Family YMCA of Black Hawk County


Summer Camp at the Y is all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories, all while having fun! Learn about the different kinds of camp we provide.

  A message from our Summer Youth Development Staff:  

Added protocols, same fun summer.

Lately, there has been an increase in protocols that may make this summer a bit different. Masks, extra cleaning, and social distancing are all standard practices that we have observed since offering Emergency COVID 19 Child Care in late March. Know that all of our changes are to maintain the health of your child and our members. Please take a moment to read about important policies our participants need to know.

Thank you for spending the Summer of 2020 with us.  Stay Healthy. 

 -The Youth Development Staff


If you have been contacted by the Department of Health to notify you of exposure to COVID-19 OR you or anyone in your household are showing symptoms of; fever, cough, shortness of breath, or not feeling well please do not attend for at least 72 hours after symptoms stop. 

 FACE MASKS are a must 

The staff and children in our care have been wearing face masks while inside (preschool and older only). Kids have adjusted really well to this and most find it to be comfortable once they get used to it. We believe this is an important safety measure to keep staff and children safe and prevent potential contagion. Mask procedures will be as follows:

Procedures will be as follows:

  • Masks will be worn by children and staff
  • Masks will not be worn while eating,
    playing outside, or napping
  • The mask will be handed out at sign in
    and returned to staff at check out.
  • YMCA Staff will wash all masks
    so they are clean each day.

We will continue this practice into the summer and appreciate your cooperation. Kids do not have to wear masks while participating in group activities outside, while eating, or during rest time.

 Health and Safety Protocols 

We will continue to do our part to minimize risk exposure and take extra precautions to maintain a safe and healthy environment. We are closely following child care safety guidelines in the era of COVID-19 from the Department of Human Services and being responsive in our program.

Our current protocol is as follows:

  • Dedicated staff working on frequent sanitation of spaces
  • Limiting group sizes to 12 children and 1-3 staff.
  • Eliminating crossover between groups of kids
  • Temperature checks for all kids and staff
  • Curbside drop-off and pick-up

 Drop Off & Pick up 

Drop Off – Protocol will include:

  • Staff signing the child(ren) in.
  • Staff will use a no-touch forehead thermometer to take the temperature of
    every child and assess the child for signs of illness.
  • Child(ren) will receive their laundered mask.
  • Upon arrival, children will disinfect with hand sanitizer

Pick Up – Protocol will include:

  • Parents will be greeted by staff who will take your name, check your ID, and
    call to have your child brought to the front.
  • Children must wash their hands before departing.

Daily Schedule SAMPLE

8:00-9:00 Drop Off
9:00-9:30 Opening Activities
9:30-9:50 Family Groups
10:00-11:00 Clubs
11:00-11:30 Family Groups
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:20 Low active
12:30-2:30 Rotations & Water Play
2:30-2:40 Transitions
2:30-3:00 Snack
3:00-3:30 Closing
3:30-5:00 Pick Up

Weeks at a glance.

Week 1: June 8-12 | Y Summer Kick-off
Week 2: June 15-19 | Splash Bash
Week 3: June 22-26 | Reach for the Stars
Week 4: June 29- July 2 (No Camp July 3th) | Happy Birthday USA!

Week 5:
July 6-10 | Mad Scientist Make Marvelous Messes
Week 6: July 13-16 | Imagination Station
Week 7: July 20-24 | Nature Walks & Happy Talks
Week 8: July 27-31 | Operation Exploration
Week 9: Aug. 3-7 | YMCA Camp Olympics “Tokyo Style”
Week 10: Aug. 10-14 | Engineered For Fun
Final Week: Aug. 17- 21 | Bummer, End Of Summer


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