YMCA welcomes kids back to summer day camp

YMCA Welcomes Children Back to Summer Camp
Posted at 9:26 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 23:56:31-04

BROWN COUNTY (NBC 26) -- The YMCA welcomed families and children back to its popular summer day camp program on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

“Things will look a little bit different and feel a little bit different, but we’re still going to have tons of fun," YMCA child care executive Connie Bykoski said.

Several safety protocols are in place for staff and campers. Staff will undergo temperature checks prior to working with children. They'll ask children some health questions about how they're feeling. Also, parents will not be allowed to come into the camp. Sanitizing is a huge priority, and activities will be done with social distancing in mind.

“We’re doing a lot of out of the box thinking this summer, being creative and doing whatever you can think of," Bykoski said.

Camp leaders said safety is a top priority. However, they said some parents are also focused on getting their kids out to socialize this summer.

“The social, emotional learnings that happen in our school days are not happening for the past several months, so just that pure interaction is something we’re so excited to re-introduce because that’s such a critical part of a child growing up and their summer experience," YYMCA vice president for programs and innovation Kathleen McKee said.

Spots for the summer day camp are still available. Parents can find more information on the YMCA website.