A Message from Heather Graham, Executive Director of Camp Willson, regarding the COVID-19 policies and procedures for the 2021 summer camp season.

A Message from Heather Graham!

The video will highlight all of the updates to the camp season this year. 
Video Message Outline:

  • Program and Age Changes 
  • Health assessment 
  • Drop off and pick up
  • Designated Cabin Groups
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Meals
  • Masks
  • Staff Training & Policies
  • Nurse on Staff
  • Check-in & Check-out times 

We need camp more now than ever. As always, we will communicate with you with transparency and encourage you to reach out with suggestions, concerns, or questions.

heather.graham@ymcacolumbus.org or 1-800-423-0427.

Adaptions for 2021

Here are some things we’re planning to make sure summer 2021 is the high-quality camp experience you expect from us. Please understand these may shift as we march on towards summer, but know that we’re always keeping our camp family’s health and safety as our top priority!



All campers and staff will wear masks.


Each cabin group will remain a distinct cohort, maintaining physical distance from other groups.


Added handwashing and sanitizing stations and increased surface sanitization.


+ Pre-Summer
  • Actively recruiting camp counselors who are committed to youth development and upholding our safety standards
  • Meeting with our past summer staff to listen to their ideas and concerns for programming additions and modifications
  • We have assembled an advisory committee of health care professionals to review and assist with the implementation of operational guidance
  • Working on additional staff training regarding mental health and COVID-19 anxiety, as well as a plan to support mental health during summer camp.
+ Activities & Program
  • 2021 will have smaller group activities planned for each cabin group as a “cohort”
  • Through our experience with our 2020 camp program, we learned that wearing masks at camp is truly possible—and so we’re ready to mask up in summer 2021 too (when we’re indoors, or outdoors with a group other than our own cabin and can’t maintain distance)
  • Multi-cabin activities/programs will be in open air and utilizing physical distancing
  • Evening programs, typically conducted with 10-20 cabin groups together, will be in smaller groups based on state guidance for group gathering sizes while maintaining the exciting, expanded camp feel
  • Program planning will include reducing shared equipment and increasing sanitizing of program supplies
+ Meals
  • Additional outdoor dining locations, limiting capacity in the dining halls
  • Campers will still eat with their cabin groups as has always been our tradition
  • We expect to have adjustments to our summer camp menu and more dining guidelines ready by May
+ Facility
  • We have kept the capacities at 60% in anticipation of a similar requirement by the state. We do expect this to loosen but for now are maintaining the most conservative enrollment numbers. 7-9 in a cabin as of now
  • Hand sanitizing/hand washing stations will be installed all around camp, including at the entrance to every cabin
  • Scheduled cleaning and sanitizing of shared spaces around camp
+ Health Care
  • Camp leaders will conduct daily health screenings of campers and staff. All participants will be encouraged to monitor their health for two weeks prior to their camp session.
  • Our camp nurses and physicians will communicate with parents if symptoms arise and follow strict protocol on responding to symptoms or suspected cases
  • New outdoor triage stations for basic first aid
+ Miscellaneous
  • Drop off/pick up: Drive through check in and check out all of our campers while family members stay in the car. This helped maintain a safe environment for 2020 and will be keeping this for 2021. 
  • Check in Sundays from 3-5 and Check out Fridays from 10am-11:30am- No “stayover weekends,” As of now but may change based on where things are in may and the "need"
  • Even with best practices, we cannot guarantee a COVID-free summer. Please review our cancellation policy.

Bring on 2021

Our 2021 camp plans will implement risk reduction recommendations by the CDCACA (American Camp Association), ACN (Association of Camp Nursing) and EH&E (Environmental Health and Engineering Associates).