To assure the safest possible environment for your child at summer camp, the following policies and procedures have been adopted based on recommendations and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Camping Association.
Health Screening Upon Arrival
Upon arrival, each camper will be asked a series of questions related to their health. They will also have their temperature taken. Depending on the answers to these questions, children will be admitted to the camp for the day. If a fever of 100.4 or higher is present or if they show any signs of illness, they may not enter the camp location.
Click here for the complete COVID-19 Health Screening Tool Checklist.
Policy on Face Coverings
Our YMCA realizes that there has been conflicting information on the value of face coverings in the spread of the Covid-19 virus. According to the most recent update from the Montgomery County Health Department on July 6, 2020, face coverings are required for children attending a summer day camp program in Pennsylvania.
- Face coverings will be worn when social distancing is not feasible or when activities are conducted indoors.
- We will provide each child with a face covering on their first day of camp at no charge.
- If there is a medical reason or other exception as outlined by the State of Pennsylvania a mask cannot be worn, a waiver indicating this will need to be signed by the parent/guardian.
It is also the policy of the Y that all staff and visitors at any YMCA day camp location will wear face coverings at all times (other than during meals and aquatic activities)
- Groups will not exceed 10 individuals (1 staff, 9 children) and groups will not commingle.
- Camp groups will include the same children each day to reduce risk of potential exposure.
- Absences from camp will be monitored.
- 6′ physical distancing will be maintained by utilizing outdoor spaces and larger, indoor spaces and by the elimination of games and activities requiring close proximity.
Camp Group Sizes
- Group sizes will be one staff per nine campers (may change)
- Groups of children will remain with their camp counselor throughout the day and separated from other camp groups.
Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
- Pick up/drop off procedures- outside when possible and weather permitting. Each site will have unique drop off protocols that will communicated in your initial Welcome Newsletter.
Hand Washing/Sanitizer Usage
- We will ensure frequent hand washing with warm soap and water for 20 seconds periodically throughout the day depending on the camp group activities.
- If soap and warm water are not available, staff with assist campers in applying an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will not be left in reach of children. (please do not send hand sanitizer with your camper to camp)
- Staff supervision will be provided to children to ensure that they are practicing effective hand washing.
- Staff will remind campers to avoid touching their eyes and face throughout the day
Camp Cleaning and Sanitizing
- The Y will implement sanitation procedures throughout the day, disinfecting high volume surfaces such as doorknobs, tables and bathrooms regularly.
- All toys, equipment, and craft supplies will be wiped down immediately after use or stored in a bin for cleaning at the end of the day.
- Toys or materials that are difficult to clean, such as stuffed animals, will be removed from the program. No toys from home may be brought to the camp location.
- Clutter and excessive materials will be removed.
- YMCA staff will clean and sanitize all camp locations at end of day.
Personal Items with Campers
- Campers may only bring essential items such as spray-on sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, peanut free lunch, snacks, water bottle, hats, sandals/crocs, and a change of clothes.
- All items must be taken home each evening and sanitized after each camp day.
- No toys, stuffed animals, cell phones or electronics are permitted.
Packed Lunches Requirements
- All lunches should be packed in disposable wrap and in disposable bags.
- Lunches requiring a cooler setting may be placed in a hard, washable cooler with an ice pack to keep cool.
- Lunches should be packed with disposable utensils
- Cloth cooler bags are not recommended.
- All staff are required to wear face coverings.
- Daily COVID-19 health screening checklist will be completed daily by staff.
- Staff will wear gloves when assisting children with self-care needs.
Sick Child Policy
If there is a sick or suspected case of COVID-19
- The child will be isolated from the rest of the children at the camp location.
- The family will be contacted and the child will be removed from care until they are 24 hours free of symptoms, without medication.
- The materials and area the child was playing with will be sanitized before being used by any other staff or children.
- Depending on the symptoms, A YMCA administrative staff person will contact the local board of health for the most current policies and next steps.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19
- An administrative staff member will contact the local board of health for the most current policies and next steps.
- All camp families will be notified via email of the confirmed case and camp location.
- The child will not be allowed back at any North Penn Camp site until a negative test result is obtained along with a physician’s note.
- The other campers in that group will not be permitted back at the camp for the remainder of the week and parents will be urged to monitor their child for COVID-19 symptoms. Upon returning to camp these campers will be monitored closely with additional temperature checks throughout the day.