Dear YMCA Camp Santa Maria Families

I want to thank you for your patience and loyalty as we work to figure out our new normal. COVID-19 has caused our world to change over the past few months, and YMCA Camp Santa Maria is changing with it.

It is with a heavy heart — but with everyone’s health in mind — that we have decided to cancel our first session of camp, which was scheduled to begin on June 7. We want to ensure that we have an appropriate amount of time to isolate our staff to make sure they are healthy and to train them to work at camp under new health guidelines. 

If your camper is scheduled to attend Session 1, please expect a call from our Leadership Team soon. You have the option to change the session to a later date in Summer 2020, cancel your registration or receive a credit for Summer 2021, which will reserve a spot for your child. We encourage you to consider moving to a different week or taking a credit for next year, but we understand if you need to cancel. Please note: We have several sessions already at capacity. Changing your session to another date for this summer is subject to availability. At this time, we are still planning to run Sessions 2-10. We will keep you updated about any additional changes.

Additionally, we have decided to run only the programs that occur on our camp property. All of our Teen Adventure Camps as well as Rafting and Horseback Riding add-ons will be canceled as well. If your camper is registered for Teen Adventure Camp, we recommend you consider the Outdoor Adventure Camp, which remains on our expansive 1,000-acre site. For those who registered for Teen Adventure Camps, we will contact you about your options. 

We have also decided to cancel our Counselor-in-Training program for the summer. We will still run our Leader-in-Training and Intern programs, which are viable options for teens. 

We are committed to running an incredible summer of camp for your children — they truly deserve as much — and we are adapting our programs and policies following CDC, state and county guidelines. We have ordered a portable handwashing station for each cabin and five pallets of sanitizer. We have listed more of our safety precautions below. We will make every effort to ensure that camp remains safe for kids. Most likely, we will be limited to groups of 10 per cabin, so space will be very limited this summer; we were already close to capacity prior to the pandemic.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Camp is often about taking risks in a safe and supportive environment. This summer, we will work diligently to mitigate the risk around this virus while giving your kids the opportunity to explore, venture, play, connect with nature, detach from technology and feel empowered. As we have learned over the past several weeks, the rules and our understanding of this virus change quickly. We will do our best to respond to new information and keep you informed.  

Thank you for your support of YMCA Camp Santa Maria,

Taylor Jordan
YMCA Camp Santa Maria, Director


We are in the midst of developing a plan to ensure that campers arrive and remain healthy at camp. This plan continues to modify as we get closer to summer and as we follow recommendations and orders from the public health department. Here are some of the safety standards we are putting in place:

  • We are increasing the number of hand-washing stations throughout camp, and staff will be trained to be hyper vigilante about hygiene. Sanitizers will be available and utilized in each cabin.
  • The health screening process will be prioritized and expanded during check-in. We will do health screenings immediately upon arrival, and include fever check and questions related to COVID-19 symptoms. This may mean a more staggered check in, and we will keep you updated about any changes to our check-in procedures. 
  • Staff will also undergo health screenings upon arriving at camp. They will receive training on spotting the signs of COVID-19.
  • Staff, campers and parents — or anyone in their household — who are experiencing symptoms of or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be able to come to camp. 

We know that like everything else in this world, camp will be changed by COVID-19. But we will make every effort to ensure that camp remains safe for kids. The health and wellbeing of our campers is and will continue to be our first priority. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to register for camp to secure a spot for your kiddos, and if stay-at-home orders continue into summer, we will be flexible.