Summer Camp COVID19 Updates | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

 

SUMMER CAMP UPDATE - MAY 19, 2020

Dear MetroWest YMCA camper families, 

Each day we are receiving and reviewing new information from a variety of agencies regarding COVID-19 as it relates to summer camp, most recently Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan and a resource guide developed by YUSA and the American Camping Association. We still remain optimistic that camp will be allowed by the state and the local Boards of Health to operate this summer under new guidelines. While we wait for additional guidance from the Commonwealth we are formulating our plans based on what we anticipate as required modifications that will need to be put in place. We would like to share with you some of the changes as you are making your personal decisions around your child attending camp. As we move forward, the most important factor in our decision making process is the safety and wellbeing of all of our campers and staff. 

While the final picture of camp is unclear, we know that camp will look very different this summer. Some of the modifications that are likely include the following: 

  • Registration is now closed for MetroWest YMCA Summer Camps due to high numbers. We want to keep families and campers safe this summer, so until we finalize new guidelines, families looking to register will be put on a waiting list until further notice.
  • Transportation to and from camp will not be available. Social distancing can’t be reasonably managed using the traditional yellow school busses. If transportation is needed for you to get to camp at the Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton our current plan offers several different summer options at locations in Framingham and Natick that may be more convenient.  
  • We do not expect there to be any field trips associated with any of our camps. 
  • Before and After Care schedules may be shifted to accommodate a staggered parent pick-up/drop-off schedule, including assigned times. 
  • Campers with pre-existing medical concerns, especially respiratory conditions such as asthma, will need to have a conversation with their primary care provider and consider the level of risk. 
  • Social (physical) Distancing and smaller, self-contained groups (cohorts) will be put in place. This will mean that the same campers stay with the same staff for the duration of the camp day and session. 
  • The use of face coverings for staff will be required and may also be necessary for campers. 
  • Campers may need to bring some of their own supplies like markers, crayons, journals. 
  • A health screening may be required of campers on a daily basis including the taking of temperatures. If a child’s temperature is above 100 degrees, he/she will not be able to attend camp that day. 
  • Some of our Specialty Camps may not be available. If not, we will make efforts to incorporate elements of the camps into the daily program. 
  • We will communicate updates separately and directly to campers registered for Camp OCP, Oak Street Productions and Gymnastics Camp. 

The Y has been providing emergency child care for families since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic for essential staff at the Framingham facility and we have learned quite a bit about running program with safety in mind. We believe that same need will be there for many families this summer as the economy begins to reopen. While there are risks associated with everything, we believe that we are positioned well to provide summer camps that minimize those risks while creating a fun and meaningful experience. Our camps will follow guidelines and best practices that are being recommended to minimize risk. We understand that these are uncertain times and families will need to make decisions based on their own situation. 

Governor Baker indicated that additional information will come out in the next several weeks regarding camp programs. Due to this we will be pushing out our cancellation refund date to June 15th. Please keep us informed of any decisions regarding the summer as soon as you can so we can continue to plan for an amazing summer with all of you. We will make every effort to provide information to families as it comes available. Please keep checking our website for information and updates. 

Thank you,

The Entire MetroWest YMCA Team

 

We have created a survey for you to fill out with the goal of creating a safe and fun environment for summer camp as best we can, while also following new government guidelines. Please take a minute to fill out this survey, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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CAMP REGISTRARS:
 
Hopkinton Camps please email ycampoffice@metrowestymca.org
 
Education camps Y-STEM Camp, Camp OCP & Oak Street Productions, please email Kathleen Glennon at kglennon@metrowestymca.org
 
My First Summer Camp, Gymnastics Camp, and Camp Clearbrook questions, please email Arlete Wilson at awilson@metrowestymca.org