Summer Camp Parent Handbook

Operation Protocols & Guidelines 

The City of Aventura's summer camp will be following the CDC guidelines and suggested protocols to keep everyone safe. Please be sure to read this handbook thoroughly so you and your family understand all the rules and guidelines prior to attending the City’s summer camp. This document has been written as of May 17, 2021. As more information is available or updated, the guidelines and protocols outlined may be modified and will include the date of the modification. 

Facial Coverings 

Facial coverings will be required for participants during drop off and pick up, when physical distancing cannot be maintained, when using transportation, and at out-of-house field trips that require facial coverings.   All City and YMCA employees will always wear facial coverings while indoors when engaged in the program.

Cleaning and Disinfecting 

The City is committed to using products that are EPA-approved to use to protect all children and employees. Employees will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched along with objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily, such as but not limited to, doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, desks, chairs, cubbies, and any restroom toilet/sink handles and dryers that are not touchless. All rooms within the facility will be routinely cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected daily.

Shared Objects 

All employees and children will keep their belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas. The City will ensure adequate supplies to fully minimize sharing of high-touch materials (e.g., assign art supplies or other equipment to a single participant), or limit use of supplies and equipment to one group of participants at a time and clean and disinfect between uses. Employees and children will not be allowed to share electronic devices, books, and other games or learning aids and should refrain from bringing these items to the summer camp. 

Identifying Small Groups and Keeping Them Together (Cohorting) 

The City of Aventura is committed to having groups no larger than 10 children with the same employee(s) that will remain together for the duration of the day. 

Health Screenings 

Upon signing in your child into the summer camp program, the parent and/or guardian of the child will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. It is the parent/guardians’ responsibility to ensure their child does not attend the summer camp program while experiencing symptoms of a communicable disease, illness, or injury that might require medical attention. All employees will undergo a health screening upon arrival. Anyone that may appear to have symptoms of a contagious disease, illness, or injury that might require medical attention will be denied entry to the program and facility.  

Procedures for Drop-Off and Pick-Up  

All drop off and pick up will be conducted outside in a curbside style and will have designated areas. The parent or designated person along with anyone who is not registered in the summer camp must always remain in the vehicle.  It is highly recommended that the person completing the sign in procedure wear a face covering during drop off and when speaking with an employee at pick up. 

Special accommodations to be dropped off after 9:30 am or picked up prior to 3 pm may be requested by emailing crcenter@cityofaventura.com at least 48 hours in advance. Please understand that employees are limited on who they can interact with and areas of the building are restricted as we are committed to providing the safety of all participants. In the event that your special accommodation has been approved, please be sure to send a message through the Procare Connect App when you arrive. 

Sign-In Procedures During Drop-Off and Sign-Out Procedures During Pick-Up

The City utilizes Procare Connect during drop-off for sign-in procedures and during pick-up for sign-out procedures to provide efficiency and ensure the safety of all children.

Only the custodial parent or legal guardian of a child will be permitted to authorize who can sign out the child. Please note that we cannot refuse to release a child to his/her parent or their legal guardian without appropriate legal documentation that includes, but is not limited to, a court order.  This legal documentation must be provided immediately to Maria A. Leiva, Community Program Manager at leivam@cityofaventura.com.

Drop-Off Procedure 

The employee will greet the parent or designated person at their vehicle in designated drop-off area between the hours of 7:00 – 9:30 am. After 9:30 am, drop-off will not be permitted, and participant will not be accepted into the program unless special accommodations were previously approved. 

To ensure everyone’s safety the following protocols will be implemented during morning drop-off at the designated curbside drop off area:

  • Please have the Procare Connect app open to scan the QR code. 
  • Upon scanning the QR code, the parent or designated person will be prompted to answer a health questionnaire. The health questionnaire can be seen below.  
    1. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours?
      • Fever (Greater than 100.4) or felt feverish 
      • Chills
      • Cough 
      • Difficulty with breathing or shortness of breath  
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • The employee will then evaluate the answers to the questionnaire. 
    1. a. If any of the answers to the questions on the questionnaire are, “Yes,” the employee will call the supervisor on duty for next steps and move on to the next vehicle. 
    2. b. If all the answers to the questionnaire are, “No,” the employee will proceed to the next step. 

 

Pick-Up Procedure 

The employee will greet the parent or designated person at their vehicle in designated pick-up area between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00 pm. We kindly request that you limit your conversation with employees during pick up procedures. 

Please have the Procare Connect app open and ready to scan the QR code to verify authorization to pick up the participant.  You may also be asked to show photo identification.

Late Pick Up Policy

All children must be picked up by 6:00 pm daily.   A late fee of $1 per minute will be applied starting at 6:01 pm.  The Aventura Police Department will be contacted by the City if the participant has not been picked up by 6:45 pm.

Sign-Out Waiver

A parent/guardian will need to request a sign-out waiver from Maria A. Leiva, Community Program Manager at leivam@cityofaventura.com. The completed form must be scanned back via email for consideration and approval from Maria A. Leiva for the child to be able to sign themselves out of the program to walk, ride a bike, or take the Aventura Express Shuttle bus home.  NO CHILD WILL BE RELEASED on their own without the sign-out waiver signed by the parent or legal guardian and approved by Maria A. Leiva, Community Program Manager.   Once the process is approved, the parent or legal guardian must issue the child a four-digit pin.

Emergency Program Closing 

If an emergency closing is necessary while the camp is in session, parents will be contacted by the YMCA and/or City of Aventura staff and asked to pick up the children.

Communication Platforms  

In our continued effort to provide excellent service, the City will also be using Procare Connect as the main line of communication between the parents/guardians and the summer camp management. Procare Connect will be used by the City and the YMCA to send messages and updates to parent/guardians as it pertains to the summer camp. It is imperative that you download the Procare Connect app and follow the directions provided to you after you register for the summer camp. 

How does Procare Connect work?

The primary guardian is responsible for their account information and who they authorize a pin number to. In the event you need to add or delete any authorized individuals after registration, please be sure to do so through the Procare Connect account as this will authorize the City/YMCA to release the child to additional authorized adults. Adding and removing an authorized individual can only be done through Procare Connect. We will not accept telephone calls, faxes, emails or written notes to authorize additional adults. A government issued photo identification is required for those who are authorized to sign out and must match the name listed in the Procare Connect account.

For those who already have already created an account:

  • Please be sure to log into your Procare Connect account before the first day of camp and ensure that your child’s profile is displayed on your account dashboard. 
  • If you have forgotten your password, please go through the steps to retrieve your password. 
  • If you have forgotten the email used to create your original account, please email crcenter@cityofaventura.com for additional assistance.
  • Please confirm that all authorized individuals have been added on your child’s profile. This can be done by clicking on the circle on the top of your screen with your child’s initials inside. Each authorized individual’s pin number can be viewed by clicking on their name.

For those who have never created an account: 

  • A welcome call will be placed to the number provided at the time of registration to advise you of a welcome email being sent to you with the instructions below.   
  • A 10-digit character code will be emailed and/or texted to the email address and/or phone number provided at the time of registration. 
    1. Upon creating an account on Procare Connect, you will need to enter this 10-digit character code to “Add your Child” to your account. 
  • Once your child has been linked to your account, you can view/edit the individuals authorized to pick up your child by clicking on the circle on the top of your screen with your child’s initials inside. 
    1. Each authorized individual’s pin number can be viewed by clicking on their name. 
    2. The same pin number will be used for all the registered children in your household. 
    3. Please remember your pin number, as we will not have a list of the pin numbers available. If you have lost or have not received your 10-digit character code, you will need to email crcenter@cityofaventura.com.

Sickness or Illness

Employees and children should not come to summer camp if they are sick. It is important to recognize when someone in a group setting is sick , so steps can be taken to obtain medical care and prevent the spread to others.

Employees and parents must notify the City immediately via email at csinform@cityofaventura.com if they or their child (families) become sick, develop symptoms, or are exposed to a communicable disease.

If a child becomes sick during program hours, a parent/guardian or authorized adult will be notified immediately. Please notify Maria A. Leiva, Community Program Manager at leivam@cityofaventura.com if your child has been recently ill and if your child’s activities need to be restricted due to illness.

Children may not attend the program if they have symptoms of a suspected communicable disease, including without limitation:

Chickenpox

Chills

Cough

Dehydration symptoms

Diarrhea

Difficulty with breathing or shortness of breath

Discharge from their eyes, nose or ears

Fever of 101 degrees or more

Fifths Disease

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Head lice

Herpes Simplex

Impetigo

Influenza

Loss of taste or smell

Measles

Meningitis

Mumps

Muscle pain

Open, exposed lesions

Pink Eye

Ringworm

Rubella

Severe coughing or difficulty breathing

Stiff neck

Sore/strep throat

Unusually dark urine/or gray or white stool

Yellow skin or eyes

COVID-19 Illness or Symptoms

Any other unusual signs or symptoms of illness

 

Your child should not return to the camp without medical authorization or until the signs and symptoms of the disease or illness are no longer present.  A doctor’s note is required upon returning to the summer camp.

Medication 

Prescription medication can be administered to your child only with written authorization to do so by a custodial parent or legal guardian. Any custodial parent or legal guardian desiring that we administer medication, should complete, execute, and return the Authorization and Release for Medication Form via email crcenter@cityofaventura.com. Any medication must be brought in by a custodial parent or legal guardian, be in the original container, and be delivered to the program director. Prescription medication must have a label stating the name of the child's physician, the child's name, the name of the medication and medication directions. Medication will only be dispensed following the written directions on the prescription label or printed manufacturer's label. You must provide a medicine dropper or measuring spoon. Medication will not be given with a regular spoon. Over the counter medicine, including but not limited to, Aspirin, Tylenol, and cough syrup will not be administered.

Epi-Pen 

The Epi-Pen is a form of medication used for severe allergic reactions and requires a prescription for use. If your child is required to carry an Epi-pen, a copy of the prescription will be required along with the Authorization and Release for Medication Form. Please be aware that neither  the City nor YMCA  have Epi-pens for participants.

Food Service, Snacks and Water Bottles  

Please pack a nutritional and non-perishable lunch and two snacks for your child as meals are not provided as part of this program. We do not refrigerate or microwave any foods. Please make sure your child’s lunchbox has their name on it. If you have more than one child attending , please send each lunch in a separate lunchbox.  

Please be sure to send your child to camp with their lunchbox in hand. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to drop off or deliver food to their child during camp hours. Additionally, food deliveries, such as UberEats, Postmates, or any fast-food delivery service, will not be allowed under any circumstances. 

It is important that all employees and children stay hydrated.  Please be sure to send your child to camp with a closed top water bottle that has their first and last name written on it.  City facilities have bottle refill stations to refill the water bottle throughout the day.

Lost and Found 

The City of Aventura and the YMCA are not responsible for items lost or stolen. We will make every effort to save items that are found. Please do not allow your child(ren) to bring toys, electronic devices, or jewelry to any activity. Please make sure your child’s name is clearly printed on all of their belongings. In order to prevent the spread of bacteria, lost and found items will be discarded within 24 hours of being recovered.  

Field Trips and Transportation 

For this summer, children will have the opportunity to experience both in-house and out-of-house field trips. The in-house field trips give children the opportunity to enjoy something new and exciting while maintaining their safety as our top priority. Specific in-house activities per camp will be provided before your child’s first day. 

The out-of-house field trip schedule will be provided to you prior to your child’s start date. Please keep in mind that each location has their own set of rules and regulations that we must comply with as well. 

The summer camp registration form includes an authorization for the City of Aventura and YMCA to transport your camper(s) during field trips. During service hours, campers will be transported on City of Aventura approved transportation only. Late arrivals and early pick-ups will not be permitted on out-of-house field trip days. You may be asked to complete an additional field trip form and return it to your child’s camp director before the trip. Campers without a completed form will be unable to attend the field trips. Please do not bring your child to camp if she/he does not plan to join the field trip. Under no circumstances will your child be able to stay at the camp site on field trip days. All children must arrive with camp shirts on by 8:00 AM unless told otherwise.

Accidents and Injuries 

During regular business hours or while your child is enrolled in one of our camps, certified employees with current and valid certifications in first aid training and infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures will provide emergency care as needed. Basic first aid will be administered to a child for a minor injury. Because many children may have unknown allergies or reactions to certain types of first aid supplies, employees will only use soap and water to clean the injured area, apply ice, and cover with a Band-Aid as needed.

For injuries requiring emergency care, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue will be called, and the child's custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified immediately. In the event a custodial parent, legal guardian or emergency contact cannot be reached, an employee will seek medical treatment for the child, as authorized in the signed waivers by the custodial parent or legal guardian.

Telephone Usage

Please understand that we will do our best to return all calls the same day as we anticipate parents calling just to check on their child.  We understand that you may want to call multiple times a day in the beginning to feel safe. Should you need to contact an employee throughout the day, please be sure to send a message through the Procare Connect App, as this will serve as our main line of communication throughout the day. As an alternative, each camp will have a specific cell phone number designated to them which can be used for emergencies as well. Please take a deep breath and remember that you chose this camp because you know the City and the YMCA will provide the safest environment for your child while having an amazing time.

In case of an emergency, please call the Aventura Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883 or email crcenter@cityofaventura.com. All pick-up arrangements should be made at home prior to your child coming to the summer camp. A parent, guardian, or emergency contact will be called if an emergency should arise or if your child becomes ill.

A child will need to have approval from an authorized employee to  use their wireless communication device. In addition, children shall not disrupt or interfere with the safety-to-life issues of children by using a wireless communication device inappropriately. All unauthorized devices that are used by children during unauthorized times will be held in the office and returned to parent or authorized person at pick-up. Multiple offenses will result in suspension.

Child Guidance, Discipline, and Behavior Management 

Discipline policies in our program have been established to encourage and strengthen positive behavior. One of the primary goals of the program is to maximize the learning of appropriate social skills including safety and respect for one’s self and others. We do not use any disciplinary actions, which are severe, humiliating, physical, frightening or associated with food, rest, or toileting. Children may not be denied active play because of misbehavior.

Some of the techniques used are as follows:  

Guiding child by setting, clear, consistent, and fair limits 

Valuing mistakes and learning opportunities 

Redirecting children to more acceptable behavior 

Listening when children communicate about their feeling and frustrations 

Guiding children to resolve conflicts and teaching skills that help them to solve problems 

Patiently reminding children of rules and rationale, as needed 

Time for reflection

The following measures may be implemented if a child does not respond to the afore-mentioned techniques:

Parent conferences to discuss difficulties and ask for input 

Implement goal chart, behavior plans, or other incentives 

Short-term suspension 

Removal from the summer camp

We do not make it a practice to terminate the participation of children from the program. However, we do reserve the right to do so if the child's behavior is not conducive to the health, safety, or well-being of other children enrolled in the program, the employees, or your own child's personal safety. We also reserve the right to terminate services for inappropriate behavior and noncompliance with safety protocols by parents or guardians. No refund will be given if a child is suspended or expelled from the program.

Code of Conduct and Behavior Expectations

It is our goal to provide a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on all areas of development and allows children to explore the world around them. To ensure a safe, pleasurable environment is maintained, all parents, guardians and children participating in the City of Aventura summer program are expected to always display appropriate behavior and respect toward others.

  • Participants will always be under employee supervision and are not permitted to leave their assigned group without an employee.
  • Appropriate attire/shoes are required.  For safety purposes, open toed backless, skate shoes, crocs and flip flops are not permitted.  Sneakers or tennis shoes are highly recommended.
  • Employees, parents/guardians, and participants are not allowed to use vulgar, harsh, aggressive, or discriminatory language gestures or actions towards others. 
  • Harassment or bullying of any kind towards another student and/or employee will not be tolerated. The term “Bullying” includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Unwanted teasing 
    2. Threatening 
    3. Intimidation 
    4. Stalking 
    5. Cyberbullying 
    6. Physical Violence
    7. Theft
    8. Sexual, Religious or Racial Harassment 
    9. Public Humiliation
    10. Social Exclusion, including Incitement and/or Coercion
    11. Rumor or Spreading of Falsehoods
  • Careless use of items that belong to the City of Aventura, YMCA of South Florida or other persons that could result in damage to property will not be tolerated.
  • Emergency contact and personal information on file must be accurate and up to date on all forms (address changes, telephone numbers – work, home, emergency, cellular – and individuals authorized to pick up your child).

At no time will a parent approach another student should a situation arise. Parents must inform the student’s counselor or supervisor if there are any issues.

House Rules 

We expect children to act respectfully when they are in the summer program. Children are to behave in a mature, responsible way and respect the rights and dignity of others. Children must always stay under adult supervision.

Actions Should Reflect Four Core Values: 

Children take Responsibility for their actions. 

Children Respect themselves, each other, program equipment and the environment. 

Honesty will be the basis for all relationships and interactions. 

Children will be Caring in their relationships with others.

Children should talk to any summer program employees if they are uncomfortable with any experiences or need assistance while at the summer camp.

Inclusion Policy 

We do not discriminate against participation in programs based on race, sex, religion, place of national origin, physical abilities, or mental abilities. Children with special needs will be considered for admission on a case-by case basis. An employee will meet with parents/guardians before enrollment to conduct a needs assessment to help determine if the program is the right environment for the child. Upon enrollment, employees and parents will continue to meet regularly to monitor the child’s progress. It is sometimes necessary to recommend children with special needs to alternative programs, especially if we do not have facilities or professionally trained employees to assist that child.

Each child brings his or her own uniqueness to the program. We will consider the application of any child. If your child will require special services or if additional accommodations need to be made for your child, please contact a YMCA Development employee at 305-357-4000 so that we may set up a plan to best serve your child’s needs. Children whose limitations create a safety issue or unreasonable risk of harm to themselves, others, or property may not be accommodated.

Bullying Policy 

At any of our programs, bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Each child is expected to treat all other children with respect, and to help each other achieve the best possible experience. If a child has difficulty meeting this expectation, parents may be called upon to assist. Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their children. We work together as a team to ensure that children gain self-confidence and make new friends as part of their program experience.

Confidentiality 

All information about children enrolled in a City of Aventura program is regarded as confidential.  No information regarding an individual child will be released to anyone, except as required by law or if written authorization is obtained from the child’s parent or legal guardian and fees may apply.

Florida Senate Bill 1108 

The City of Aventura and the YMCA are committed to meeting the needs of all children enrolled in our programs and we will continue to provide the best program possible through the support of our school relationships, staff development, and support from your family.

The YMCA is considered a contracted provider within the afterschool setting and all employees go through multiple screening processes including Level 2 background screening through the Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Fingerprinting Office.

Just as our employees are required to have clearance to work inside the public schools, all outside providers must go through the same process with the school prior to providing any support/programs within the MDCPS system. Examples of these additional services may include but are not limited to social workers, tutors, therapists, sports vendors, etc.

If you currently have, or are thinking of, having a Private Service Provider deliver services during the summer camp hours the parent/service provider request must be made in writing on FM-7514 (Application for Public-Private Collaboration), pursuant to the Florida Senate Bill 1108 (effective as of July 1, 2013).

Drug/ Alcohol-Free Workplace/ Programs

The City and its agents are committed to providing a program space that is free from the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse. The Drug Free Workplace/Programs Policy is designed to facilitate our efforts to provide such an environment. This policy applies to everyone in our programs. Please note that drinking, smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping is always PROHIBITED on the premises. 

Registration  

Registration for the summer camp can completed online at cityofaventura.com/ors. This registration program requires an account to register for the summer camp program and process payment transactions online. Downloadable instructions are also available at cityofaventura.com/ors for support to create a new account.

The City reserves the right to request additional information to validate information such as proof of age, proof of Aventura residency, and proof of Miami Dade County residency at any time during the summer camp.  Providing any false information to create an account and register for the summer camp such as but not limited to the altering of the child’s age, providing a false residency, withdrawing of payment, etc. will result in the inactivation of your account and the expulsion from the summer camp program.  It may also result in the expulsion from all future City programs.

Registration Deadline  

All registrations must be completed by the Saturday prior to the start of the summer camp program session. A $20 late registration fee will apply to any registrations completed on or after the Sunday prior to the start of the camp, pending availability. 

Payment Procedures  

All payments for the summer camp program must be paid in full at the time of registration. Acceptable forms of payment include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Do not refresh your browser during the payment process until a receipt has been issued. The City of Aventura cannot hold space for any participant and payment plans are not available. 

Refund Policy 

For the safety of all, The City of Aventura is committed to having groups no larger than 10 children with the same employee(s). This limits the number of participants that the summer camp program can provide for. Therefore, NO refunds will be provided for ANY reason.   The only exception that refunds will be issued for is if the summer camp program is cancelled by the City of Aventura. Any dispute for a payment refund with your credit card merchant may result in the expulsion from all future City programs.

Buddy Requests – Select a Group During Registration

The City of Aventura & the YMCA of South Florida understand that socializing is another important part of the summer camp. As part of the registration process, you will now have the option to select a group instead of requesting a buddy. The number of groups per camp will vary based on capacity limits and enrollment. Please be sure to communicate with other parents/guardians prior to registering your children. If a mistake has been made, please be sure to email crcenter@cityofaventura.com immediately. Once a group is full, we will not be able to move any child to a different group or make space for your child in a closed group. Additionally, once your child has entered the camp, he/she cannot be switched to another group. Please remember, any registration received AFTER the Saturday prior to the start of the session, may not be able to select their group as this is considered a late registration. 

Parent Statement of Understanding 

The following information is important for the safety and protection of your child. Please read the information, sign this form, and return it to the YMCA. A copy will be filed with your child’s records. 

  • I understand that YMCA staff and volunteers are not allowed to babysit or transport children at any time outside the YMCA program. 
  • I understand the YMCA’s policy regarding Child Guidance, Discipline and Behavior Management, and I am aware that my child may be expelled for non-compliance with these policies at any time.  
  • I understand that my child will not be allowed to leave the program with an unauthorized person. Any person authorized to pick up my child, including older siblings or other relatives, must be listed with the YMCA and must be of the age required by this YMCA. Any other arrangements must be made in writing by the person who completed the registration paperwork prior to the pick-up date and time.
  • I understand that if any authorized pickup arrives to sign out my child and a reasonable person would believe this person to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for the child’s safety, staff may have no recourse but to contact the police.
  • I understand that I can help ensure my child’s safety by taking an active interest in his or her YMCA experience.
  • I too will monitor volunteer and staff interactions with my child and ask my child specific questions about program activities and volunteer or staff relationships with my child.
  • I understand that the YMCA is mandated by state law to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities for investigation.

*Please note that by registering your child for this program, you acknowledge that you have reviewed our Parent Handbook, understood, and agreed to comply with the program policies and procedures of the City of Aventura and the YMCA of South Florida.

Summer Camp Program Options

The City of Aventura summer camp program will be held Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm starting Monday, June 14, 2021 and ending on Friday, August 20, 2021. Unless specified, the camps will be held at the City of Aventura Community Recreation Center. 

Safety guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and Miami-Dade County are in place to safely protect the health and welfare of the staff and participants; therefore, capacity will be limited. Children will be able to enjoy plenty of much needed activities, such as outside playtime and arts & crafts, while receiving the supervision needed to ensure safety. Additionally, children will be given the opportunity the socialize with friends while keeping public safety a top priority.

General Camp– Ages 5-12 

Let the adventure begin! Whether your child is interested in exploring, creating, or possibly entertaining, our General Camp provides the perfect solution. We provide a fun and safe experience for kids to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and make lasting friendships. We believe that every child is a unique individual with his/her own rate of development. Our goal is to introduce participants to as many new experiences as possible and help each child feel confident and secure in a fun and safe environment.

Art Camp– Ages 5-12

Craft a creation! This unique, hands-on program introduces young artists ages 5-8 and 9-12 to a variety of art media. Art Camp enables children to explore creativity, learn artistic technique, discover the value of teamwork, and build self-esteem. We provide a fun summer learning experience through the arts with variety of crafts.

Basketball Training Camp – Ages 5-15

The goal of the Basketball Training Camp (ages 5-15) is to teach boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball, as well as drills and skills to take their game to the next level, all while having fun! Our participants will receive top notch quality instruction from experienced Nike certified Coaching clinicians. Not only will participants work towards maximizing their potential on the court, but off the court as well. At the Basketball Training Camp, participants will learn the importance of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, and Enthusiasm. These are essential skills that can help them be successful in both basketball and in life. This camp will not be going on out-of-house field trips.

Dance Camp– Ages 5-10

Have fun while learning different modalities of dance! While we mostly concentrate on technique, children will also be allowed to choreograph their own dances and perform for the rest of the program. Dance Camp will include cheer, hip-hop, jazz, modern, contemporary and an end the summer performance.

Soccer Camp – Ages 5 – 12 

Participants will engage in daily soccer activities to help sharpen their skills and enjoy the game of soccer through drills, skills, and scrimmaging. Soccer Camp is a perfect destination for every child age 5-8 and 9-12 who enjoy playing soccer and being active. Our program introduces and emphasizes the fundamentals of soccer to each child. From skills and drills to the importance of teamwork, our program provides a fun and supportive environment for athletes of all skill levels.

STEM Camp – Ages 7-12

Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is natural—and fun! Our STEM Camp is outlined for campers ages 7-12. Learning through discovery, creativity, and adventure is the corner stone of our educational philosophy, promoting critical thinking, problem solving and educated risk taking through challenging and stimulating projects.

Thank You

Thank you for your support. The City of Aventura and the YMCA of South Florida are committed to offering summer camp services to the community that provides the safest environment for everyone.

Always remember that safety is the priority when it comes to your child. We encourage you to become familiar with this handbook. 

Again, thank you for choosing the City of Aventura and the YMCA of South Florida.