Camp SafetyCOVID-19 and Camp
The safety and health of our campers and staff is always the highest priority at YMCA. 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.
YMCA Camp Safety
Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy camp experience remains our top priority. Unlike other years, we are presented with a different reality in the wake of public health recommendations and government mandates in our states and across our country. Since this epidemic began, we have been working to answer these two critical questions: Can we safely and effectively deliver our summer programs in the new reality of COVID-19? And, if able, what does it look like at Camp this summer?
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.
We are also continuing to work closely with the American Camping Association (ACA) and other YMCA’s across the country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also currently developing specific guidance for day and overnight camps and has connected with the ACA to engage them around their work.
Following state mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from the ACA and CDC, our team is continuing to explore all challenges, options, protocols, and health practices that factor into our ability to deliver summer programs safely.
Here are some new Covid-19 protocols for camp:
• Staff will have thier temperatures taken and answer screening questions each day. If they have a fever, or have been exposed in the previous 72 hours, they will be sent home.
• One parent only entering building to drop-off children.
• Children will have temperatures taken and they will be asked screening questions daily. If they have a temperature, or have been exposed to a person with a positive case, they will be sent home.
• Children will keep their own bug spray and sun screen in their own bags. Parents will apply before they leave.
• Children will wash hands before joining the group.
• Everyone will wash hands between activities.
• Equipment will be wiped down before and after use.
• Masks my be brought to camp and worn.
• Social distancing will be attempted at all times, but some activities will require closer contact. We will be sure to practice good hygiene and remind campers and staff to keep hands from their faces.
• We will talk, connect and have time each day set aside to address campers Social and Emotional Learning.