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The University has announced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We continue to be committed to protecting the health and safety of our campus, our community and beyond. 

The 2020 Camp Blue program has been cancelled to mitigate safety concerns in lieu of COVID-19. Once the fall arrival plan has been finalized and approved by the university and Public Health officials, details and other pertinent information regarding move-in and welcome weekend programming will be communicated to students and parents.

Camp Blue Schedule

Sample - 2019 CAMP BLUE Schedule

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Camp Ernst 

  • DISCover Leadership self-assessment
  • Call to Leadership/Leadership Pledge/Leadership Lessons
  • Leadership Games/ High and Low Ropes
  • Small Group Meetings/Reflections
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Thursday, August 20, 2020 at University of Dayton 

  • Leadership Lessons- Leadership Plan 
  • Community Involvement-Service Trip, Discover Dayton Tour and RTA Experience
  • DCDC Dance Practice (First-Year Line Dance)
  • Move-In Training (Blue Crew)
  • Awards Ceremony

Friday, August 21, 2020 at University of Dayton

  • Blue Crew - Assist fellow class members by helping with Move-In

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 Semester 

  • Encouraged involvement in Fall Leadership Conference, Service Saturdays and the Camp Reunion 


Camp Expectations & Participation Agreement

The Camp Blue Agreement lists the expectations of all campers

As a Camp Blue Participant...

I understand I am representing not only myself, but also the University of Dayton.

I understand I will be held responsible for my actions while attending Camp Blue. 

I understand I must travel via the rental vehicles to and from all activities while attending Camp Blue.

I understand that regardless of my age, the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. 

I understand use of recreational drugs is strictly prohibited. 

I understand that harassment or sexual misconduct will not be tolerated and that I should bring any such behavior to the attention of the Camp Staff.

I agree to report any injury or illness to Camp staff immediately. 

I understand the my full and active participation in all camp events and activities is expected. 

I understand that my attendance at all camp events and activities is required unless otherwise approved by Camp Director.

I understand that my participation in the Fall Leadership Conference and Service Saturdays is a required part of my camp experience.

I fully understand that by breaking any of the rules stated above I will be referred to the Community Standards and Civility for disciplinary proceedings. 

***In order to attend camp, all campers must read and sign the participation agreement along with the other camp release forms.  All forms can be accessed here.

Camp Guidelines

Student ID (Flyer Card):

  • Campers must submit their photo by the deadline listed in the confirmation email in order for their ID to be ready at time of camp check in. Failure to complete this step will affect student's ability to enter their assigned residence hall during camp.

Cabin Assignments: 

  • At YMCA Camp Ernst, campers will be required to sleep in the cabin in which they are assigned. Cabins are single-gender. No campers of opposite gender will be allowed past the porch of each cabin.

Cell Phones: 

  • Cell phones may only be used at designated times and in the event of an emergency. Camp Staff reserves the right to ask you to end your phone call if not in compliance. Students are encouraged to spend their time investing in new friendships, rather than on their cell phones.  

Tobacco Products: 

  • Considering the health risk to all participants, tobacco products are only permitted in designated areas on campus of the University of Dayton. Tobacco products are NOT permitted at YMCA Camp Ernst.

How we live the Commitment to Community (C2C): 

  • Respect your fellow campers, Camp Blue Counselors, Student Transitions and Family Programs Leadership Team and anyone you encounter during your time as a participant of Camp Blue. Inappropriate language, racial slurs, derogatory comments, or actions will not be tolerated. 


  • Make sure you wear your nametag at all times from check in on August 11 through the end of camp on August 16, it is your meal ticket at both the University of Dayton and YMCA Camp Ernst! You will not eat without it!  

Student Transitions and Family Programs

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0911