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June 19, 2020 Summer Camp Update

We are excited to officially have the green light for camp at our Riverdale, Upper East Side, East Village and Park Slope locations, and we really believe this is our campers most important summer yet! As promised, we are sharing our most up-to-date Kids in the Game COVID-19 policies and procedures so you have time to review the measures and expectations we are putting in place before camp.

It is important to keep in mind that this is a living document. We are still expecting to receive more guidance from the New York City Department of Health that may change some of these policies as they stand today. We will continue to update this document and highlight those details with you weekly. As always, feel free to reach out with additional questions. Our team is here to help in any way we can!

Camp Policies and Procedures

June 13, 2020 Summer Camp Update

We appreciate your patience and commitment during these uncertain times! We are a mixed bag of emotions this morning as we have updates on each of our camps — we are excited, sad, and every emotion in between.

We are super excited to announce that we are officially running camp for our Riverdale, Upper East Side, East Village, and Park Slope locations!

We are deeply saddened to share with you that we are cancelling summer camp at our Upper West Side and Inwood locations. While we do have the go ahead from the state and local officials, the host buildings/church were not comfortable with us running programs in the buildings this summer. We pushed as hard as we could to make these camps happen, and this is the note we were hoping to avoid the past several months. And for that, we’re deeply sorry. 

We are delaying the start of camp to July 6th to expand our training program and give NYC a little extra time to open up. If you were registered for Session 1, you will receive a full refund issued next week. If you would like to transfer this registration to another camp or a later week in the summer, you are welcome to let us know by 6/20. If we don’t hear from you before 6/20, we will process your refund. We are officially running the following sessions!

  • Session 2: July 6th – July 10th    |   Riverdale, Upper East Side, Park Slope 
  • Session 3: July 13th – July 17th    |   Riverdale, Upper East Side, Park Slope
  • Session 4: July 20th – July 24th   |    Riverdale, Upper East Side, Park Slope,, East Village 
  • Session 5: July 27th – July 31st   |    Riverdale, Upper East Side, Park Slope,, East Village
  • Session 6: August 3rd – August 7th   |    Riverdale, Upper East Side, Park Slope,, East Village
  • Session 7: August 10th – August 14th   |    Riverdale, Upper East Side, Park Slope,, East Village
  • Session 8: August 17th – August 21st   |    Riverdale, East Village, Park Slope

This Week’s News

This week we received Interim Guidelines for Day Camps from NYS, New Jersey released their Standards for Youth Summer Camps, and we expect NYC Dept of Health to follow up with something similar next week. After receiving positive news from Gov. Cuomo that camps are set to run, this is the guidance we hoped for! While we’re continuing to digest this guidance from NYS, we are building out policies of our own that are specific to each camp location.  We will share a full guide of Kids in the Game COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for our registered families to review before camp starts. 

Summary of the NYS Guidelines

Guidance for Families on Camp Attendance During COVID-19

Thanks again for sticking with us. We’re so thankful our incredible community of families. Be on the lookout for ways we are providing smaller, individual skills focused programs this summer. We are dedicated to the youth of New York City, and we eagerly anticipate the next time we can all be together again. 

June 5, 2020 Summer Camp Update

On Tuesday, June 2nd, Governor Cuomo announced that NYS day camps are set to open on June 29th. While this is exciting and definitely trending in the right direction, we still don’t have a 100% go on camp here locally. 

This announcement came without specific guidelines or updates on when that information will be released. We’re still working with our host buildings to make sure we have clearance there, as well as the NYC Department of Health on what their additional guidelines will be. Our park permits are also posing a bit of an issue as we wait for guidance on whether or not they will loosen their rules around access. 

While our camp permits are in process and we’re hopeful that camp will happen, we’ll need to continue to ask for your patience for another few days. 

As a reminder, we pushed all of the payment dates from June 3rd to June 15th to give everyone a bit more time to see what their summer may look like, and for us to release more information about camp. Also a reminder, if you aren’t able to join us at camp this summer, here are the options you have: 

  • If you want to cancel and receive a refund, you’re welcome to let us know. You will receive the full amount paid, minus $100/week in deposits, if this is done before June 15th. 
  • If you are sure you want to cancel for this Summer and push your weeks to Summer 2021, you will not lose your deposit. You may have to pay the difference in any camp tuition next year, although the price increase is usually nominal. As we navigate this difficult time, we would be grateful if you would consider this option before requesting refunds. 
  • If the NYC Department of Health does not issue camp permits this summer and camp is cancelled or pushed back, you will have a choice to either a) push your registrations to next year; b) receive a full refund paid later in 2020; or c) donate your tuition to the camp. 

To our Kids in the Game family, thanks again for sticking with us during the past few months. We’re thankful each and every day for you, and we can’t wait to be back together soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to keep checking our Summer Camp FAQs to stay current on how we’re preparing, and as always feel free to reach out via email or phone with any questions.

May 22, 2020 Summer Camp Update

This week we received helpful guidance from the American Camp Association regarding the implementation of safety procedures at day camps. We are still expecting announcements from New York State, as well as more specific, local guidelines from the NYC Department of Health in the coming weeks. We are monitoring all resources closely to stay current with the ever-developing information. 

While our team is working around the clock to update our policies and plan for a fun and safe camp environment, we are focusing on a few key areas:

1. Daily Health Screening – One way to stay on top of preventing the spread of the virus is to monitor the symptoms and temperatures of all those coming to camp, staff and campers alike. At the beginning of each day, before entering camp, we will be checking temperatures and asking some basic health screening questions. This will be a full team effort and we want you to be a part of that team when it comes to the screening of your camper. The more information we have, the better!

2. Group “Cohorting” – As we await clear group size guidance from the NYC DOH, we will move forward in our use of cohorts at camp. Another way to think of cohorts is in the sense of “households.” During the past few months, we have all been isolating in our households to reduce the spread of the virus. We will be using the same concept at camp, keeping age groups of campers together, consistently, and without close cross-group interaction. 

3. Enhanced Cleaning Procedures – We are working closely with each camp’s host building to ensure we have the proper cleaning in place at an increased frequency this summer. There are two main steps in our effective cleaning process this summer: cleaning and disinfecting. Think of cleaning as wiping the jelly off the table before coming in with the power of a disinfectant! We are currently stocking up on EPA approved and suggested cleaning supplies to ensure ample supply for the summer months. 

4. Responsible (and fun!) Programming – Our team of inventive coaches are working creatively to develop new activities as well as modifications to some Kids in the Game classics. We are creating ways to reduce the sharing of equipment and materials when possible, as well as adding routine cleaning steps after each use. We are turning some summer camp classics into new summer camp games with added space between players.

5. Reducing time ‘off-site’ – Field trips this summer are off the table. We are still awaiting more information about swimming and the pools we typically use, and this varies depending on location. Making sure that we are using safe spaces and not traveling on the subway is going to be a priority. We do want to maximize safe time outside in the parks, and we’ll be working with the Parks Department on what that will look like in the coming weeks. 

This has been a challenging time for all of us, but we are hopeful that a return to normalcy will encourage our kids, staff, and you, our families knowing Summer Camp can happen in a physically and emotionally safe environment. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to put our specific protocols in place leading into the start of camp. There is new information every day, and we are using that ever-improving content to build a robust strategy to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved. 

We recognize that every family is in a unique position this summer to decide if camp is right for them or not. To remind you of our policies and key dates, please use this as a guide for what to do next:

  • If you’re not sure, we encourage you to wait another couple of weeks! We are all following the news and guidance and our ‘decision date’ for refunds is June 15th, still 3+ weeks away. We will continue sending more definitive procedures around camp, and at that point you can make a decision that feels right for your family. 
  • If you are sure you want to cancel and receive a refund, you’re welcome to let us know. You will receive the full amount paid, minus $100/week in deposits, if this is done before June 15th.
  • If you are sure you want to cancel and push your weeks to Summer 2021, you will not lose your deposit. You may have to pay the difference in any camp tuition next year, although the price increase is usually nominal.
  • If the NYC Department of Health does not issue camp permits this summer and camp is cancelled or pushed back, you will have a choice to either a) push your registrations to next year; b) receive a full refund paid later in 2020; or c) make a donation to the camp. We will likely get an answer on this in the next couple of weeks as more information is available from the DOH.

If you have any questions on your decisions above, please shoot us an email and we can work through it with you. We’re in a very difficult position as a small, local business, and appreciate the teamwork and partnership as we lean on each other. Our goal is to run a safe camp this summer, and all of our energy and effort is heading in that direction.

Thank you for your questions, concerns, and encouragements along the way. Our team is here to support you in any way that we can. In the meantime, continue to check our Summer Camp FAQs to stay current on how we’re preparing. 

May 14, 2020 Summer Camp Update

It’s great to see you here, and we’re excited to welcome you back!

People first. The health and safety of our kids, families, and team is our top priority—always. We’re closely monitoring the changing landscape of COVID-19 so we can make the best decisions possible to support our Kids in the Game families as we roll into Summer Camp season. Please click the button below to read in full our COVID-19 FAQ.

Thank you for your patience. Our team is available to support you in whatever way we can, answer questions, and hopefully find solutions as we wait for our programs to return to normalcy. Please continue to check our site, as well as our social media for updates. We’re looking forward to being back on the court, on the playground, and in the gym with our kids.

April 30, 2020 Summer Camp Update

Like you, we are adjusting to our new schedule and miss our routine of activities and friends. The current COVID-19 situation is fluid, changing daily…sometimes even hourly. It’s testing our adaptability and our patience, and we imagine it’s testing yours as well. While we remain eager and committed to preparing for a full 8 week summer camp program, it’s hard to predict how the rapidly evolving situation will impact camp. As of now, camp is still on and we can assure you that we are actively working to mindfully prepare for all possible scenarios.

The Importance of Summer Camp

Being part of the Kids in the Game team means the world to each and every one of us. The driving source of our passion for the work we do is our united mindset to strive to be the best part of every kid’s day. Now more than ever, we’re reminded just how crucial a child’s continuous development is in the early years of their lives. Ensuring children are provided a safe environment, an abundance of intentional physical activity, and opportunity to create lifelong friendships and peer-mentor relationships are top of mind.

While our hope is that we have the opportunity to make this contribution to our youth again this year, there are other realities we need to be considering.

Important Dates

April 16th – Summer camp deemed an essential service by NYS

May 1st – Anticipated date to receive summer camp safety guidelines from the CDC

May 15th – Anticipated date to receive summer camp safety guidelines from the NYC Department of Health

May 22nd – Decision date regarding if camp will be running and/or dates will be adjusted

Top of Mind: Health & Safety

As an American Camp Association accredited camp, we are in close communication with the camp community and the NYC Department of Health as we continue to prepare for a safe summer camp season. Together, we’re actively discussing the latest updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and our local governing bodies.

Some of the many things we’re keeping an eye on will be direction around considerations like:

  • Staggered check-in times & outdoor check-in 
  • Decreasing group sizes
  • Increased frequency of hand-washing, especially around meal times and bathroom breaks (like we do with water breaks!)
  • Limiting camp visitors
  • On call medical oversight
  • Availability of commercial testing for staff / campers
  • Recommendations for swim from our swim provider Physique Swimming
    • We solely use private pools and are in touch with all locations
  • Staggered sign-out times
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of sinks and water fountains

What’s next?

We’re working through several scenarios:

  • Provide summer camp, considering the topics listed above (plus more!)
  • Shorten the summer schedule
  • Extend the summer schedule
  • Cancel summer programming

 We hope that in the same way you have entrusted us with your child, you also trust us with your investment in camp. Again, all of our focus right now is on running camp in 2020.

We are beyond grateful for those on the frontlines in the medical community showing up daily to fight this. We keep in our thoughts those who have been directly affected by the virus. On a lighter note, our social media is focused on providing some positive light into your day, with Brain Breaks and other in-home activities. We hope that they will serve as a resource, and highlight the importance of play while staying at home.

Thank you for the many thoughtful and supportive emails and calls we have received already. We send our absolute best to you and your family during these complicated times and cross our fingers that we will be able to see many of you in the coming months.

March 17, 2020 Program Update

What You Can Expect From Us 

Kids in the Game is here to help you navigate the extreme circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s embrace what we have and explore how we can do more!

Due to the closure of NYC schools and new guidelines to help protect NYC and beyond, Kids in the Game programs are suspended until further notice. The health and well-being of our Kids in the Game families, schools, staff, kids, and community is our ultimate priority. Expert guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization, and other health experts should be your primary source of information. In the meantime, we want all of our KING community to know we are here for you if you need anything. We will continue to send updates as we have more information. Stay tuned, and stay safe! 

COVID-19 Updates

Official Resources

Best Practices for Health 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home, stay healthy. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaners or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Social

Stuck inside? We know the feeling. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for tips, games, and updates on how to get active and stay connected over the next few weeks! @kidsinthegameny

We will be going LIVE with some of your favorite Kids in the Game coaches to play games, have dance parties, make arts and crafts, and more. Let’s stick together, even when we are far apart!

Specific Content Requests 

In the coming weeks, we will be producing at home video content, ranging from workouts, arts & crafts, creative movement, games, and more that you can do from your living room! We know this is unchartered territory for everyone. We want to continue to keep our kids active and engaged. Feel free to reach out to info@kidsinthegame.com if you have any questions or specific content requests. We’re all in this together. Let’s get at it and get active!

Continue to Support Local Sports

In this daunting time, we humbly ask that you continue to support your local sports community. Continue to register for summer camp and upcoming sports programs – our coaches have exciting plans for the  future! Make donations if you are able. Call your local sports leaders and ask them how you can help. Engage in the conversation on social media. In the coming months and very near future, these community leaders are going to blaze our “come back” in communities all over the world, starting at home in NYC. Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to being together again!  

Additional Resources 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the Coronavirus 

The Corona Virus and Youth Sports: the Aspen Institute 

20 Indoor Games to Help Kids Burn Energy 

Blog: USING THE SPORTS SHUTDOWN TO RECOVER THE JOY OF SPORTS

Sincerely, 

The Kids in the Game Staff