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.

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 the same day the trip departs the local area. Young Life staff/leaders are required to facilitate this process. Work crew, summer staff, assignment teams and adult guests will be screened upon arrival at camp by camp medical personnel.

All Other Camp Trips

As of May 29, 2012, the Center for Disease Control has not issued any warnings about diseases that would impact campers attending Young Life camps.

However, 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 isolating the infected individual, administering anti-viral medications to at-risk individuals and disinfecting surfaces as appropriate.

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, the camp office where your child is/will be attending or the Communications department at (719) 381-1891.