IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Safety was our number one priority in 2020 when we hosted more than 1,000 campers over the summer. We formed units (neighborhoods) of campers that did not mix and instituted additional screening, cleaning and safety procedures that not only met recommendation expectations, but far exceeded them. Our commitment to safety will continue for Summer 2021.
The following is an updated summary of many of the changes that were made in 2020 to keep everyone safe and in 2021 we will be closely monitoring and following recommendations from medical professionals, The American Camping Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), government agencies, and internal teams to ensure that our cleaning and safety procedures not only meet expectations, but far exceed them.
Health Screening During Check In
Everyone entering our facilities should be symptom-free (without a fever) and pass the health self-assessment below. Important: On the day before your camper is to check into camp, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you should stay home per the guidance of the ACA and CDC. You and your camper will also be asked these questions upon arrival.
Guests/Campers/Staff/Vendors: Answering YES to any questions should not enter our facility.
- Have you or anyone in your household had a fever or taken fever-reducing medicine in the last 24 hours? (72 hours in Illinois)
- Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 24 hours (to include loss of taste/smell, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, runny nose)?
- Unless fully vaccinated, have you or anyone in your household had close contact** with or cared for anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days?
- Unless fully vaccinated, have you or anyone in your household had close contact** or live with anyone who has been told to self-quarantine in the last 14 days?
**Close contact includes:
- You spent a PROLONGED period of time in the same room without medical grade PPE.
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection)
- You had DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with the person (e.g., kissing, hugging).
- You SHARED eating or drinking utensils with them.
- You came into contact with their RESPIRATORY SECRETIONS (e.g., they coughed on you).
Medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients should shower and change clothes prior to coming into our facilities.
The CDC considers people as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]) Regions of ongoing community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are regularly changing. Staff should follow CDC travel guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
Areas of increased transmission can be found at Harvard Global Health Institute map to identify counties and their most recent 7 day average of cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days.
Updated March 9, 2021
- To help catch illness before it enters Camp Lakewood we will be doing temperature checks of ALL campers and their one guardian during check-in and staff each day. Any person with a fever of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to return home.
- We ask that only one guardian accompany their child/children through the check in process as well as bring them to the cabin.
- We ask that families take an active role in screening their child before arriving. Should someone arrive ill or become ill during their stay, it will be the responsibility of the parent to immediately pick up their child from our facility.
- Social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times.
- Campers will need to maintain at least six feet between each other, whenever possible with exception for campers within the same cabin group.
- All people will be required to wear masks during check in and check out.
- Campers should bring several CDC approved face masks.
- Campers and staff will only be required to wear masks during the camp week when social distancing is not possible within their unit/neighborhood.
- Campers will NOT need to wear masks inside their cabin or when alone with their cabin group.
- Pursuant with our usual rules and to support our safety efforts, only campers assigned to a cabin will be allowed to enter that cabin.
Cabins and Units
- Each cabin will be considered a household, where campers do not need to wear masks.
- Each unit (group of cabins) will be considered a “neighborhood”, where campers can interact, but must social distance and wear masks.
- Units or “neighborhoods” will not mix during the week. We have multiple neighborhoods.
- We are requiring campers and staff to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
- All campers and staff must wash their hands/use hand sanitizer before entering the cabins and dining area.
- We have increased hand sanitizer stations throughout the camp.
- Program equipment will be sanitized regularly.
- All cabins will be sanitized before campers check in.
- All high-touch areas will be sanitized on a frequent basis.
- Meals will be served cafeteria style
- Staff will serve campers at the buffet line and serve drinks and desserts.
- All tables in the dining room will be 6 feet apart.
Unavailable at this Time
- Bus service is unavailable at this time. When you drop off your child, we invite you to see the camp. We ask that only one guardian accompany your camper through the check in and check out process. Please note that check in is 1:30 – 3 pm and check out is 9 -10 am. The Pick-Up Authorization Form must be provided to us in advance when someone other than the named persons on the registration form is picking up your child.
- Drinking fountains are unavailable at this time. Bottle fillers remain open; please bring your own water bottles. There will be plenty of hydration stations around camp.
With the new water park at the waterfront, please note that all campers will be required to wear life jackets when entering the lake for the waterpark as well as for boating or swimming.
We have added a waiver for Summer 2021 that will need to be signed by a guardian in advance of camp and returned to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our regular cancellation policy is; cancel 4 weeks in advance to receive a full refund less the deposit ($100 per session.) We will refund in full for illness or medical issues with a doctor’s note.
WHY CAMP LAKEWOOD?
YMCA Camp Lakewood is where kids come in the summer time to have fun, learn new skills, make new friends, and to simply be a kid. Your camper will forget all about television, video games, and smartphones while discovering the ultimate childhood experience, all within the safe and trusted environment of the Y.
Getting Outdoors: Camp Lakewood provides a well-rounded experience for campers and gets them outdoors to connect with nature. With a 360-acre lake, over 5,000 acres of forest-covered hills, caves, creeks and more, there are many opportunities for natural exploration and experiential learning. Whether it’s campfires, swimming, archery, climbing tower, zipline, sports, canoeing, cookouts, fishing, kayaking or a multitude of camp games, every camper delights in waking up with a renewed sense of excitement as to what new activities each day at camp will bring.
Safety First: The health and safety of each camper is our primary concern. All staff are trained in skills that emphasize safety, youth development and group dynamics. Each counselor is trained in CPR and first aid, and all water activities are closely supervised by staff who are lifeguard certified. A medical professional is always available in our well-equipped camp infirmary, and our local physician is on call to assist in emergencies.
It’s “My Camp”: What does it mean when everyone at Camp Lakewood says it’s, “My Camp!”? It means every one of our campers has a home away from home. It means every one of our campers has a special place where they can try new things without judgment. It means every camper knows a place where they have friends, where they feel safe, happy and wanted. It means every one of our campers has a camp, their camp, and they know the camper sitting next to them feels the exact same way. It means they are an important part of YMCA Camp Lakewood. So when asked, “Whose camp is this?” – we are excited to hear them say… “MY CAMP!”