Summer camp is here and the Y is ready! The Tampa Y provided 10 weeks of relief care for children of essential workers while schools were closed. 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 offered 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 and Kids' Day Out
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.
- Lower ratio camp groups spread throughout the whole facility. Campers remain in their same groups throughout the week.
- Individual and spaced out activities to practice safe social distancing where possible when inside. 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.
Summer Camp Update 6/30
Face Coverings at YMCA Summer Camp
At all our YMCA Summer Camp locations across Hillsborough County, we highly encourage face coverings as an extra layer of protection, but they are not required for children under the age of 18 in our camps, youth sports and Stay & Play areas. If a parent wishes their camper to be in a face covering indoors, they will need to continue to send one with them and notify Y staff at check-in.
In compliance with Pasco County’s mask ordinance, campers are required to wear a face covering indoors at the East Pasco County YMCA Summer Camps. Parents/guardians are responsible for sending a mask to camp with their camper (we recommend two).