Frequently Asked Questions | COVID-19

The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is following the ongoing situation involving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely. 

At this time, specific guidance has not been directed to summer camps from the state of Ohio beyond the closure of all camps through April 30, in tandem with the statewide school closure through that date. Camp JCC will continue to abide by all recommendations and mandates made by the state of Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), as well as all recommendations and mandates made by the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The American Camp Association (ACA) and its Ohio chapter, as well as the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA), are actively reviewing what they believe will be the best practices for summer camps for summer 2020, and these recommended practices will be reviewed and implemented by Camp JCC as needed.

At this time, we expect Camp JCC to go on as planned this summer, with any necessary modifications made for camper safety.


Are Camp JCC scheduled payments being canceled?

Because we expect Camp to operate as planned this summer, we are not automatically canceling any previously scheduled payments, and Camp JCC families are still able to register and create payment plans. If you need to adjust your payment plan or reschedule an upcoming scheduled payment due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Hunter at Please note that you must be actively making payments to your UltraCamp account for your child to attend Camp JCC for their scheduled sessions.

Will I be refunded if one or more of my child’s Camp sessions are canceled?

The JCC, like many non-profit organizations, is beginning to experience significant hardships due to the ongoing situation. Throughout this time, the JCC has continued to provide 24/7 childcare services to essential workers, run errands for our most at risk population, and provide at home workouts and other programming virtually over Facebook and our website. However, we also recognize the serious hardships many Camp JCC families may currently be facing. 

If your child’s camp sessions are canceled, you may request to receive a full refund for all Camp fees paid. You may also consider the following options:

What steps is Camp JCC taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

In addition to Camp JCC’s typical camper-safety procedures, we will be considering implementing the following procedures for summer 2020:

  • Temperature checks at camper drop-off
  • Mandatory two-week quarantine for any campers who have exhibited symptoms of, tested positive for, or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Deep cleaning of Akiva and JCC classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, bathrooms, and locker rooms 3 - 4 times daily
  • Frequent cleaning of pavilion surfaces, tables, and other campus picnic tables and benches
  • Less frequent use of indoor facilities when possible
  • Restricted mixing of age-groups and staff assignments
  • Disinfection of all equipment used by camp staff after use 
  • Posted signs about the importance of handwashing and other prevention practices
  • Training for camp staff in communicable disease recognition and prevention

What can I do as a precaution to keep my camper and other campers safe while attending Camp JCC?

  • Keep your camper at home if they or anyone they have come in contact with present symptoms of any kind, such as frequent coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
  • Keep your camper at home if they or anyone they have come in contact with has traveled out of the country in the last 14 days to a country where the CDC has issued a level two or three travel warning.
  • Keep your camper at home if they or anyone they have come in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 or is being investigated for possible infection.
  • Encourage your camper to not share any food, clothes, or personal items with other campers.
  • Encourage your camper to practice proper handwashing, at Camp and at home. Handwashing should always last for at least 20 seconds, and be done before and after eating, before leaving the house, when entering a new building from outside, after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing, after handling garbage, and whenever the hands appear dirty.

Will any of Camp JCC’s programming be changing?

While we hope to not have to change the day-to-day experience of any campers, we will continue to follow guidelines issued by the ACA, JCCA, CDC, and ODH. As we follow these guidelines, please note that Camp JCC programming, field trips, and specialty camps are subject to change. If your child’s specialty camp is canceled, please see the above-mentioned refund policy.


Is Camp JCC staffing changing?

All Camp JCC staff will be required to abide by the aforementioned safety procedures. Staff will also be receiving training in communicable disease recognition and prevention. Camp JCC is hoping to bring on two staff members from Israel this summer known as Shlichim, or emissaries. As summer gets closer, we will be deferring to the CDC’s travel advisories to decide whether or not it is safe for these shlichim to work at Camp this summer. If these staff members are able to work at Camp JCC, they will be cleared for travel by a healthcare provider in Israel before they are able to travel to the U.S.


If you have any additional questions, please call Hunter Thomas, Program Coordinator, at  330.746.3251 ext. 123 or email


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