FAQs for Summer 2021 Overnight Camp

Last updated: February 27, 2021, at 12:37 p.m. PT

Originally published: February 26, 2021, at 7:52 a.m. PT

1. Will Camp Colman and Camp Orkila offer programs this summer?
Yes! We believe that now, more than ever, there is a need for meaningful, fun outdoor experiences. In conjunction with public health officials, and in alignment with Washington State’s public health measures, we are working to determine how best to offer amazing summer experiences for youth and families. The health and safety of our participants, staff, and community is our top priority.

2. What programs will be offered this summer?
We plan to provide youth with an overnight experience at YMCA Camp Orkila and Camp Colman. In addition, at YMCA Camp Orkila we plan to offer day camp programs. BOLD & GOLD will be operating one and two-week frontcountry and backcountry trips.

We will adjust our programs and procedures and continue to prioritize the health of our participants, staff, and volunteers. We are working with our State and County Health Departments and the American Camping Association on policies and procedures to mitigate risk surrounding COVID-19. As these are constantly evolving policies and procedures, we will share more as we approach the summer.

3. How will activities be impacted by COVID-19?
We anticipate the implementation of program modifications, extended cleaning time, and enhanced cleaning procedures during and between sessions, reduced capacities, and a significant focus on small group sizes. The health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers are our top priorities.  We will continue to release more information about our operating plans as we get closer to summer. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

4. What will happen if public health restrictions remain in place through the summer?
We are committed to following the recommendations of civil authorities and public health officials. If restrictions remain in place that prevent us from operating, we will cancel programs and notify families. Impacted families will have an opportunity to credit their fee towards another program in 2021, make a donation to the Y’s Community Response Fund, or can request a refund.  

Health & Safety Questions  

1. How will you address health and safety concerns around COVID-19 for participants, staff, and volunteers?
BOLD & GOLD, Camp Colman, and Camp Orkila’s eligibility criteria and health screening processes will be updated as needed to minimize, as far as practical, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 occurring at camp. The requirements for participants will depend on preferred practice at that time, as determined by: Guidance from federal and local health authorities, like the CDC, and state health departments for schools, camps, guided recreation activities, and businesses The types of tests, vaccinations, and other screening tools considered to be highly reliable and widely available at that time. We anticipate that summer 2021 policies will be posted on April 15, 2021.

2. What steps are you taking to minimize the risk of someone contracting COVID-19?
We continue to develop a comprehensive set of policies and procedures specific to COVID-19. Our leadership team has reviewed and will continue to update necessary protocols to comply with, or exceed, governmental guidelines to reduce risk of exposure. These include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Daily health screenings for all participants and staff.
  • Extra vigilance around cabin, building and bathroom sanitation, including increased deep cleaning in high traffic areas and thorough disinfecting of cabins between sessions.
  • All staff will be reminded to promote regular hand washing and good hygiene practices. Additional hand washing and hand sanitizer stations have been added.
  • Program area, equipment protocols, and sanitization practices have shifted to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Large group gatherings will be adjusted to align with current requirement of local, state, and federal orders.
  • Physical distancing practices follow the recommendations of the state and county and are in place for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Guests, staff, and volunteers will follow mask wearing recommendations of the state and county.

We anticipate that summer 2021 policies will be posted on April 15, 2021.

3. Who is guiding your health and safety plans?
We are being guided by federal, state, and local health officials and working in regular consultation with our partners at the American Camp Association, Y-USA, and National Parks to ensure that we have effective protocols in place to successfully run our programs.  

Pre-Camp Logistics

1. Can I make a cabinmate request?
Due to reduced capacity, you can make a  maximum of one cabinmate request. Cabinmate requests must be mutual.

2. How do waitlists work?
Open spots will be released to participants on the waitlist in the order they signed up. Once a spot has been released, the first participant on the waitlist will receive an email with a link to register. The link will be active for five days before moving on to the next participant in the waitlist queue. Once summer sessions begin, the response time will be adjusted to 24-48 hours for waitlist response time.

3.What’s the refund policy if I choose to cancel my session?
Deposits are non-refundable. To receive a refund, you must notify us by June 1 if your camper is unable to attend camp. Please allow two weeks for processing refunds. Any cancellations or refund requests received after June 1, 2021 will be at the discretion of the YMCA.

Arriving to and Departing From Camp

1. Will there be bus transportation?
Currently, we are not planning to have bus transportation to Camp Orkila or Camp Colman. If we are able to safely offer transportation options, we will notify registered families with an update on their options.

2. When and where to I check my child in for camp?
We anticipate camp check-in and pick-up times and procedures will be released on April 15, 2021.

Affordable for All  - Pricing Tiers & Financial Assistance

1. What are the three price tiers? What do they mean? How do I choose?
We recognize that each family has a unique budget, and we’ve developed a tiered payment structure to meet different family circumstances. You’ll self-select into the tier appropriate for your family’s budget. Staff at camp will not know what tiers each family has selected; we will offer the same high-quality camp experience to all families.

  • Tier 3 reflects the full cost of operating camp and sustaining our program throughout the season and the year. If you are able to pay this amount, please do.
  • Tier 2 is a partially-subsidized rate to help families who can't afford the full program cost.
  • Tier 1 represents a more substantial subsidy for families who need assistance to attend our programs. While this tier covers specific costs related to your attendance, like meals and program supplies, it does not account for year-round operating costs. Choose this rate if it best meets your family circumstance.
  • Tier 0 represents a heavily subsidized rate and has been made possible through the support of donors who are committed to ensuring that all families camp participate in a camp experience.

Our goal is to remove barriers that prevent anyone from participating in our programs, including financial barriers. If our lowest tier price creates a financial barrier that prevents you from participating in our programs, we invite you to fill out a Financial Assistance Application prior to registration opening. Once we have reviewed your application, you will receive a code by email that you can use at checkout to automatically apply your approved award.

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