The City of Philadelphia began to reopen with care in early July. Learn how Parks & Rec is keeping campers and staff safe this summer. If you’d like information on what’s open or closed at our sites, check out this blog post.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s high-quality summer camps opened July 6. But due to COVID-19, camps are operating in a different way this year.
Parks & Rec has created a plan to keep campers and staff safe. Our plan follows Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance. These guidelines are part of Philadelphia’s Safer-at-Home plan.
This summer our camps will:
- Operate Monday to Friday
- Begin on Monday, July 6
- End on Friday, August 14.
What will be different this year?
- Before or after camp care will not be available.
- All theme camps (eg. Performing Arts, Swim for Life) are canceled.
- There will be no pool visits or field trips.
- Larger camps may be split between nearby sites due to camp size limits.
- Staff will disinfect buildings and shared equipment throughout the day.
- If a camper or someone in their household is diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19:
- The camper must quarantine at home for 14 days
- Parents/guardians may receive a refund on a prorated basis.
Masks / face coverings
- Campers eight and over are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors, except when eating. Exceptions are made for campers with health conditions. A doctor’s note is required.
- Staff are required to wear masks at all times.
- Parks & Rec will place campers and staff in small groups.
- Groups will remain together for the duration of the camp.
- There will be no exceptions to this group structure.
- Groups will not share supplies.
Drop off and pick up
- Staff will greet campers outside.
- Parents/guardians may be assigned a pick up and drop off time:
- Times may be staggered.
- Parents/guardians must adhere to assigned times.
- Parents/guardians must remain with their child at drop off while camp staff:
- Check camper’s temperature.
- Ask about any specific health symptoms.
- Campers must wash or sanitize hands upon arrival and throughout the day.
What will be the same this year?
- Caring staff will make sure each camper has a fun and safe summer.
- We will provide free breakfast and lunch.
- Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Campers will have access to on-site recreational activities such as:
- play equipment
- spraygrounds and spray features
- Camps will use outdoor and indoor facilities. There will be an emphasis on outdoor play whenever possible.
- Camp fees will not change as a result of these modifications.
If you have registered your child and plan to send your child to camp:
If you wish to withdraw your child from camp and receive a refund, please:
Contact your local recreation center to release your child’s space by Friday, June 19, 2020.
If you have not yet registered your child for camp, but would like to sign up:
Use the Parks & Rec Finder to locate a camp near you.
Contact your local recreation leader using the information provided in Finder.
Note: space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.