Y Camp Safety Guidelines & FAQ’s

Hi Y Campers & Parents,

As we prepare to open YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir for operation this summer, we are committed to ensuring that the safety of all Y campers and staff remains our utmost priority. We take the unique challenge that this year presents seriously and are following all safety guidelines from our government health authorities as a minimum.

As things continue to change, we will keep you updated. In the meantime, we are continuing to diligently implement responsible safety precautions, especially as they pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic, and train our staff with updated sanitation procedures so that we can keep the soul of Y camp intact as we navigate these times.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of anticipated questions that you may have for us as you prepare your camper for Y camp and provided the answers in the FAQ’s below!

We are committed to making sure that your camper has a fun and safe summer. If you have any other questions not listed below, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by visiting our Contact Page or consult our COVID-19 Safety Updates Page for more information!


Lincoln McLain 
Associate Executive Director
208 344 5502 ext 813

Y Camp Safety FAQ's

We are strongly recommending that staff and members wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.


Our goal is to have as much fun as possible while keeping campers safe. This means limiting the overlapping times between cabin groups as much as possible. Cabins groups will move individually together through the week and their programs. Anytime we come together as a camp, we’ll spread out our cabin groups so that we can maintain physical distancing. The majority of other changes will happen behind-the-scenes as our staff work diligently to keep our surfaces clean throughout the day and coordinate to spread groups out. 

As we get closer to summer we will no doubt learn more. As we aim to balance both safety and fun, we may need to change our plans. If we find that any significant changes must be made, you will be notified. If you ever have a question, you can always give us call or email! For contact information, visit our Contact Page.

If campers feel ill at camp, our team of nurses and health staff will be vigilant and maintain the same high standard of quality care that we uphold every year at Y camp. Our onsite medical team will carefully assess their symptoms and treat them accordingly so that, whenever possible, they can safely get back out there! If a camper presents symptoms of COVID-19, we will follow all up-to-date protocols so that they may be safely physically distanced from others while we work with you for the best next steps. 

If it is convenient to get a COVID-19 test right before coming to camp, we would greatly appreciate it! We realize, however, that this may not be possible for everyone. If that is not convenient, then we ask that you limit your camper’s potential exposure opportunities for up to 2 weeks before your child comes to camp and monitor your camper’s health during that time. Thank you for doing your part to ensure the safety of all our Y campers and staff!