It's safety first as summer camp begins at North Suburban YMCA

  • As the North Suburban YMCA opened summer camps and resumed business, safety was the No. 1 priority.

    As the North Suburban YMCA opened summer camps and resumed business, safety was the No. 1 priority. Courtesy of Creative Marketing Associates

Updated 7/2/2020 11:08 AM

As more businesses reopen during Phase Four of the Restore Illinois plan, the North Suburban YMCA has started its summer camps and resumed business, adopting the safety standards of the CDC Field Guide for the American Camping Association and the Y-USA summer day camps safety guidelines.

"Safety is our No. 1 priority. We're following all CDC camp guidelines including frequent hand-washing, disinfecting, social distancing as much as possible, and wearing masks when social distancing can't be accommodated," said Kathy Fielding, CEO of the NSYMCA. "We know, more than ever, children need to spend time outdoors practicing social, emotional, and problem-solving skills. The Y Day Camps offers a place where kids can be kids in a safe environment."


In addition, the NSYMCA has taken the following precautions for campers and staff members:

• All camp families will submit a pre-camp health status questionnaire.

• Upon arrival, every camper will have their temperatures checked and be directed to outdoor hand-washing stations.

• The majority of camp time will be outdoors.

• The Y has installed six portable outdoor sinks on the campus.

• All camps are divided into small groups.

• Each camp counselor is equipped with PPE crates to ensure frequent disinfecting.

The Y summer camps run through August 14, and there are spaces still available in the Y's Traditional Camp, Specialty Camps, and Sports Camp. Parents can register their children for half-day (9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.) or full-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) sessions by camp week by visiting The Y's indoor pool will be available three days a week for free swim time. The Y will not be offering any virtual camps.

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"We have an excellent, experienced staff who have had extensive training on how they can help make camp safe and fun this summer. We will be adapting sports and game play, providing extra social and emotional support systems, and teaching our campers how they can practice safe hygiene techniques," stated Ricky Gonzalez, the Y's Director of Summer Camp.

For more information, visit For questions or concerns regarding the YMCA's phased reopening plan, contact CEO Kathy Fielding at

About the North Suburban YMCA: The North Suburban YMCA serves Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected, and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at

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