Childcare

Summer Camp

LOVE. SUMMER.

Traditional Day Camp for school-age children at convenient locations throughout Erie County. Enrollment opens April 5, 2021

Boy, we’re looking forward to summer! And, we know that kids will need camp more than ever before. 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, we expect to operate our traditional summer day camp programs for children K-6 grades as planned beginning on June 14 at locations throughout Erie County.  We will adhere to all state and local health guidelines.

By choosing Y Summer Day Camp, you’re choosing more than a summer day care service. Y camps are high quality, affordable and convenient all summer long.

The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through Camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Children spend time indoors and outdoors as experienced staff lead campers in a wide variety of activities each day, including nature, water fun, games, weekly off-site field trips, sports,
instructional/recreational swimming, arts and crafts, and new friendships.

In addition, the Y incorporates wellness into the day’s offerings. Children participate in playful activities that teach
basic knowledge on how to incorporate proper nutrition, exercise and positive self-image into their daily lives. Lunch and camper T-shirt included.

Like you, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. As we approach the summer, establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy camp experience remains our top priority. 

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 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 
  • 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.
  • Per state mandate, all children over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times; we will have a limited supply of extras in case you leave home without your child’s.
  • Parents are required to have a face mask when dropping off and picking up
  • Group size will be limited to 12 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.

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 may not be possible (i.e. movies). We do intend to take children weekly to YMCA Camp Sherwin – our 70-acre outdoor recreation camp as well as other local outdoor locations. 

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.

Yes. Following all state and local health department guidelines, YMCA indoor and outdoor pools are open and will welcome children for instructional and recreational swimming.

UPDATED 3/25/21

Childcare enrollment is open in compliance with local, state and CDC department health guidelines and Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania.

For enrollment information (daycare/childcare, traditional PreK/Preschool, Pre-K Counts, School-Age) click on your desired location for contact information.

Then complete the online enrollment application.

For enrollment (Pre-K Counts only), complete this online enrollment application.  Please read  this Pre-K Counts Attendance Policy and Remote Learning Agreement

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


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