2021 Summer Camp Policies
Many of you have been reaching out to us to learn more about how we plan to continue offering the safest and highest quality summer camp program now that Summer Camp is open. Under guidance from the American Camp Association and the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) we have incorporated and implemented several new policies and procedures for our summer camp programs based on the New Jersey COVID-19 Youth Day Camp Standards & Guidelines. Keeping your child safe remains our #1 priority.
UPDATED camp POLICIES & PROCEDURES:
- • All camp drop-offs and pick-ups will be done via “rolling drop-off/pick-up” car lines. Parents will receive specific instructions for their child related to when/where this will take place for their specific camp. Parents must remain in their cars. Staff will come to the car and then escort the camper to their appropriate group. Parents and visitors will not be allowed into camp and must remain in their cars for all drop-off and pick-ups.
- • We will screen all staff and children daily for fever and other COVID-19 related symptoms upon check-in. Children or staff with a fever of or above 100.4 will not be allowed into camp. Respectfully we ask that if your child is not feeling well, you please keep them home.
- • DOH has stated that outdoor camp group size may not exceed 20 campers, 10 campers for indoor programs.
- • DOH has stated that ratios for outdoor camps be 1 adult counselor, 1 counselor and 20 children. Indoor camps will be 1 adult counselor, 1 counselor and 10 children. Please note that we will continue to follow the American Camp Association’s (ACA) ratio mandates as they are our accrediting body. ACA ratios are as follows: campers ages 5 and under require 1 adult counselor to every 6 campers, campers ages 6-9 require 1 adult counselor to every 8 campers, campers ages 10 and older require 1 adult counselor to every 10 campers.
- • Campers will be limited to their camp family group and will have limited (if any interaction) with other camp/family groups.
- • Staff will be assigned to and remain with one group.
- • Staff floaters will similarly be assigned with one group as needed on a daily basis.
- • We will limit sharing of camp supplies. Any supplies that are shared will be thoroughly sanitized in between uses.
- • We will not be taking field trips for the month of July. We will reassess for August if updates are made from the original DOH guidelines.
- • Staff will be required to wear masks for indoor camps. For outdoor camps, staff are not required to wear masks if social distancing is practiced, if it is excessively hot, or if they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so without health complications.
- • Children above the age of 2 will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks which the parent will provide and take home daily for washing.
- • We are employing enhanced cleaning procedures, including multiple sanitizing stations, frequent cleanings of often used surfaces (door knobs, tables, equipment). Frequent hand washing is already standard operating practice.
- • Parents will be required to sign an updated Summit Area YMCA Membership Waiver prior to return/admittance in our facility.
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Staff and Camper Training
- • The Summit Area YMCA (SAY) camp team will train staff on the basic principles of emergency first aid, blood borne pathogens, infection control, hand washing practices, personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 signs and symptoms. Please refer to training agenda sign offs for attendance logs.
- • The SAY camp team will also train staff for general sanitation regarding public health sanitation and safety.
- • The health directors will receive training on COVID-19 symptoms and the current guidance documents from the New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service.
- • The SAY’s policy and training regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) was created using the information from the CDC.
- • The SAY’s camp staff will inform campers on safe practices while attending camp.
Screening and Admittance
- • Staff have received training on the screening and admittance of persons. Staff will use the screening form that will be used at screening points prior to entry.
- • Persons that have a fever of 100.4° or above or other signs of COVID-19 illness will not be admitted to camp.
- • The SAY has encouraged parents and staff to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick.
- • Daily health surveillance screening for campers/staff will be conducted and results documented when signs and symptoms of illness are observed using screening form. We will isolate and remove any campers or staff if symptoms are related to COVID-19. We will follow current Communicable Disease Service guidance for illness reporting based on the CDC guidelines.
In the event that we have a confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID19, we will activate the following protocols:
1. Report the incident immediately to the local DOH. Health officials will provide guidance on whether the center will cease operations (if needed) and for how long.
2. The child or person will be immediately separated from the group until they are able to leave the facility.
3. If a child displays symptoms a caregiver will remain with the child and socially distance to 6’.
4. All rooms and equipment used by an infected person will be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines.
5. A child or staff returning to camp (after a COVID-19 diagnosis) will be admitted only after the criterion for lifting transmission based precautions and home isolation have been met.
Face Masks, Infection Control and Social Distancing Strategies
- • Staff and campers will wear cloth face coverings when social distancing of 6 feet between individuals and/or assigned groups cannot be maintained, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health.
- • Staff and campers are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings unless
- • (1) doing so would inhibit the individual’s health
- • (2) the individual is in extreme heat outdoors, or
- • (3) the individual is in the water.
- • Staff will use proper hand washing techniques and use gloves. Staff should wear gloves when handling or serving food to campers. The SAY will supply their staff with such cloth face coverings and gloves.
Infection Control Strategies
The SAY has implemented the following prevention and mitigation techniques communicated to staff, parents, and campers COVID-19 safety measures including:
We understand some of this information is not incredibly detailed. Our YMCA camp staff and other NJ YMCA’s have been in touch with the DOH for further clarification on certain guidelines. We will share any changes/updates with participants registered for camp as additional information becomes available. Registered participants will receive camp specifics from the Camp Coordinator 2 weeks prior the start of the camp session.
Should you have specific questions in response to these changes, please contact us.
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School Age Aftercare and Summer Camp Director
SUMMIT AREA YMCA
tel:1-908-464-8301 ext. 2027
About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve over 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.