Adaptions for 2021

Here are some things we’re planning to make sure summer 2021 is the high-quality camp experience you expect from us. Please understand these may shift as we march on towards summer, but know that we’re always keeping our camp family’s health and safety as our top priority!

COVID-19 Safety

+ Pre Summer
  • Actively recruiting group counselors who are committed to youth development and upholding our safety standards
     
  • Meeting with our past summer staff to listen to their ideas and concerns for programming additions and modifications
     
  • Working on additional staff training regarding mental health and COVID-19 anxiety, as well as a plan to support mental health during the summer.
+ Activities & Programs
  • Through our experience with our 2020 camp program, we learned that wearing masks at camp is truly possible—and so we’re ready to mask up in summer 2021 too (when we’re indoors, or outdoors with a group other than our own group and can’t maintain distance)
     
  • Multi-group activities/programs will be in open air and utilizing physical distancing
     
  • Program planning will include reducing shared equipment and increasing sanitizing of program supplies
+ Meals
  • Some locations will provide breakfast snacks and lunch. Some locations will require that campers bring their lunch and snacks. (more to be found in the parent handbook for your location)
     
  • Campers will eat with their groups as has always been our tradition. Groups will be spaced out and youth in the groups also will maintain spacing.
+ Facilities
  • As our YMCA facilities have capacity requirements, the Summer program will also have capacity requirements. We plan to have group sizes of 8 - 10 youth depending on age.
     
  • Hand sanitizing/hand washing stations are available throughout the locations that campers will be playing.
     
  • Scheduled cleaning and sanitizing of shared spaces around our facilities will take place
+ Health Care
  • All participants will be encouraged to monitor their health for two weeks prior to their camp session.
     
  • Wellness assessments will be performed on every child to identify symptoms of COVID-19.
     
  • Child hand washing upon arrival is mandatory. Hands will be washed frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially before, during and after food prep or eating.
     
  • Our program leaders will communicate with parents if symptoms arise and follow strict protocol on responding to symptoms or suspected cases
     
  • Any child who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to attend the program or will be sent home upon showing these symptoms.

2021 Summer at the Y FAQ

 

+ Is summer camp for 2021 happening?

There is no better place for kids to connect, make new friends, try new things, and discover their potential. We are following all CDC, local, state and government guidance. Due to the nature of the changes our program structure has also changed.

Summer at the Y Program Locations:

  • Big Walnut Elementary School
  • Buckeye Valley Elementary School
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
  • Grove City YMCA
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
  • Hilltop YMCA
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA - Hyatts Park
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
  • North YMCA
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
  • Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA (teens)
  • Whitehall Community Center YMCA
+ Where do I find specific summer camp information for my location including dates, pricing, etc.?

Visit our Summer Camps Location Page Here and scroll to choose the camp location that’s right for your family.

+ What about Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Willson

They are very excited to offer 2021 overnight camp programs! Be sure to visit ymcacampwillson.org for more information.

+ Can I register for camp but have the option to cancel later if I need to?

We want you to be able to register for camp with confidence. We also understand things change.

If you withdraw your child by May 24, 2021 or if your program is cancelled by our Y or a governing agency here are your options:

  • Give a Gift: donate funds already paid or a portion of funds paid. We will be happy to provide a tax receipt for your thoughtful and generous gift.
  • Get a credit: Apply the funds you’ve paid to a future camp experience or program. 
  • Get a refund: Receive a refund of all deposits & payments paid through May 24, 2021.

If you are cancelling a registration due to illness, please contact your camp’s director as soon as you realize you are not able to attend. We will work with you to determine if a refund or credit (minus the $25 deposit) will be issued.

+ What happens if I cancel my camp registration or it is cancelled by the Y or a governing agency?

If you withdraw your child before May 24, 2021 or if your program is cancelled by our Y or a governing agency here are your options:

  • Give a Gift: donate funds already paid or a portion of funds paid. We will be happy to provide a tax receipt for your thoughtful and generous gift.
  • Get a credit: Apply the funds you’ve paid to a future camp experience or program.  
  • Get a refund: Receive a refund of all deposits & payments paid through May 24, 2021.

If you withdraw your child after May 24, 2021 our standard cancellation policy will be in effect. If you have questions regarding cancelling please contact us at daycamp@ymcacolumbus.org

If you are cancelling a registration due to illness, please contact your camp’s director as soon as you realize you are not able to attend. We will work with you to determine if a refund or credit (minus the $25 deposit) will be issued.

+ What is the Y doing to prioritize health and safety for my child at camp?

At the Y, our priority is always on the health and safety of your child.  In addition to the many steps we take every day to protect the health of our guests, campers, and staff, we work closely with our YMCA Risk Management team to incorporate recommendations from local, state and national agencies and follow guidance from the American Camp Association for a healthy camp community for all.


Parents of registered children will receive a separate email and updated Parent Manual with information about our safety procedures.

+ How can I receive the most up-to-date information about summer camp?

Continue to check your email for communication around summer camp and follow us on Facebook as we will post updates as they develop.


Please also always feel comfortable to reach out and contact us at daycamp@ymcacolumbus.org with any specific questions or concerns.

+ Is my camper the right age for a particular camp?

Each camp serves a different camper age based on their entering grade level for the upcoming school year. Sumer at the Y programs generally serve campers as rising 1st-6th graders. Please see location details on each page to ensure correct placement.

+ How much time will my child spend outside?

Fun in the Sun! Campers will be outside most of the day with weather permitting. Please apply sunscreen prior to your camper’s arrival for the day. And be sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather that day. Bring a rain jacket if rainy; sweatshirt if chilly; etc.

+ What should my child bring to camp?

Campers should wear OLD CLOTHES to camp with the camper’s full name clearly marked on every item brought to camp. Campers will be able to bring a backpack with limited items, including:
 

  • Water bottle(s)
  • Sunscreen
  • A mask. These will be worn at times where social distancing is difficult such as when severe weather requires campers to be in close proximity to each other.
  • Clothes necessary for that day’s predicted weather (rain, chilly, etc)
+ When are my payments due?

Below is a calendar showing the camp weeks and the automatic draft dates.

First Date of Camp Week Week # Draft Date
June 7, 2021 Week 1 May 28, 2021
June 14 (No Camp Fri. June 18) Week 2 June 4
June 21 Week 3 June 11
June 28 Week 4 June 18
July 6 (No Camp Mon. July 5) Week 5 June 25
July 12 Week 6 July 2
July 19 Week 7 July 9
July 26 Week 8 July 16
August 2 Week 9 July 23
August 9 Week 10 July 30
+ Is there financial assistance available for camp?

Yes.  Scholarships or financial assistance is available for summer camp. To request an application, contact your local YMCA Branch or download one from our website at http://ymcacolumbus.org/join/financial-assistance. Requests should be made no later than May 24, 2021. Funding may be limited so it is to your advantage to apply early.

+ Does camp accept Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC)?

Yes, for most programs.  The YMCA accepts publicly funded childcare (PFCC) subsidy payments from ODJFS if applicable. Please note that not all camp programs are eligible for PFCC funding. Weekly co-payments must be paid prior to each week. In addition to co-pays, it is the responsibility of a parent/guardian to be consistent with checking in/out of the ODJFS TAP system. Failure to comply with these state mandated requirements may result in removal from the program.
 

+ What is Tax ID# for claiming child care tax credit?

Tuition fees are eligible for child care tax credit. Our federal child care tax ID # is 31-4379495 and a year-end tax statement is available upon request.

+ Are your camps accredited?

The YMCA of Central Ohio is a licensed camper care facility while the Day Camp programs are accredited programs through the American Camp Association (ACA). All YMCA of Central Ohio Camps are registered with the State of Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services. For more information or to file a complaint please contact Job & Family Services at (614) 466-7765.

Day Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. This independent body establishes standards for key aspects of camp operation, program quality, health and safety of campers. ACA accreditation includes an on-site visit every three years. For more information on accreditation or ACA, please go to ACAcamps.org.

Accredited Camps Include:

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA 
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
  • Gahanna: Middle School West 
  • Grove City YMCA
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
  • Hilltop YMCA
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
  • Liberty Twp/Powell YMCA
  • North YMCA
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
  • Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA
  • Whitehall Community Center YMCA 
+ What should my child NOT bring to camp?

PERSONAL BELONGINGS
 

  • Campers are responsible for their own belongings including backpacks, library books, clothing, and other personal items. We discourage campers from bringing their own electronic devices, phones, other special toys, game cards, books, money or sports equipment (unless specified for camp). If these items are brought, the YMCA staff may collect them and will return them when the child is picked up at the end of the day. The YMCA is not responsible for lost items.

 
DANGEROUS ITEMS & CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES NOT ALLOWED AT CAMP

  • Controlled Substances: Illegal Drugs, controlled substances and alcohol are not permitted on the property where a YMCA program is operated or visits
  • Tobacco-Free YMCA camp and facilities; no tobacco products permitted. Family cooperation is necessary to protect our “outdoor classroom” too for everyone to enjoy. Thank you for keeping YMCA Day Camp space and buildings tobacco free.
  • Pets: Pets or other animals are not allowed and are not to be brought to YMCA programs.
  • Weapons: No children, staff parents or visitors are not permitted to bring or possess weapons (including firearms and pocket knives)
  • Matches, lighters and firecrackers are not permitted.
  • Soda, sugary or any carbonated drinks are NOT permitted 
+ How do I reserve a spot in camp?

Camp registration requires a deposit per week, per camper to reserve a space for a week of camp. Standard deposit fees are $25/week for camp. Deposit fees apply toward the total of weekly camp fee.

+ Is there a multi-child discount?

Yes. For 2 or more children attending the same week of camp,  please reach out to your camp registrar to verify appropriate discount.
 

+ Is there a minimum amount of weeks to register?

No. Families may register for as many or as few weeks as desired during the summer.

+ Can day camp registration fees be prorated if not attending for the full week?

No. Camp fees and staff ratios are set for a full week of camp programming. Though attendance is not required for a full week, registration fees reflect for Monday-Friday (excluding holiday weeks).

+ What does a common day at day camp look like?

Daily activity plans vary from camp to camp depending on themes. However, an example of a common day will have the structure as follows:
 
Drop-off Period (7:00a-9:00am)

  • Camper choice activity  

 
Morning (9:00a-11:30am)

  • Opening Circle (camp communication, group game/activity)
  • Small Group theme activity rotation. 

 
Lunch (11:30am-12:30pm)

  • Lunch

 
Afternoon (12:30-4:00pm)

  • Small Group enrichment activity rotation. 2-4 stations including summer reading program, arts/dance, yoga, outdoor education
  • Closing Circle & reflections for the day

 
Pick-up Period (4:00pm-6:00pm)

  • Camper choice activity    
+ What if I need to cancel a registration?

We understand that summer camp plans change from time to time. Please visit http://ymcacolumbus.org/campchange to communicate your request for removal from previously registered camp weeks. Your request will be processed in 2-3 business days based on the following timeline:
 
Prior to May 24: Full refund of Deposit and Registration Fees
 
May 24 - July 1: Cancellations received during this time we will refund paid  camp fees less the deposit.
 
After July 1: If cancelling less than 14 days prior to first day of camp week: No refund of deposit or fees
 
If you are cancelling a registration due to illness, please contact your camp’s director as soon as you realize you are not able to attend. We will work with you to determine if a refund or credit (minus the $25 deposit) will be issued.