Helsinki YMCA has been organising camps at the Pelli Camp Centre for 50 years now! There are a wealth of activities during the camps: Playing outdoors and indoors, playing sports, going to the sauna, doing crafts, drawing, games etc. The action takes place with the whole group, by group, or in pairs, depending on the situation and activity. The indoor facilities include the main building as well as a side building and outdoors – there is for example a barn and a shed. Dining takes place in a canteen located in the main building. During the camps, camp moods are updated on Facebook to the ‘Hnmky Pellin leirikeskus’ page.
The camp can accommodate 40 campers. In addition to camp goods and clothes, bring a brisk camp mood! The camps are specifically aimed at children and young people from the metropolitan area.
Please note that there are no additional assistant resources allocated to the camp. If the camper has his or her own assistant, you should contact the organiser by email in advance.
The camp has an average of eight professional instructors. Half of them are youth workers of Helsinki YMCA, and half educated young confirmed volunteers (aged 15 to 19 years)
Pelli camp centre is located in Karjalohja, on the shore of Lohjanjärvi, about 70 km from Helsinki. It takes just over an hour by bus to reach the camp centre and joint transfers depart from Kaisaniemi in Helsinki. In the camps, activities are organised both indoors in the main building and in the side building, in various outbuildings and outdoors.
In summer camps, accommodation takes place in tents, in the courtyard area of the camp centre. You can take your own tent with you, for example with a friend. If you don’t have a tent, you can loan one from Helsinki YMCA! If you require a tent it can be reported in advance to the camp instructor in charge, whose contact details you will find in the camp letter. On the cold nights of early summer, accommodation can be indoors, if necessary. The decision on the possible indoor accommodation will be made by instructors on site. Toilets and washing facilities are located in the main and side buildings. In addition, a beach sauna is used.
At other times of the year, as well as in the separately mentioned camps, campers stay inside, in the main building in four-bed rooms. In these cases you will need your own sheets.
At the camp, breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack are provided. The meals take place in the canteen located in the main building and the tasty camp food is prepared in the camp centre’s own kitchen. On the camps in Pelli, treats can be purchased at the camp kiosk once a day.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CAMP FEE?
You can ask for financial support primarily from your municipality's social services.
Before the camp, a letter is sent to the campers telling them everything they need to know about the camp, a camp supply list is also provided to help with packing. There will also be a camp questionnaire to be returned when arriving at the camp. Camp letters are sent about two weeks before the camp.
A camp-specific equipment list will be sent to participants in connection with the camp letter around two weeks before the camp. Remember to name all the equipment and clothes that are brought to the camp! Campers and parents should pack the equipment together so the camper knows what they have with them. You can ask for missing items from the office in accordance with the dates stated in the camp letter.
REGISTRATIONS AND INQUIRIES
Registration for the camps is electronic and registration is in principle binding. Food restrictions and health information will be requested upon registration. At the same time, please notify counselors of matters requiring special attention or other matters they should be aware of. Such are e.g. illnesses, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, etc. that may affect the camp program and the safety of campers. For safety reasons, the participation of a camper who has special needs or needs an assistant in everyday life must be agreed with the organizer in advance before registration.
More information about the camp can be obtained from the camp office by email. In the camp letter you will find the information of the responsible instructor of the camp and the camp phone number used in the camp. Please note that camp workers are less likely to respond to email inquiries during summer camps and vacations, so please get in touch in advance.
The camp invoice will be sent by e-mail upon registration. The payment period for the invoice is two weeks, after which we will send you a reminder of the invoice. After this, the payment note and collection will be handled by Visma. NOTE! Failure to pay the bill does not mean cancellation of the camp, but the camp must be canceled by e-mail (leirit (a) hnmky.fi). You can extend the payment period by contacting the biller.
You may cancel a paid camp free of charge until the date given at the time of registration. In the event of subsequent cancellations, the camp fee will only be refunded against a medical certificate. Failure to pay the invoice is not sufficient for cancellation.