Common Camp COVID-19 Questions

Below are some of the common questions about how COVID-19 will affect summer camp this year. This information will be regularly updated,  so make sure to check back periodically.

Last updated: May 29, 2020

June 15 – Summer Camp opening (updated May 22 )

Good News! Governor Wolf has moved Delaware County to the YELLOW phase (effective June 5th ) of the Pennsylvania RED/YELLOW/GREEN Guidelines. This means we will be able to move forward with our plans to reopen  summer day camp programs.

We are targeting June 15 as the start date for summer day camp programs. We have been calling and emailing all registered participants to determine who will be coming to camp. If you have not yet responded to those calls or emails, please do so. This will help us tremendously.

Following the latest health and safety directives and recommendations provided by the CDC, health department and local government our programs will be modified and different from past years. 

Recreational Swimming (updated May 28 )

There will be recreational swimming sessions scheduled for the campers at the Lansdowne, Ridley and Springfield YMCA’s.

Due to transportation restrictions, there will be no swimming sessions for campers at the Sabold Elementary School Camp.

Is summer camp for 2020 still happening? (updated May 29)

Right now, we expect to operate our summer day camp programs beginning June 15. This is entirely dependent on Delaware County continuing to stay in the YELLOW phase of the Pennsylvania RED/YELLOW/GREEN Guidelines. We will continue to keep lines of communication open as summer approaches. Please know that we support and will follow all efforts  being made to keep everyone safe – so we can all get back to more normal, healthier living.

Due to transportation restrictions and physical distancing requirements, field trips and travel camps have been cancelled this summer. We made the decision that these camps may have presented a greater health risk to campers and staff.  We offer other camps that are better suited to running safely than others with the new procedures and protocols we are implementing due to COVID-19.

If a camp your child was registered for was cancelled, you will be able to transfer your child to another camp if available or receive a full refund.

What is the Y doing to prioritize health and safety for my child at camp? (updated May 29)

Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy camp experience remains our top priority. In all of our planning and preparations we are following all CDC, local, state, and government guidance. We will follow guidelines, mandates and recommendations from the local health agencies & CDC. We are exploring all challenges, options, protocols, and health practices that factor into our ability to deliver summer programs safely.

Because this situation is constantly changing, we are continually working and updating our procedures. Some of the new procedures include:

  • All children and staff will be screened prior to the start of each day to ensure they are healthy. Anyone exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or higher or other symptoms of illness will not be permitted to attend camp or childcare programs. Visitors will need special approval to be onsite.
  • More frequent hand-washing breaks and enhanced disinfecting procedures are being implemented.
  • Parents and guardians will remain in their cars during camp drop-off and pickup with a member of our staff accompanying each child to the camp site.
  • Camper groups will likely be smaller than in previous years and activities where staff and children are spaced further apart will be employed.
  • Social distancing will be employed through the use of stable groups of nine children or less and at least one staff person. Every effort will be made to keep siblings in the same group, as well as having the same staff member with each group. This group will be autonomous, maintaining recommended social distancing from all other groups and in this way, the children will be limited in their exposure to others.

While these programs will certainly look different, our team is working hard to create a safe experience within the new parameters so that all children still safely enjoy exciting adventures, can begin new friendships and have a great summer.

Your child’s safety is our number one priority and we will continue to adjust to the guidelines and protocols recommended by the CDC and our local health agencies. In accordance with the Governor’s phased-in reopening plan for summer programs you can view our Camp Health and Safety Plan, which follows the CDC guidance for Summer Camps.

We will be keeping parents updated on key decisions regarding changes to our programming and safety protocols. We ask for your patience as processes change accordingly.

Please check out the Welcome Back to the Y page for information.

Where do I find specific summer camp information for my location including dates, pricing, etc.?

Visit our Summer Camps Page Here and search for your specific YMCA’s camp page and view all information and register.

Can I register for camp but have the option to cancel later if I need to?

We want you to be able to register for camp with confidence, If you register now for summer camp, you will be able to receive a credit or full refund, if you need to cancel camp, up until midnight on Friday Jun. 5, 2020.  After June 5th, we are expecting to put our standard policy back into effect.

What happens if I cancel my camp registration or it is canceled by the Y or the local government?

If you withdraw your child before Friday June 5, 2020 – or if your program is canceled by our Y or a governing agency at any time – here are your options:

Donate to Help Sustain the Y

Donate the fees already paid or any portion of fees paid. We will be happy to provide a tax receipt for your thoughtful and generous gift. Click here to Make a Donation

Receive a credit with Y-Dollars

Apply the funds you’ve paid to a future camp experience or program.  We will hold the session/program of your choice through September 1, 2021. (Y-Dollars Form)

Get a refund

Receive a refund of all deposits & payments paid through June 5, 2020. If you withdraw your child after June 5, 2020 our standard cancellation policy will be in effect.

How can I receive the most up-to-date information about summer camp?

Continue to check your email for communication around summer camp and follow us on Facebook as we will post updates as they develop. Please also always feel comfortable to reach out and contact either MJ Gilbert ( or Debbie Mignogna ( with any specific questions or concerns.