Dealing With Infectious Diseases at Camps

Young Life is committed to providing a safe, fun week for campers. That commitment means following the recommendations of government health officials regarding illnesses that are considered infectious diseases.

Young Life asks our staff and parents/guardians of campers, work crew and summer staff attending any of our camps this summer to take precautions to avoid sending campers or leaders on a trip or work crew and summer staff to their camp session if they have had any flu-like symptoms in the 24 hours prior to departure. Such symptoms can include: fever, sore throat, cough, headache, tiredness, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, diarrhea and vomiting.

Should an outbreak of an infectious disease arise at Young Life camps this summer, our camp staff will follow the protocols established for such situations. Our camp health professionals will work closely with the Department of Health in counties where our camps are located to determine a course of action that ensures the safety of campers, leaders, work crew, summer staff and staff. These steps include comfortably isolating the infected individual and disinfecting surfaces as appropriate and increasing opportunities to wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

With these precautions in place, we are confident that campers, leaders, work crew and summer staff will be as safe at camp as they would be in any public setting.

We are committed to open and clear communication with parents and guardians of our campers. If you have questions or concerns about someone presently attending or serving at a Young Life camp or about an upcoming camp trip, please contact your local Young Life office or the camp office where your child is/will be attending.  ​

California Camp Trips

Due to California health regulations, it is required that all campers and leaders attending our California camps be screened for any observable evidence of illness, injury or any type of infectious disease by a nurse or physician as they arrive at camp​. Work crew, summer staff, assignment teams and adult guests will also be screened upon arrival at camp by camp medical personnel.​