GROWING GREAT KIDS
“My daughter absolutely LOVED going to camp this summer! She is very excited to return next year! I was very pleased with the process when dropping her off and EVERYONE was so amazing and sweet! Thank you so much for taking great care of her throughout her stay”. -Lindsay
“He gained independence and confidence. He learned how to cope with being away from his parents for a week. He also learned how to be more responsible. My son loved it so much that we are considering sending him to Camp Lakewood for more than one week next year”. – Katy
IMPORTANT SUMMER 2020 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
We want to inform you of some changes here at YMCA Camp Lakewood. There is no higher priority than the safety of our campers and these changes reflect that priority.
We have been 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.
The following is a summary of many of the changes we have made to keep our campers and staff as safe as possible.
Health Screening During Check In
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.
Have you or anyone in your household traveled out of the country or to a domestic hot spot in the last 14 days?
Have you or anyone in your household had a fever or taken fever-reducing medicine in the last 72 hours?
Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 72 hours (to include loss of taste/smell, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing)?
Have you or anyone in your household had close contact* with or cared for anyone confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
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.
Regions of ongoing community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are regularly changing. The CDC is currently recommending only essential travel outside of your local area only to provide medical/home care or essential service. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Anyone returning from any travel in the last 14 days to regions with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter, work, or participate in our facilities.
- To help catch illness before it enters Camp Lakewood we will be doing temperature checks of ALL campers and their parent 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 parent 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.
- 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.
- Not more than 10 people can sit at a table.
Unavailable at this Time
- Bus Service, Stayover Weekend Campers and Off Site Trips: After carefully reviewing recently issued guidance from the CDC, American Camp Association and YMCA of the USA, we have made the difficult decision to cancel bus transportation to and from Camp Lakewood, stay overs in between sessions, and off site trips. The reason these services are being cancelled is that they do not allow us to achieve our primary goal of keeping campers in pods and not intermixing campers in one combined group this summer. Also, bus services are third-party providers (not our own buses and bus drivers), thus we cannot certify that they are following CDC and ACA bus guidelines for bus transportation to and from camp and travel by bus.
- With bus service unavailable, parents, when you drop off your child, we invite you to see the camp and the new systems we have in place. We ask that only one parent 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. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.
- Two camps that travel off site by bus have needed to be cancelled for this summer. They are Rangers Canoeing, Session 9 and Ozarks Adventure Camp, Session 10.
- Zorb Balls, Golf Elective Clinic, Caving, Banana Boat, Pop and Trot
- Drinking fountains (bottle fillers remain open; please bring your own water bottles) – There will be PLENTY of hydration stations around camp
This is the first summer for our new Water Park at the waterfront so 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 are excited to continue to serve our campers. Thank you for your support, confidence and faith. We are all stronger together.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We pushed back the balance due date from May 1, 2020 to May 15, 2020. If you paid by credit card, your balance was automatically charged on May 15, 2020.
When are parent packet forms due?
Parent packet forms are due three weeks prior to your camper’s session. Required forms are Parent Confidential form, Summer 2020 Waiver, Health History and Examination, and Trading Post form. These forms can be found here.
Is financial aid still available?
Yes, financial aid is available for those who qualify and families financially affected by the COVID-19 situation. The application is available here. Once completed, you can email it to email@example.com.
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.
If summer camp sessions must be postponed or closed due to COVID-19, we will provide a full refund, hold a credit toward future programs or give the option to convert payments to a donation toward camp.
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!”
Camp Lakewood Open House dates are designed to give parents and campers the opportunity to see Camp Lakewood in person before making any decisions. Come meet our camp directors, ask questions, see our beautiful property & lake, and even participate in some of the activities. You’ll be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime while summer camping at YMCA Camp Lakewood.
For questions, please contact the Camp Lakewood office directly at 573-438-2155, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.