Day Camp Health and Safety

Our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, their families, our staff and the community. We are working closely with local health officials, the American Camp Association and the CDC to ensure all recommended safety measures are met.

While the COVID-19 virus is challenging us to make camp look different this year, you’ll find the same high-quality camp experience you’ve come to expect from the Y.

Since 1882, our camps have inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships, and we vow to continue that tradition in 2020!

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Safety Measures

Our day camp operations will meet or exceed the required standards set forth by local and national experts to ensure a safe experience, including:

  • Campers must bring food for the day, including snacks and a non-perishable lunch, stored in their own bag (lunches are not refrigerated).
  • Campers should also bring water in a refillable water bottle.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen before campers arrive at camp in the morning, as staff will no longer be able to apply sunscreen to campers upon request. Additional sunscreen will be made available throughout the day, but campers will need to apply their own sunscreen.
  • Daily temperature checks are mandatory for all campers and staff before check-in. Any camper with a temperature exceeding 100°F will not be allowed to attend camp that day.
  • Low staff-to-camper ratios based on the age range of campers:
    • 5 Years Old: 1 staff to 6 campers
    • 6-8 Years Old: 1 staff to 8 campers
    • 9-11 Years Old: 1 staff to 10 campers
    • 12-17 Years Old: 1 staff to 12 campers
  • Camp groups will retain the same assigned staff all week.
  • Frequent handwashing and enhanced sanitation practices.
  • Staff will sanitize supplies and facilities throughout the day.
  • Camp activities will follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Camp groups will have limited to zero interaction with other groups, following social distancing guidelines.
  • Campers will participate in on-site activities only.
    • Suspended activities include field trips; swimming/pool activities; large group activities; family events including end-of-camp performances and/or concerts.
  • Staff has been provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings and gloves.
  • Staff has been trained in new COVID-19 procedures and safety protocols.

Face Coverings

The safety of our campers, their families and our staff is our top priority, which is why we’ve implemented additional protective measures that include increased cleaning, sanitizing, prescreen health checks and physical distancing.

Following guidance set forth by federal, state and local authorities, as well as the American Camp Association and Y-USA experts, we’ve implemented the following guidelines to enhance safety:

  • Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times both indoors and outside throughout the day. 
  • Staff and campers are required to wear face coverings when inside public areas and not social distancing. Most camps operate outdoors with activities in environments designed for social distancing
  • Staff, adults and campers are required to wear face coverings when checking in and out each day
  • Our team will continue to monitor county guidelines as they relate to Day Camp and implement any changes to safety procedures promptly.

Camp Swim

Camp swim is back! When permitted by phased reopening guidelines, some of our locations with pools will offer swim time to our campers. 

If you are notified that swim is being offered at your day camp location, and if your child wishes to swim, please pack:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles (not required)
  • Swim floaties (YMCA can provide if necessary)

Additional Camp Swim Information:

To maintain a fun and safe swim environment, the Y has enacted the following changes to our camp swim procedures:

  • Limited the size of camper groups using the pool at a time so that campers and staff are able to maintain social distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC & local health departments.
  • Allowing additional time between camper groups for disinfecting high-touch points and life jackets.

Swim Zones:

Our pool has different swim zones that are designated for campers that meet height and swimming requirements.

  • Shallow Zone (3ft 6in): Campers need to be 48in+
    • For campers under 48in, we will provide Coastguard approved lifejackets for each camper.
  • Deep End (Max Depth: 6ft): Campers are required to comfortably pass a swim test every day.
    • Swim Test: Campers must be able to swim 25yds freestyle (with face in the water unless to breathe). Campers must be able to tread water (with swimmers whole head out of water) for 1 minute.