Town Hall | Guidance for Children’s Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps

Join representatives from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to learn more about the new Guidance for Children’s Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps. On May 26th, the PHO 20-28 Safer at Home was amended to include this guidance. Also see below for more information.

When: Monday, June 1, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
What: The town hall will cover this guidance, and providers will have an opportunity to submit questions during a question and answer session. Find the full agenda here.
Who: All providers are invited to join, however, the focus of the information and the Q&A session will be on camp guidance.
Register: Click HERE to register.
Please note the Town Hall will be recorded and shared following the meeting for those who are unable to participate at that time.

Thank you for your continued work to support children and families in Colorado!


PHO and Day CampsEffective June 1, 2020 children’s day camps and youth sports camps may open if the camp operator can demonstrate compliance with the requirements in Appendix J in the PHO 20-28 Safer at Home. Appendix J has requirements to implement, including but not limited to, a plan created by camp operators, group size, PPE, health screening, exclusion protocols, physical distancing, hand washing, etc. Please read through the entirety of Appendix J before beginning operations to ensure all processes can be met. Additional guidance can be found at the Safer at Home website for day camps and youth sports camps.

  • Day camp guidance includes mobile and outdoor based camps. The guidance and PHO is applicable to licensed programs as well as license-exempt programs
  • If outdoors, children should be in stable groups of 25 or fewer. If indoors, children should be in stable groups of 10 or fewer.
    • Group sizes should be implemented that allow for physical distancing (6 feet). Physical distancing and group-size requirements apply to all camp activities, including transportation, eating, and recreational activities
    • *If the indoor space is large enough to allow for social distancing (6 feet between each camper and minimum of 36 square feet per camper), more than one stable group is allowed in an indoor space at the same time as long as there is adequate space between groups and safe egress is not compromised
    • Established groups of up to 25 campers outdoors and 10 campers indoors must not mix with other groups during any part of the day
  • Single-night overnight excursions are permitted so long as the campers and staff remain strictly cohorted.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting procedures should follow what has previously been given to child cares:
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and toys throughout the day or at least daily
      • Disinfectant shall be used per manufacturer’s guidelines (reference manufacturer’s label for the appropriate contact time). If toys that might be mouthed or tabletops used for the service of food are disinfected, they should be rinsed and allowed to airdry before being used or returned to use by children.
  • If outdoor camps need to move indoors for an extended period of time, because of inclement weather, the groups of 25 need to be separated into groups of 10

Residential Overnight CampsResidential overnight camps are prohibited in June. Decisions for July and August overnight camps will be made in mid-June. Residential camps may choose to operate as a day camp, which will require approval from CDHS as well as El Paso County Public Health. If a residential camp chooses to pursue this option, they should follow the guidance for day camps.

Youth Sports Camps — We are actively working to obtain the needed clarification as to what activities or entities may operate under the context of a “youth sports camp”.

Building-Based School-age Programs and Other Child Care Services – The new guidance released is for day camps, specifically. All other programs that have been allowed to remain open should continue to follow guidance on the Safer at Home website for Child Care Facilities and the guidance that has been provided previously. CDHS or a licensing specialist can clarify if your program is building-based.

Face Covering Requirement for Child Care Facilities — The Public Health Order requiring all employees of Critical Businesses was amended and is in effect until 6/14/2020. This extended the requirement for employees who “work in close proximity to other employees or with the public to wear a medical or non-medical face covering… Workers who may routinely or consistently come within 6 feet of other workers or the public are considered to be in close proximity to others and must wear a medical or non-medical face covering that covers the worker’s nose and mouth, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.” Day camps should follow guidance given in Appendix J of the attached Order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can child care programs allow children to run through sprinklers?

A: Yes, as long as physical distancing of 6 feet per child can be maintained. Water tables should still be eliminated.

Q: Can programs continue to allow children to brush their teeth while in care?

A: It is recommended that child care programs stop tooth brushing at this time

Q: Can outdoor sandboxes be utilized?

A: This is not a recommended activity due to sand not being easily cleanable and the difficulty of maintaining 6 feet between children in a sandbox

Q: *Can I split a room to have 2 groups of 10 in one room?

A: *If licensing and CDHS requirements are met, it is possible that more than one group of children can use the same space.

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