At YMCA Camp Santa Maria, we are more than excited to be back and offering another magical summer in 2021. We know many parents and guardians have questions about COVID safety protocols this summer, and we want to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible. We are working diligently to make this summer safe, secure and fun for our campers and staff. Below you will find information about state licensing guidelines, our operating plan and any other resources that may be relevant. We will continue to update as we learn more.

State Protocols

As a Colorado-state licensed program, we are required to follow all state-mandated protocols. We are and will continue to follow guidelines from Child Care Licensing and Colorado Department of Health. As required by the state, we will be utilizing and maximizing interventions like masks and hand washing throughout the camp week for maximum safety.

All information on this page is subject to change as we get updated guidelines and health and safety protocols.

Resident Camp Guidelines


Camp Santa Maria Info Session

at Zoom Meeting

We know parents, guardians and campers have questions about attending YMCA Camp Santa Maria this summer. How do we register? What do we pack? Who the heck is Gummy? We know! It’s a lot. That’s why we are planning some Zoom information sessions. You can join us from the comfort of your home, ask questions, meet our director and hear all about camp, safety protocols and more. Join us on March 30 at noon or March 31 at 5:00pm.

March 30 Info Session on Zoom

March 31 Info Session on Zoom

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Here are some previous newsletters.

Feb 2021

Dec 2020


First, we kindly ask for your patience with our systems. These are designed for maximum safety, not necessarily speed. When in doubt, take a deep breath and smile.

In addition, we have updated our refund policy for summer 2021 to help give peace of mind. Click here for the refund policy.


  • During the 2 weeks leading up to your child’s time at camp, we ask that they please stay as isolated as possible. Do not visit people outside the household or visit crowded places if possible.
  • Do not travel out of state/out of the country.
  • If there is sickness in the immediate family or with the camper within 72 hours of camp (fever, upset stomach, dry cough, etc.), please contact camp at 303-838-7900 or email us to talk through the situation and what options are available. We will do our best to have our RN talk with you.

Check-In (between 2-5pm by last name each Sunday)

  • Please limit persons to 1 parent per camper.
  • All parents and campers must wear masks.
  • Temperature of campers and parents will be taken. If parent or camper has a temperature over 100.0 degrees, the nurse will be called over.
  • Health screen, lice checks and paperwork will all be handled at the car.
  • Campers will get their cabin assignment during the health check. Luggage can be dropped by the appropriate sign.

During Camp

  • Our staff members will be frequently cleaning and disinfecting all spaces and objects that are used during programs.
  • We will be on heightened alert for symptoms and enacting a more stringent sick policy to avoid having sick children or children with potential contagious symptoms in the program.
  • We will be practicing increased frequency of handwashing for staff and children throughout the day.
  • Masks must be worn when interacting with any staff.
  • Masks will be worn when doing activities inside, or outside when social distancing is not achievable (certain games like Gaga do not allow for distancing) or if there will be heavy exertion (things like soccer, etc.) by all campers and staff. Exceptions: eating, sleeping, brushing teeth, showering, swimming.
  • Cabins will be placed in small, coed Village Groups (cohorts) by age range for the week. Village Groups will do activities together. Village Groups will eat together (outside and distanced when possible).

If there is a potential case of COVID during camp (staff or camper)

  • A case in a cabin will result in that cabin isolating as a group from the cohort, the nurse will be notified.
  • Contact tracing will begin, and anyone who did not follow protocols for safety will isolate with their cabin as well.
  • Parents of all campers in isolation will be contacted.
  • Staff will have to get a COVID test and await results prior to resuming work.
  • Grand County Public Health will be notified.

Check-Out (between 9-11am by last name each Saturday)

  • Please have on your mask and your photo ID ready when you pull up.
  • Once the ID check has been completed, you will be directed to the area where your child(ren) will be waiting for pick up.



  • At this time, we are limiting the number of campers per cabin, and each cabin will have 2 staff.
  • As better information becomes available, we will update these numbers and pull from the wait list.


  • Current guidelines limit the number of people indoors. We will be monitoring these as we approach summer for best protocols. As we receive information, we will update families.


  • Bunks will be configured head-to-toe to allow for maximum separation of campers.
  • Each bunk will have a privacy barrier to help prevent sneezes or coughs from traveling during the night.