Summer Camp


Traditional Day Camp for school-age children at 4 convenient locations

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Our facilities may be temporarily closed, but YMCA Summer Camp scheduled to begin June 8. There is no better place for kids to connect, make new friends, try new things, and discover their potential. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, we expect to operate our summer day camp programs for children K-6 grades as planned beginning on June 8 at five locations: Camp Sherwin (Lake City), County Y (Edinboro), Downtown Y, Eastside Family Y (Harborcreek) and Glenwood Park Y. All other locations will be closed due to indefinite school closures and social distancing requirements.

These are extraordinary times that have moved us all to a new normal, and we know camp will look different this year.

Like you, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak closely. As we approach the summer, we want to update you on our decision-making process and safety protocols moving forward.

Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy camp experience remains our top priority. Unlike other years, we are presented with a different reality in the wake of public health recommendations and government mandates PA and Erie County. 

To guide us in making decisions, we are working closely to follow recommendations from local, state, and national agencies. We are also continuing to work closely with the American Camping Association (ACA) and other YMCAs across the country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also currently developing specific guidance for day camps and has connected with the ACA to engage them around their work.

Following state mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from the ACA and CDC, our team is continuing to explore all challenges, options, protocols, and health practices that factor into our ability to deliver summer programs safely.

While we are working on exact logistics, we do know that we will be implementing new check-in procedures that include well-checks for campers and staff, increased cleaning protocols, increased hand-washing procedures, new training for camp staff, modified group sizes with social distancing in mind, and more. Your child’s safety is our number one priority and we will continue to adjust to the guideline and protocols set forth by the CDC and other authoritative organizations.

We will be keeping parents updated on key decisions regarding changes to our programming and safety protocols. We will be adjusting protocols as required per CDC and Health department guidelines, so we ask in advance for your patience as processes change accordingly.

Some important information for you:

  • Download our health and safety check list
  • Care is available from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (downtown), 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday (county, eastside and glenwood)
  • Staff and children will be given a daily “well-check”. Should your child meet the CDC’s three warning signs – fever, cough or shortness of breath – your child will not be permitted to remain in care and can return only with a doctor’s excuse.
  • Children over age 2 are required to have a face covering which is to be provided by the parent; we will have a limited supply of extras in case you leave home without your child’s.
  • Parents are required to have a face covering when dropping off and picking up
  • Group size will be limited to 10 or less children and groups will not co-mingle
  • We will no longer serve family style; staff will serve all meals
  • Parents will NOT escort their children to and from the classroom; Y staff will greet children and escort them to and from the classroom to minimize the number of contacts in our building.
  • We will take extra precaution on cleaning and disinfecting our toys and classrooms; this will be in addition to our licensed requirements.
  • Should your child become sick, the child will be removed and placed in a designated sick room and the parent called to pick up.
  • Your childcare director is Stacy Dambaugh, 452-3261 ext. 249, email [email protected] (Downtown)

Working with state and local officials, we will continue to evaluate how we can best serve the community.

Camp will include favorite experiences like group games, songs, arts/crafts, nature, water fun, and more – all delivered within health and safety guidelines, and social distancing whenever possible.

At this time, we know that field trips for large groups of children are not going to be possible. Instead, we intend to bring experiential enrichment directly to children at their Day Camp location and deliver this programming in approved group sizes (<25). For example, educators from the Experience Children’s Museum may bring their mobile STEM Lab and work with small groups of children instead of us taking children to the Museum and storytellers from the Erie Playhouse will deliver their popular PLAYtime literacy program in a virtual format.

Healthy meals and snacks are the cornerstone of your child’s learning throughout the day. 

Physical activity is an important part of every day at the Y. Large motor skills are developed through daily active play. 

With loads of activity and learning, kids need time to recharge. Rest time is scheduled daily in calming environments with caring supervision.

We have received guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Erie County Department of Health and Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania that allows for public outdoor swimming in pools.

In the event that we are unable to safely operate them within the health and safety standards, children will still participate in water themed fun and games such as sprinklers, water balloons, relay races and more.

UPDATED 6/3/2020

Childcare enrollment is open to any employee of a local business that is currently in the Yellow Phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania.

For enrollment information (daycare/childcare, traditional PreK/Preschool, School-Age/Summer Camp only)  call Stacy Dambaugh, 452-3261 or email [email protected]

Then complete the online enrollment application.

For enrollment (Pre-K Counts only), complete this online enrollment application.

Download this Parent Handbook for important information on what to expect, our policies and instructional philosophy. Download COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions

Interested in Summer Camp Information? Here’s more information on Camps.

Please print and complete the following editable forms for Enrollment at the discretion of the director:

Contact US

Please feel free to call or email us at your preferred location, or chat with us for more information.

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What Parents Are Saying

“During the summer, my children get to experience places I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to take them such as the Drake Well Museum, Claytopia, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and bowling.”
Erika Fischer
“Our children loved the weekly field trips, where they were excited to experience culture, recreation and diversity in the real world rather than on a screen. They were getting plenty of exercise and building healthy habits without even realizing it.”
Melissa Sinicki
“Camp is great for their confidence. The variety of field trips broaden their knowledge. Their social skills have improved as well.”
Schelly Reitsma
“Our 13-year old son started at Camp in first grade. Because of the awesome teaching staff, we have watched him develop into such a responsible and well-behaved young man.”
Doris Schiller