What To Expect At YMCA Summer Camps | Countryside YMCA

YMCA summer camps are great for parents looking for summer activities for their kids. Countryside YMCA discusses what to expect at these camps.

Young children at a summer camp

After a spring of staying at home, you and your kids need a summer break to look forward to. Finding activities for your children during summer break is a yearly struggle for many parents. This summer break is especially difficult to plan for as you look for activities that follow current safety guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  YMCA summer camps are a potential solution.

At Countryside YMCA, we offer a variety of unique YMCA summer camps for children of all ages and interests. Rest assured that your safety as well as the safety of our staff is our number one priority and we are implementing changes to follow health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  In today’s blog post, we discuss what you should expect at YMCA summer camps this year.

When Are YMCA Summer Camps?

YMCA summer camps begin each year during the last week of May and run all the way through mid-August. Countryside YMCA provides summer camps across 12 weeks for a variety of different interests and prices. YMCA summer camps are typically single-day camps, and parents have the option of a half-day or full-day camp for their child. For the half-day camp, you can choose a morning option from 9 a.m. to noon or an afternoon option from 1 to 4 p.m. The full-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off times run 15 minutes before each camp starts, and you can pick up your child up to 15 minutes after the camp ends.  

How Much Do They Cost?

The cost of YMCA summer camps varies, depending on the camp. Our core camps, which include activities such as aquatics, gymnastics, and discover, run at $142 for members and $167 for non-members for the full day. The half-day price drops to $117 and $132 for members and non-members, respectively. Our specialty camps, which include more advanced sports camps like basketball and golf, range from $157 to $210 for members. Our most affordable camps are the preschool camps along with arts and education camps, which start at $115 and $130, respectively. 

What Activities Should We Expect?

As noted previously, activities depend on the camp. Each camp has a broad or specific focus. For example, Sports of All Sorts is one of our core YMCA summer camps. It includes a variety of different sports options each week. Some camps, such as the high adventure camp, feature a different activity each week like kayaking, zip lining, or paintball. These camps allow you to choose whatever activity your child is most interested in and register them for that specific week. 

During a typical camp day, campers will spend the morning doing activities around the camp focus, and in the afternoon, campers will participate in traditional camp activities which include swimming, camp games, and craft projects. 

How Will Camps Follow Social Distancing Guidelines?  

The summer day camp experience will be similar to past years’ as far as the activities campers’ engage in each day. But, camp has limited overall capacity for this summer and will be following the Ohio state and local guidelines of no more than 9 campers per camp group.  Campers will remain in their Camp Group of 9 or less campers and social distance from all other Camp Groups.

What Will Be Done To Prevent the Spread of Germs Among Campers?

All campers and staff will sanitize routinely (every hour) and before and after participating in an activities where social distancing is not possible. 

All equipment will be sanitized between use by different camper groups. For supplies that are difficult to sanitize (example: crayons) campers will be given their own set and be asked to not share. 

Will My Child Have To Wear a Face Mask at Summer Camp?

Campers are encouraged but will not be mandated to wear face masks at our summer camps.  

What If My Child has a Fever?

Temperature checks are required for ALL campers and camp staff prior to checking into camp and once again in the afternoon.  Campers and camp staff with a fever of 100 or higher will be sent home. 

If a temperature presents, we will double check with a traditional thermometer before sending home.  If sent home, the camper or staff will not be allowed back into camp until symptom and fever free for 48 hours.

Contact Countryside YMCA for More Information

If you are looking for activities to keep your child active this summer, YMCA summer camps at Countryside YMCA are a great option. For more information on our offerings, get in touch with us at (513) 932-1424 or learn more online.