Summer care? Don't you mean summer camp?

With current distancing requirements and restrictions we are intentionally moving away from summer camp and calling it summer care. While it won't be the camps your family is familiar with or expecting, we promise to do our best to provide your children and youth a safe summer experience that is fun and as active as we can possibly get!

So, what will summer care look like?

Summer care will be similar to our current care we are providing to medical/health care workers and essential employees. Group sizes will be 10 children and 1 adult. Upon arrival to care each youth will have their temperature taken at the front check in station, and family members will have a series of questions to answer before Y staff sign your youth in and escort them back to their group area. The only people allowed in group areas where summer care is being held will be the enrolled youth and Y staff. 

There will be distancing rules in place, as well as frequent handwashing. Staff who are in close proximity with youth from more than one group (such as our sign-in station staff and program subs) will be wearing masks. Youth are welcome to bring and wear their own masks as long as they are able to do so following appropriate safety guidelines for use. 

While we still do not have all the answers, we do have more than previously known.

Friday, June 12 is the last day for Emergency Child Care at Holt, Meadow View, South Eugene and the YMCA on Patterson.

Monday, June 15-19 - We will be CLOSED.  We are taking the week off to clean out the schools and prepare for our summer care programs.

Monday, June 22 - August 28th - Summer Care

Beyond this most details are tentative as we wait to hear what other spaces in the community we can use for summer care.

Here are further details that are likely or tentative:
  • Summer care will most likely begin on June 22 and will run for 10 weeks
  • Registration is by the week and there will be a cost
    • Kindergarten - 5th grade $175/week YMCA member and $195 for nonmember.  
    • Preschool - $215/week for YMCA member and $235 for nonmember
    • Financial assistance is available.
  • Partial week registration is not an option. Only Monday - Friday
  • Hours for care will be 7:30am to 5:30pm but may change depending on policy and regulation.
In order to provide care for as many youth as possible we will operate at the Y (which will also be open to members, but there will be no access to care spaces for those that aren't enrolled youth or staff).  We are waiting to hear from the school districts if there is space for us over the summer to offer care to more families.  We do not know which schools yet, and therefore do not know how many children we will be allowed to enroll in summer care programs.

  • YES we will have weekly themes, yes we will have dress up days, yes we will have laughter and fun!
  • Prioritizing ways to safely engage those in our care in active programming
  • At this time swimming pools will not be allowed to open - we are thinking of ways to stay cool on those hot summer days!
  • We will not be able to go on field trips/use buses but we are looking at some hiking/park visits/virtual tours. A lot of this depends on the spaces we end up being able to provide care at/in/around.
  • Currently in our emergency care programs we are able to provide meals and snacks, but we are not sure if that will continue as this also depends not only on the spaces we operate in but where summer food programs are at. If we are able to do this, we will continue to do so.
  • Preschool programs will be able to provide meals (breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack)
How will registration work?
When we have clarification and confirmation on more details we will begin to register people off the online form (see below) submissions in the order they were received. At that time you will receive an invoice as confirmation of registration, and further details about completing the registration process.  The following google forms are wait lists for what summer care will be.  
If you had a child registered in a Youth Development program in March 2020, fill out this summer care form.

If you are a Y member, fill out this summer care form.

If you are a community member, fill out this summer care form.

Due to a high volume of questions/calls and limited staff time we may not be able to respond to inquiries as to where you are on the waitlist. Please know that we are doing our very best to provide excellent care to as many families as possible while also following and respecting safety guidelines and policy set forth by our governing agencies and leadership.


We are here to make your kids feel welcome. To help them quickly realize this is a place where they belong and can be themselves. Try new things. Make new friends. And be a part of something great.

We are here to help your kids grow in every way. We meet them where they are, then give them opportunities to reach levels they never imagined. New skills. New experiences. New parts of themselves.

We're here to surround every child with support, guidance and fantastic chances to discover and learn. A chance to try until they succeed. A chance to explore new talents and interests.

We are here to foster their curiosity. To encourage them to expand their comfort zones in what they do, who they know and what they believe. And discover what they are passionate about.

We're here to show kids all they can accomplish when they believe in themselves. They thrive, knowing they can relax in a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment.

We are here to create experiences that immerse them in an atmosphere that inspires, guiding them to live healthy, help others and work together, making strong friendships that often last a lifetime.

The Y is here to help them flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, our holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time.

Holly Kriz-Anderson, Youth Development Director
summercamp@eugeneymca.org / 541-686-9622 / Tax ID 93-05-00679