Day Camp Health and Safety

Our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, their families, our staff and the community. We continue to work with federal, state and local officials as well as the American Camp Association and Y-USA experts on protective measures to ensure a safe environment for all. 

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 2022!

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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.
  • 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.
  • When indoors, we will maintain distancing as much as possible.
  • 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 and large group activities.
  • 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

Masks are no longer required for youth but are strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status. This update includes, but is not limited to, preschool, child care and K-12 programs.*

*Each school district will determine their own guidelines for K-12 students. The Y will continue to work with local districts, and will follow each school district's guidance for YMCA programs that occur on school district property. Some districts may still require face coverings indoors.

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.