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Published 06.03.20 3:30 pm

Summer Camp COVID-19 Updates

We are hoping to answer some of some common parent questions below in regards to how COVID-19 will affect summer camp this year.

This information will be regularly updated as more updates develop so make sure to check back periodically.

Last updated: 06/11/2020

Is summer day camp for 2020 still happening?

YES! At this time, we plan to operate our summer day camp programs as planned beginning in June 29th. There is no better place for kids to connect, make new friends, try new things, and discover their potential. We are following all CDC, local, state, and government guidance. We will continue to keep lines of communication open and transparent as summer approaches. One thing we know for sure: Kids will need camp more than ever.

Click here to register for summer camp at the Y

What is the Y doing to prioritize health and safety for my child at camp?

We hope you and your family are well and safe. These are extraordinary times that have moved us all to a new normal, and we know camp will look different this year. Like you, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak closely. As we approach the summer, we want to update you on our decision-making process and safety protocols moving forward. Here are some of the procedures we will institute for camp to keep our kids & teams safe:

  • Group Size: Group sizes will be limited and we will respect guidance regarding camp group ratios. Camp group, once determined, will remain together throughout camp and separated from other groups.  
  • Daily Screening: All campers will be temperature-checked, and we will ask parents a set of questions about their recent health each time they drop off at camp
  • Masks / Face Coverings: Staff will wear masks. Campers will be required to wear masks indoor and outdoor masks may not be necessary.
  • Swimming: Swimming will be available for our off-site outdoor and indoor pool.  We will continue to monitor the state and CDC recommendations and make any necessary modifications based on the guidance we receive from governing agencies.
  • Floor markings and signage: We will mark off safe distances throughout our buildings to help keep children appropriately spaced. Reminders for hand washing, social distancing, and safe sneezing will be posted throughout the facility. 
  • Hygiene: Scheduled hand washing breaks will be built into each group’s schedule. In addition to that, more hand sanitizer stations throughout the building for use.
  • Activities: Activities will be modified to limit physical contact. Equipment will be cleaned between uses and/or sufficient supplies will be provided for all campers to enjoy. We intend to keep camp fun and your campers can expect to enjoy many of the same favorite activities they have enjoyed in the past.
  • Field Trips: Following guidance from the CDC, we will NOT offer field trips this summer. We will be incorporating special programming on trip days.
  • Cleaning: Our whole team will be regularly cleaning to disinfect our facilities throughout the day & our facilities team will perform a deep-clean every night after closing.

Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy camp experience remains our top priority. In addition to the many steps we take every day to protect the health of our guests, campers, and staff, we are working closely with our YMCA Risk Management team to incorporate recommendations from local, state, and national agencies. We are also continuing to work closely with the American Camping Association (ACA) and other YMCA’s across the country.

We will be keeping parents updated on key decisions regarding changes to our programming and safety protocols. We will be adjusting protocols as required per CDC and Health department guidelines, so we ask in advance for your patience as processes change accordingly.

Can I register for summer camp?

Yes! We think after all we have been through these past few weeks kids will need camp more than ever. Click here to view all camp information and/or register now!

Where do I find specific summer camp information including dates, pricing, etc.?

Visit our Summer Camps Page Here and visit your specific YMCA’s camp page and view all information and register

What happens if my camp is canceled by the Y or a governing agency?

If your program is canceled by our Y or a governing agency at any time – here are your options:

  • Get a refund: Receive a refund of all deposits & payments.
  • Get a credit: Apply the funds you’ve paid to a future camp experience or program.  We will hold the session/program of your choice through September 1, 2021.
  • Give a Gift: Donate funds already paid or a portion of funds paid. We will be happy to provide a tax receipt for your thoughtful and generous gift.

If you withdraw your child and camp is not canceled, our standard cancellation policy will be in effect. You can find the cancellation policy in the camp registration packet for each specific camp. If you have questions regarding canceling please contact our camp directors. Click here

How can I receive the most up-to-date information about summer camp?

Continue to check your email for communication around summer camp and follow us on Facebook as we will post updates as they develop.

Please also always feel comfortable to reach out and contact us with any specific questions or concerns.