2020 Branch Summer Day Camps

When summer comes…
They will be ready for fun. 
They will be ready for best friends and new friends. 
They will be ready for adventure and fun in the sun. 
We will be ready too. 

Camp is an important part of every child’s summer, and the Y has a long history of offering the highest quality camps in the Greater Grand Rapids area. As we look to the summer, we are optimistic that our branch and school-based camps will be in session. With all the spring cancellations of school, sports, and other activities, a fun summer at camp is needed by all.

The Y will continue to follow the direction of federal, state and local government and health officials. We are closely monitoring the situation and planning for multiple scenarios so that we can serve you best, with health and safety our top priorities. Should things change, we will communicate any updates by email, website and Facebook.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN, you don't need to wait for the Y to re-open our doors to register today!

REGISTER TODAY

*This communication is specific to our YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids branch and school-based day camps. If your child is registered or are looking to register for camps at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, you will receive an update specifically from them.

 

HOW WILL BRANCH DAY CAMPS LOOK DIFFERENT THIS SUMMER?

Below you will find answers to some of the common question’s parents have been asking:

Yes. Our Association may be temporarily closed now but please know that we are forging ahead with planning for Branch and School-Based Summer Day Camps. We are working to prepare an engaging, inspiring, educational and fun curriculum focuses on literacy, science, math and art mixed in with a healthy dose of Y core values.

We also understand that camp may feel slightly different this summer if you have participated with us in the past. We may need to adjust group sizes and engage in activities in a safe social distancing kind of way. We are following all CDC, local, state and government guidance. We will continue to keep lines of communication open and transparent as summer approaches. One thing we know for sure, kids will need camp more than ever. In short, after this unprecedented period of inactivity, we will be more than ready to get Y campers re-energized this summer!

We have added something new! In addition to the 5-day a week option, the Y is now offering a 3-day option at all branch and school site locations. Branch locations (David D. Hunting YMCA, SpartanNash YMCA, Mary Free Bed YMCA and Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA) will be offering a 3-day option for $135/members and $150/non-members.

The Stay Home Stay Safe executive order set in place by state government will guide the decision of when we will be able to begin summer day camp in our branches and partnering school site locations. Based on what we learn, we will share any updates with you and make any adjustments to our policies and operations so that we can serve you best.  

As of right now, we fully anticipate offering Summer Camp at all participating Branch and School-Based sites. We will continue to monitor the news and advisories concerning this ever-evolving health crisis. Should things change, we will communicate any updates by email, our website (grymca.org) and Facebook so that you have the timeliest information and can plan accordingly.

In the event that it becomes necessary for us to cancel your 2020 Summer Branch and School-Based Day Camp sessions, your camp payments will automatically be refunded.  

We want you to be able to register for branch or school-based day camp with confidence, so we have adjusted our cancellation policy for the branch and school-based day camp programs. If you register now for summer branch or school-based day camp and later decide you need to cancel your session(s), you will have ten days prior to the week scheduled to cancel and can receive a credit or refund.

Here are your cancellation options:

  • Get a refund: Receive a refund of all deposits & payments with any ten-day notice of cancellation.
  • Get a credit: Apply the funds you have paid to a future camp experience or program.  We will hold the session/program credit of your choice through September 1, 2021.
  • Give a Gift: Donate funds already paid or a portion of funds paid to partner with us to tackle our community's most critical needs. We will be happy to provide a tax receipt for your thoughtful and generous gift.

We also understand that some of you may have decided that you no longer want to remain enrolled in camp, please contact jhoogterp@grymca.org to remove your registration.

The Y fully understands that families like yours will want to rely on organizations like the Y to regain a sense of normality for your children. And we are prepared to adjust our focus. For example, we are exploring ways to re-work our branch and school-based day camp curriculums to offer additional learning support so that kids are grade-level confident by the end of the summer.

The safety and wellness of our campers, families, members, and staff is our top priority and remains at the forefront of all programming decisions we make. Not only are we continuing to implement a rigorous cleaning and sanitization regimen at all of our properties, but we have also revised our current policies and practices to align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and retrained our staff to make sure they follow the updated policies and practices.

We want to continue to provide you with fun and educational activities you can do at home while school is out. We've created a Continued Learning Curriculum that you can do at home including Social Emotional, Creative Expression, Free-time Activities, Literacy, Health & Wellness, Daily Schedules, and STEM Activities. Please visit our family learning hub to find out more. You will also find many other engaging activities and ideas to keep active and engaged.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Jordan at jhoogterp@grymca.org