Summer Programs During COVID-19

Posted on: June 23, 2020


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Summer Programs 2020

Select Boys & Girls Clubs of King County sites are open for learning, fun, and exercise in a safe place with trusted adults.

When is your summer camp programs?

Summer camp programs run June-August.

Which Clubs are offering programs?  

  1. Bagley (7am-4pm)
  2. Ballard (8am-5pm)
  3. Bainbridge Island (8am-5:30pm)
  4. BF Day (7am-4pm)
  5. Federal Way 8th (7am-6pm)
  6. Kirkland (8am-5:30pm)
  7. Lawton (7am-4pm)
  8. Mercer Island (8am-5:00pm)
  9. North Seattle (8am-6pm)
  10. Renton/Skyway (10am-6pm) (Teen Program is drop-in) 
  11. Ron Sandwith Teen Center (9am-4pm)   
  12. Rotary (8am-6pm)
  13. Sacajawea (7am-4pm)
  14. Salmon Bay (7am-4pm)
  15. Sammamish (8:30am-6pm)
  16. Smilow Rainier Vista (9am-6pm) 
  17. Southwest (7am-6pm) 
  18. Tukwila (7am-4pm)
  19. View Ridge (8am-5pm)
  20. Wallingford (7am-6pm)

How do your programs look different this year?

  • We continuously review and update our programming and ratios to adhere to state and local regulations. We incorporate these into our additional policies regarding COVID, and safety at our Clubs. Read the policy.
  • We also have program offerings through our new Virtual Clubs site.  Club members can obtain a password to use the virtual site. Non-members can join only the Virtual for a $50 annual Club membership fee. The home page is public and provides a glimpse of program photo fun as well as information about our organization.

How are you ensuring the safety of the kids?

We are following the guidelines from Governor Inslee’s office, King County Board of Health, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Public Health Guidance for Childcare under which our Clubs fall.

We previously instituted additional sanitation and cleaning procedures to address the emerging concern. We are also conducting health screenings for everyone entering our Clubs:

  • We take everyone’s temperature before entry; if it is over 100 degrees, staff or youth will be sent home and encouraged to contact their primary care provider.
  • We ask families and staff at drop-off if they have had contact with anyone who has had a confirmed case of the Coronavirus or is currently awaiting test results in the last 14 days.
  • If the answer is yes, the youth is unable to attend, and the staff is unable to return to work until after the quarantine period has elapsed.
  • We will continue to require youth and staff to wash their hands upon arrival at the Club and will wash thoroughly before eating meals or snacks and through the day.
  • If a Club experiences a confirmed case of Coronavirus of either a staff member or one of our youth, the Club will close down for at least two days to allow for the disinfection of all surfaces within the Club.
  • All drop/offs and pickups occur outside the Club.

Additional program safety protocols for summer include:

  • Providing individual supplies and bags for each Club member to decrease potential exposure through the sharing items.
  • Ensuring that proper social distancing is taking place if/when there is a physical line formed during drop off or pick up.
  • Staggering drop off/pick up times if possible and if the Club determines it’s needed to ensure social distancing.

How many kids and staff are at each Club?

We follow all Department of Health guidelines regarding how many people per space. Currently, those guidelines indicate 22 people in a space. We do have several Clubs that are large enough to accommodate adequate social distancing to hold several groups of 22 people within a given portion of the larger Club. Read DOH guidelines.

What about outdoor activities? 

We currently have technology at the Clubs to help kids explore beyond the walls through virtual field trips. We may also conduct some smaller field trips (e.g., zoo or aquarium, if open). Field trips and other outdoor activities are determined on a case-by-case basis. All program activities will follow health recommendations from the Department of Health regarding potential reopening phases. Please check with your local Club for more information.

How much do the programs cost? 

In addition to the annual $50 membership fee, every Club has pricing based on program offerings. Please check with your local Club for summer program costs.

Is financial assistance available? 

Yes! We are fast-tracking scholarships for those that may need financial assistance to join a Club.

Will you be opening additional Clubs?

We are exploring partnership opportunities across the county to open additional Clubs if the demand is there. We will carefully monitor the position of school districts, and King County Health recommendations, before determining additional Club openings.

Wouldn’t it just be safer for families to keep kids at home? 

We understand that families may choose to keep kids at home, but for those who cannot work from homes, such as first responders, healthcare workers, grocery workers, etc., or those who without alternatives for watching kids over the summer, we’re here to support them. Our summer programs, whether in person or through our Virtual Clubs, also help prevent brain drain and prepare kids to enter into the next school year better prepared for academic success.

How can I support the Clubs?

If you’re looking for more ways to support Boys & Girls Clubs, here’s what the Clubs could use a few more of right now. You can drop them at any open Club. We’ll be happy to give you a safe-distance air high-five for your support!

-Cleaning supplies (wipes, cleaning sprays, paper towels, gloves, etc.)

-Packaged, single-serving snacks (without nuts)

We are also in need of critical operating funds to keep our Clubs open now and in the future! Please donate today.


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