2021 Camp Information
Camp begins on June 21st!
Summer camp will be more important than ever for children as we emerge from this pandemic. We are very excited and planning to welcome new and returning campers for another fun-filled summer!
Please know that all of our camps will continue to be in full compliance with local and state health department guidelines and include social distancing practices. The health and safety of our campers, families and staff is our highest priority! Camp will continue to do health screenings, have modified drop/off and pick/up procedures, limited group sizes, and increasing our focus on hygiene and sanitation.
We know many families have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. Please be aware that the YMCA’s financial assistance program is available to those families who need assistance in paying for camp. For more information click here.
We look forward to seeing our campers soon!
Have questions regarding sending your child(ren) to camp? Please see our FAQs below to answer your questions regarding camp in the summer of 202!!
Please refer to our individual camp pages for locations, hours, rates and upcoming Open Houses and Tours! While some camps will be holding in-person tours, virtual tours are also available!
As of right now, there will be no Field Trips this summer due to social distancing guidelines, however, this is subject to change based on CDC regulations.
We will be holding both virtual and in-person Open Houses of our camps in the coming months! Registration is strongly encouraged for in-person tours. Check out our schedule of OPEN HOUSES HERE!
What Will Summer Camp 2021 Look Like?
Our Y camps will look different but they will FEEL the same! Your camper will get to try new things, make new friends, and be a part of our camp family. Our plans include putting away those screens and enjoying our active camp day. We will offer opportunities for positive socialization, active involvement, and empathetic interactions with their peers, camp counselors, and nature.
We have created a plan to ensure that we are meeting the daily needs of our campers. We will conduct trainings to teach staff how to recognize the stress caused by COVID-19, to teach children how to take care of themselves during these uncertain times, and provide them with tools to ease back in to the classroom setting in the fall. We will provide a supportive, nurturing environment for our staff, campers, and families.
In order to provide a safe and healthy summer camp environment we understand that changes are necessary this season due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus. Based on current and anticipated restrictions, the YMCA of MEWSA has prepared the following safety plan and outline for the 2021 camp season: (Updates are based on 2021 guidelines as they are released).
Screening & Care
• All staff and campers will be screened daily, upon arrival to camp, and monitored throughout the day as needed.
• Screening includes:
o Temperature check (100.4 degrees or higher will not be admitted)
o Screening questions about health, exposure, symptoms
• A separate health space has been identified for any camper or staff who must wait to be picked up after showing signs of not feeling well
• Camp staff and children will be asked to follow NJ DOH and OOL health & safety protocols during the camp day
• Face Coverings:
Face coverings are required for staff and children when not with their assigned group and when physical distancing is difficult.
• Hand sanitizing / hand washing as campers arrive
• Nightly cleaning by a contracted cleaning company
• Continuous cleaning by camp staff throughout the day
• Increased handwashing throughout the day
• Additional hand sanitizing stations
• Cleaning of supplies after each use, (individual supplies in some cases)
• Selected camp sites will offer summer day camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 9th grade.
• The camp hours are flexible with full or half day options at most of our locations
• We love to teach independence and camping fun to little guys! A preschool camp program might be offered at limited locations.
• Max group size will be 20 campers
• Staff to camper ratio is 1:10
• Campers will be placed in smaller groups
• Camper groups will stay with their assigned camp staff throughout the day
• Each Group will be socially distanced from other groups
• Large group events such as opening and closing will take place with increased distances between each group
Lunch & Snacks
• Campers will need to bring their own lunch each day. Lunch will be kept by group
• Lunch areas will be spaced out to provide for social distancing between groups
• Parents will provide daily transportation
• Drop off and Pick up will be done at the camp site (we recommend having the same person for drop off and pick up if possible)
• All staff will be trained in CPR, First Aid, & AED
• All staff will be trained to identify the risks and reduce the spread of COVID-19
• All staff will be trained in Social and Emotional Learning to help identify concerns and provide resources for staff, campers, and families
• All staff will be trained to recognize signs of and prevent child abuse, harassment, and bullying
• Increased opportunities for science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities (STEAM)
• Physical activities that are age appropriate
• Shade, misting stations, sprinklers, and water play to keep cool (swimming will be offered at most camp locations)
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Yes, we offer traditional day camps and specialty camps including sports, art, science and more. Select a location from above for more detailed information.
No, you can pick which weeks you would like to send your child to camp.
Yes, currently we offer a half day option at some of our camps. Please check our camp website page for details.
Yes. For further information on the "Healthy U" CATCH program please follow this link
Yes, campers will be placed in small groups in compliance with State and local guidance and spread out to comply with social distancing guidelines. Children will remain with the same group each week, thereby minimizing the risk of spreading infection. The forming of groups and social distancing guidelines may prohibit the number of children we are able to accommodate so registration will be on a first come, first served basis.
Campers will be grouped in a way that allows us to best meet their needs.
Parents and caregivers will be asked to drop their camper off at the front entrance to the camp. We ask that only one adult bring their child to camp. At the end of camp day, we ask that all parents remain in their cars. Campers will be escorted to their parent/caregiver’s vehicle. Please have your identification ready to show the camp counselor.
Campers will have their temperatures checked prior to entering camp, parents/caregivers are prohibited from entering the camp area, camper’s belongings will be separated and kept in individually labeled containers, use of bathroom facilities will be limited to 1 or 2 at a time with disinfecting and sanitizing between uses, table seating will be spaced based on social distancing guidelines and children will be on a rotating schedule for pool usage. All surfaces in the bathrooms, pool area and camp area will be sanitized and disinfected throughout the day.
No. We are asking parents to provide all of the camper’s meals, snacks and refreshments to prevent cross-contamination. Please mark all bags and food items with the child’s name.
Some camp locations will ask parents/caregivers to bring a (14 gallon sized clear) container with their child’s full name clearly marked on the front and side panels on the first day of camp. All camper’s belongings will be stored in these containers. They will be returned to the parent/caregiver at the end of the child's camp session.
Campers will not be required to wear face masks when outdoors or in the pool. Face masks for indoor activities are not required, but recommended.
Yes, staff will be required to wear face masks.
The camper will be isolated from the other campers and a face mask will be placed on the individual. Any staff member near the camper will be required to wear a face mask and disposable gloves. Camp management will notify the parent/caregiver to pick up the child. If determined necessary by the local Department of Health, contact tracing will be carried out to ensure the safety of the other campers and staff members.
Outdoor activities and sports will be offered to the campers but will be limited to minimum contact types of sports (i.e. soccer, volleyball and badminton). Children will be in small groups to maintain safe ratios.
These groups will play group activities amongst their own members. All shared items and equipment will be properly cleaned and disinfected between uses. Shared high-touch equipment will be limited and designated equipment may be assigned for the duration of camp. There will be limited indoor camp activities offered. Indoor programming will be segregated by groups and campers will be staggered to ensure appropriate social distancing indoors.
We will ensure proper hand washing of at least 20 seconds upon arrival, before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing their nose or coughing, after outdoor play, before and after activities and a multiple times during the day. Our daily itinerary will have scheduled breaks throughout the day for cleaning surfaces and hand washing. We will provide disinfectants and sanitizers for the staff and campers. We will disinfect all surfaces multiple times throughout the day.
Water fountains will be not available for mouth-to-fountain use. Best practice is for campers to bring their own refillable water bottles appropriately labeled with their name. We ask that campers do not share their water bottle with anyone. Paper cups will be provided for campers if needed.
We are planning to offer swimming while adhering to guidelines regarding social distancing to ensure the safety of our swimmers. Please note that swimming will not be available at off-site locations due to the fact that we are unable to bus the children to the swimming pools. Should this guideline change, we will inform the parents/caretakers.
In order to reduce interpersonal contact and to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus, we will not be organizing field trips this year. However, we will be holding “virtual” field trips for campers.