YMCA Summer Day Camp Updates – COVID-19
Summer is here, and we know our Y day campers and parents are eager to get outside and enjoy their best summer ever after a really challenging spring. We’ve modified our camp plans to ensure a safe and fun experience for every child – as always, the safety of our participants is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from the CDC and the American Camping Association to ensure that our kids can get outside, safely connect with each other and have a fun summer to remember. See our frequently asked questions below for more information!
The following Day Camp locations will be extending Summer Camp for an additional 4 weeks (August 17th – September 4th) to accommodate Fort Worth ISD students:
Frequently Asked Questions
Is 2020 Summer Camp still happening?
Yes, we are planning to begin day camp in June and our child care team is working hard to ensure camp is safe for all that attend. Camps will be limited to the following 6 locations this summer. Click the link below for your preferred location:
Campers will have a variety of activities that are designed to ensure campers are 6 feet apart. Campers will participate in crafts, enrichment, reading, health and wellness as well as free choice activities while in camp. We will also have swim times available for campers while in camp.
How much does Day Camp cost?
Our Airport, Benbrook, Hood County, McDonald and Northpark locations have the following rates:
- Weekly Member Rate: $150
- Weekly Non-Member Rate: $175
YMCA Camp Carter’s rates are:
- Weekly Member Rate: $215
- Weekly Non-Member Rate: $265
All camps will also have a $25 registration fee that is non-refundable for any reason.
What precautions are being taken this summer to ensure camper’s safety?
Below are a few of the new measures we have put into place to ensure health and safety:
- All of our activities have been designed to keep campers 6 feet apart whenever possible however, we know that when working with children there are times when this precaution may not be feasible.
- Campers are allowed to wear masks if that is your preference but it is not required at camp.
- We will do our best to help educate our campers on proper social distancing as well as proper handwashing processes; however, we do ask that you have this discussion at home prior to coming to day camp.
- For more information on how to have these types of discussions please see the CDC’s information here and here.
- Our Camp Staff will wear masks at all times unless it becomes unsafe for them to do so due to extreme temperatures.
- We are also asking that if you are able, you provide your camper with their own craft supplies this summer. A full list of recommended supplies can be found here.
What should my camper bring to camp?
First, please label everything your child brings to camp. Here are a few camp necessities:
- Water bottle (disposable or re-useable)
- Towel (designated day)
- Tennis shoes
- Comfy clothes they can get dirty.
Due to our current situation with COVID-19 we are asking that parents supply your child with some basic craft supplies to reduce the need to sanitize after each use. We also ask that campers only bring a drawstring backpack with them to camp and do not bring any items that cannot be stored inside this bag. We also ask that campers keep this bag on their person during the day when possible.
If your camper cannot make it to camp due to illness, we request you let us know as soon as possible. The recommendation is anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees F cannot attend unless the temperature has subsided for no less than 2 days prior to arrival without help from medication.
In the 14 days prior to camp, we ask that you:
- monitor your child’s temperature.
- keep your child out of public places as much as possible.
If they develop a temperature within 5 days of the start of camp, it is best to stay home and we will work to find a solution with each family on a case-by-case basis.
Check-In / Check-Out Process
Check-in will look different this summer to help us minimize the chance of exposure and keep everyone as safe as possible. We will utilize a contact free drive-thru drop off system.
Drop off times are from 7:00a-8:15a. Campers will not be accepted into camp after these times.
Arrival (please stay in your car):
Staff members will direct you to a check-in station as you drive into camp.
- At each station a staff member equipped with proper personal protection equipment and will provide a temperature check, health check, and verify camper paperwork.
- Anyone with a temperature of 100.4-degree F or higher will be double checked after waiting two minutes. If it is still 4 degrees or higher you will be asked to return home, and the Camp Director will help determine the next steps.
- Once cleared campers will be directed to camp where they will stop at a to sanitize their hands prior to entering camp.
- We ask that you limit your child’s belongings at camp this summer. Ideally a drawstring backpack or something similar in size is preferred. All items brought to camp must fit inside their backpack.
On the first day of camp, parents will receive their pick up cards. These cards are to be displayed in your car’s dash upon camper pick up.
Our check-out process will be curb-side pickup. This will be in the same location as camper drop-off. Each station will have staff members with appropriate PPE.
Parents may pick up campers between 4:00p-6:00p. Due to our ratios and increased safety measures we ask that you do not attempt to pick up children earlier than this time. We must ensure that we have the proper staff ratios met in order to pull a staff member out of camp to conduct the checkout process safely.
Dismissal (please stay in your car):
- Parents will pull up into the pick-up line. Remember to have your pick up cards displayed on your dash or window.
- Staff members will call for your camper via walkie talkie
- The staff member will then check your photo ID through the window of your vehicle. Please stay in your car.
- Once verified, we will bring your camper to your car and a staff member will sign them out, noting your name on the sign out sheet.
Per Child Care Regulations, each camp’s sign out process may vary slightly. If you are required to sign your camper out with the staff member the equipment will be sanitized (pen and clipboard) after each signature.
Will lunch be provided?
A morning and afternoon snack will be offered at each camp location through a meal provider. Lunch will be provided at all camp locations, except our Northpark YMCA. Menus will be provided during the first week of camp. Should campers wish to bring their own lunch, items need to be able to be kept in their drawstring backpack. Please do not bring items that need to be kept cold or heated in a microwave.
We will keep the number of campers and staff to a minimum during meal times. We will stagger meal times, and food service staff will serve food to avoid cross-contamination. At times, we will have grab-n-go type meals so that huddle groups can eat in various areas of camp.
Each camp may have a different swim schedule.
- To reduce the usage of common areas we ask that you send your camper in their swimsuit (under clothes) on all swim days.
- Campers will swim in their huddle groups for one hour.
- Campers will be allowed to take the swim test if they wish to swim in the deep areas of the pool.
- The swim test is always performed under the direct supervision of a certified YMCA lifeguard.
- Swim test: Participant must jump in, swim the length of the pool, unassisted, and tread water for 5 seconds.
- If a participant passes or fails the swim test it is up to the lifeguard. Lifeguards will not pass a child that completes the swim test but struggles throughout the process.
- Campers that do not wish to attempt the swim test must wear a lifejacket if they cannot reach the deepest part of the shallow end of the pool.
- We will provide lifejackets while supplies last.
- Campers are only allowed to wear US Coast Guard approved lifejackets or puddle jumpers.
- Once campers have finished swim time, they will be directed to changing areas where they will privately change into their clothes, one at a time.
If you have more questions about swim time, please reach out to your Camp Director.
What is the cancellation process for this summer?
In order to reserve your place in camp you must register in advance and enroll in an automatic draft.
Full weekly payments are due the Saturday prior to the start of each week of camp. All payments for camp must be set up on a weekly or monthly (1st of the month) draft.
We hope that you will not need to cancel your camp weeks but we understand that things come up. Since our camps are extremely limited this summer, we need cancellations to be requested as soon as possible. Please read below for cancellation details:
- Cancellations must be requested two weeks prior to the start of the week of care (see dates here).
- The Cancellation Request Form is available on our website to access at any time. This is the only way cancellations are accepted so please fill this out to begin the process.
- If your cancellation request is not made two weeks in advance you will be charged and can receive a 50% refund if the request is made 7 days before the start of the camp week.
- If you fail to submit a cancellation request prior to 7 days before the start of camp, you will be drafted and no longer eligible for refund regardless of your child’s attendance in camp.
Please contact Felizia O’Daniel, Childcare Business Manager, for all billing questions. [email protected]
Who can I contact about my Day Camp questions?
Due to the capacity limits in our facilities we cannot allow more access to our building. If you have questions or need to speak with a camp staff, we ask that you contact the Camp Director or Lead Staff on the camp phone or that you make an appointment to speak with them during camper drop off or pick up.
- Airport Area YMCA Camp: Brenda Martinez – [email protected]
- Benbrook Community Center YMCA Camp: Stephanie Johnson – [email protected]
- YMCA Camp Carter: Stephanie Williams – [email protected]
- Hood County YMCA Camp: Chloe McReynolds – [email protected]
- William M. McDonald YMCA Camp: Keniya Thomas – [email protected]
- Northpark YMCA Camp: Stephanie Garcia – [email protected]
What you can do:
- Talk with your child about washing hands and keeping hands away from mouth, nose and eyes;
- Do not bring your child to the Y if they have a fever;
- Do not bring your child back to the Y after they’ve been sick until they have been fever free, without medication, for 72 hours;
- Talk to your child about not sharing food and beverages;
- Talk to your child about keeping at least an arm’s length from their friends;
- Remind your child that the Y is safe and to have fun!