SPORTIME Schenectady Camp Guidelines

SPORTIME Schenectady’s commitment to creating a happy and safe environment for your children has guided our work for more than 15 years. Our camp has been a place where every child can have fun, make friends and create lifelong memories. 

In the context of COVID-19, our focus remains the health and wellbeing of our campers, our camp families and our staff. Summer camp 2020 started on Monday, June 29th, and is different from past years; it has to be. But we are confident that we can provide our campers with an amazing camp experience that dramatically minimizes risk, while maximizing fun and friendship. We are pleased to share our comprehensive plan for the safest possible operation of camp this summer.

Notwithstanding all the precautions that SPORTIME will take, due to the nature of the virus, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains, as we are all aware.  Please be safe, respect others and follow all of the precautions, protections and protocols put in place during this COVID-19 epidemic.  


Daily Health Screenings of Staff and Campers

  • All camp staff will be screened upon their arrival each morning. This will include an online self-assessment and a temperature check. Any staff member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, either upon arrival, or at any point during the camp day, will be sent home, and will need to be symptom free and test negative for the virus before returning.
  • Per NYS mandate, all camp parents will be required to complete a quick, online health screening for their child(ren) in advance of their arrival at camp each day, which will, in most cases, allow them to proceed directly to an expedited drop-off area. At that drop-off area, campers' temperatures will be taken by Sportime staff using point and shoot thermometers, and those campers whose temperatures are less than 99.5% will be able to exit their cars and be escorted to their groups. Those campers whose temperatures are 99.5% or higher will be sent home, and the Camp Director or Camp Health Director will follow up with further instructions. Parents who are unable to complete the screening in advance of their arrival at Sportime will be directed to a waiting area, where they will complete the screening, after which their child/ren's temperatures will be taken, and they will begin their camp day. Any camper exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, either upon arrival, or at any point during the camp day, will be sent home, and will need to be symptom free and test negative for the virus before returning.
  • Campers may need to submit updated Health Forms, if and when required by NYS or the Department of Health.
  • Parents must keep campers home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Any other signs of illness
  • Our Camp Director reserves the right to send campers and staff members home should they exhibit any of the above symptoms.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

  • Each group will have a specific drop-off and pick-up time and location. Campers will have their temperatures taken by camp staff while still inside their cars with parents or caregivers. Adults are asked to remain in their cars, so that members of our camp team can greet campers and escort them to their designated group areas.
  • Staggered drop-off times will allow us to screen and assess the health and well-being of each camper without creating a long line of cars waiting. 
  • Staggered pick-up times will allow us to ensure that camp dismissal is safe and efficient.
  • For those campers who may have a difficult time separating, or who may need some extra encouragement to join their groups, we will provide a special parking area for parents and caregivers who need a little more time with their campers. Parents will be able to take as much time as they need to help their children transition to the camp day, and our amazing counselors will do all that they can to assist.
  • To ensure the safety of our campers, parents and visitors will not be permitted on campus during the camp day. Camp areas will be restricted to camper and camp staff use only.  In situations when campers may encounter facility staff or members, while moving to and from camp areas, they may be asked to wear their SPORTIME gaiter face coverings if adequate physical distancing is not possible.

Smaller Camp Groupings & Modified Activities

  • We will have smaller groups with no more than 15 campers per group. We will keep the members of the groups as consistent as possible throughout the summer.  
  • We will minimize interaction between groups and physical distancing will be assured during any such interactions.
  • Special events will be modified or cancelled if physical distancing cannot be achieved and there will be no large group events this summer.
  • Our amazing coaches and counselors will modify camp and sports activities to provide the safest learning and playing environment, but will also ensure that our activities will still be diverse, active and fun! 
  • High contact activities, including the use of water slides and inflatable equipment, may not occur this summer.
  • We are creating new outdoor activities for campers to enjoy, including nature walks, yoga, and scavenger hunts, and gardening, with more to come!

Swim Program 2020

  • Our swimming pool will be open, and campers will be able to swim this summer, with modifications to swim-session activities and behaviors.
  • Campers old enough to receive swim instruction from our WSI instructors, can schedule lessons at the end of their camp day. Instruction will be given from the pool deck to avoid face-to-face contact. 
  • Campers will have recreational pool time as part of their camp day.
  • Younger campers, who would normally require face-to-face, in-pool contact with an instructor, may only receive closely supervised free swim sessions this summer. During these swim sessions, counselors will be in the pool with, but distanced from these younger campers, and all camper swimmers will be equipped with inflatable swim bubbles, pool noodles or other flotation devices to help ensure their safety.
  • During all swim sessions, certified lifeguards will be on duty at all times to assure the safety of all swimmers.

Enhanced Hygiene Practices

  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing will be encouraged and required. We will have outdoor hand washing stations, and/or sanitizing stations, offering wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizer, close to all activity areas.
  • Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will be required after each camp activity, including tennis, swimming, sports, and more, and will be required before and after snack, water breaks and lunch. 
  • Campers and counselors will also wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival each morning, throughout the day, and prior to dismissal at the conclusion of the camp day.

Intensified Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices

  • Each camp area will be cleaned at the conclusion of each activity session to ensure the safety of the next group to use the space. All sports equipment will be disinfected after use and newly sanitized balls will be rotated in for each new group of campers.
  • Our camp cleaning team will disinfect all high touch areas, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the camp day.
  • At the conclusion of each day, our repair, maintenance and housekeeping teams will follow enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure that every camp area, inside and outside, is sanitized for the following day.
  • Aquatics team members will disinfect all high contact surfaces in the pool area, including railings and ladders, using sanitizing wipes, after each swim session.

Use of Face Coverings

  • All camp staff members will wear face coverings during interactions with campers whenever physical distancing is not possible.
  • It is our hope that campers will not have to wear face coverings, or will wear them infrequently. However, should face coverings be required by NYS and/or by the Department of Health, or for brief periods when distancing may be hard to maintain, we will make camper face coverings happen and we will make them fun. In an abundance of caution, as of August 17th, we will be suspending the use of neck gaiters based upon recent reports that this particular style of protective face covering may not effectively prevent virus transmission. Because neck gaiters are the easiest style of face covering for our coaches, players and campers to wear and deploy comfortably and when needed, we are in the process of sourcing a neck gaiter option that provides protection equal to or better than the two-ply cotton face masks. Until we have such a gaiter available, we will be using/providing the mask style face covering.  Please also note that the N-95 type masks with exhalation valves protect wearers, but do not block the release of the particles that could impact those around the wearer.  Please refrain from wearing single layer gaiters, bandanas, and N-95 masks with exhalation valves on Sportime premises and, instead, wear two ply face coverings that are known to provide an effective barrier to transmission.

Increased Training of Staff

  • All SPORTIME camp staff complete a thorough orientation and training each summer prior to camp. This summer, our staff training will be expanded to include all of our updated safety protocols and activity modifications. Our commitment is that campers will remain safe while at SPORTIME and, despite some necessary adjustments, will have a fun and unforgettable summer camp experience.

Lunch, Snack and Hydration

  • Lunch schedules will be staggered to reduce the number of campers during each lunch session, and seating will be spaced-out and forward facing to assure adequate physical distancing.
  • In order to minimize food handling by camp staff, parents should provide their child with lunch and snacks in an insulated lunch bag. 
  • If SPORTIME provides snacks, they will be in individual, pre-packaged servings.
  • We will ensure that SPORTIME campers hydrate throughout the camp day. Water stations will be operated by camp staff only and will be used to fill camper water bottles or single-use, disposable cups.

Rain Day Schedule

  • SPORTIME Schenectady’s campus includes numerous indoor spaces that are dedicated to camp use, or that can be used by camp in inclement weather. These include our 8 indoor tennis courts, our racquetball/sport-court, our group exercise and classroom spaces, and other indoor fitness and recreational spaces. During brief rain delays, campers will remain in their groups and each group will be assigned an indoor camp space where they will be able to do small-group activities while physically distanced from other camp groups. Once the rain passes, the normal camp day schedule will resume. 

Procedures When Someone at Camp is Sick

  • If a camper or a staff member becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, and/or tests positive for COVID-19, SPORTIME will follow all State and County Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of all other campers, staff and camp families. These protocols may include quarantine for the symptomatic or sick camper or staff member, as many as 14 days off from camp for members of the camper’s or staff member’s group, contact tracing, additional facility cleaning, the testing of those who may have made contact with the infected camper or staff, further quarantines or stay at home requests, as may be recommended by health officials, and any other sensible actions designed to keep the larger community safe as any impacted persons recover.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp families, your feedback is essential to us, and any questions you have are surely shared by others, so please email your camp related questions to and we will share all questions and answers with our community as we build our FAQ for summer 2020. Thank you in advance for being part of our open dialogue with our camp community.

Corporate Guidelines

For an expanded list of COVID-19 Guidelines we have developed for use at all SPORTIME locations, please click here.

Updated: August 13, 2020 5:25pm