Welcome to Camp Central at the YMCA!
At the Y, we work hard to develop safe and exciting day camps that help children thrive. Camp Central is your one-stop information center providing all the camp details and information you need to be prepared and know what to expect. Our hope is to create a worry-free experience where parents feel secure about their children in our care. We hope day camp at the Y will be one of the best parts of your child’s summer!
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Find camp schedule information for your branch in their Parent Handbook below.
Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Y has adjusted some of our normal operating procedures and updated them based off of guidance from the American Camping Association, Y USA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are currently following COVID-19 safety precautions within our programs that include practices such as lower staff to child ratio, social distancing, frequent handwashing and enhanced sanitation practices.
We have always prioritized the health and safety of all camp participants to provide for a positive experience. While this summer is no different, we know that camp protocols may change as local, state and federal agencies and partnering organizations update their requirements and recommendations. Please check back here for the latest updates.
Here is a quick glance to highlight some of these procedure updates:
- Pick-Up and Drop-Off Sites
- Parents will not be permitted in the building for drop-off to reduce the number of people in our facilities.
- Each day, parents will be required to acknowledge and answer health screen questions – it is critical that you provide accurate information; failure to do so may result in membership cancellation, removal from currently registered programming, and/or denial of registration for future programming.
- Campers are required to have their temperature taken daily upon drop-off and must be fever- free (under 100.4 degrees) in order to be admitted to camp for the day.
- For the protection of our team, we encourage you to wear a face covering during drop-off and pick-up.
- Please check with your branch for specific pick-up and drop-off locations.
- Camp Groups
- Camp ratios are one counselor to 10 campers.
- Groups shall not exceed 25 campers.
- Staff Training
- All camp staff will participate in coronavirus-specific training prior to the start of camp as part of a 30-hour training plan.
- Staff Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Precautions
- Staff will be required to wear face coverings when indoors and when unable to maintain at least three feet distance outdoors.
- Campers older than four are required to wear face coverings while indoors. While outdoors, campers do not need to wear face coverings, but should maintain three feet of social distancing.
- Socialization at a Distance
- Our camp will operate activities in spaces large enough to allow for 3 feet of space between campers.
- Large group gatherings will only occur outside and occur with the same groups within a week of camp.
- Facility Sanitation
- The Y staff will disinfect facilities during the day and at the end of each day to ensure proper sanitation.
- Handwashing will continue throughout the day on a regular basis for each child and staff member.
Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to a camp week that your family is currently not registered for or to a sibling that is not registered. Deposits are not able to be applied to any camp balance.
For more information about Activity Fees for our licensed programs, please contact your local branch directly.
Please help us keep camp on schedule by getting your child to camp on time. Know that we serve a high volume of campers, and we ask for your patience as we help children to their cars during pick-up. Find drop-off and pick-up times and more details about procedures in the Parent Handbook below.
The safety and comfort of our campers is always our top priority. View your branch's Parent Handbook to learn about the changes we will make to our camp schedule on extremely hot days.
Campers are very active and will get hungry! Pack a healthy, satisfying lunch every day. We aren’t able to refrigerate lunches, so please pack them in a small cooler/lunch box with ice packs or frozen water bottles. Label everything! Find additional lunch information in your branch's Parent Handbook below.
Does your child need to take medicine during the day? If so, use our form to give us your permission and the specific details about your child’s medication.
Protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays is important. If you have specific questions about sunscreen application or if you have a child with a sunscreen allergy, please contact your branch camp director.
- Apply sunscreen to your child before arriving at camp — we can assist in reapplying as needed
- Send your preferred sunscreen labeled with your child’s name on it
Check the weather daily and dress your camper accordingly — the camp day will continue rain or shine! Be sure to label EVERYTHING you send to camp with your camper and check the camp’s lost and found at the end of the week before items are donated. For a more detailed list, view your branch's Parent Handbook below.