a part of our character development at camp. This camper will be responsible for setting the table, asking the other campers if they are interested in more when a dish is emptied, taking that dish to the kitchen to be refilled, filling the water pitcher and taking items up to the dishwashing station at the end of the meal. Campers love being the KP because they get to have extra responsibilities and they get to take care of their cabin.

Consolidation – This is the time in the meal when we clean up the table. Each camper helps stack plates, clean up their area and take items to the dishwashing station.

Songs and Dancing – The Dining Hall is an area of great excitement at camp as well as a place to eat. After everyone has had their fill the Dining Hall will burst out in songs, chants and some of our favorite dances. Don’t worry if your camper doesn’t know the songs and dances yet because returning campers and counselors love to teach these to our new campers.

Sample Menu  

other documents

Other documents found on this page are for your convenience. Schedules and menus provided are samples and are subject to change.

Weekend Camp Schedule 

Daily Schedule 

Packing Check List

Rags and Leathers Program

Cancellation Policy

Came tuition MUST BE PAID in FULL prior to check-in (first day your of your camper’s session). The $150 deposit is totally non-refundable. If your camper becomes ill or injured and cannot attend camp, a physician’s statement will potentially allow a partial refund of any fees paid or the option of transferring your camper’s fees to another session in the current year or to the following camp season.    

YMCA Birmingham Camp Cosby reserves the right to cancel any program. Should such an event take place, all fees are refundable or transferable to the next available camp session. 

Ways to connect with Camp Cosby Year Round 

Click the links below to learn about our Family Days, Open Houses, Retreats and Outdoor Classroom Program. 

Cosby Retreats

Cosby's Outdoor Classroom  

Family Events

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