When summer camp begins, the Tampa Y will have provided 10 weeks of of relief care for children of essential workers. The safety of our campers and staff is our top priority and we take this responsibility very seriously. We are committed to making our summer camps just as safe as the emergency Youth Relief Care we’re currently offering at 11 of our YMCA centers. The Tampa Y staff are very experienced in keeping children and staff safe, especially during these uncertain times.
Safety Standards for Summer Camp
The Y has collaborated with the American Camp Association to create educational resources for camps, parents, and campers as well as state and local health departments. Also engaged in the process was an independent expert panel that included specialists in pediatric medicine, epidemiology, infectious disease management, biological safety and industrial hygiene. Click here to review the ACA camp operations guide we're following which include the following protocols:
- Before children and staff are checked in, their temperatures are taken. For the safety and well-being of others in camp, those running a temperature of 100.4+ degrees cannot attend.
- Staggered curb-side check-in.
- Low ratio camp groups spread throughout the whole facility. Campers remain in their same small groups throughout the week.
- Individual and spaced out activities to practice safe social distancing. Limited sharing of supplies.
- Ample access to hand washing and hand sanitizer stations, especially at check-in, before meals and after restroom use.
- Y staff intentionally teach and encourage good hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and follow a strict sick child/staff policy.
- Significant disinfecting of supplies and activity areas throughout the day.