Travel & Service Programs > Enrollment
Participants who are finishing the 9th and 10th grade are eligible to apply for the Travel and Service Programs. Applications for summer 2017 are due October 16, 2016:
Eligible participants and their families are mailed information packets about the Travel and Service Programs with instructions on how to apply. If you didn't get your packet, contact us at 413-623-8991.
October 16, 2016
TSP application materials must be completed online. This includes initial registration through your account, one TSP Camper Application (found on your online account under the 'Incomplete Tasks' section), two digital references, and a $500 deposit. If you are applying for Financial Aid, those applications are due at this time.
December 1, 2016
TSP applicants are notified via email of their status in the program. If accepted into ICEP, participants will also be emailed a copy of our "Destination Descriptions" and given access to the online "ICEP Preference Form" to rank their top four program choices.
January 8, 2017
ICEP Preference Forms are due.
January 23, 2017
ICEP placements are sent via email.
Is my deposit refundable or transferable?
Your $500 TSP deposit is fully refundable or transferable to another BCCYMCA program up until you sign the TSP agreement form in December locking your space in the program. Once your agreement is signed, your deposit is no longer refundable or transferable.
When will the dates be posted for the ICEP programs?
ICEP dates will be set in December. ICEP participants will be emailed the Trip Destination Description packet in December, which will list the program dates. At this time, you will be asked to rank your top 4 ICEP destinations. The previous summer’s ICEP dates are currently on the TSP website. We expect (but do not guarantee) a very similar schedule for next summer.
What if I have scheduling conflicts with some of the programs?
When ranking your ICEP preferences in December, it’s very important to only list programs that you can fully attend. If you have a date conflict, please note this on your form and we are happy to accommodate. For participants applying to domestic programs, it is also important for you to note on your application if you have a date conflict with one of the sessions.
If I apply for a domestic program (YAS/TLS), is it possible that I will be placed into ICEP or vice versa?
On your TSP Application, you are asked to rank your program choices out of YAS, TLS, and ICEP. If selected into TSP, you would be placed into your first choice program. The only exception would be if a program does not have enough room, in which case we would call you to confirm your second choice program before sending you a placement.
Can I be guaranteed placement with my friend?
No – due to our small group sizes, we do not take requests for friends to be placed together on a program.
Can you guarantee my first choice ICEP program if it's the only one I want to do?
It is important that you are willing to go to any of the 4 program choices you select on your ICEP preference form in December. About 80% of our participants will receive their 1st or 2nd choice program, but it is not a guarantee.
If I am not accepted into TSP, can I go back to overnight camp?
Yes – the camps hold a certain number of spaces for participants who have completed 9th grade who are not accepted into TSP and want to return to camp. This is not a guarantee however, and it’s important that you reach out to the camp's registrar (Yana DeLuca at Chimney Corners Camp and Aline Ferris at Camp Becket) to secure a spot.
Where can I learn more about the programs?
Our Programs tab has a lot of information about our trips. We also recommend that applicants read through the Daily Reports of past trips and view our photo galleries. You are also welcome to call us at 413-623-8991.