Thanks for choosing Camp Voyager & YLI Camps. We are beyond excited to spend a week with your child. Camp Voyager is often a transformational experience for campers, and we work hard to create a fun, challenging, safe learning environment for every camper who stays with us. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us.
Below, we've included everything you need to know before camp.
YLI Camps Team
Contact & Directions
YLI Camps Headquarters
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671
Take SC-183 for 18 miles. When SC-183 ends, turn left onto Jewell St. Drive 2 miles, turn right onto Shady Grove Rd. Drive 2 miles, destination is on your left. Sign says "Youth Learning Institute".
Arrival and Departure
Arrival is 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Campers cannot be received before check in, as staff will be preparing for camp and will be unable to supervise campers.
Awards ceremony begins on Friday at 10:00 a.m., with departure immediately following. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Please call if you will be late for check out on the last day.
Menus for the week have been approved by a registered dietician and are designed to provide a balanced and nutritious diet. Please note on the Health and Medical Form if your child has any food allergies or other food related issues. Please do not send food with your child. Every camper will receive two snacks each day.
Writing letters to your child is a fantastic idea. Campers love getting mail and feel left out when others receive mail and their name is not called. It would be a good idea to write your child and mail it before they leave home on Friday or Saturday, so it will reach the camp before he/she leaves. Alternatively, you can leave mail with the camp staff at check in. Please do not send care packages that include food items.
Attn: [CAMPER NAME]
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671
Campers must be able to both function independently and as part of a group. They must be able to comprehend and follow basic instructions, have an understanding of natural hazards (for example: roads, lakes and heights) and be able to change clothes and use restroom facilities without assistance. During online registration, parents are required to agree to the Code of Conduct, in which behavioral standards are outlined, and affirm that they have communicated expectations to their campers. Campers who continue to display problem behavior will be removed from the camp without a refund.
Health & Safety
All campers are required to follow the safety measures set out by our staff and counselor team. We have an impeccable safety record based on decades of experience and rigorous training.
All medications must be given to the health officer upon arrival at camp. The health officer will be responsible for properly administering the medicine on a daily basis, as directed by a physician or parent. All prescription drugs are kept under lock and key. (Exceptions may be made for inhalers or Epi-pens.)
If your child has allergies, please indicate them on the Health and Medical Form and let the counselor know. We regularly accommodate children with food and other allergies.
All campers are screened upon arrival at camp for good health prior to admission. We ask that no camper come to camp ill or with any contagious condition. We reserve the right to send your camper home if they become ill, develop any contagious condition (such as pink eye or head lice) or if they are unable to participate in the major activities of camp. If your camper cannot remain at camp due to health reasons, you will not receive a refund of camp fees.
Parents can help their child adjust to camp by letting them know that they expect them to have fun at camp. They can also encourage them to meet new friends and learn new things. It is best not to promise a camper that they can come home if they do not like camp. We also discourage campers from making or receiving calls from home, especially if homesick. We have found that calls from home make the adjustment to camp more difficult. Our staff works hard to help campers adjust to camp by making sure they are involved in team building and fun activities. If an emergency situation arises at home, we ask that you contact the camp director.
General Safety Precautions
- First-Aid and CPR certified staff are present at camp 24 hours per day.
- When operating camp, we send a letter to local EMS/Fire Departments with our week's itinerary.
- We arranged with local EMS to provide care and transportation when needed.
- A local physician is on-call 24 hours per day.
Campers receive a high amount of small group interaction and personal attention from camp staff and instructors. The counselors have been chosen for their dedication and their ability to work with young people.
- All camp staff are employed by Clemson University and have undergone an extensive background check.
- The ratio of campers to staff is 8:1.
- Staff undergoes extensive pre-camp training.
- Counselors supervise campers 24 hours per day.
- Staff are assigned activity groups during the day and dorm groups during the evening and nighttime.
- Nighttime dorm groups may consist of up to two rooms per counselor.
- American Camping Association standards for certified lifeguards are met during all swim times.
- Life jackets are required for those in a canoe, kayak, boat or tube. Life jackets are provided.
Each camp has limited medical insurance on every camper for accidents and illnesses that occur during camp. Pre-existing illness and eyeglass/contact replacement are not covered. Camp is not responsible for eyeglasses or contacts that are lost or broken at camp.
If a camper suffers an injury or illness that requires a trip to the hospital, the parent or guardian will be notified as quickly as possible.
Not all activities are available to all campers, as some activities have age and/or size restrictions. These activities are subject to change, depending on weather, staff availability or acts of third parties beyond our control.
Assigning of Groups
Activity groups are assigned according to the child’s age, so they will be with other campers close to their own age. The group and their counselor will do activities together all week. Groups are assigned according to sex and age. Room requests can be made during online registration. Campers must be within a year of age to room together. Roommates are not guaranteed.
Each summer, parents ask what their child will need this summer at camp. We've created a list of necessary items so your child is prepared. We suggest that you help your child pack his/her suitcase so they will know what was packed and will be better able to repack for home. Let your child make some decisions on what to bring. We recommend that they bring only one suitcase and one bedroll, and they do not bring new clothes for camp. If possible, label belongings with your child’s name, as we will not be responsible for lost clothing or other personal items.
Items to Bring
- Sheets/blanket or sleeping bag (single bed)
- Towels/washcloths (3)
- Toiletry items
- Water bottle
- Bug spray/lotion
- Tennis shoes (2 pair)
- Water shoes (flip flops, sport sandals, etc.)
- Modest swimsuits (2)
- 5-8 sets of clothes
- Rain jacket
- Inexpensive camera (optional)
- Musical instrument (optional)
Items to Leave Behind
For the safety of campers and staff, we have a no-tolerance policy for these items.
- Tobacco products
- Weapons or knives
- Food, candy, gum & other snacks
- Cell phones
- iPod’s, tablets, radios, handheld games or other media
- Money (There will be no need to bring any money to camp for canteen or t-shirts. Every camper will receive two snacks each day and a t-shirt for the week.)
We offer full refunds, minus your $100 deposit, until three weeks before the program begins. We will not issue refunds for any reason within the two weeks prior to camp. This policy exists because we must purchase supplies, shirts, food and materials for your child in the weeks leading up to camp. This policy is strictly enforced.
We understand that things change and you may need to transfer your child from one week to another, so we make every effort to accommodate those requests. There is a $40 transfer fee for each session transferred.
All forms & payment are due two weeks before the start of camp. After registration, your forms are available in the YLI Camps Parent Login.
If you signed up for multiple camps, you only need to fill out the Camp Health Form and Medical Statement once.