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2020 Y Summer Day Camp Update

What You Need to Know for Day Camp This Summer

It’s official — camp is ON this summer! We are excited to be offering Day Camp at the following locations. Registration is open and we have space available for remaining sessions for preschool and school age campers:

We have a new experience this summer, Summer Quest 2020, that is being offered at Carlson MetroCenter.

Camp will look different. We are making plans, reducing capacities and making adjustments daily based on direction from national, state and local leaders as to what the camp experience will look like. We continue to evaluate CDC and American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines and best practices to ensure we are able to provide a successful and enriching experience for children this summer.

The safety of children in our care and our employees drives all decision making. In this new world, we have made many hard decisions to ensure we can serve you and your child(ren) this summer.

Here are some things you can expect:

  • Camp is set to begin June 29 and run for 10 weeks ending September 4
  • Every camper will be given a health screening each morning
  • We will offer morning (7-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) care at no additional cost
  • Campers will stay in groups of 10 and units of no more than 50
  • Due to social distancing regulations, space for summer camp is limited

Here are some things you need to know about our locations:

  • Camp Arrowhead will proceed as normal, offering pre-school and traditional day camp at the Arrowhead campus.
  • Camp Bay View and Camp Eastside school-age summer day camp will be combined and held at Camp Bay View. All campers registered for Camp Eastside will automatically be transferred to Camp Bay View. If you’d like to be transferred to another location, you may Email Camp Bay View or Email Camp Eastside.
  • Camp Northpoint will proceed as normal offering Northpoint Jr. (pre-school) at the Northwest Family YMCA and traditional day camp at the Northpoint campus.
  • Camp Bay View and Camp Eastside pre-school camp (half day and full day) will be combined and held at the Eastside Branch. All campers registered at Camp Bay View will automatically be transferred to Camp Eastside. If you’d like to be transferred to another location, you may Email Camp Bay View or Email Camp Eastside.
  • Camp Corning will proceed as normal, offering day camp at Watson Homestead, with transportation to be determined.
  • Camp Thunderbird will not be held at Genesee Valley Park. Instead, we will be holding Summer Quest 2020 at our Carlson MetroCenter YMCA.

MASK POLICY

Our staff is required to wear masks. Parents must wear masks when dropping off and picking up campers. We are following the Governor’s Reopen New York State guidelines (see below) for child care and day camp that states children are not required to wear face coverings. If parents would like their campers to wear a mask, we encourage them to have that conversation with their children. We have given each camper a buff (face covering) to wear to help eliminate any barriers should families want their kids wear a mask.

According to the Governor’s Reopen New York State guidelines: Young children/campers (i.e., those that are not yet in kindergarten) do not need to wear face coverings when they are in child care or day camp program facility or area. Older children/campers are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings as feasible. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2, or for anyone who is unable to medically tolerate such covering, including children/campers for whom such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to the child care or day camp programs.

Here are some activities we will not be offering this summer:

  • Sampler Camp (the week of June 22)
  • Sports Camps
  • Specialty Camps (including Waterfront Camp at Camp Bay View)
  • Enrichment programs, including swim lessons
  • Field trips
  • Teen Trekkers at Camp Northpoint
  • Bussing (affecting campers at Camp Northpoint)
  • Leadership programming (CIT/LIT)
  • A paid lunch option (affecting Camp Bay View)

If you were registered for something that has been canceled, you will be contacted directly via email and provided alternative options.

We look forward to serving your child(ren) this summer. In this ever-evolving planning process full of unknowns, we continue our research, monitor the situation, and work in a leadership role alongside subject matter experts to ensure camp is the safest environment possible.

We thank you for your patience, your confidence and your support.