Parent Guide to Summer Camp

Welcome to the YMCA Camp Santa Maria Parent Page! This section is intended for parents, but campers are welcome to explore here, too. The information provided is designed to help you get yourself and your child ready for an overnight camp experience with us. If, after exploring our site, you still have questions, please contact us at or call us at 303-443-4474 x4301. We'd also love to hear from you with suggestions you have regarding how we could make things easier for you with paperwork, programming and our social networks, or if you just have feedback in general. Thank you.

We hope you enjoy learning about YMCA Camp Santa Maria and the fun ahead for your child by clicking the Parent Packet button below. You'll find everything you need to know about camp, including:

  • Getting your child ready for camp
  • Preparing your camper to be away from home
  • The camp environment
  • What you can expect on check-in and check-out day
  • Health and emergency services available to your child at camp
  • Behavioral expectations at camp
  • YMCA Camp Santa Maria's emergency plan
  • What to do if you need to change your registration
  • Camp cell phone policy


2018 Parent Handbook


Check-in Day Information

Check-in time: Sunday between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Please allow at most 30 minutes for check-in. Any special arrangements for check-in should be made in advance.

All forms and waivers must be submitted prior to your camp session start date. If you completed a late registration, or did not submit your forms in advance, you must submit completed forms to or fax to 303-664-5456 and bring a copy of your completed forms and registration receipt with you to camp check-in.

Check-out Day Information

Check-out time: Saturday between 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Mini Camp check-out: Wednesday, 5:00 PM

Special arrangements for check-out must be made in advance.

You may also want to check out our FAQs page if you have additional questions.

Articles about Camp

Below are links to several articles about getting kids ready for camp and the benefits of camping.

Things to do before camp

Creating Advantage in College: Summer camp gives children meaningful advantages in college

Best gift for kids? Send them to summer camp