Hello YMCA Camp Santa Maria Families,

I hope that you remain in good health during this challenging time. I know that you and your child have been patiently awaiting an answer about camp this summer.

Many of you may have heard Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement on Monday, May 25, barring overnight camps from operating in the month of June. This announcement brought along a myriad of other questions and, as of today, Camp Santa Maria has decided to cancel all summer programming for 2020.

This decision was made with heavy hearts as we want nothing more than to provide a premiere camping experience for your children. Our leadership team has worked tirelessly to find solutions to every possible contingency but, ultimately, the uncertainties are still too great.

The final decision was made by board vote on Wednesday afternoon. I know this is heartbreaking news. None of us ever imagined we would see a summer without camp, but we remain confident that together we can triumph and come out of this ready and more prepared than ever for summer 2021.

While Camp Santa Maria will not be running, YMCA of Northern Colorado will still be offering day camps throughout the summer in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont and Johnstown. Learn more about Day Camp. Please note that space will be limited in our day camps, as we are mandated on group size by our local health department.

We are working on ways for you and your campers to still experience camp in some way, shape or form! Please stay tuned for more details. We are certain that there are many questions still out there, and we hope to answer some of them now.

So what’s next? Families have several options:

Donation: Making a gift of some or all the funds you have already paid is a generous way to ensure that Camp Santa Maria remains strong and ready to reopen when it is safe to do so. Camp Santa Maria aims to be here for children and families well into the future, and your gift preserves our mission to serve all. Thank you to everyone who can make this vital gift to Camp Santa Maria during a time of extreme hardship.

Hold as a Credit: We can hold your payment and credit the amount toward another program in the future. This option also significantly assists Camp Santa Maria’s financial stability, and we would be incredibly grateful.

Full or Partial Refunds: We know that many families are also facing their own hardships. We can process a full refund in the amount paid or you may choose to take a partial refund and donate the remainder. Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible but, due to the volume, may take up to 6-8 weeks. 

Our camp staff will be contacting you in the coming weeks to process your preferred method. For urgent questions, please contact our office at or 303-443-4474 ext. 4301. Thank you for your patience as we expect hundreds of emails and calls after this announcement.

Talking to Your Child about Camp Being Cancelled

First, remember that you know your child best. Try to digest the news yourself before talking to your camper. Below are some tips that can help guide you: 

  1. Acknowledge their feelings. Expect a range of emotions, including disappointment, anger, sadness or even grief. Most of us, including our children, have experienced a lot of cancelled plans, and adding yet another disappointment to the list may feel overwhelming. Acknowledge that it is frustrating to suffer yet another loss.
  2. Ask, what would help? When your camper is ready, think about what can be done to cope. What are some things that your child can do to share their favorite parts of camp with your family? Maybe they can teach you a game from camp or camp song. Is there a camp meal you can make at home? Not every child will feel better by doing camp activities at home, so let them be the guide. Remember, it may take time for your child to process their feelings to get to a place where they can think about pro-actively moving forward.
  3. Check-in again. Over the next few days, gently ask how they’re doing and see if they need more support. Try to remember to ask again as we get closer to the days when camp would have started.
  4. Resources addressing other challenges that can arise in a crisis:

Taylor Jordan
YMCA Camp Santa Maria, Director