2020 Camp Leif Ericson FAQs

We know you may have lots of questions about camp programs. Please refer to the following information in regards to our summer camp programs. If you still have questions after viewing, please feel free to contact the camp office (605.336.2267 or camp@siouxfallsymca.org).


Camp Leif Ericson will be offering transportation this summer, however it will look slightly different than past summers.  There will be no Pre/Post Camper Care this summer.  We will be picking up campers from several locations in order to decrease the amount of time spent on the buses.   Campers will also be limited to one camper per bus seat and buses will be sanitized after each use. 


Campers will be provided a cold lunch and snack each day which are prepared by a vendor.  These will be served to the campers and their group at their assigned lunch table each day.  Campers are allowed to bring their own lunch each day.  However, Camp Leif Ericson is a “tree-nut free” facility, so any lunches/snacks must meet that criteria. 

Covid19 Precautions:

Every child that attends YMCA Camp Leif Ericson will need to have a Covid19 waiver completed and on file.  This Waiver is included in the Registration Process.

YMCA Camp Leif Ericson will be utilizing the Covid19 precautions found in the American Camping Association/Y-USA 2020 Field Guide for Camps and CDC Childcare Guidelines .  As part of these precautions, we will be taking actions which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily signs and symptoms checks for Staff and Children.

  • Staff will wear cloth masks.  Children are not required, but you may have your child wear a mask if you so choose. 

  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing of surfaces, equipment, etc. 

  • Utilizing social distancing when possible.

  • Campers will be assigned to a group of 10 Campers with 1 Counselor and will remain with the other campers assigned to their group throughout the day, but will not be closely interacting with the children from the camper groups in order to limit exposure to other campers.

  • Field trips will be limited to other YMCA Facilities which include our Downtown Branch and our leased facility at the Wall Lake County Park.  Transportation to the locations will also utilize CDC recommendations.  

Cancellations/Refund Policy:

There is a $100 non-refundable deposit associated with your registration.   The remainder of your registration fee is also non-refundable, but will be converted to a YMCA System Credit which can be utilized for any future YMCA program registrations.  This policy applies to any cancellation on the behalf of the registrant or if YMCA Camp Leif Ericson is forced to cancel a portion of a session or a session in its entirety for any reason. 

Covid19 Exposure/Symptoms/Positive Test Policy:

If your Camper is exhibiting sings or symptoms, has been exposed to an individual who has been exhibiting signs, symptoms, or has obtained a Covid Positive Test, or your camper has obtained a Covid Positive Test result, they will be required to sit out of Camp for an amount of time deemed appropriate in correlation with the most recent CDC, Dept of Health, ACA/Y-USA recommendations.  Any time missed from camp at that point will compensated with a refund of a pro-rated amount minus the $100 non-refundable deposit.  

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