Our Current COVID-19 Plans

Ensuring a safe and healthy Camp will require a strong partnership among all of us. 

As always, our top priority at YMCA Camp Carson is to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we are reviewing and updating our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health, American Camp Association (ACA), Gibson County Health Department, and with guidance from the YMCA Camping Cabinet.  We are forming a Camp Medical Advisory Committee as well, to review and add to this plan.   

In our commitment to the health and safety of our families and staff, we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and other state health agencies.  We recognize that recommendations and guidelines will change, and we commit to updating our programming and protocols accordingly.

We will continue to update this page and will send specific information to parents as appropriate.  Thank you for your support and patience as we all navigate through this.  If you have questions, please call or text Jim Sexstone, our Executive Director at 513-383-0204.

Before Camp

Campers and Families will be asked to share health screening information and limit their exposure for the two weeks prior to camp. 

Check In and Check Out process will be adjusted, and attendees will be limited to reduce the number of people on site. Parents will be asked not to enter cabin areas. Times will be provided to spread out the check in or check out process.  Details will be emailed to parents prior to Camp.

Health Screening: Campers will submit a self reported health screening in the days leading up to camp, and  screenings will be done during check-in for any symptoms of Covid 19.

Cabin Groups

Each cabin group will operate as a separate "pod" or household. Interaction with other cabins or pods will be limited to a "cohort" of 4-6 total cabins. Modifications will be made to choice based activity times (e.g. open challenge blocks) to enable these layers of protection. 

Think of the cabin group as a household or pod, a cohort as a small neighborhood, and all of Camp Carson as a community. Campers will only interact with their cohort while outside and masked. Campers will not interact with cabins outside their cohort but may pass by them while outside, masked, and at a distance of greater than 6 feet.

Camp Programs

Modifications will be made to the camp schedule to limit groups in a given area at any one time to allow for physical distancing between cabin cohorts.  

Multi-cabin and multi-cohort activities will take place outdoors and/or utilize physical distancing and masking.

Meals at Camp

Meals will be an adventure this summer, with special outdoor meals, cookouts, eating in shifts,  we will be limiting the number of cabin groups eating indoors at the same time. This will allow us to only have cabins from the same cohorts together, and will allow each cabin group to have space between their table and the next while they eat.  

Campers will still enjoy the traditions of singing and silliness at mealtime, but those activities will take place outdoors in a safe & distanced manner. 



Additional hand washing and hand sanitizing stations are being added throughout camp.

Program supplies and equipment will follow procedures to be sanitized between uses.

High touch areas of camp will see increased sanitization. 


Masks will be a part of camp, and will be required for all participants and staff when participating in activities outside of their cabin group.  Masks may be removed or pulled down  while doing an outdoor activity with appropriate distancing, sleeping, swimming, eating, or brushing teeth.


Please pack masks for your camper. 


Camp will conduct daily health screenings of campers at camp.  

Campers or staff displaying symptoms of Covid-19 will be isolated from the rest of camp and will be asked to be picked up from camp as soon as possible. 


We want to be sure you are comfortable and have all of your questions answered.  Please feel free to call Jim at 513-383-0204.