Covid-19 policy

Addressing Covid-19

Pre-Camp Practices

We ask that all staff and program participants limit interactions to those inside of their household for 14 days prior to their arrival. We ask that they adhere to the recommended practices of wearing masks, washing hands often, avoiding large group gatherings and maintaining 6-foot physical distancing. We also ask other members of the household uphold masking, handwashing and physical distancing during this two-week period. Staff and participants should monitor for signs and symptoms* 14 days prior to arrival to Camp. Additionally, we will be requiring all staff and participants to complete a pre-arrival health screening. If you have questions regarding signs and symptoms, please contact your medical provider.


In addition to Pre-Camp Practices for all program participants, Camp will be testing all campers and staff upon their arrival to camp. Camp will also be testing campers and staff again during the week. It is the 15 minute rapid test. If positive, they will isolate and then be tested with a different test. This was recommended to us by KDHE.

Mask Wearing Policy

In order to contain possible exposure and spread of COVID-19, Camp will be requiring all participants and staff to wear face masks that cover both the nose and mouth while indoors and/or when social distancing cannot be maintained. These policies are following CDC and American Camp Association recommendations at this time. Should these change, our policies will reflect said changes. All campers and staff asked to bring 3-4 cloth face coverings, in case of emergencies or if one is misplaced. All masks will be fitted with “mask keeper” string to keep mask around their neck. Yarn will be used at camp.

Exceptions include:

• While sleeping, showering or brushing teeth.
• While eating and seated during meal times. Physical distancing and outdoor eating will be encouraged.
• During all water activities including swimming and boating.


To ensure we do not inadvertently introduce COVID-19 to our camper population, visitation will be limited, and only accessible if pre-approved for a visit. If necessary, visitors who need to access camp will wear a mask and stay distant from camp community.

Camp will continue to allow deliveries for essential items to Camp. This may include UPS, FedEX, USPS, food deliveries, propane, etc. All vendors will be expected to check in with Camp and to comply with Camp’s protocols related to COVID-19 to limit the risk of additional exposure.


Driven By Valuable Principles

Our dedicated staff, board of directors, and supportive alumni work together to build an honest, caring, responsible, and respectful community where all individuals can grow. We work diligently to develop an intentional program that encourages all to live a bold “I’m Third” life that focuses on reaching for “Three Be” experiences. BE YOU, BE ADVENTUROUS & BELONG!

At Camp we believe to live the “I’m Third” lifestyle means to live with a bigger purpose in the service of others. It is about having a true impact on those around us. It is about having a life philosophy that will create relationships, character, fun, skills and so much more.


The Heart Of The Flint Hills

Camp Wood YMCA is located on over 800 acres of picturesque Tallgrass Prairie in the heart of the Flint Hills. This unique landscape provides visitors to camp with a front row seat to explore an ecosystem that has been molded to perfection over millions of years. From glaciers to cowboys, each rock and grass is painted with a rich history that tells a story of those that came before us. But beyond the scientific discoveries and historical markers, the Flint Hills continues to breath life into all those that embrace its beauty. In its vastness, each wave of tallgrass and expanse of endless sky provides perspective and peace to all that find themselves there. For Camp Wood YMCA, we take pride in knowing that this exceptional place is our home and whether you are a camper, student or retreat participant it thrills us to be able to share our little piece of the prairie with all who visit.