RYLA Northwest follows Washington State, Pierce County, and YMCA restrictions and policies. RYLA Northwest is committed to meeting the requirements of law, and does not impose additional requirements. Our goal is to strike a balance between providing a safe conference experience, and making the program accessible to all including those who cannot be vaccinated. These are subject to change as circumstances change.

What can I expect around testing, quarantines, and vaccinations?

Per Washington State requirements all campers and staff must do one of the following before arriving to camp:

  1. Be up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations, OR
  2. Receive a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. 

We strongly recommend that participants, staff, and volunteers are up to date on vaccinations and receive a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. 

Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination must be an official record, such as COVID-19 vaccination record card, documentation from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System.  Families must retain written documentation of negative results for camp check in.  This may include over the counter tests or self-tests conducted at home.

To locate COVID-19 testing:

If your family has difficulty locating a testing location or getting to a testing location, please contact YMCA staff at campinfo@seattleymca.org for assistance.

What should I expect around facial coverings?

RYLA Northwest follows YMCA Camp Colman Policies.  Facial coverings/masks will not be required for campers and staff. Any person who chooses to wear a mask is supported in doing so. 

  • Masks may be recommended for public health protection in certain circumstances, such as:
    • Exposure to someone with COVID-19.
    • Symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
    • Spending time in crowded indoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. 
    • Individuals with increased risk for severe COVID-19, e.g., medically fragile campers, immunocompromised individuals. 
    • Staff caring for campers with disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings.
  • Masks may be required for public health protection in certain circumstances, such as:
    • A person who has tested positive for COVID-19, has completed 5 days of isolation, is returning to camp activities after their symptoms have improved AND they are without fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. These individuals MUST wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 OR have a negative antigen test after the 5th day of isolation so as not to wear a mask (a positive test requires the individual to continue to wear a mask for the remainder of their 10-day isolation period).       
    • If there is an outbreak or cluster of cases at the camp.
    • If there is a surge of disease.
    • In designated healthcare settings.

What will happen if health restrictions are in place during the summer, or prevent travel between Canada and the United States?

We are committed to following the recommendations of civil authorities and public health officials. If restrictions remain in place that prevent us from operating, we will cancel programs and notify families.