Summer Camp COVID-19 Safety
We are hoping to answer some of some common parent questions below in regards to how COVID-19 will affect summer camp this year.
This information will be regularly updated as more updates develop so make sure to check back periodically.
Last updated: October 2020
Is summer camp at Speers for 2021 still happening?
We are busy planning Summer 2021!
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.
Click here to register for summer camp at Camp Speers YMCA!
What is the Y doing to prioritize health and safety for my child at camp?
We hope you and your family are well and safe. We know camp will look different this year. Like you, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 closely. We want to update you on our decision-making process and safety protocols moving forward. Here are some of the procedures we will institute for camp to keep our kids & teams safe:
- Group Size: Group sizes will be limited and we will respect guidance regarding camp group ratios and maximum campers per site. Camp group, once determined, will remain together throughout camp and separated from other groups.
- Daily Screening: All campers will be temperature-checked twice a day, and we will ask parents a set of questions about their recent health each time they drop off at camp.
- Medical Team: The Medical Team composed of licensed nurses, EMTs and volunteers from our medical partners. Their number one priority is the care and safety of your child.
- Masks / Face Coverings: Staff will wear masks inside and outside the facility. Everyone entering camp is required to wear masks. Children over 2 years of age need to wear a mask both inside and outside the facility.
- Floor markings and signage: We will mark off safe distances throughout our buildings to help keep children appropriately spaced. Reminders for handwashing, social distancing, and safe sneezing will be posted throughout the facility.
- Hygiene: Scheduled handwashing breaks will be built into each group’s schedule. In addition to that, more hand sanitizer stations throughout camp for use.
- Activities: Activities will be modified to limit physical contact. Equipment will be cleaned between uses and/or sufficient supplies will be provided for all campers to enjoy. We intend to keep camp fun and your campers can expect to enjoy many of the same favorite activities they have enjoyed in the past.
- Cleaning: Our whole team will be regularly cleaning to disinfect our facilities throughout the day & our facilities team will perform a deep-clean every night after lights out.
Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy camp experience remains our top priority. In addition to the many steps we take every day to protect the health of our guests, campers, and staff, we are working closely with our YMCA Risk Management team to incorporate recommendations from local, state, and national agencies. We are also continuing to work closely with the American Camping Association (ACA) and other YMCA’s across the country.
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.
Can I register for summer camp?
Yes! We think after all we have been through these past few weeks kids will need camp more than ever. Click here to view all camp information and/or register now!
How can I receive the most up-to-date information about summer camp?
Currently registered families can continue to check your email for communication around summer camp as we will send updates as they develop. We will also update this page as more information is available.
Please also always feel comfortable to reach out and contact us at Campers@philaymca.org or call 570-828-2329 with any specific questions or concerns.