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2023 Health Protocols

Health FAQ for Day Camp

IMPORTANT: Due to the continually changing situation in regard to contagious disease and guidelines for safety, 2023 Health Protocols may be modified at any time. Please review these 2023 Health Protocols regularly. If your child is registered for Camp and the Protocols are revised during the summer, we will notify you by email. 

How is exposure to sickness generally avoided at Camp?


  • Almost all Camp activities are outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. 

  • Windows are open on buses, and when campers are inside for overnights, or due to inclement weather to support good airflow. Please have your child bring warm outer layers every day.

  • We provide time for hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds many times throughout the day, including before and after meals and using the toilet.  

  • Hand sanitizer is also conveniently provided throughout the Ranch. 

Is masking generally required at Camp? 



Is masking required on the buses?


How often should I check my child for wellness?

Every morning! Parents need to assess the well-being of their child every morning before leaving home for Camp each day.


Is there a health check report?

You and your child will be asked, “How are you feeling today?” by CMR staff at Bus Check-in daily. 

What if my child has a fever?

If a forehead thermometer reads 100.4 degrees F. or higher, you MUST keep your child at home. Return to camp only after at least 24 hours fever-free and symptom-free. Please test your child for COVID.

What if my child has symptoms?

If there are any symptoms of viral or bacterial infection - cough, sneezing, runny nose, headache, upset stomach, low energy – or any questions or concerns, keep your child at home until symptom-free for 24 hours. Please test your child for COVID.

What happens if a camper gets sick at Camp?

If a camper has symptoms of sickness while at Camp, we will call you immediately and care for them in isolation until you can as quickly as possible pick them up at the Ranch.

What if my child’s COVID test result is Positive?

If your child tests positive for COVID, they need to isolate at home for 5 days before returning to camp. Please report this to the Camp Office. They need to wear a mask at all times for 6-10 days. Follow the CDC Guidelines for Isolation and Precautions for people with COVID here.

What if my child has been exposed to COVID?

Assess your child for energy level, considering the physical and mental demands of a Camp day.  If you decide that your child is well enough to attend Camp, please have them wear a mask on the bus and instruct them to wear it when inside.

​When is masking required?  

Have your camper wear a mask if appropriate for their situation: for Days 6-10 after 5 days of isolation for a COVID infection or for 10 days after exposure but without symptoms. Please remind your child to allow others to comfortably wear a mask, too.

Will there be social distancing?

Social distancing of 6’ between individuals is encouraged wherever possible!

What about lunchtime?  

Individual groups eat lunch outdoors at separate lunch spots distanced from other groups and from each other as much as possible. Campers may not share food items.

What are the Bus Protocols for minimizing exposure to disease?  

  • Group Cohorts. As much as possible, 10-12 campers and their counselors remain consistent as a group cohort with their own cluster of bus seats for the week.  

  • Bus Pods. There are three camper groups close in grade level per bus, making consistent bus pods each week. 

  • Reserved Seats. Each camper has their own reserved bus seat or an authorized-shared reserved seat. Campers who share seats need to be in the same program and group.

  • Cubbies for Personal Belongings. Bus seats also serve as cubbies for your camper’s and their seat-mate’s things separate from others. Buses are centrally parked and accessible throughout the day.

  • Bus Sanitation. Bus seating areas and rails are sanitized daily.

Do the buses ever get hot inside?  

On warmer afternoons, please try to pick up your camper promptly to avoid having them wait on a parked bus in the sun.

Are there COVID vaccination requirements for campers?

No, although you are asked for COVID vaccination status on your child’s registration form. The Colorado State Child Care Licensing requires that a Colorado Certificate of Immunization form be on file for all campers. This form indicates all of the camper’s vaccinations, including for COVID. A Colorado Exemption form is satisfactory.  

What are vaccination requirements for staff members?  

All CMR staff members need to be up to date with their vaccines, including COVID vaccines.

PLEASE NOTE: Staff members are in residence at the Ranch as a family pod. Health checks and social distancing are all part of daily life. 

​What happens if a staff member gets sick? 

If a staff member has symptoms of sickness, they will be isolated and cared for. If they test positive for COVID, they will isolate for 5 days and wear a mask at all times until day 10.

*CHECK OUR LOCAL CASE NUMBERS: Help us maintain the health of our campers and residential staff. Follow the Boulder County COVID case numbers as reported by the CDC on the COVID-19 by County page.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado State


Boulder County Health Department

The American Camp Association 

Important! Everyone NEEDS a warm jacket every day, no matter how hot it is in Boulder!


"Thank you so much for providing M with 'the best summer of his life'. You and your team have provided M with so many important qualities and lessons in a very fun environment.”

- SK, Parent

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