Our camp staff is getting fired up for camp to begin at Camp Finberg on July 13th!
If you haven’t registered for camp yet, please sign up as soon as possible. Select weeks have already reached capacity.
The Attleboro YMCA Camp Staff Team continues to make plans for an amazing summer of fun that encourages kids to unplug, explore, and connect. After the spring we’ve had, kids are going to need that more than ever.
Of course, camp will look considerably different this summer, as we make changes and adjustments in response to the threat of COVID-19. All of our plans will shift at times to meet the latest requirements, guidelines, and recommendations from the state government, the CDC, the Department of Public Health, Y of the USA, and our medical advisors.
In light of the current situation, we will make the following changes to our summer camp program:
- Delayed start date: Camp will begin July 13th.
- New camp hours: Our camp program will run 7:30 am-5:30 pm. While the traditional camp program runs 8:00 am-4:30 pm, we will include extended care in the fee to make camp more affordable for working families.
- No specialty camps: This summer, we will not be offering any of our specialty camp programs or sports clinics. This will make it possible for our staff team to focus all of our efforts on our traditional camp program.
- One camp location: Both our Camp Finberg and Camp Pleasant programs will be integrated into one and will run at the Norton Outdoor Center this summer.
- No bus transportation: Due to social distancing protocols, we will not be able to provide bus transportation this summer.
- No field trips: We will not offer any offsite field trips as part
- of our camp program this summer.
- Reduced capacity: In order to accommodate social distancing guidelines, we will have to reduce the number of campers on site. These registration limits will be based on direction from the Board of Health.
Please keep in mind that we have adjusted our registration policies in the following ways:
- No-risk registration policy. Because these times are so uncertain, we’re changing our refund policies. If you decide to cancel at least 10 days prior to your child’s participation at camp this summer, we will refund any payments you’ve made, including your deposit. If for any reason the Y cannot hold a week of camp, you will receive a refund for any payments you’ve made toward that week. If your child becomes sick or potentially contagious, you may cancel up to one day prior and receive a full refund
You are welcome to register online to reserve your child’s place at camp. If you have any questions about registration, please contact our Camp Registrar Peepers Flanagan at email@example.com.
IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR REGISTERED CAMPERS – JULY 2, 2020
Hello, Attleboro YMCA campers and camp families!
Are you excited about camp? We sure are! Thank you for letting your child spend part of their summer with us. We can’t wait to see everyone!
We’re currently training our staff to prepare for your arrival – and to ensure that we’re ready to help your child unplug, explore, connect, and make this a memorable summer for all of the right reasons!
We’re sending this email so you can prepare for your arrival as well. This summer is sure to be unlike any other, so even if you’re one of our longtime camp families, please be sure to check out the important policies and procedures below. There’s a lot of new information!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Kevin Santos & Brian Gannon
To protect the health and safety of our campers and staff this summer, we’re implementing the following policies and procedures, as recommended by the CDC, state, and local guidelines. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation! As the guidelines evolve, we’ll keep you posted of any changes.
- Drop-off and pick-up. Parents and guardians are asked to remain in the car during drop-off and pick-up. Although we will not take camper temperatures, we will ask parents a series of health screening questions.
- Face coverings. Both staff and campers will be required to wear a face covering at camp. We strongly encourage that campers wear a “buff” or “gaiter” that can be pulled up over the mouth and nose when necessary, and then worn around the neck at other times.
- Small groups & assigned staff. Campers will stay with their group of 10 the whole day and throughout the week. All groups will be socially distant from any other groups. (Campers ages 5-6 will have two staff with them at all times during the day – one counselor will be there for the full day, two other counselors will split the day. / Campers ages 7 and up will be staffed with a pair of counselors who will split the day.) For health reasons, it is important that the group of 10 campers and their assigned staff remain consistent throughout the week.
- No lost and found. Due to the Department of Health guidelines, we cannot hold a lost and found due to risk of cross contamination. Please put your camper’s name on all things, so we can package it accordingly and get it back to its owners cleanly. We will not keep underwear, socks or food storage containers.
- Cleaning policies. To ensure the cleaning of all areas, counselors will be required to clean an area before their group enters an area and then once they have left that area.
- Hand washing. All groups will have scheduled times throughout the day to wash their hands.
- Sick policy. Please do not send your child to camp if your child is sick or exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19. If a child becomes sick at camp, we have identified an area where the child can rest, be watched after, and safely isolate from others, until a caregiver is able to arrive and take the child home or to a health facility.
IMPORTANT CAMP PROGRAM UPDATES
- Children may be dropped off anytime between 7:30 am and 8:45 am.
- Children may be picked up anytime between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm.
- If you must drop off or pickup your child any time outside of those time frames, please call the camp office at (508) 222-7292, park in the lower lot, and a leadership staff member will walk down to bring your child to his or her group.
- If we expect a camp day to be exceedingly rainy with thunder and lightning, we may at times offer a “Rainy Day Opt Out” option the night before. We will notify families by email by 8pm the night before if an “opt out” is offered and will provide an online link to let us know. Please note that this must be filled out by 6:30 am for you to receive a refund for that day.
- Swim lessons will be offered Monday-Friday each week. Children will have the opportunity to swim every day.
- At this time, we will not be able to offer the ropes challenge course due to COVID-19 concerns. We will let you know if this changes!
NEW PROGRAM FOR THE SUMMER OF 2020: POWER SCHOLARS
The Attleboro YMCA is very excited to offer the Power Scholars Academy to our summer campers this year! Especially after a challenging spring for many of our campers, this program will blend fun with learning and inspiration in hands-on, engaging ways.
The Y and BELL (Building Education Leaders for Life) doesn’t just tackle summer learning loss. It builds strong youth, academically, physically, and emotionally. The program support students entering grades K-9 in Literacy, Math, Enrichment activities and STEM and the arts, along with a health curriculum – all led by trained teachers.
While elements of the Power Scholars curriculum will be incorporated into our daily camp activities, you may also choose to opt-in for the full Power Scholars program for your child. This opportunity will give your child additional resources. Thanks to a grant, there is no cost for you child to participate in the Power Scholars Program! To enroll your child in the Power Scholars program, click here.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
Please be sure to pack the following for every day of camp. Please label all items, including your child’s lunch.
- Comfortable clothes to move and play in. Campers will get messy so consider what your child wears to camp.
- Swimsuit & towel
- If possible, please have your camper come to camp already in his or her bathing suit, as our guidelines limit access to the locker rooms.
- A buff or face mask for when social distancing is not possible
- Closed toe shoes (No sandals or flip flops please)
- Sweatshirt or light jacket for cool or rainy days
- Lunch, snacks, and drinks. Please be sure to provide choices that are healthy, fulfilling, and non-perishable. (There is no refrigeration at camp). Children are very active during the day and tend to get very hungry at camp.
- Water bottles with water (no glass) – While we will not have a camp store this summer, we will have a vending machine with water and seltzer water, available for $1.50.
- Sunscreen and Bug Repellent (spray only)
- A backpack to carry belongings
- NEW FOR 2020 REGULATIONS! A labeled gallon zip-lock bag with child safe scissors, crayons, markers (5 colors min), and a glue stick.
SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR RAINY DAYS
- Raincoat windbreaker with hood
- Extra shoes/socks
- Changes of clothes
WHAT NOT TO BRING TO CAMP
Please leave all valuable personal items at home.
- Campers should not bring or wear any valuable, personal articles such as expensive footwear, watches, jewelry, phones, personal music devices, electronic games, trading cards, key chains, toys, etc. Children are not permitted to use these items at camp.
- Do not bring sporting equipment.
- We are under strict guidelines that do not allow for sharing items, please leave personal items at home.
- Phones may not be used at camp.
ADDITIONAL WEEKS ARE AVAILABLE!
(And other registration and billing info)
We were able to expand our capacity slightly due to new guidelines, so we do have some spaces available! If you had tried earlier to register for additional weeks earlier and were told that certain weeks were closed, that might no longer be the case.
If you would like to add weeks or if you have any questions about your child’s camp registration or billing, please reach out to our Camp Registrar Peepers Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 409-0753.
Don’t forget that your camp balance is due 10 days prior to each week of camp. This will automatically be drafted from the account you provided. (Keep in mind that our scheduled draft for the first week of camp takes place on Friday, July 3rd. Don’t be surprised!)