Summer Camp 2021

Registration is open for Camp Zehnder YMCA, Freehold Family YMCA Day Camp, Old Bridge Family YMCA Day Camp and My Y Summer Camp

Please be assured that your child’s safety is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from the NJ Dept. of Health, American Camp Association, health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and activities to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices.


What Will Summer Camp 2021 Look Like?

Updated June 17, 2021

Our Y camps will look different but they will FEEL the same! Your camper will get to try new things, make new friends, and become a valuable member of our camp communities. Our plans include putting away those screens and enjoying our active camp day. We will offer opportunities for positive socialization, active involvement, and empathetic interactions with their peers, camp counselors, and nature.

We have created a plan to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the whole child: mind, body, and spirit. We will conduct trainings to teach staff how to recognize the stress caused by COVID-19, to teach children how to take care of themselves during these uncertain times, and provide them with tools to ease back in to the classroom setting in the fall. We will provide a supportive, nurturing environment for our staff, campers, and families.

In order to provide a safe and healthy summer camp environment we understand that changes are necessary this season due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus. Based on current and anticipated restrictions, the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County has prepared the following safety plan and outline for the 2021 camp season. Check back for updates as local health officials release new guidelines.

Pre-Screening & Care

• Parents are asked to keep children home if they are not feeling well or showing signs of illness. (See parent handbook for details)

• All staff and campers will be observed by camp staff daily, upon arrival to camp, and monitored throughout the day

• A separate health space has been identified for any camper or staff who must wait to be picked up after showing signs of not feeling well

• Families will be asked to sign a YMCA waiver prior to their child’s first day of camp

• Camp staff and children will be asked to follow NJ DOH and ACA health & safety protocols during the camp day

• Face Coverings: Face coverings are required for staff and children when not with their assigned group, when physical distancing is difficult, and when indoors.

Sanitation

• Hand sanitizer as campers arrive

• Nightly deep cleaning by contracted cleaning company

• Continuous cleaning by camp staff and our cleaning company throughout the day

• Increased handwashing throughout the day

• Additional hand sanitizing stations

• Cleaning of supplies after each use, (individual supplies in some cases)

Schedule

• Selected camp sites will offer summer day camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade. Our My Y Summer Camp program for toilet-trained children ages 3-5 yrs. old will be offered at Freehold Family YMCA.

• The camp day has been extended to 8am to 5pm; reducing the need for pre and post care (extended care)

• Our weekly options will be:

o 5 full days per week

o 4 full days per week (Monday – Thursday ONLY)

Camper Groups

• Max group size will be 20 campers

• Staff to camper ratio is 1:6 (preschool), 1:8 (K-2nd grade) & 1:10 (3rd – 8th grade)

• Campers will be placed in smaller groups

• Camper groups will stay with their assigned camp staff throughout the day

• Each Group will be socially distanced from other groups

• Large group events such as opening and closing will take place with increased distances between each group

Lunch & Snacks

• Campers will need to bring their own lunch each day. Lunch boxes will be kept by group in an air conditioned space or refrigeration (depending on the site)

• Lunch areas will be spaced out to provide for social distancing between groups

• Trading posts and snack bars will not be open this season. Please pack additional snacks and ice packs for your camper.

Transportation

• Parents will provide daily transportation; One limited bus will run from the Red Bank Y to Camp Zehnder

• Drop off and Pick up will be set up on a staggered schedule, (We recommend having the same person for drop off and pick up if possible)

• Travel camp will transition to a Teen Leader Adventure Camp – trip fees will be used to fund higher level activities and supplies, community service hours will still be earned for summer projects

Staff Training

• All staff will be trained in CPR, First Aid, & AED

• All staff will be trained to identify the risks and reduce the spread of COVID-19

• All staff will be trained in mental health first aid to help identify concerns and provide resources for staff, campers, and families

• All staff will be trained to recognize signs of and prevent child abuse, harassment, and bullying

Programming

• Increased opportunities for science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities (STEAM)

• Swimming pool, shade, misting stations, sprinklers, and water play to keep cool.

• Campers will participate in two recreational swims sessions each day in small groups (weather permitting). Water safety activities will be taught. We are not able to accommodate swim lessons with our current restrictions and hiring difficulties. Please send campers to camp with their bathing suits on. Many of our activities involve cooling off with water play, so bathing suits will be needed most of the day.

• Teen campers will have additional, age appropriate activities such as leadership and job training, pottery, wood working, jewelry making, photography, journalist activities, comic book creation, community service projects, and more as they develop their new curriculum

• RMIT & CIT programs will not be offered this summer. Campers are welcome to join our teen camper program.

• Safe fishing & boating at Camp Zehnder

• Junior Chef healthy cooking class

• YMCA Scholarships will be allocated proportionate to enrollment

Space will be limited and we anticipate closing out many options and sessions, so register as soon as you know what you need. We will do our best to meet your needs, and we will keep safety as our top priority. Please view our virtual camp tours and stay tuned for live virtual information sessions. If you have more questions, please email summerfun@ymcanj.org.

Thank you for camping with us! Stay safe, stay tuned.