2020 YMCA SUMMER CAMPS
This summer, the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s day camp programs offer kids an enriching, learning experience to help them get more out of summer break – more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging. Camp registration is open and camp starts on June 22! Through a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving well-being, kids will experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, share and trade interests with friends, exchanging plenty of high-fives along the way. This summer, more than ever, the YMCA believes that kids need a camp experience.
Opening with Safety, Care and Fun at the Forefront:
As we reopen YMCA Summer Camp up to the Greater Nashua Community, starting on June 22, it is important for all of us to remember that while we take care of our own personal health, we all have a responsibility to the public health. As such, our YMCA will reopen with different restrictions and responsibilities for campers and staff to best ensure safety and as much fun as possible for all.
We encourage you to please view the Member Town Hall video below as it should help to answer many questions you may have. The Member Town Hall Meeting explains our approach for hosting Summer Camp this summer. We’ve also created a Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have further questions, contacts are listed below for more information, by camp and subject.
While camp will look and feel a bit different, we are committed to ensuring that our staff will create the same memorable experience for campers this summer that they have in the past. There are a few important changes that are covered in the Camp Town Hall meeting above that we wanted to ensure you saw:
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New Camper Experience
We are excited to reopen our doors and welcome your camper back at our summer camps this year and will do so in a manner that supports the health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and staff.
All campers and staff will have their temperature taken, complete a brief questionnaire and sanitize their hands upon arrival to camp.
We’ll help campers to touch as few surfaces when they are at camp, as possible. Sanitizer will be available at check in, check out and through out camp.
|STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK|
If your child or anyone in your
household is not feeling well, please keep them home
|KEEP YOUR DISTANCE|
Respect all signs regarding social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from others wherever possible.
|WEAR YOUR MASK|
We ask that all parents/guardians stay in their car upon arrival/departure but if you must come in you will be asked to wear a mask at all times.
Use our core values of Caring and Respect and treat each other with kindness as we all navigate our new circumstances
What the YMCA is Doing at Summer Camp
Our #1 Priority is to Make Our Facilities as Safe as Possible When We Begin Reopening.
Our camps and facilities have undergone a deep cleaning to prepare for the reopening and although it will look and feel a bit different when you visit camp this summer, the adjustments we’ve made to our facilities will help make it safe for everyone to enjoy the benefits of the YMCA and it’s summer camps.
Below are some of the adjustments we have made:
We have increased our cleaning staff.
There are more sanitizing stations throughout the property and facility.
We have added physical distancing markings and signage where possible.
Activity areas/equipment will be cleaned and sanitized as best as possible during transition times
We are using a 9:1 camper to staff ratio per state guidelines.
Campers and staff will not mix with other groups during the camp weeks.
Camps will do their best to keep the same counselor with the same campers throughout the summer, when possible.
All employees and volunteers will have temp checks, health screens, and will wash their hands upon arriving to work.
All employees/volunteers will wear face coverings.
We’ve increased staff training leading into the summer season.
Our new membership account management software, Personify, will make it easier to register and add information about your camper to our systems from home.
We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have further questions below are your contacts for that information by camp and subject.
Registration and Billing Questions
If you have any questions about your camp registration, billing or your YMCA account, please contact our Camp Accountant/Administrator, Odilina Pichardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 603.689.2074.
If you would like more information about how camp will run or what is offered, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or please contact the director of the camp by clicking on their names below to send them an email.
Welcome to summer at The YMCA of Greater Nashua. We provide affordable, quality summer experiences. Whether you’re considering a traditional day camp or a specialty camp, summer at the Y is filled with excitement, adventure, new friends, lifelong memories, and most of all, discovery! With camp programs based on the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, we provide children with a priceless experience in a safe and supportive environment where their safety is our top priority.
“With school out during the summer, many kids don’t get enough physical activity or learning—a critical gap the Y is addressing,” says Tiffany Joslin, director of Camp Sargent. “At camp kids are in a safe environment with nurturing adults where they feel welcome, develop character and explore new talents and interests to reach their potential. We want to ensure that campers in our camp programs return to their school year more confident, civically-minded and believing that they can contribute to making the world a better place to live. Our programs are more than just a place to be in the summer, we will help children become the person they want to be.”
There are few unique environments as special as camp, where kids become part of a community and form friendships as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social, and educational activities every day. Amidst all the fun of swimming, sports activities, archery, and creative arts; children develop attitudes that build character and promote leadership. At the Y, we feel that every child should be given the opportunity to experience summer camp. That is why we offer more than 40 camp programs at four different Y locations in the Greater Nashua Area.
Located on beautiful Lake Naticook in Merrimack, NH just minutes from the Merrimack, Nashua and the Westwood Park Y, Camp Sargent sits on 22 acres. Since 1924, Camp Sargent has offered the Greater Nashua community a quality day camping program for boys and girls 5-16 years old. Sessions range from traditional camp activities to more involved specialty camps that provide more time for campers to dive deeper into what interests them most. Regardless of the type of camp, camp staff always stress safety and teamwork while working towards each camper building self-confidence and making friends.
Located at our Merrimack YMCA in Merrimack, NH we’ll be offering camps for multiple age groups. A fun-filled, recreational camp, called Young Explorers Camp, for ages 3-5 at our Merrimack Early Education Center where each week will center around a unique theme, with a special event to wrap-up the week every Friday. While for campers entering grades 1-6 we’ll offer a number of specialty camps based in the visual and performing arts in our Camp Create at the Merrimack YMCA.
Campers can indulge in their creative side through various specialty camps with a focus on the visual and performing arts. Activities will be centered on the camp’s offering each week during a two hour program time in the morning. In the afternoon all camps will participate in traditional day camp activities such as swimming in our indoor pool, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more. Many of the camps will have a performance or showing at the end of the week.
An indoor sports facility which is fully equipped with 4 immaculate, regulation size basketball/Volleyball courts, 5,000 square foot functional training space with the latest sports and conditioning equipment and a 16,000 square foot indoor turf field which will is sub dividable into 4 fields. In addition to the 40,000+ square foot indoor space, campers will be given time for instruction, game time and lunch outside, as well as water fun games to cool off on those hot summer days!
YMCA Sports Camps focus on individual skill development as well as the team ideals of sportsmanship and camaraderie. These week long sessions are designed to accommodate both playful and serious young sports fans.
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