Following the PA Governor’s plan, you can view all of our Health and Safety Plans on our COVID Resource Page. All YMCA plans follow the PA Department of Health, Chester County Health Department and the CDC guidance for operating safely.
We are in full camp planning mode. We are currently adapting our summer camp program to align with the latest health and safety directives and recommendations provided by the CDC, health department and local government.
We believe in each child’s individuality and focus on three areas of development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging. All campers have the chance to experience our core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
One of the most fun parts of growing up is trying something new and loving the experience. Every single week at summer camp offers so many unique themes and opportunities for preschoolers, school-age children and teens.
Camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. From athletics to arts, there’s something for every child at the Y. Our priority is to give every child the chance to unplug and grow during summer camp in a safe and fun environment.
Traditional Day Camps
ACTIVE, ENGAGED AND LOVING EVERY SECOND!
Locations: Ridley YMCA, Lansdowne YMCA, Sabold Elementary School
Grades: 1 – 7
Our day camps focus on fun and improving the well-being of children. Give your child an awesome summer filled with opportunities to develop new skills, discover a new passion or make a lifelong friend! With programs designed for everyone, the possibilities at YMCA summer day camps are limitless.
Each day your camper spends at camp is jam-packed with classic summertime activities:
- Kid’s Choice: open free play where campers choose from awesome activities like arts & crafts, games, music and so much more.
- Camp Games: Children gain confidence, learn the value of teamwork and make friends in an environment of friendly competition.
- Arts & Crafts: Campers get to create beautiful and unique pieces of art. They get their hands dirty as they paint, glue and bring their imaginations to life!
- Academics: Campers will experience grade appropriate academic lessons designed to keep them engaged and learning during the summer months. These lessons will better prepare them for their return to school.
- Swimming: It just isn’t summer without a bit of time by the water! Campers love to splash and cool off with their friends in our pools!
- The Great Outdoors: Fresh air and nature combine as the perfect backdrop for adventure and discovery!
Sports Day Camps
Locations: Springfield YMCA NEW FOR 2021!
Grades: 2 – 7
Our sports and fitness day camps help kids get an early start on an active and healthy lifestyle! Camps are designed to make exercise fun and to help young athletes move better, safer and more effectively. We offer a variety of sports camps all of which are led by well-trained and energetic counselors who are great with kids.
Specialty Day Camps
SPEND SUMMER FOCUSED ON A PASSION, DEVELOPING A SKILL, SOMETHING NEW OR SIMPLY SOMETHING FUN
Locations: Ridley YMCA, Springfield YMCA
Registration begins March 1st
Our specialty camps are carefully designed and our counselors are thoroughly trained to help each child fulfill their potential. Focusing on fun themes like science, art, space and more, these camps let kids dive into their passions or explore something new.
- Science Camp – We encourage our campers to explore, experiment, ask questions, and try lots of new science-related activities. Your child’s curiosity will emerge!
- Art Camp – Let’s create! This camp provides a great opportunity to get messy while your child creates a variety of hands-on projects. Painting, drawing and sculpting are just a few of the mediums we will explore.
- Brick Camp -Kids experience the hands-on fun of model building, from concept to completion, while
using Legos, K’nex, Lincoln Logs, and more. We will help campers foster teamwork and collaboration, while building with our imagination.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, TEAM BUILDING AND SERVICE
Locations: Ridley YMCA, Lansdowne YMCA, Springfield YMCA, Sabold Elementary School
Grades: 8 – 10
The Y believes every teenager should have the opportunity to explore his or her potential and think big. We know that teens will rise to meet expectations set for them, so we set our expectations high. The mentors, staff and other role models in our programs value our teens’ individuality and guide them toward becoming responsible and engaged adults.
Our day camps for teens are designed to be a place where they can be themselves and learn valuable skills. We offer a fun environment where teens develop qualities that provide them with the opportunity to:
- Learn about themselves and what they have to offer
- Thrive in leadership experiences specific to camp counseling
- Team build, focus on character development and participate in community service
To activate their leadership potential, our Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) program engages teens in group work, problem solving and self-discovery, believing that confident teens who become their best selves today will become contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
SSD Springfield Summer Rec Program
Locations; ET Richardson Middle School, Springfield School District Residents ONLY
Grades: 1 – 8
Registration begins February 22nd
- Program Dates: 6/21 to 8/13
- Program Days: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
- Springfield School District residents who have completed grades 1 through 8.
- Daily activities include: games, arts & crafts, sports, and small group activities.
- Participants must bring a filled water bottle and lunch daily.
- Participants must be signed out to a parent/guardian or authorized adult daily. Rising 6, 7, 8 graders may be responsible for themselves by signing in and out of the program ONLY AFTER the Community YMCA staff receives written permission to do so by a parent/legal guardian.
Equal Access For All
YMCA Assistance Program
In these uncertain times, we make assistance available to you and your family. We don’t want anyone to be turned away and this program will help you and your family take part in programs at the Y. Assistance is provided based on need, using established guidelines. Download Camp Assistance Application today and return it to your branch YMCA Front Desk. All requests are confidential.
This funding is made possible due to the generosity of people who contribute to our Annual Support Campaign. You can help the Y serve the community by designating your United Way gift directly to our Donor Code #08320.
Child Safety at the YMCA
THE YMCA – A SAFE PLACE TO BE A CHILD
Children’s safety is a foundational priority for the Y in our mission to help youth reach their full potential. In our commitment to ensuring the protection of every child, our staff and volunteers adhere to strict Child Abuse Prevention Policies and Reporting Procedures. These policies and procedures promote a positive, nurturing environment while protecting children and teens, and those who work with them in our organization.
YMCA Policy prohibits sex offenders from accessing YMCA facilities. In order to ensure the safety of our children, we regularly compare our membership database to the National Registry of Convicted Sex Offenders and terminate the membership and/or access rights of anyone registered
To keep children in our programs safe, we take the following steps in our intensive screening of employees and volunteers:
- Detailed application forms
- Comprehensive interview process
- Reference checks
- Criminal record checks
- Members and program participants are required to abide by our Code of Conduct
- Staff and Volunteers complete an extensive child abuse prevention training program
- Staff and Volunteers are required to abide by our with Child Abuse Prevention Policies
See something, Say Something
It takes everyone’s help to stop the cycle of abuse. If you encounter what might appear to be an act of child abuse or neglect, we offer a confidential consultation hotline through Praesidium Child Abuse Prevention. You can share your concerns safely. YMCA Staff are mandated to report any suspected child abuse.
FREE Trainings for Child Care Parents
Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
The statistics are startling. Approximately twenty percent of ALL victims of sexual abuse are under age eight. One in five children are sexually solicited while on the internet. Thirty to forty percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. There are an estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse living in the U.S. today.
But there’s good news too. The Community YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light, a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award winning prevention program, Stewards of Children to Delaware County, Pa. Stewards of Children is a two hour workshop designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children emphasizes child safety as an adult’s responsibility.
There are specific trainings open to the public, and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, teachers, schools, faith centers, and other service organizations. The trainings facilitate discussion about the incidence and consequence of abuse and presents information about child protection policies and mandates. Continuing education credits for professionals in various fields can be obtained through this training.
Call 610.557.YMCA (9622) to register for the next training date.
Pediatric First Aid and CPR/AED for Infants, Children and Adults
American Red Cross and American Heart Association CPR/AED classes take just a few hours, but can help you save a life when every moment counts. With CPR/AED classes for Good Samaritans, parents, teachers, grandparents, and office staff, we can help you learn how, and when, to provide care for someone experiencing an emergency situation.
Call 610.557.YMCA (9622) to register for the next training.
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