2019 Pool Membership

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Mission Statement

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah (CKBY) is an urban forest in the heart of Lynchburg, Virginia, offering outdoor access and environmental education to the surrounding community. Founded in 1950 by Bev Cosby, CKBY’s mission is to serve emerging social needs through the process of engaging children, families and our community in meaningful outdoor experiences.

Summer Camp is our largest program spanning 8 weeks of summer. CKBY also offers a pool membership for families from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and unique environmental education programs throughout the academic year for schools in Lynchburg City and the surrounding area. Programs are designed for and cater to individual school’s goals and grade level. 

The Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Family Pool Program follows the mission of the camp and is open and welcoming to all. It is a place where people from different backgrounds can learn from one another and come together in the spirit of recreation and friendship. 


Membership Fees

$290 Individual

$330 Couple (no children)

$395 Family (per household)


2019 Pool Schedule

The pool will be open from Saturday, May 26th through Monday, September 3rd, 2018 with qualified lifeguards on duty at all times.  The pool will open at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until June 1st when Lynchburg City Schools close for the summer. The 4:00-8:00 p.m. schedule will resume when LCS classes begin August 15, 2018.  Following is the 2018 schedule:

May 25th-Jun 2nd

Memorial Day May 27
10:00am - 8:00pm

4:00pm - 8:00pm

10:00am - 8:00pm

1:00pm - 8:00pm      

Jun 3rd-Aug 13th

2:00pm - 8:00pm

10:00am - 8:00pm

1:00pm - 8:00pm

Aug 14th-Sep 2nd

4:00pm - 8:00pm

10:00am - 8:00pm

1:00pm - 8:00pm

Labor Day September 2
10:00am - 8:00pm


Out of Town Memberships

Out of Town memberships may be extended for out-of-town guests. Contact the Camp Office (434) 384-1755 or the Pool Manager for details. 


General Policies and Procedures

Family Membership includes the members of one household. You may add a frequent guest fee if you wish to add additional users outside of your household. Please see guest policy below.

Each person is asked to sign a daily registration sheet when entering the pool, noting the date and time of day.  Use a separate line for each individual, including young children.  This is helpful and important in administration of the pool program and in keeping track of the number of persons using the pool each day. 

All tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Restrooms are available in the bath house facility adjoining the pool.  There are no locker facilities or attendants at the bath house.  Swimmers are responsible for their own belongings.  No valuables should be brought to the pool or grounds.  All members are expected to help care for the facilities and to assist in maintaining utmost cleanliness and order at all times. 

Children under twelve years old must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult also dressed for swimming.  Lifeguards are not able to serve as babysitters.   

Everyone is asked to make an effort to keep the pool, grounds and bath house clean and attractive at all times.  Place all trash in cans located at both gate entrances.  No food or drinks are to be brought within the enclosed pool area.  Please enjoy meals using the picnic tables outside of the fenced pool area.  Please see that all towels and personal items are gathered up when leaving.  All members are requested to take the little extra effort to keep the grounds beautiful.  Any articles left at the pool, on the grounds or in the bath house will be deposited daily in a “Lost and Found” box.  

Lifeguards will have full responsibility and authority to ensure the safety and welfare of all swimmers.  For example, each time thunder is heard, the pool complex will be closed by the lifeguards for a full 30 minutes.  If no more thunder is heard the pool will reopen after the 30 minute wait.  Anyone showing disregard for the safety of others, lack of consideration for others’ enjoyment of the pool, or failure to abide by the regulations set forth by the Camp Kum-Ba-Yah pool program will result  in a cancellation of pool membership, without refund.  

Guests are welcome to swim only when accompanying regular pool member participants, $10.00 per person, per day, payable in full to the Lifeguard upon arrival.  All must be bona fide guests previously invited by a regular member.  Credit cannot be extended for guest payments.  Each guest will also register at time of payment, with names immediately following their hosts.



A pool member may hold a small party (10 children or fewer) at the pool (i.e. a birthday party) so long as the following criteria are met:

  1. The time and date is scheduled with the office. Scheduling is on a first come first served basis. Guards on duty are not able to schedule parties.

  2. Parent supervision of children and guests is required for individuals under the age of 12.

  3. The pool will remain open to regular members throughout the duration of the party.

Party Fees:
$100 flat fee for members; $150 for non-members
$5 guest fee per child exceeding 10 children
$0 guest fee for supervising parents 

Swimming Lessons may be scheduled if sufficient interest and qualified staff are available.  Staff and scheduling information will be made available to all pool members interested in lessons. Please call the office to inquire. 

General Rules

Lifeguards have discretion to stop any activity not specifically mentioned in these rules that they determine to be unsafe.


  2. Diapers: any child in diapers must wear a swim diaper.

  3. Changing tables are available in bath house. Please do not change diapers on the pool deck or picnic tables.

  4. No flips from the side of pool.

  5. No pushing or rough horseplay, swearing or other offensive behavior.

  6. No riding or standing on shoulders (e.g. chicken fights).

  7. No skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles.

  8. No glass bottles or containers allowed in on or near pool deck.

  9. Small snacks are allowed on the pool deck away from pool. Please enjoy meals using the picnic tables outside of the fenced pool area.

  10. No tobacco use of any kind is permitted anywhere on the Camp Kum-Ba-Yah or Church of the Covenant grounds. Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited.

  11. Please check in with a lifeguard upon arrival.


Parental Supervision:

  1. Any children under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian present while at the pool.

  2. Guardians must be at least 16 years of age.

  3. Children who have not passed the swimming test must closely be monitored by a parent or guardian at all times regardless of age.


Floatation Devices and Access to the Deep End:

  1. Floatation devices (other than large rafts) may be used in the pool, however, there may be no floatation devices present in the deep end when patrons are using the diving boards.

  2. Young or inexperienced swimmers must be able to swim the width of the pool twice without touching the bottom to use the diving well. Children who have not passed the swim test may go into the deep end when supervised by a parent or guardian.


Diving Board:

  1. One person on the board at a time

  2. Only one bounce on the board

  3. Jump/dive straight out only

  4. No hanging or sitting on the board

  5. All divers must pass the swim test or have adult supervision; however, the lifeguard may determine whether it is unsafe for a particular child to use the diving board.

  6. No flotation devices may be used when jumping/diving off the diving board (including water wings or floatation swimsuits; diving masks strongly discouraged)


Weather Closure

  1. Thunder: if the guards hear thunder the swimming pool will be cleared and all patrons must remain away from the edge of the water for 30 minutes

  2. Lightning: if the guards see lightning they are required to clear the pool and deck. Guards and patrons must leave the area until lightning and storm conditions subside. It is unsafe to remain in the churchyard.

  3. Closure: If weather has prevented swimming and it appears likely that the storm will continue, the pool will be closed. Lifeguards on duty will use discretion in reopening pools barring persistent inclement weather.


Guest Policy

  1. The fee for a guest is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child (ages 12 and younger). Please record the guests name in the sign in book.

  2. Family visiting from out of town may attend as guests

  3. Frequent guests may be added to your membership at an additional cost of $50/person.


Please call the Camp Office at 384-1755 for pool membership, reserving the pool for private use or any membership concerns.