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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who will make the decision if camp will continue this summer? When will this decision be made?
UPDATE – June 23rd: The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has cancelled weeks 1-4 of day camp this summer (Day Camp – June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10). We are starting a modified day camp on July 13th.
UPDATE – May 29th: Per the orders of Governor Larry Hogan, overnight camps have been cancelled this summer. This includes overnight camp, try out camp, Leaders in Training, and Counselors in Training. Camp staff will be in contact over the coming weeks regarding payments that have already been made.
UPDATE – May 26th: The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has cancelled our first two weeks of day camp this summer (Day Camp – June 15-19 and Day Camp – June 22-26). Camp staff will be in contact over the coming weeks regarding payments that have already been made.
In accordance with the regulations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World -Health Organization (WHO), American Camp Association (ACA), and local government, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will make the most informed decision in the upcoming weeks.
Will I get a refund if YMCA of Metropolitan Washington cancels camp due to the COVID-19?
There will be several options available if the camp is cancelled due to restrictions:
- Transfer your current registration to credit for summer 2021
- Apply credit to any other YMCA program or service within our YMCA of Metropolitan Washington association
- Graciously donate all or a portion of your camp fees to the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington so we can continue to support our community through these difficult times
- Be eligible to receive a full refund
- Combine any of the options above
Should I consider switching to a later session in the summer?
You may switch your session or camp weeks based on availability. We will continue to monitor the local guidelines regarding Summer Camp capacity and will notify you if we modify or cancel weeks or sessions.
How will you determine if it is safe to open?
The American Camp Association is working in a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the YMCA of the USA on guidelines and recommendations for safely operating camp this summer. Based on the protocols set forth by these guidelines, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will meet regularly to make the best decision for the safety of all.
If camp operates this summer, are there any specific camps or activities that may be cancelled due to the risk of spreading the Coronavirus?
The YMCA will modify some activities based on local guidelines and the health and safety for all. At this time, we are awaiting guidelines to be provided to us from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), American Camp Association (ACA), and local government. Activities that will be modified/cancelled may include transportation, field trips and the use of public pools, etc. Guidelines will be provided by each location.
Will there be a discount applied to my registration if any activities are cancelled (ex. swimming)?
Our staff will provide an alternative option and programming to any activities that must be cancelled due to COVID-19. Due to our efforts to ensure a quality program, there will be no discounts due to activities being cancelled as a result of the pandemic.
What resources does the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington have in place to respond to illness at camp?
The health and safety of our community is a top priority and staff are trained to monitor the health of all campers and staff. The YMCA is committed to responding quickly to any suspicions of illness. If there are any suspicions of illness, the family will be immediately contacted and the person will be isolated in a pre-determined safe space. The YMCA continues to modify and update its current health policies to meet the need of providing camp during COVID-19.
What will happen if a camper or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 and/or exhibits symptoms?
The YMCA will follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and consult with our local and state health departments regarding reports of COVID-19 exposure. As we are committed to the health and safety of all involved in our programs, our response may include deep cleaning, a temporary suspension of operations, or other actions as determined by the type of exposure. We will communicate with families and staff in accordance with recommendations from licensing agencies and health departments.
What are the group sizes?
In accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC that were created through a partnership with the American Camp Association, our groups will be no larger than 10 people. The YMCA will follow local guidance when determining capacity.
What are you doing to keep campers and staff safe?
Our staff will be trained to teach and supervise the practice of proper hygiene, including but not limited to:
- Handwashing, or when soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizing
- Sanitary food preparation and dish sanitizing (where necessary)
- Reminders not to touch one’s face with unwashed hands
- Covering sneezes and coughs into the elbow, or if available, into a disposable tissue
- Not sharing personal care items
- Designating personal supplies for camp
Will children be permitted to wear PPE if they wish to? Will children be required to wear PPE?
All locations will follow the guidelines and regulations as provided by their local jurisdiction. Any one that prefers to wear PPE even if the jurisdiction is not requiring PPE is permitted to do so.
If we choose to cancel camp and opt to move a credit to future programs, when must that credit be used?
All credits from programs in 2020 must be used by the December 31, 2021.
Can another family member use a credit from camp programs? Does the credit need to be used specifically for camp or can I pay for something else like membership fees or classes with the credit?
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington operates under the “One Y” motto. This means you will be able to apply a credit from camp to programs for another family member or different programs at any of our locations (ie. Membership fees, classes, etc.).
How will people be kept informed?
You may visit our website, frequently check your email for COVID 19 related communications or contact your local branch Directors.
What is the YMCA doing to reduce the likelihood of someone bringing COVID-19 to camp?
We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe social distancing practices. We are modifying our check in procedures, to include but not limited to curb side drop off and pick up, daily temperature checks, daily health waiver implementation and limiting personal belongings entering the building.
Some states have already made their decisions for how they will approach camp this summer. Is it safe to assume another state’s guidance will largely be true for my state?
Following CDC, WHO, ACA, and local guidance, they YMCA will determine its operating status and notify families in the coming weeks.