Safety Measures | Summer Day Camp

Our kids need camp—now more than ever.

Know that the Y is doing all we can to move forward in order to provide a positive camp experience for our kids this summer, in the safest and most responsible way possible. Following the governor's guidelines, the Y has implemented the following safety measures for summer camp.

  • Swimming will swim in small groups. Please see your camp director for details on how swimming is part of your camper's day.
  • Parents of non-swimmers are asked to bring a Coast Guard approved life vest to help us minimize the sharing of materials. Life vests/jackets will be supplied to nonswimmers that are not able to supply their own. 

    Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices include the following stamp:

    This image shows a stamp used on all coast guard approved flotation devices.
  • Splash pads and spray parks will continue to be closed.
Group Sizes
  • • Group size limit increases for Phase Three as long as social distancing of six feet can be maintained and children do not mix groups.
  • Staff to Child ratios are as follows:
    • Ages 2yrs: 1:8
    • Ages 3-4yrs: 1:10
    • Ages 5-12yrs: 1:15
Daily Health Screenings
  • Upon arrival to the program each day, parents/guardians will be asked a series of questions related to health practices.
  • Children and staff will continue to have temperature checks prior to entering the program.
  • Temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be permitted.
  • Children will need to be fever-free, with no fever-reducing medication, for 72 hours prior to being readmitted. This is a change from our normal 24 hour policy.
Outdoor Activities and Playgrounds
  • Outdoor activities are highly encouraged and camp directors have been working diligently to plan accordingly. 
  • Playgrounds will be utilized with cleaning and sanitization occurring before and after each use and with social distancing maintained.
Face Coverings

Following guidance from the Virginia and North Carolina Departments of Health, all children ages five and older and all staff are required to wear face masks while indoors and when unable to maintain at least six feet of physical distance outdoors.

  • Children ages 2–4 are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • Parents are asked to provide face coverings for their children.
  • Face coverings should be cleaned daily, following CDC guidelines.
Cleaning & Disinfecting

We have developed extensive cleaning protocols our staff will follow throughout the day.

  • Cleaning occurs before we open
  • Before and after each activity (including mealtime)
  • During transitions
  • Extensive sanitizing/disinfecting at closing.

This protocol also meets our state licensing requirements and we are following cleaning recommendations by the CDC.

Refund & Cancellations

In the event families need to cancel due to COVID-19, the Y is happy to refund any and all deposits, registration fees and weekly tuition paid. Please contact your camp director, listed at the bottom of this page.

Positive COVID-19 Case Protocol

If there is a report of a positive COVID-19 case at a camp location, the Y will launch our safety protocol in partnership with the state Department of Health, including:

  • Notify members and participants about the positive case report
  • Immediately close that camp location while contact tracing is performed
  • Deeply clean and sanitize the location (beyond regular cleaning protocols)
  • Work with the Department of Health to determine the risk to staff, members and participants
    • If there is risk exposure to participants, the Y will notify participants to be tested
    • If there is low or no risk exposure to participants, the Y will resume the child care program when it is deemed safe 

Safety Measures

Check In & Check Out


Children will be dropped off and picked up through a rides in/out system of arrival/departure to limit traffic in program space.

While in the car, temperatures of all children will be taken daily before admittance into the program. Staff will ask if medications were used to lower the child's temperature and if there are any household members with COVID-19. Children with temperatures above 100.4°F will not be admitted.

Children will be required to wash hands upon entering the child care space.

Upon arrival for check out, parents will remain in vehicle.

Staff member will check ID and children will be walked up and put in car.

Social Distancing & Health Habits


Children will be in groups no larger than state guidelines allow and will not integrate with other groups. 

YMCA child care staff will wear masks and other PPE. 

Children will be encouraged to stay six feet apart, especially during mealtime and transitions, and will be discouraged from touching one another. Activities will be modified to accommodate distancing.

Bathroom breaks will be scheduled every 2–3 hours, with mandatory hand washing.

Healthy hygiene education will be a daily part of each child's experience and activities will be planned to support this initiative.

Dining & Meal Procedures


Children and staff will wash their hands before entering the eating area.

Children and staff will go immediately to their table and will again sanitize their hands.

Children will only sit at a table with other children from their group, with a maximum of four children per table.

At the conclusion of each meal, tables and seats will be sanitized.

After the areas are cleaned, children will sanitize their hands and exit the eating area.

After leaving the eating area, before going to the next activity, children and staff will wash their hands.

Site Preparation & Maintenance


Prior to reopening for care, all child care spaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. 

Daily, staff will arrive at least 30 minutes prior to opening to prepare for children.

Water and bleach solution (10%) will be used for cleaning and sanitizing during program hours. Flex wipes will also be used to sanitize non-porous surfaces. Areas will be thoroughly disinfected at closing.

Toys, games and supplies will be cleaned and sanitized following each transition.

Staff will complete cleaning checklists throughout the day and keep written record of all areas.