Health and Safety

Through the Tree Tops: Back to School

If you're anything like us, you are already counting down the days until we can all return to our favorite place on earth! Each summer, we have the unique privilege of empowering thousands of children to be the best version of themselves. Thanks to outstanding mentors who encourage, lead and support each camper, children gain independence and develop character through intentional and fun programming. 

As children now begin to head back to school and settle into life after Camp, our hope is that they will take the lessons they learned and put them into practice at home, when they are with their friends and in their communities. 

We know that returning home from Camp can be challenging for some children, and hope you will find this article from The Child Mind Institute entitled, "Home From Camp" helpful. You can also find conversation topics and support about keeping our children safe on our YMCA website as well as on the American Camp Association website. 

We encourage you to have a conversation and debrief their time away from home. What was their favorite part of Camp? What is one thing they would like to do differently next year? How was cabin life? What were their counselors like? The safety and well-being of your camper will always be our number one priority and we continue to be grateful for your ongoing trust and partnership. 

How we will keep our Camp community safe 

Ensuring a safe Camp will require a partnership among all of us. Our top priority is to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we have elevated our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), North Carolina State Health and Human Services, Wake County Health Department, and with guidance from our Camp Medical Advisory Committee. 

Click here for an overview of our COVID-19 Medical Protocols. As always, We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and the State of North Carolina. We recognize that COVID-19 guidelines will change as the landscape changes, and will adapt our programming and protocols accordingly.


  • Our 2021 medical protocols have been designed using the CDC/ACA field guide guidelines, NC State Health and Human Services guidelines, and guidance from our Medical Advisory Committee
  • Our health center will be staffed by nurses who are experienced in assessing COVID -19 symptoms in children
  • We have all necessary PPE supplies including N95 masks, gowns and shields for our medical staff
  • We have designed our programs in response to the State and CDC’s social distancing, small group cohorts, and cleanliness and sanitation requirements
  • Masks will be worn by staff when social distancing isn’t possible (ex: climbing wall)
  • Recommended masks are ones that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric and fit completely over your mouth and nose. Your mask must fit snugly against the sides of your face with no gaps. (Gaiters and Face Shields do not meet the requirements for face coverings based on recent recommendations from the CDC.)


Camp Kanata Day Camp operates at the Camp Kanata Overnight Camp site and therefore will be following the NCDHHS Guidelines requiring campers to wear masks. We will wear masks when we are gathered for assemblies, and at other times when we are outside and closely gathered together. When we are outside and active, we will not be wearing masks. All campers and staff are required by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to wear masks indoors.
At Overnight Camp, cabins will be the designed cohort, or “family.” When with that cohort your camper will not need to wear a mask (inside their cabins, sleeping, cabin nights, etc.) Wearing masks and social distancing will be expected when campers and counselors are outside of their cohort.  You will be assigned to your cohort by your cabin however activities, evening programming and meals will include a broader group beyond just your cabin cohort. 
We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and how they are feasible in the day-to-day life of Camp. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance for your camper. There are some exceptions to this order. If your camper meets these criteria, please communicate with your Camp Director on the first day of Camp.