In realizing that so much has changed in our everyday lives since the arrival of the COVID-19 virus, we realize that normal is no longer normal. But, with some hard work and dedication to the youth and our community, and some cooperation we can bring you as normal as possible. Thus, although we have some new protocol to follow CDC guidelines, the YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps will still go on as usual.
Many children fondly anticipate the end of a school year and the upcoming YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps that follow. With the pandemic forcing homeschooling, the anticipation of the children has to be at an all-time high this summer. But with uncertainty in the air, there also must have been doubting about any camps taking place. Once again, however, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are taking place and all the details, new and old are right here below.
The “Y” is in the Knightdale Station new home community at 494 Knightdale Station Run. They are offering two camps this Summer and they are as follows:
- Camp Blazing Trails (Through August 7)
- Camp Knightdale (Through August 14)
Procedures and Protocol Changes for 2020 YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps under CDC and Local Directives
Anyone familiar with YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps knows that once our days begin, we form groups referred to at camp as “huddles.” Now with the recent pandemic and more specifically social distancing guidelines, there are changes to be compliant in these areas. Thus, below are the new guidelines in place regarding the “huddles” at YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps.
- YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps will operate with a 10 to 1 staff to child ratio
- Two huddles (or a maximum of 25 total people) can gather in the same room as long as you main Tain social distancing requirements. (These are the standard 6 feet apart guidelines.)
- Huddles can only interact with their assigned “partner” huddle. This does not mean one individual; it means that one “huddle” or group is with another “huddle or group. Anyone in these two entities can interact, but only with people inside if the assigned huddles.
- Campers must stay with their assigned huddles and with their counselor and rotate to activities.
Modifications to Summer Camp Activities
Obviously, there are other changes with the YMCA Knightdale Station Summer Camps that will need to be addressed also. However, one thing that will not change is the fun-filled activities and memories created during our time together.
That being said, there will also be modifications to our activities with respect to social distancing guidelines, too. For the peace of mind of our great parents out there, listed below are the guidelines for our activities:
- No sharing equipment of any type, between any two people. Also, we have eliminated any large group play.
- Activities will focus on an individual. The campers will still remain in their huddles with assigned counselors. But, activities with in the groups will have a more individual focus.
- Campers will be outdoors or in open, well-ventilated areas and will practice social distancing.
- Our daily assemblies and lunchtimes will respect social distancing guidelines.
- Due to state and local guidelines, we are not able to go on field trips or transport campers to pools that are not located on-site at the YMCA Knightdale station Summer Camps.
Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment Every Day at YMCA Knightdale Station
To ease the minds of parents and children alike, there are many basic ways that the YMCA Knightdale Station staff will help provide a healthy environment. Each following rule will be followed by all campers, which will go a long way to all staying safe.
- Upon arrival, campers will wash their hands. Also, they will wash their hands before and after lunch, before and after going outside and at other times during the day as needed.
- The YMCA staff will include disinfecting high-touch, high-traffic areas daily.
- Activity areas will have cleaning done in between group sessions.
- All campers over the age of 11 are required to wear face masks when they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. No exceptions.
- The YMCA will provide a face mask type covering piece, called “fun buffs.” Kids can use these fabric tubular face cover as a mask. These will be handed out to campers on the first day of camp.
For more information on these two camps and any affiliated programs at YMCA Knightdale Station or any area YMCA, visit ymcatriangle.org. To see more on the Knightdale Station new home community, visit knightdalestation.com