SUMMER CAMP HAS BEEN EXTENDED!
- Brandywine Y– Camp ends Friday, September 11th
- Bear-Glasgow Y – Camp ends Friday, September 4th
- Western Family Y – Camp ends Friday, September 4th
- Sussex Family Y – Camp ends Friday, September 4th
- Dover Y – Camp ends Friday, August 28th
- Middletown Y – We were not able to extend camp at the Middletown Y. However, interested Middletown Campers are welcome to register at the Bear-Glasgow Y or the Dover Y.
Per the Governor’s orders, effective at 8 am August 27th, children in Kindergarten and above will be required to wear masks in all YMCA of Delaware buildings when not actively exercising.
To enroll for camp online, you will first need to create an account in our new system. If you have already created an account, simply log-in. For details and instructions, click here.
Highlights of what you can expect when coming to camp:
Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our campers, staff and community.
We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our camp meets the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical distancing practices. Although some things will look different this year, we will still provide a fun-filled, exciting summer for all our campers!
- Extensive Staff Training – Staff members will have extensive training in safe physical distancing, stable groups, virus spread reduction and the latest cleaning and disinfection protocols provided by the CDC. In addition, all Y staff members receive training annually in child abuse prevention, first aid, CPR and workplace safety.
- Camper Orientation – All campers will participate in an orientation covering personal space, handwashing and other best practices to protect their own health and safety.
- Spread love not germs – To ensure a squeaky-clean camp and healthy campers, we will implement frequent hand washing and increase cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch areas. Additional sinks and hand sanitizing stations have been added to all camps. Children and staff will be required to wash their hands prior to entering and before leaving all activity areas.
- Health Screenings – All children and staff will be screened daily. Anyone with a temperature over 99.5 and/or exhibiting other symptoms of illness will not be permitted to attend. Visitors will not be allowed on site without special approval.
- Namast’ay 6 feet away – We are excited to offer lots of fun group activities while keeping everyone physically distant. Camp groups will consist of a maximum of 15 children. Children and staff will be assigned to one group for the duration of camp. Cohort groups of campers will be encouraged to stay together throughout the day and groups will be kept at least 6 feet apart at all times.
- Face Coverings– Per the Governor’s orders, effective at 8 am August 27th, children in Kindergarten and above will be required to wear masks unless they are outside and safe physical distancing is practiced, or they have an underlining health, behavioral or physical condition that prevents them from doing so safely. Camp staff must wear face coverings in accordance with the State’s Phase 2 plan for re-opening. Children will be reminded often to avoid touching their face, nose, and mouth.
- Enhanced Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures – Parents and guardians will remain in their cars during drop-off and pick-up. A camp staff member will accompany each child to their pre-determined group. All staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves during this process.
- Pool Time! – Children will have the opportunity to swim with their assigned group at various times during the week. A limited number of groups of children will be allowed in the pool at one time. Groups will be spaced out to ensure safe physical distancing is maintained.
- Summer Camp Activities- Weekly camp activities include arts and crafts, nature and STEM, drama, field games, sports and movement, water play, and theme-related activities. Language arts and math opportunities will be incorporated into activities to support students academically during the summer months. In an effort to still provide children with the opportunity to experience off-site adventures, we will offer exciting virtual field trips designed to educate and engage.
- Cleaning and Sanitation – Mr. Clean and our team will be constantly sanitizing with EPA approved cleaners. Staff will follow government guidelines, increasing the cleaning frequency of high touch areas. Equipment, supplies and materials used in group activities will be cleaned before and after each use.
Safety and Quality Matter
At the Y, we believe that staff is our greatest resource and boast that we offer better than a 1 to 10 staff to camper ratio. Our camp staff all have prior experience working with children and have camp specific training. Unit Directors are college students/graduates who are working professionals in the fields of education and child development.
All staff must pass a thorough background check including:
- FBI and Fingerprints
- National Child Abuse Registry
- National & State Sex Offender Registry
- Reference Checks
All staff receives a minimum of 24 hours pre-camp training including:
- Child Abuse Recognition & Prevention
- CPR and First Aid Training
- Communicable Disease Management
- Zero Tolerance Anti-Bullying Training
- Diversity & Inclusion Training – Team Building and Group Dynamics
- And, more!