LETTER FROM OUR CAMP DIRECTOR REGARDING 2020 CAMP SEASON
Dear Camp Quirk Families,
We are working towards an expected June 29, 2020 start date for South Shore YMCA day camps, aligning with Phase 3 of the Governor’s Reopening Massachusetts Plan. This is the expected date when our Y facilities may reopen, and therefore our earliest possible start date for Camp. Please note that this date may be extended further, depending on the Governor’s plan and direction.
As part of this plan, on Monday, June 1, 2020, Governor Baker released the MASSACHUSETTS CHILD AND YOUTH SERVING PROGRAMS REOPEN APPROACH – Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety. We encourage all families to review this document at the link below:MA Minimum Requirements for Health & Safety
As you can read by using the link above, these regulations are challenging. Some camp organizations have decided they are unable to accommodate these regulations and have made the difficult decision to not open for the 2020 summer. However, the YMCA’s in Massachusetts have worked together to create plans to provide a safe Y Camp experience for children this summer. We feel it is vitally important to the growth and development of children who have already lost so much. We feel that this summer, camp is needed more than ever.
With that said, Camp Quirk is going to look and feel much different that it has in the past. With the safety of our children as our number one priority, the state guidelines have provided us with the direction needed to develop enhanced safety protocols in respect to COVID-19 for the summer of 2020. It is with this knowledge that we inform you all of the following changes:
2020 Camp Quirk Changes in Policies & Procedures
- 2020 CAMP LOCATION: Camp Quirk will be held at the Quincy YMCA located at 79 Coddington St.
- NO TRAILBLAZERS, MORNING EXPLORERS or VOYAGERS CAMP: Due to regulations and restrictions we apologize that we are unable to run these two offerings this summer.
- READ STATE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY: It is expected that all parents and guardians who will be dropping off or picking up have read the Massachusetts guidelines and understand the challenging expectations and requirements that must be put in place in an effort to keep our community and children safe.
- PATIENCE AND KINDNESS ARE NEEDED: We ask all parents and guardians to work with the Y, specifically the Camping staff, to make this a great summer for our children at Camp.
- LOWER ENROLLMENT NUMBERS: The South Shore YMCA will be reducing the enrollment numbers in all groups by 50%-70% to accommodate the safety regulations on physical distancing.
- GROUPS OF 10 CAMPERS / 2 STAFF: All groups will adhere to the 12 person per group limitation as mandated by the state. Each camper group must remain separated from other groups during camp hours.
- SPECIALTY CAMPS & TRIPS CANCELLED: The South Shore YMCA must cancel all field trip programs (such as surf and golf), all Specialty Camps (from vendors such as Playwell TEKnologies, Incrediflix and Wicked Cool), Sport Camps (such as soccer, basketball, tennis and sports mania) and Art Camps (including culinary).
- These programs will appear as system credits and can also be applied to the camp program we are running.
- All requests for refunds due to these specialty camp and trip cancellations will be honored.
- CONSIDER A DONATION: We understand that some Camp families may feel that this summer’s Camp offering might not be right for their children. If so, we urge you to consider donating your Camp deposit fees as a tax-deductible donation to the Y to support the many families who desperately need summer camp, but have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Camp scholarships will be in higher demand than ever.
- PRIORITY REGISTRATION: Members whose original Camp selections have been cancelled will be given priority to register for available traditional camp weeks. We will hold those spots until 8am Monday, June 15th before opening up to the general public.
- LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE: With these restrictions and capacity limits, availability for summer camp 2020 is limited. Camp Quirk will cap out at 100 registrations per week. We apologize as programs will fill up quickly. When we reach our maximum capacity of campers, families are encouraged to join our waitlist. We will revisit these capacity numbers throughout the summer and will add slots if possible to do so.
- RATE INCREASES ARE NECESSARY: Camp programs will need to increase pricing up to 25% to accommodate for the significant increase of operational, medical and staffing costs associated with the COVID-19 regulations.
- New Rates are as follows;
- Pathfinders $306 Member Rate $324 Non Member Rate
- Rangers, Vikings, Mavericks $306 Member Rate $324 Non Member Rate
- Navigators, Adventurers, Mountaineers $306 Member Rate $324 Non Member Rate
- CAMP TIME: 8am-5pm. New rate is reflective of this programming time.
- EARLY DROP-OFF & LATE PICK-UP: Based on grouping restrictions there will be NO early or late drop off.
- PAYMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED: The SSYMCA will extend our final payment date for the first week of Camp Quirk to Friday, June 19, 2020.
- All final payments of camp will be due two weeks prior to the start of camp. Please take a moment to confirm your payment information ssymca.org/manage-your-account.
- Members who have already registered have until Monday, June 15, 2020 to submit requests for refunds or transfers before we open up registration to the general public.
- CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: This summer, cancellations for full refunds can be submitted up to TWO WEEKS prior to the start date of a session. (Example: Session 2 starts on June 29 this summer so the latest a family can apply for a full refund/cancellation of that week is June 15.)
- PAYMENT CONFIRMATION: If the payment method you used to register has expired or changed, please log into ssymca.org to update your payment methods no later than June 11th.
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & VOUCHERS: Information on Financial Assistance and vouchers will be sent to these families separately. If you have questions on Financial Assistance or vouchers, please contact me directly.
- If you have a state voucher, payment will be due one week prior to the start date of each camp.
- FACE MASKS / COVERINGS: Campers will be expected to bring multiple face masks to camp every day and need to expect to wear that mask up to an estimated 75% of the camp time. We will be working to facilitate activities where PPE is not necessary, but masks must be worn in areas where 6 feet between campers/staff cannot be guaranteed.
- SANITIZATION STATIONS: Camp will be creating hand sanitation stations around camp at high usage areas for campers to have easy access to sanitation products. Campers will sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.
SELF-CERTIFY DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS:
- Physical/immunization records (from within the past 18 months) must be submitted before attending Camp. Physical/Immunization records can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitted by mail to: Camp Quirk – 79 Coddington St. Quincy, MA 02169
- Temperature Check: All staff and campers will receive a touchless temperature check and daily health questionnaire. (Subject to change based on CDC and state requirements.)
- Campers/staff who demonstrate symptoms at drop off will be asked to go home for the day. We encourage anyone who has any possible symptoms to stay home for the day.
Daily Health Screening Self-Certification
All staff and campers will be expected to do a self-evaluation and self-certification prior to arriving at Camp. Parents will be asked each day to self-certify that they or their children are able to attend camp by answering “no” to the following questions:
Today or in the past 24 hours, have you or any household members had any of the following symptoms?
- Fever or chills?
- Sore throat?
- Difficulty breathing?
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)?
- Abdominal pain?
- Unexplained Rash?
- Headache? New loss of smell/taste?
- New muscle aches?
- Any other signs of illness?
- In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with a person known to be infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
We will continue to update families about policies, changes and cancellations as they are received, and we are appreciative of your continued patience as we await additional guidance from the state and navigate these challenging times together.
With safety as our utmost priority, we at the South Shore Y believe that now, more than ever, children need camp and the experience of being outside, making friends, and building relationships that will last a lifetime.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.
Day Camp, Community Outreach and Teen Program Director
South Shore YMCA
79 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Summer Starts Here!
Now, more than ever, kids need outdoor activity and the connections of camp.
At camp, children build memories that last a lifetime, in a place where they truly belong. Camp is a place for kids to make friends, build character and actively explore their imagination. At Camp Quirk, our extensive variety of programs provides a summer adventure for everyone.
Day Camps at Quincy YMCA
As we work to re-open day camps this summer, Camp Quirk will now be held at the Quincy YMCA.
South Shore YMCA – Quincy Branch
79 Coddington Street, Quincy, MA 02169
6-12 years old
The regular camp day is from 8:00am-5:00pm.
Drop-off is 8:00-9:00am and pick-up is 4:00-5:00pm.
Safety Is Our Priority
At camp, safety is our number one priority. Our camp complies with the regulations set by Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CRM 430) and is licensed by the City of Quincy Health Department.
My girls obviously had fun, felt safe, and made friends.
Inclusion Starts Here
At the Camp Quirk we support a traditional camp environment that is welcoming to all campers. By partnering with families and identified support systems, campers with developmental or other challenges will be provided with the opportunity for a successful camp experience. Through the National Inclusion Project partnership, we are able to offer inclusion training for all camp staff under the direction of the SSYMCA’s inclusion leadership staff. Campers are fully integrated into this traditional day camp experience and should be able to participate independently into standard staff ratios. In order to ensure success at camp, please indicate interest in accessing inclusion supports when registering for camp. A staff member will contact you to learn more about your child and to discuss the type of supports needed to make the experience successful for your camper. For more information about inclusion supports contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial assistance is made possible through charitable donations and is awarded based on need through our Change a Life Fund. Applications can be found below:Financial Assistance Application
Directors & Staff
Phil Gay, Camp Director
We hire positive Role Models at our camp and counselors who are enthusiastic teachers dedicated to lead by example. All our staff participate in a comprehensive staff training program. Our counselors are fun facilitators who are mature high school students, college students, teachers and adults with a experiential learning, camping and recreational backgrounds.
The counselors create a positive environment for the kids. They connect well with the children and have a lot of energy.