Explore. Learn. Grow.

Summer means lots of time in the great outdoors, making memories with friends old and new, learning and trying new things, and having a blast at camp! This year is no different. You can trust the Y to deliver COVID safe youth programs that allow for lots of fun and friends.

Day camp offers your child adventures, outdoor exploration, and the chance to make friends while developing new skills. Campers exercise their independence and decision-making skills while learning caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

With dozens of day camp options, there is a camp perfect for youth of all ages and interests. Learn about space, get creative in the kitchen, design your own fashion line, build robots, or take center stage. All YMCA camps will offer your child the chance to get outside, eat healthy, make new friends, and have an incredible summer.

Make Memories

YMCA Camp Campbell provides developmental experiences in fun ways to help young people thrive.

Day campers wearing masks

Summer 2021 Day Camps

Day Camp programs will be run at YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek. Campers will be placed in a group based on age and remain with that group for the duration of the camp program. The day camp program will heavily revolve around the activity interest and will include instruction, consistent staff, focus on health and safety, plus a whole week of camp fun!


Health Procedures
  • We will be asking staff to fill out a health check form each day confirming they do not exhibit symptoms of illness
  • We will be asking parents screening questions each day at check -in confirming their camper(s) do not exhibit symptoms of illness 
  • We will take temperatures of all children, staff each day
  • We will be increasing our hand washing schedule to include 20 second handwashing for all participants and staff before program, between each activity, before lunch and snacks, after lunch and snacks, and before program ends, at minimum
  • Face coverings will be worn of all staff and participants while program hours are running
  • We will provide signs related to healthy habits throughout program
  • We will be sending home guidance from the CDC regarding health procedures to our families during program
  • Social distancing will be practiced at all times
    • In rooms (set up space for social distancing)
    • Outdoor (State and local regulations state that camps should operate outdoors as much as possible)
    • Transitions (walking to the bathroom or an new activity space)
    • During games
  • Groups will be limited to 10-12 campers, depending on age
  • Groups will not interact with each other throughout the day
  • A medical isolation space will be established for any child or staff that is feeling ill and in process to be picked up
  • Parents will be required to arrange a pick up within 1 hour of being contacted their child is not feeling well
  • All activities and games will be individual based or adjusted for safe interactions following social distancing rules
  • Staff will monitor health by doing visual health checks of children and staff throughout the day
  • We have adjusted our Day Camp program activities to adhere to state and local guidelines
    • No travel off sites
    • No outside vendors 
Sanitation Procedures
  • We have increased our cleaning schedule to wipe down relevant surfaces throughout the day example cleaning schedule: 
    • Before program 
    • Between activities 
    • Before lunch 
    • After lunch 
    • Before pick up 
  • We will be cutting down paper as much as possible during check in/out procedures and throughout the day 
  • We will minimize shared equipment as much as possible. When sharing is necessary, equipment will be cleaned between each use 
    • Balls and outdoor equipment will be assigned to a group and sanitized after use 
    • Games and activities will be adjusted for non-touch 
    • Backpacks will be kept with separation from other children’s items 
  • We ask that participants bring no more than what they need for the day
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at all times 
Daily COVID Check-In Procedures

Health Check Expectations before arriving to program:

  • Staff will not work in program if they have a fever or are feeling ill
  • If staff has a medical condition that does not allow for them to wear a face covering, they will not work directly with children
  • Staff and Children are asked to wear a CDC recommended face coverage during program time 
  • The Y will supply a face covering for those that have forgotten their face covering
  • Staff and parents must wash the face covering each night or have multiple face covering 
  • Face coverings will  be used during moderate to vigorous physical activities when social distancing is not possible 
  • If any staff or children have a baseline or pre-existing condition that results in symptoms, a doctor’s note is required to participate in programming

Health Check Protocol upon arrival at program

  • A health check will be performed with every staff member and camper before entering the program
  • Staff and campers with one or more COVID symptoms will not be allowed into program and will be required to get tested before returning
  • Staff and Caregivers are required to inform the Y if someone if their house old or a close contact tests positive for COVID19
  • You can expect the following questions to be asked each day:
    • Temperature of individual is taken (must be below 100.4 for access).  
    • Travel restriction- YMCA will follow current County and State restrictions regarding travel 
    • Have you tested positive for COVID19 in the past 10 days?
    • Have you come into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID19 in the past 10 days?
    • Do you feel or recently felt feverish?
    • Have or recently had any other COVID19 symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, chills, headaches, muscle/body aches, confusion, or loss of taste/smell.
    • Parent/guardian agrees to pick up their child if any symptoms are exhibited during program hours
      • Children will be placed in an identified isolation area away from others until they are picked up from their caregiver
  • Staff will continually monitor students throughout the day to identify if any symptoms occur while the student is in a YMCA program
  • If a student exhibits symptoms on site, the student will be isolated in a defined area and parents called to pick up

The following handwashing protocols will remain in place:

  • Before program 
  • Before meals
  • After meals 
  • Between program activities 
  • Right before going home

Sign In & Out Procedures

  • We ask that parents/guardians not group together outside or enter our program areas
  • Sign in/out will take place in the main parking lot 
  • Parents will not enter the facility at check out instead parents/guardians should follow check in and check out procedures provided via email 


  • Each group will be assigned to their own space
  • Each group will be given a set of program materials that be theirs to keep for the duration of the program
  • We will practice social distancing during activities and groups will not be mixed in a room
  • Staff will remain with their group and will not switch between rooms or groups
  • Our outdoor activities will require all participants to socially distance 
  • Stable groups will stay together for the duration of a session
  • Rooms will be set up to ensure campers can socially distance  


Staff Training and Development

Our staff are hired based on American Camp Association guidelines including formal interviews, experience, training and extensive background checks. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified and participate in mulitiple days of trainings that include COVID19 safety procedures as well as thorough programming and leaderships trainings. 


What is a sample Day in the Life of Campers Like?

Daily Schedule

7:30-9:00 am Extended hours 
9:00-9:30 am Opening activity 
9:30-10:00 am Group game 
10:00-11:00 am Activity 1 
11:15 am-12:15 pm Activity 2 
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm Pool Time
2:45-3:45 pm Activity 3 
3:45-4:00 pm Snack
4:00-4:30 pm Group game 
4:30-5:00 pm Closing activity 
5:00-6:00 pm Extended hours

What are some of the activities day campers can participate in?

Activity Options: 

Arts and Crafts
Climbing Wall
Disc Golf
Field Games
Jewelry Making
Low Ropes 
Martial Arts
Outdoor Cooking
Outdoor Skills
Street Hockey
Swim Instruction
Water Games