As always, safety is our first priority so we want to update you on our protocols regarding COVID-19 and illness at camp. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we continue to follow guidelines from the CDC and local health departments. Please make note of the protocols we have in place:

  • Families should conduct an at-home wellness check prior to coming to YMCA Camp Lakewood. If your camper is sick or exhibiting symptoms, please stay home and consult a medical provider if necessary.
  • As a reminder, a full explanation of our health and medical guidelines can be found in our camp handbook here.
  • Campers displaying COVID symptoms will be removed from camp and the parent/guardian will be notified.
  • At this time, in accordance with public health guidelines, masks are optional at Y summer day camp.
  • Please notify the Y if your child tests positive for COVID during the time period surrounding your session(s).
  • Parents/guardians will not be notified if another camper or staffer have tested positive to COVID.
  • Per CDC guidelines, if a camper tests positive for COVID, they should isolate for 5 days. After 5 days, if they show no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), they are allowed to attend camp by wearing a mask for 5 days when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.

For those interested in finding more information about COVID vaccines or boosters, please click here.

Please know, our first priority is the health and safety of the campers in our care and our employees. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adjust our procedures as needed. These protocols may change depending on the current level of community spread and changing guidance. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Everyone entering our facilities should be symptom-free (without a fever) and pass the health self-assessment below. 

Campers/Parents/Staff/Vendors: Answering YES to any questions should not enter our facility.
Have you or anyone in your household had a fever or taken fever-reducing medicine in the last 24 hours? (72 hours in Illinois)
Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 24 hours (to include loss of taste/smell, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, runny nose)?
Unless fully vaccinated, have you or anyone in your household had close contact** with or cared for anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days?
Unless fully vaccinated, have you or anyone in your household had close contact** or live with anyone who has been told to self-quarantine in the last 14 days?

**Close contact includes:
• You spent a PROLONGED period of time in the same room without medical grade PPE.
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection)
• You had DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with the person (e.g., kissing, hugging).
• You SHARED eating or drinking utensils with them.
• You came into contact with their RESPIRATORY SECRETIONS (e.g., they coughed on you).
Medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients should shower and change clothes prior to coming into our facilities.

The CDC considers people as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J])