As our communities slowly reopen, many parents are eager to find opportunities for their children to get active, socialize and have fun. It has been tough for families to lead healthy social and physically fit lives inside of isolation, but with eased restrictions and the onset of summer, we have more options than we had a few weeks ago.
First and foremost, parents want to know that their child will be safe, and we look to organizations to take every precaution they can to protect their participants. I have found no better choice for kids than local summer camps.
- Facility Sanitation: The Y has hired extra staff to perform thorough cleaning of all of their facilities for day camp and overnight camp. They are even going to disinfect every item that campers are going to share for various activities between each use.
- Coronavirus Training for Staff: Every staff member in their day and overnight camps participates in coronavirus-specific training during their 30-hour training plan.
- Frequent Camper Health Checks: Day campers will have their temperature checked before they enter camp and campers at Camp Thunderbird will be monitored when they first get to camp and each day after that.
- Personal Protective Equipment: All staff will wear masks when indoors and when six feet of distance isn't possible outdoors. Campers are encouraged to wear masks as well.
- Handwashing Stations: Handwashing stations have been installed all around Camp Thunderbird and Camp Harrison and YMCA branches have set up stations in all activity areas.
Campers Will Have Fun While Staying Safe
Day camp and overnight camp staff members at the Y have communicated that they had two main conditions for reopening camps. First, camp must be safe. Second, despite the safety restrictions they still must be able to provide the unforgettable summer that their campers deserve.
Although some things will look different, kids will still form deep bonds, explore the outdoors and have new and exciting experiences. Whether they're on a rope course/zip-line, playing tennis, creating art, performing for their friends, cruising on a sailboat, taking a swim or having a campfire, every activity will be safe and allow them to experience the magic of summer.
Camps at the YMCA are Opening Soon
Are you ready to give your camper a safe summer of fun and adventure? Camp Thunderbird opens May 31. Camp Harrison open June 14. Day camps begin on June 15.