Many parents depend on summer camps to help with child care between school years. But this summer, they can still rely on the Summerville Family YMCA summer camps. To view the news story, please click here.
Our staff thoroughly researched and made necessary adjustments to meet CDC guidelines. While camp will look different with social distancing, our campers will have an adventurous summer. Our staff has done an amazing job creating a fun and safe environment for the kids.
“The kids are all doing games, while practicing social distancing. This summer’s going look really different,” said Jill Lewellyn, Executive Director of the Summerville Family YMCA Oakbrook Family Center. who oversees the YMCA Summerville Oakbrook facility.
We have an hourly alarm reminding everyone to clean, disinfect and wash hands.
“Parents come, they drop off, we ask health questions and take temperatures before the kids even come inside,” she explained. “Even lunchtime looks different where there’s three kids to a table and they’re separated rather than having six kids to a table.”
Usually there would be 120 kids at Oakbrook for summer camp each week; that number will be cut in half this year to make sure ratios with adults are manageable and safe.
Lewellyn says it’s essential for them to stay open for parents scrambling for child care.
“That’s what the parents were saying -not only do they not know what to do with their children, but how can they get help for the child do homework. So we told them, ‘Don’t worry about it, we will take care of it for you.”