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To our BVFYMCA Camp Families,

We are excited to announce that our Newark and Licking Heights Day Camp sites will open on June 8! We have been working diligently in accordance with the guidelines given to us by the Governor and are excited to safely welcome our families back to the YMCA.

Camp will look different this year! We know the COVID-19 crisis has made many children anxious, and living with stay-at-home restrictions has been hard. We’re so excited to welcome them back to the Y and provide a safe, fun environment to explore, get active and improve their social and emotional health!

As we prepare to reopen, please be assured that your child’s safety is our number one priority. 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 physical/social distancing practices.

Here is what you can expect as you return to Camp this summer:

  • Camp will open June 8 and run through August 7.
    • Registration will reopen Thursday, May 28.
      • Availability will be first come/first serve and very limited.
    • We will offer post-camp days the week of August 10.
      • Registration for these days will open July 20.
  • Our hours of operation will be reduced for the transition back to programming.  The YMCA Day Camp will operate from 7:30 am to 5:00pm. 
  • Staff will be wearing mask when in close proximity of campers:
    • When applying sunscreen, providing first aid or having close conversations.
  • At drop off, children will complete a daily symptom assessment. This will include a temperature check:
    • If a child has a temperature of 100˚F or higher, the child will not be admitted and an illness report will be created to document the temperature.
      • A child with a temperature of 100˚F or higher must be fever-free for 3 days without fever-reducing medication before they can return.
      • Anyone who feels sick should stay home and not be at camp for the day.
    • Children will wash hands before entering the camp area.
  • At drop off, a staff member will assist with checking in and direct campers to wash hands before entering camp. 
    •  Parents are not permitted into the staff cabin to help eliminate potential contamination of the staff/camper space.
      • We understand that there will be circumstances that will require a parent to enter the staff cabin, in these instances, parents must wear a mask or face covering. 
    • Parents will be expected to maintain social distancing while waiting for drop off or pick up by staying in their vehicles.
    • No parent or family functions, no extracurricular activities, such as camp open house or field trips, at this time. 
      • LIT training will be offered during camp hours.
  • Group size and attendance will be reduced. Children will be kept in smaller groups throughout the day. Current ratios are as follows:
    • The maximum number of campers/LITs per group will be limited to 9. Total group size will be limited 10, including the counselor.
  • A number of specialty camps will be cancelled due to field trip restrictions. If your child is registered for a specialty camp that was cancelled, a staff member will be contacting you to discuss possible alternatives available.
  • Meals and snacks will continue to be served at the Snack Shack area. Meals and snacks will be served in a ‘grab and go’ setting. Groups will be called to get meals (a sack containing all components and milk) and then move to a separate, socially distanced area from other groups to eat. 
  • There will be no water fountains available for drinking; bottle filler fountains only. Please bring a refillable water bottle each day.
  • If you choose to provide your own sunscreen, please remember aerosol cans are not permitted at camp. 
  •  Campers will practice social distancing as much as possible and mixing of groups will be minimal. 
    • Groups will combine as necessary in the early morning and at the end of each day.
    • On rain days we will utilize the Mitchell Center (Newark), divided into 4 quadrants, and South Elementary (Licking Heights).  Social distancing during this time will be more difficult.  If you are able to have an alternate plan for these days as social distancing will be a concern, it would be greatly appreciated.
      • It is encouraged that your child wear a face covering while indoors and social distancing is difficult. Please provide a face covering for your children, in the event of inclement weather.
  • At pick up time, campers will wash hands before leaving camp for the day.

Our counselors are excited to welcome your children back to camp! They have been diligently working to prepare plans and activities for their return.  If you should have any questions or concerns as we continue to prepare for the June 8 re-opening date, please contact: Gail Humbert at (Newark Camp), Jessica Calvelage at (Licking Heights Camp) or the Director of Child Development, Heather Hawkins at



Heather Hawkins

Director of Child Development