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Youth Programming During COVID

This page is intended to assist University of Utah youth programs providing programming during the COVID-19 outbreak by providing relevant resources and information. Please reach out if you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting. We are happy to help in any way that we can.

- Nate and Marci



In-Person Programming Resources

Any program wanting to providing in-person programming should refer to the following resources for best practices. Programs should additionally follow any applicable local, state, and federal regulations related to COVID-19.

University of Utah Campus COVID-19 Central

CDC Guidance for Youth & Summer Camps 

American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps

Association of Camp Nursing – Guidelines on Health Screenings and Sick Policies



Virtual Programming Resources

As many of you continue to provide virtual and online programming, it is important to consider the safety and security of your participants in a new way. We have created guidelines and best practices specific to the University Safety of Minors Policy to help guide your decision making.   

Updated Liability Waiver for Youth Programs. (Please use this waiver going forward. It includes language for online programming.)

We have revised the Risk Management Guidelines to include considerations for virtual programming.

Download an example of a conduct expectation document (.docx)that can be used by programs to enforce their behavioral expectations for participants and expectations for parents/guardians. 

When making the switch online we know it is important to ensure the quality of your programming. Here are some resources that could be helpful:

ACA Online Camp Programming
National Association of Gifted Children Online Programming Resources
Universal Design For Learning
Humanize Your Online Course


Mental Health Resources

With the closure of schools, cancellation of activities, and, for many families, grief and loss, the last year has had a profound impact on the kids and families that you serve. The mental, emotional, and social health of children is important, maybe now more than ever as they have missed out on so many of the experiences that help them develop social-emotional growth. If you or your staff want learn more about how to support kids and families right now please see the resources below.

As University staff you can also reach out to the University Counseling Center for emotional and mental health support for yourself or anyone on your staff

American Camp Association Mental Health Resources

Helping Teens Cope During COVID-19

Mental Health First Aid Training and Information

Last Updated: 2/8/24