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COVID FAQ 2021

Kings Bay Y Summer Day Camp FAQs

Does Kings Bay Y have the permit to operate camp during Summer 2021?

Yes, the Kings Bay Y Summer Day Camp has already received its permit as a result of forward planning from the moment Camp 2020 concluded.

Where can I find the dates and prices for the Kings Bay Y Camps?

Please visit our Programs Page to view the dates for the 2021 Kings Bay Y Summer Camps as well as the fees for the camps.

How can I register my child?

Please visit our registration page where you will be able to log in and follow the prompts to register your child[ren].

How can I add weeks to my child’s schedule?

Please email us at info@kingsbayy.org and we’ll be happy to make any needed changes.

When is the payment due date?

The full payment is due on or before June 1, 2021.  Late fees will begin to apply beginning June 2nd, 2021.

What is the group size at the Kings Bay Y camps?

The ratio of children to staff is no more than 15 campers to 2 counselors per group.  Please note that the Kings Bay Y runs a specialist based model in which group counselors are not responsible for the activity planning or implementation of activities.  This is done strictly by our trained professionals in each specialty activity period.

Where is the camp located?

Our summer camp is located in our Sheepshead Bay location, featuring indoor activities with full access to our Indoor Junior Olympic Size swimming pool, rock-climbing walls, auditorium, 4,800 sq. ft. indoor gymnasium, outdoor playground, computer lab, video & recreational lounges, multiple classroom spaces, and more.  We have also contracted outdoor-field space from the KBYO.

Does the Camp offer transportation?

We offer bus stop transportation from various neighborhoods including Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Bay Ridge, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Midwood, Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, etc. To view our sample bus stop routes, please visit our Transportation page. We are, currently, in the process of creating the bus stop routes for Summer 2021 and will update our transportation page shortly.

How will lunch and food distribution be handled?

Campers will receive both a hot lunch and afternoon snack daily.  Our Lunch activity space has been moved fully outdoors to ensure safety remains our top priority at all times.

Can my child be placed in the same group as their friend?

Absolutely! There are two ways that this could be done. As you fill out the application, please add the friends’ first and last name[s] into the question for “special requests”. If you’ve already submitted the application, just send us the first and last name[s] of the friend[s] and we’ll ensure to group the campers together.

What will my child need to bring to camp each day?

Every day, we ask for the campers to bring in the following items: Refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, swim-suit, towel, and wear closed toe shoes as flip flops and shoes without closed backings will not be permitted in our activity portions.  Water shoes are allowed in the pool. Please note that you will receive communications in the event of additional items that are recommended if needed for specific activity weeks.  For those families who feel a change of clothes may be necessary, please feel free to send this as well.

If my child misplaces or loses an item, what can we do?

Please feel free to contact our camp office team as soon as you notice the item is missing.  Our program maintains a lost and found on a yearly basis.  In an effort to keep our lost-and-found to a bare minimum, please consider labeling items with special distinguishable marks (as names are not recommended) for when trying to retrieve misplaced items.

Covid-19 Updates

Can you please go into detail about your plans for personal protection for campers & staff, sanitization procedures, and medical protocols?

Our top priority remains the safety of our campers and staff. Guidelines are constantly being updated and we will keep families up to date with changes. In 2020, the following applied and will continue unless otherwise noted in future publications:

  • Medical form and COVID-19 waivers are required for each participating camper.
  • Temperature screens will be required DAILY before entering the facility.
    Select staff members who will undergo individual training to conduct screenings in the proper manner and will be assigned this post on a daily basis.
  • All staff will be required to wear protective face coverings while on shift.
  • Sanitizing and hand-washing stations will be located in all classrooms, field spaces, and active usable camp spaces.
  • Bathrooms will be deep-cleaned frequently with personal attendants on duty to provide cleanliness checks.
What is your mask policy for Summer 2021?
  • Masks are NOT required outdoors
  • As of August 4th, Staff and campers are REQUIRED to wear masks indoors at ALL times.
  • Masks are REQUIRED to be worn by staff and campers when utilizing bussing.As more guidance is provided by our governing health agencies, we will update accordingly.

As more guidance is provided by our governing health agencies, we will update accordingly.

Will staff and or campers be required to receive the COVID -19 vaccine prior to the start of camp?

The Kings Bay Y Summer Day Camp strictly adheres to the regulations set forth by the NYC Department of Health. At the moment, the DOH does not require the COVID-19 vaccine. However, as a community organization, we strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

Will communication procedures to families be updated this year?

Communication has always been a key talking point for our programs. Families will be sent up-to-date correspondences whenever a relevant piece of information, both camp and procedural (COVID-19), becomes available.  Our office staff will be on call daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. with emergency numbers and contact emails provided for outside of standard business hours.

My child has a pre-existing medical condition. Does this mean that he/she cannot attend camp?

This is a question that is very difficult to answer. The CDC has noted that children with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart conditions and breathing issues face a much greater risk of complications from COVID-19. While the decision of whether to send your child to camp is, of course, a personal one, we must note the severity and the risk associated with a summer camp for children with underlying medical conditions.

I want to register for camp, but I do not know what the state of the world will be like then. What do I do?

This is perhaps the billion-dollar question, and truth be told we are in the same predicament as you are in our knowledge. It is for this very reason that we have established a refund policy that states the following:

If we cannot operate the camp, we will be offering full refunds to our families. You will additionally have the option to roll over your child’s tuition to any future program or donate it back to camp.

In the event that camp begins as scheduled, the refund policy will adhere to the same standard as previous years with deposits Fully Refundable until June 1, 2021

We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact us at info@kingsbayy.org or call us at 718-648-7703.