YMCA Camp Copneconic is committed to following best practices in mitigating risks associated with COVID 19. We take recommendations from the following agencies to shape our practices:

– The YMCA of the USA & The YMCA Camping Cabinet
– The American Camping Association
– The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
– The Centers for Disease Control
– Genesee County Health Department

We will continue to update our policies and procedures as these organizations update their recommendations. Any changes will be communicated to staff and families.


To view our current Summer Camp COVID Operations Guide, CLICK HERE.


Small groups that don’t mix!


Health & Temp Screenings Daily. Testing required for Overnight Campers Only



Masks required in certain situations.


More cleaning, and hand washing/sanitizing stations


Only campers will get out of the car!


Cooked and sealed by our kitchen staff for all diets!

Families Role in Camp Safety

For Camp Copneconic to operate as safely as possible, families will play a key role in risk mitigation. We ask all parents to help us be proactive in our approach to COVID-19 and maintain open communication. Before camp starts, parents can expect the following:

  • Opportunity to contact Copneconic staff to discuss concerns or questions about attending camp with COVID mitigation strategies in place
  • An update on new screening procedures for campers and staff (in this guide)
  • Opportunity to discuss with Copneconic staff any health concerns/conditions that may make their child at higher risk for complications if exposed to COVID-19. This will be done on the child’s health form. We remind families that immunocompromised children and those with chronic health conditions should consult with their primary care provider regarding camp attendance.
  • Immunizations are required to attend camp, and it is recommended that children should be up to date with current vaccination schedules to protect them from vaccine-preventable infectious disease outbreaks, including influenza. If vaccines have been delayed as a result of the stay-at-home order, families should have a plan with their child’s medical provider for catch-up vaccinations in a timely manner.

Camper Cohorting

  • Camper Cohorting
    • Campers will be put into smaller groups than previous summers.
    • Cohorts will not change after the first day of camp- please ensure that groupmate requests are made before camp begins.
    • Once in a group, campers will not mingle with other groups – activities such as free swim or camper’s choice will not take place in 2021, and will be replaced with cabin choice or cabin swim time.
    • At Overnight Camp, cabin cohorts will be treated as a family group – this means that social distancing and mask usage will be relaxed while the cabin group is isolated from other cabins.

Health & Temperature Screenings

Daily, camp staff will screen campers for COVID-19 symptoms. Family members dropping campers off are required to stay with their child until they’ve been cleared to stay.

Staff will perform the following screenings:

      • Temperature check
        • Campers with a 100.4⁰ or higher fever will not be allowed to stay at camp.
        • Staff will wear gloves while conducting temperature screenings.
      • Symptom Check
        • Camp staff will review a list of COVID symptoms with campers’ families. Any campers exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to stay at camp.
        • Camp staff will ask campers if they’ve felt unwell in the last 3 days and if they’re feeling well today. Any campers exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to stay at camp.
      • Visual Check
        • Camp staff will perform a visual check of the camper for signs of illness, including:
          • Flushed cheeks
          • Rapid or difficulty breathing
          • Fatigue
          • Extreme fussiness
        • Campers exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to stay at camp.
      • Contact Check
        • Campers’ families will be asked if their child has been in contact with a person who has or is suspected to have COVID-19. If they have, campers will not be allowed to stay at camp.
      • Daily Checks at Overnight Camp
        • Overnight Campers will have a daily health check each morning. Here, counselors will ask campers if they’ve developed any symptoms of sickness. If a camper reports, or if a counselor notices any changes in behavior or health, the camper will be brought to the Health and Safety team for screening.

Pre-Camp Testing

OVERNIGHT CAMP ONLY: Campers will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test between 3-5 days before the start of their camp session. Families must bring a paper copy of the negative test to check-in.

  • For Session 1 (July 11-16), tests must be performed between July 6th – 8th.
  • For Session 2 (July 18-23), Tests must be performed between July 13th – 15th.
  • For Session 3 (August 8-13), tests must be performed between August 3rd – 5th.
  • For Session 4 (August 15-20), tests must be performed between August 10th – 12th

If the camper is recovering from a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will be able to attend camp when they meet all three of the following:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

Mask Wearing & Physical Distancing

  • Anytime more than one cohort are sharing a space, at least 6’ distance will be strictly
  • Overnight Campers and staff will wear cloth face coverings anytime they are in an indoor shared space. When outside, or in a non-shared indoor space (such as their cabin), Overnight Campers will not be required to wear a mask.
  • For Day Camp mask usage, see the mask image above, or check the Day Camp section in the COVID Operations Guide

Increased Cleaning & Sanitizing

  • Camp has developed robust cleaning protocols to clean frequently touched surfaces at least daily.
    • Staff will disinfect non-porous surfaces daily, or more frequently for shared spaces/surfaces.
    • Frequently touched surfaces, including tables, drinking fountains, door handles, railings, light switches, countertops, cabinet handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks will be disinfected several times each day.
  • Camp will create a culture of hand hygiene amongst campers and staff.
    • We will encourage campers and staff to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Campers and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
    • Where soap and water are unavailable, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided for campers and staff to disinfect their hands. Hand sanitizer will be readily available around camp.

Modified Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

  • When dropping off or picking up their campers, families will remain in their vehicle for the entire process. Campers will be escorted to and from the vehicle by camp staff.
  • Check-In and Check-Out stations will be clearly marked and camp staff will direct families throughout the process.
  • To expedite Car-Side Check-In, it will be crucial that families complete their campers’ paperwork before check-in. To check your paperwork, Log-In to your Account and click “Forms & Documents”

Grab And Go Meals

  • All meals will be prepared by Copneconic Kitchen Staff, then individually packaged for grab and go.
  • Cohorts will be spread over multiple meal times.
  • Campers will still eat with their cohort groups as has always been our tradition.
  • Additional outdoor dining locations will be available, along with limiting capacity in the dining hall.
  • Food options will consist of previous camp favorites and new options. Most items will be individually packaged or sealed and distributed by designated staff only.
  • Grab and Go meals will still be able to serve the various dietary restrictions that we have served in previous years.
    • For campers with special diets, be sure to note that on your camper’s health form, and contact Tanya Sikorski, Food Service Director, at 810-629-1206.

Responding to a possible or confirmed case of covid-19

  • Sick individuals will be immediately separated from all other campers and staff and either sent home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are.
  • If a camper cannot be picked up immediately, they will be isolated in the Health and Wellness Center. Campers will remain under camp staff supervision until parents/guardians arrive.
  • Sick individuals will wear a cloth face covering.
  • Staff who begin to feel ill during camp will be sent home.
  • If someone becomes symptomatic at camp, staff will contact the Genesee County Health Department to report exposure and determine next steps.
    • The Health Department will provide guidance regarding how to determine who should be considered a close contact and who should be sent home.
    • Campers determined by the Health Department to have been in close contact will not be allowed to stay at camp. They will be required to remain at home until they’ve received two negative COVID tests or 14 days have passed without symptoms.
    • All campers and staff exhibiting COVID-like symptoms will be isolated in the Health and Wellness Center.
  • If a camper, staff member, family member, or visitor to camp becomes ill, camp will contact the Genesee County Health Department and Michigan LARA for next steps.
  • Staff and families are required to report to camp if they become symptomatic or receive positive COVID-19 test results.
  • Camp staff will notify parents if a camper in their child’s cabin or group has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 and will share as much information as possible without violating the privacy of the individual.
  • If an individual in a shared area is identified with a positive test for COVID-19, leaves camp experiencing a fever greater than 100.4⁰, or demonstrates COVID-like symptoms, that area will be closed until it is cleaned and disinfected.

Contacting Camp

Parents/Guardians should report possible illness to camp staff if anyone in their household shows symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. Please contact us before bringing your child to camp so that we can assess whether the child must remain isolated at camp.

To reach camp staff:

  • During Camp Hours (Monday-Friday, 8AM – 5 PM):
    • 810-629-9622 – Ask for THOMAS
  • Outside Camp Hours
    • 810-730-0229

Camp is required to have a Point of Contact Adult onsite during operations. This person is THOMAS BAWDEN. Thomas has a thorough understanding of the signs/symptoms of COVID-19, Camp’s preparedness and response plan, and the Camp Health Service Policy. Thomas can be reached at the numbers listed above.

“As a parent and Camp Director, I take safety seriously. We've spent the last year learning from the CDC, the American Camping Association, and from other Camps across the country who successfully ran camps last year. I'm confident that we can offer a safe, equitable, and transformational summer camp program once again!”

Brandon DreffsExecutive Director, YMCA Camp Copneconic