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Camp Policies

Camper Conduct

In accordance to our commitment to ethics and diversity, we believe that it is important that our campers act in a respectful manner towards each other and themselves as well. While we understand that children have a natural tendency to test the limits of compliance in many situations, we believe that there are certain standards that our campers must be held to. It is our goal to help develop our campers into people who have strong morals, are responsible, and treat others with respect. Inappropriate actions of campers will be handled in the following progressive fashion:

  1. Staff member will intervene immediately and discuss possible solutions to the problem with the camper
  2. Camp staff, camp director, and camper will discuss solutions to the problem
  3. Phone call to parents/guardian concerning the problem
  4. Camper is sent home

If the camper's actions are severe enough, the earlier stages of the behavior consequences list may be disregarded. The camper conduct agreement is part of the registration process for camp and must be agreed to in order to register. Please review the conduct agreement with your camper prior to camp. 

Accidents & Emergencies

University Recreation does not carry health or accident insurance for participants. It is recommended that all campers are required to have medical coverage prior to attending camp. In case of an emergency or accident involving your child, you will be contacted following notification of the appropriate emergency personnel. At Cougar Kids Camp, we make provisions to be certain that all campers will be as safe as possible. All group leaders and office personnel are certified in CPR and First Aid and will provide initial emergency care when needed. Lifeguards will supervise all aquatic activities. We provide and require campers to wear the safety equipment for applicable activities.


If your camper should become ill while at camp, you will be notified. Because we do not have a registered nurse on staff, we will ask you to remove your child from the program for the day. We ask you not to bring your camper to camp if they are ill.

Contacting Your Child During Camp

If an emergency arises and you need to contact your child during camp, call the camp office at 509.335.2218 or call the camp cellular phone at 509.330.2092.


For medication of any type (over the counter or prescription) sent with your child to camp, a Medication and Instruction Form must be submitted before camp begins. All medication must be in its original container with the exception of medication that must be accessible at all times by the camper. Medication must be given to a camp coordinator at the beginning of each day at camp, where it will be stored in a locked box. A refrigerator will be available if necessary. Camp staff will be certified to administer medicine to campers at the necessary times.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

Due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Washington State guidelines, Cougar Kids Camp will be limiting the number of youth that can be enrolled. Based on the staff and location resources, the kids camp can operate with a max capacity of 80 campers. Please note that while Cougar Kids Camp will do what it can to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, avoiding risk can not be guaranteed, and thus by registering and attending the camp, Parents/Guardians are assuming all risk and liability. Until further restrictions are lifted, below are health and safety guidelines we will follow which are subject to modification as required.

Health Screening

Upon arrival each day, parents/guardians will be provided a QR code for a link to an attestation asking them to verify “no” answers to the questions listed below. If any answers are “yes” the child will not be allowed to attend camp that day. 

  1. Does your child have any of the following symptoms within the last day that are not caused by another condition?
    • Fever (100.4 Degrees Farenheight) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Within the past 14 days, has your child been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Close contact is being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with a person; or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 with or without wearing a mask (i.e. being coughed or sneezed on).
  3. Has your child has a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or is your child awaiting the results of a COVID-19-test?
  4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your child to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

Social Distancing

Cougar Kids Camp will follow social distancing of children six feet apart to the best of staff’s ability, recognizing children may lack a concept of space. Campers will be separated into smaller groups that fall within state or local guidelines ratio of 1:10 to include 1 adult and 10 children. Activities will be non-contact and limit the amount of shared equipment between campers.

Cougar Kids Camp will maintain the same groups from day to day throughout the week and throughout the summer to the degree possible. This will help reduce potential exposures and may prevent an entire program from shutting down if exposure does occur.


Cougar Kids Camp will monitor children and staff for symptoms of COVID-19 throughout the day. If a child or staff member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while in the camp, the following will take place:

  • Camper will be isolated immediately away from other children and staff in a designated space.
  • Parent/Guardian will be called to pick up the camper immediately.
  • If a staff member, they will be sent home immediately.
  • Cleaning guidelines will be followed immediately in the area the camper/staff was.
  • All parents will be informed at check out.
  • If a fever was present: the child or staff member must be fever-free (unmedicated) for at least 72 hours before being allowed to return.
  • In the event that a camper or staff member becomes sick and later tests positive for COVID-19, steps will be taken to limit day camp operations leading to and including program cancellation for a required period of time. Communication would be provided to all parents of all registered weeks of camp.

Other Precautionary Measures

  • Cougar Kids Camp Staff will always wear cloth masks except when in the pool and eating.
  • All Campers will be required to wear a facial covering except when in the pool and eating.  It is recommended that parents/guardians train the camper on how to properly put the mask on. Staff will be unable to assist campers in the proper way to wear a mask.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces will be done by Cougar Kids Camp and custodial staff on a regular basis throughout each day.

Arriving at Camp/Departing from Camp

Camper Drop off Area

Campers should be dropped off at the Student Recreation Center parking lot on North Fairway Drive. The check-in area will be clearly marked outside, and camp staff will be on-site to greet campers. All staff will wear a staff T-shirt that is crimson in color, with "University Recreation Staff" on the chest and “Camp Staff” on the back. 

Check-In times: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

* If you need to drop of your child after the designated check-in time please call the camp staff at 509-330-2092 when you arrive in the parking lot and a staff member will come to meet you in the parking lot to check-in your camper. 

Check-In Procedures

The following protocols will be in place at all times during check-in:

  • All staff must wash their hands when they arrive to work and fill out the attestation form and present it to camp admin staff. All staff will be required to wear masks/face coverings throughout the camp.
  • Parents/Guardians are requested to keep social distancing of 6 feet between other families and staff during check-in. Children must remain with parents until check-in is complete.
  • Upon arrival each day, parents/guardians will be provided a QR code for a link to an attestation as referenced in the health screening section which can be completed on their phone. When the verification screen is reached, the parent/guardian will show the screen to staff.
  • Staff will then show the camper(s) into the building and to their respective group area.

Camper Check-Out Area

Campers should be picked up at the Student Recreation Center parking lot on North Fairway Drive. The check-out area will be clearly marked outside. Children will only be allowed to leave with authorized persons. A picture ID will be required for checking out children who do not have permission to sign themselves out. Children will be allowed to sign themselves out to leave the program with written consent from parents/guardians. Children must also have written consent to leave with a person who is not indicated during the online registration.

Check-Out Times: 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM

Early departures can usually be accommodated, provided advance notice is given. Please provide written notice to the staff at check-in or check-out one day in advance. Parents picking up their children early will park and call the camp number at 509-330-2092. Please remember that ID is required when picking up a camper.

Check-Out Procedures

The following protocols will be in place at all times during check-out:

  • Parents/Guardians are requested to keep social distancing of 6 feet between other families and staff.
  • Staff will ask what camper the parent/guardian is there for and will radio to have the camper brought out of the facility.
  • Parents/Guardians will then be requested to present their ID so camp staff can verify they are on the authorized list to pick up a camper. 
  • The camper will be brought outside by camp staff to be released to the parent.