May 21, 2022

Our Safety Plan for Summer 2020

Below are the guidelines we ask all parents to follow. These may be updated as new concerns or additional protective policies are put in place:


Enhanced Screening and PPE:

  • Everyone must come to camp wearing a face mask that can cover their nose and mouth. 
    • We will constantly be reminding campers to not touch their faces or masks throughout the day. 
  • Before coming to camp, staff and campers are required to ensure they are fever free and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include:
  • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fever • Chills • Muscle Pain • Sore throat • New loss of taste or smell • Nausea • Vomiting • Diarrhea 


  • Each morning before entering camp, all staff and campers will have a health screening, which includes the following: 
  1. Has the staff/child had a fever or felt feverish in the past 24 hours? 
  2. Has the staff/child had a new cough, sore throat or shortness of breath in the past 24 hours?
  3. Have you been in close contact with anyone with any of the listed symptoms or diagnosis of COVID19 in the past 14 days? 

If the answer is YES to 1. 2., or 3., the staff or child will not be allowed to enter camp that day. 

  1. Temperature assessment will be taken by staff while campers stay in the car: if measured as 100.4 or above or self-reported as feeling feverish, the staff or child will not be allowed to enter camp that day. 


Everyone must remain in the car until campers have been checked, at which point, only the campers may exit. 


Cleaning and Disinfection:

  • With the intention of minimizing germs entering the Y, the only items campers are permitted to bring to camp this summer are:
    • A reusable water bottle (coolers will be available for refilling)
    • Food in disposable containers

   *If there are specific items your camper needs to bring daily, please notify us as 

    soon as possible so we can make arrangements.

  • We will be providing equipment and resources (such as chairs and art supplies) for each individual camper which only they will use for the entire session. We will be disinfecting equipment. 
  • Campers and Staff will be sanitizing or washing their hands upon arrival, between activities, before/after eating, before dismissal, and other times as needed. 
  • Our maintenance staff will be maintaining rigorous cleaning protocols throughout camp. These protocols have been in place through our emergency childcare program and proven successful. 
    • Cleaning will include thoroughly disinfecting all activity areas, equipment, and supplies between each arrival of a “pod.” 



  • A pod will consist of no more than 10 campers with two counselors per group, although we anticipate pods of closer to 6-8 campers.
    • Counselors will only interact with their assigned pod
  • The pods are created based on age range to ensure they each have an experience that matches their abilities. 
  • Each pod will remain separate from all other pods to keep the risk of exposure for campers and staff as low as possible.



  • Staff will be required to wear masks during all camp activities,
  • Campers will be required to wear masks during high energy activities
  • We will provide “cool down” times throughout the day where campers may remove their masks while maintaining appropriate distance from all other people


Social Distancing: 

  • In each pod, campers and staff will be following markings on the floors to stay six feet apart, and directional signs for walking traffic.
    • Please remind your child about the importance of social distancing to   reinforce their understanding of our daily camp policies.
  • Teaching artists will be rotating between pods throughout the day, and subsequently, staying at least eight feet away from both campers and staff.
  • Dance classes will be held outside without masks, so campers may participate more fully without overheating. Please note, campers will be more than ten feet apart.
  • Summer Stage will be physically separate from the other programs in the building (Emergency Child Care in the ECC wing and on the second floor, and our food preparation for seniors on the second floor). 
    • The bathrooms on the first floor will be reserved for Summer Stage and used by only one person at a time.


Staggered Pick Up/ Drop Off: 

  • Our drop off system aims to minimize intermingling and mitigate the risk of unnecessary exposure. Those picking up/dropping off must remain in vehicles or at the gates of the Riverdale Y and campers will be brought out. We understand the challenges of a ten minute window, but we ask that you do your very best to arrive at your assigned times. 

*If your allotted time will not work for you, please notify us immediately. 

  • Please note what time your camper’s group has drop-off. 
    1. 8:40am – Scene Stealers 
    2. 8:50am – Shooting Stars
    3. 9:00am – All Stars
    4. 9:10am – Triple Threat
    5. 9:15am – CITW
  • Please note your child’s pick up time. 
    1. 3:30pm – Scene Stealers
    2. 3:40pm – Shooting Stars
    3. 3:50pm – All Stars
    4. 4:00pm – Triple Threat
    5. 4:05pm – CITW


Symptom Management and Positive Procedure:

  • If any person in Summer Stage has a fever (100.4 or over), cough, sore throat, red eyes, or other flu-like symptoms, they must stay home from camp. They cannot return until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. 
  • If a child comes to camp and shows symptoms or has a fever, they will be put in an isolation room until a parent/guardian picks them up. 
  • If anyone from Summer Stage has a person in their household test positive for the Coronavirus or has been in close contact with an individual who tests positive, please notify Summer Stage, and stay home until having been quarantined as per the CDC guidelines and your doctor’s instructions.
  • If we learn of any confirmed cases of the virus among staff or campers, we will be in touch with the DOH to follow all guidelines and learn of the next steps. We will also notify all families in the affected pod while keeping confidentiality of whomever has tested positive. All surfaces and areas where the infected person was will be disinfected thoroughly. 
    • If a camper or counselor of a pod tests positive for COVID-19, the entire pod will remain home for at least 24 hours while we await instructions from the city health department based on the case and potential exposure. Classes will be conducted virtually during this time. 
    • All other pods will continue to run in person unless we are instructed otherwise.
    • A person can only return to camp after testing positive once ALL the following criteria are met:
      • It has been 14 days since the onset of their symptoms
      • They have had no fever for 72 hours without any medication for fever reduction
      • They have a negative COVID-19 test dated within the last 48 hours


Efforts to Keep Cool:

  • Summer Stage will provide misting and regular fans and cooling bandanas in the tents to ensure that everyone is cool during the day. If campers need to take breaks to cool down or take off their masks, they will be allowed to do so in designated, distanced spaces. Each pod will have its own designated cool down space in the building.
  • All of Summer Stage will be run outside. However, in the event of rain or excessive heat, we will take each pod to its designated area inside to continue their classes.




Every summer, but especially this one, we absolutely must work as a team. We do not want to minimize the unprecedented realities of this pandemic. We are constantly learning more about this virus and will continue to update our protocols and safety plan to ensure the protection of everyone at camp. That being said, each family must recognize they are choosing to participate in Summer Stage at their own risk. 


Summer Stage is a partnership; we expect that you will do your part in following health directives outside of our program as our staff is dedicated to doing their part within and beyond our time at camp. We realize the health and safety of every member of our Summer Stage community is interdependent, and therefore we strongly encourage all staff members and camp families to protect themselves adequately and in turn, protect all whom they love at camp. We remain committed to maintaining communication and prioritizing the health and safety of every member of our camp community.