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
Cohorts are still the norm and should remain social distanced from each other - but the previous rule about masking when different cohorts cannot social distance is removed for indoors and outdoors. Please refer below for when masking is required or encouraged.
Vaccinated Staff and Campers: No masks required in indoor or outdoor settings
Indoors: unvaccinated staff are required to wear face masks at all times indoors except when not practicable (usual list of exceptions)
Outdoors: unvaccinated staff are not required, but "strongly encouraged" to wear face mask when in crowded outdoor settings or during activities when involved in sustained close contact with other people not fully vaccinated.
Outdoors: unvaccinated campers are not required but are "encouraged" to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities when involved in sustained close contact with other people not fully vaccinated.
Indoors: unvaccinated camps are not required, but "encouraged" to wear masks at all times indoors, but particularly when physical distancing is difficult unless impracticable (usual list of exceptions)
• 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 or 1:15, depending on location
• 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 ceremonies 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)