Over the last year everyone has had to make a great deal of sacrifices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your child’s development, happiness, and fun should not be among those sacrifices.
When attending Summer Day Camp at the Y, they won’t be! Our camps are already designed to instill confidence, provide opportunities for growth, and create long-lasting memories of fun summer days.
Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, our camp staff is hard at work to integrate policies and procedures to ensure our camps maintain the same DNA they have always had while making sure to create a safe, healthy environment.
Here’s what you can expect to see this summer:
Our camp and childcare staff is already well versed in reminding campers to maintain their distance. This also means altering games and activities to minimize close interaction, limiting group-to-group contact, and avoiding any unnecessary large group gatherings.
Face masks and hygiene
Believe it or not, most children are better about wearing their masks than adults! Increased hand washing and sanitization of spaces and equipment will also be staples of a typical summer camp day.
As things gradually begin to open back up we understand families will be traveling more this summer. As a precaution we will conduct health screenings that will cover symptoms, exposure, and travel to potential high-risk locations. Additionally, we will take temperatures of every camper as they arrive at camp.
Our counselors and camp staff are already dedicated to providing the best experience possible for each camper, and that will be no different this summer. In addition to standard trainings such as CPR, First Aid, and safety, staff will also go through COVID-19 specific training. Many of our returning counselors and camp staff are also familiar with navigating COVID-centric programs, having previously worked last year’s summer camps, School’s Out camps, and at Y Club sites.
Although our camps will look a bit different on the surface we guarantee that your camper will leave with the same underlying feelings of joy, belonging, and accomplishment. When you pick them up - mask or not - we know they’ll be smiling.
Written by Drew Hill
Youth and Teen Director
South City Family YMCA