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Summer Camps Are Open, But Are They Safe?
Five Questions to Ask Before Drop-Off
After a long spring cooped up indoors, kids across the country (and especially their parents and caregivers) have never been more excited for the start of camp season.
But, summer 2020 is unlike any we’ve experienced before. Many Y camps have shifted to virtual programming, while others are ready to re-open their facilities and outdoor spaces in accordance with local regulations. If you’re a parent, your desireto provide this critically important youth development opportunity is likely tempered by concern for your children’s health and safety.
The Greater Scranton YMCA fully understands your fears.
That’s why – at every location in every state – we have modified our camp plans to ensure a safe and still fun experience for every child.
Camp will look different this year. So, it’s important to make sure you and your children are well prepared to dive into summer 2020.
Here are five questions to ask your camp provider before dropping off your campers:
1. How are you preparing staff to properly maintain a safe environment?Knowing what goes into the making of a healthy and fun-filled summer will help answer a lot ofyour questions and provide some reassurance.
2. What are the cleaning protocols? How often will items and surfaces be sanitized and what methods will be used?Camp staffwill be hard at work maintaining cleaning standards and campers may be asked to pitch in, too. Help get kids on board by practicing hand washing and other safety measures at home.
3. How will activities be modified to follow CDC and local agency requirements?Letting campers know (before the camp fun begins!) that their group or class sizes and activity rules may look different this summer will help counselors keep important safety measures in place. How many kids are in my child’s camp class?
4. What screening procedures are in place?Protocols such as temperature-checks or self-monitoring may be required at camp. Preparing for these new steps before camp starts will allow for an easy-breezy check-in process.
5. What is the policy surrounding campers or staff who show signs of illness or fever?Learning and following your camp’s procedures in response toa positive or suspected case will help prevent the additional spread of illnessthroughout the camp community and beyond.
The Greater Scranton YMCA has spent the last several weeks preparing to deliver a safe summer camp experiencebased on guidance from the CDC and the American Camping Association to ensure kids can be outside, safely connect with each other, and have a fun summer to remember.