Summer Camp at the YMCA of Frederick County: It’s On!
After months of being cooped up and quarantined, it’s time to get out and enjoy summer camp at the YMCA of Frederick County!
Weekly camp activities include arts and crafts, nature and STEM, sports, and theme-related activities. The YMCA of Frederick County is also working to intentionally incorporate language arts and math opportunities into activities to support students academically during the summer months.
Summer camp is open to children ages four to 15. Offerings vary by location and include traditional day camp, as well as specialty camps in theater, art, basketball, and much more.
The YMCA of Frederick County is proud to be providing need-based scholarships to Essential Personnel for their children to participate in Summer Camp. If your child is ready to have the best summer ever, we want to help provide that for them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although we have fewer camps then are traditionally offered, many are still happening including art, theater, sports and day camps at Camp West Mar.
Children are not required to masks, unless they are be transported to Camp West Mar. Masks are required on the bus.
You can choose to send your child with a mask, if you like.
All staff are required to wear masks in confined spaces. During the time of instruction or active outdoor play, staff may remove coverings so that children can hear clear instructions and so staff can have sufficient oxygen flow during exertion. Staff will maintain proper social distancing during this time.
We will be following all CDC and American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines.
Campers will be asked to wash/sanitize their hands multiple times throughout the day to include: upon arrival, before and after each activity or meal, after every restroom break, and upon pick up at the end of the day.
In order to keep all belongings separated, all of a camper’s personal items must fit in a backpack that can be hung on a hook or a chair. Campers will be required to bring their own clearly labeled, refillable water bottle to minimize the use of water fountains.
There will be heightened cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day as outlined by the CDC. Multi-touch surfaces will be cleaned between uses and an environmentally safe disinfecting fogger will be used regularly.
The offerings of the YMCA in Phase 2 will operate in small group sizes called cohorts, also seen as “household” units. These cohorts will be made up of 9 children (up to 14 if restrictions loosen) who will interact with one another solely for the week and will not mix with other groups. Cohorts will distance themselves from the other groups as guided. Within the cohort group, the Y will do it’s best to social distance our young participants, though we do acknowledge both the benefit of healthy interaction as well as the difficulty of keeping children with the same cohort apart.
Every day, both children and staff will be required to be screened for Covid-19 related symptoms as we have been directed currently by MSDE. Minimally, we will be taking temperatures and asking questions regarding symptoms and contact. If any further guidance is released to us, we will add components as required.
If someone shows signs/symptoms of being sick, they will be turned away at check-in. Returning to the program will only be allowed to take place after 48 hours after a fever and without medication, and up to 14 days depending on answers to other questions.
If a child is identified as being sick while at camp, they will be isolated immediately until pick up can take place. If signs/symptoms are Covid-19 related, we will require the person to isolate at home for 14 days or until the results of a negative test are provided. This follows the current guidance under MSDE.
Parents/Guardians must be mindful that if your child or anyone in the household is showing any symptoms related to the most current guidelines from the CDC regarding Covid-19, you MUST keep your child at home. This is for the safety of your child, other children in the program, staff, and enables the program to remain open by minimizing exposure.
If either a participant or a person residing with a participant has a positive Covid-19 result, depending on timing and exposure, the Y may be required to close anywhere between 3-14 days as directed by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Our process is to notify MDH and follow their guidance.
Please be mindful of 2 things: Space will be limited, so if you think you require care, please register early to secure your spot.
If you will not utilize the care, please do not enroll your child as an “in-case” scenario. There are many families who require the care due to circumstances of work, lack of other caregivers in the area, or other factors. Only enroll your child if you do not have alternative arrangements. While we operate in a Phase 2 capacity, we are still not in Phase 3 of Recovery, and caution should be exercised.
We will register children in our summer offerings on a rolling basis and as space allows. Tuition will be processed on a weekly basis (each Friday, 1 week prior to the start of the camp week). This is true both for draft payments and for issuing credits or refunds.
We have begun to reduce the capacity of our summer offerings while we continue to watch our enrollment numbers, confirm the facilities we are able to access, and wait on other items to be decided by governing officials. We are preparing ourselves the best way we can to provide the best experience to our currently enrolled families as well as our general community.
- 100% YMCA credit for the weekly camp fee. This is good for 12 months and valid for any YMCA of Frederick County program.
- Refund of the weekly Camp fee, less the $25 non-refundable deposit that will be donated to our Annual Campaign to provide financial assistance to our families in need.
- Refund of the weekly Camp fee, less the $25 non-refundable deposit where in return you will receive a Camp To-Go* enrichment kits (a different kit is available each of the 10 weeks of camp)
- If you find that the above three options do not work for your family’s situation, the Y will allow for a full refund, including the $25 non-refundable deposit, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.