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GSNorCal Camps: 2022 Covid-19 Guide

Safety is a cornerstone of Girl Scouting, and we will continue to put the health and safety of our campers and staff first throughout the summer camp season. We are regularly monitoring COVID- 19 updates and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the American Camp Association (ACA), and state and local authorities, and will continue to adjust our guidelines and processes with the goal of providing a safe and fun outdoor experience. All of our 2021 summer camp programs will be following the guidelines and processes below.

All information presented in this resource is subject to change. Guidelines and requirements may be changed and/or added at a later time pending changes in recommendations from the CDC, GSUSA, ACA, and state and local authorities.

Updated April 19, 2022

A healthy camp begins at home and requires a commitment from everyone. For the safety of our camp community, we are asking you to partner with us before checking in at camp by:

  • Take a PCR Covid-19 Test within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Upload Covid-19 Vaccination info in your CampDoc Health Profile.
  • Be honest with us if your camper or someone in your household develops any COVID-19 symptoms, has exposure to COVID-19, or tests positive with COVID-19 themselves.

Campers and staff are not permitted at camp if any of the following is true:

  • They test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of arrival.
  • They or anyone in their household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • They have had known contact with a person who has COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

For everyone's health and safety, we cannot make exceptions, and we thank you in advance for your not asking our staff to do so. If any of these statements apply, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can work with your family to find the best solution and, if possible, transfer your camper to a later session.

All campers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must receive a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours of arriving at camp. Securing this test is an individual/ family responsibility. You must bring your negative test result to check-in. Your camper will not be allowed to exit your car if you do not have these things.

  • The only acceptable test for attendance is an FDA-authorized PCR COVID-19 test.

Positive Tests & Refunds: If a camper tests positive for Covid- 19 before arriving at camp, we will honor a full refund with proof of that positive test.

Vaccinated Campers: Vaccinated campers are asked to provide a copy of their vaccination card in their CampDoc Health Profile. Vaccinated campers ARE still required to provide a negative test result.

We have diligently researched best practices in the summer camp field and recommendations by the American Camp Association to help us keep campers as safe as possible this summer. These include:

  • Frequent Handwashing
  • Frequent Disinfection of Living Areas and High-Touch Surfaces
  • Testing before arrival

Please review the policies below with your camper so that they will know what to expect when they arrive at camp.

Mask Wearing

Per current state guidelines, and GSNorCal directives, masks and social distancing are no longer required. Campers can expect to be unmasked throughout their time at camp, exceot when in transportation vehicles such as busses and vans.

  • Please note that this policy is subject to change if GSNorCal policy changes.

Cleaning & Sanitizing

Campers and staff will be trained on how to properly wash and sanitize hands, as the number one recommendation from the CDC for infection control. Handwashing time will be scheduled at regular intervals throughout the day.

  • Camper’s traditional kapers (personal and group camp care responsibilities) will consist of their own sleeping spaces and sites/units including maintaining personal belongings, sweeping, and wiping down their own bed. Daily cleaning will take place by staff throughout camp with high touch areas and shared bathrooms being cleaned multiple times a day. All activity areas and program group sites/units will be deep cleaned between camp sessions.

Sleeping Accommodations

Campers will not wear masks when sleeping. The following precautions will be taken in cabins:

  • Beds will be moved to ensure physical distancing parameters are met and ventilation will be fully utilized (i.e. windows open when possible including in tents and using fans where electricity is an option).
  • Campers and staff will be required to sleep head to toe and alternated as needed to prevent close proximity of head spaces.

Camp will take the following steps if someone gets sick at camp:

  1. Campers who feel ill will be receive a rapid Covid-19 test. Families will be notified if any unscheduled tests are administered.
  2. If the camper tests negative, they will stay in the health center until their symptoms have alleviated, and will be retested before they head back to their group.
  3. If they test positive, they will be sent home. It will be the family’s responsibility to pick up their camper.
  4. If a camper tests positive, all camp families will be notified, and all campers will be tested. A second camp-wide test will be conducted after 48 hours. Any Covid-19 positive campers will be sent home.

More than 10 positive tests within 24 hours will result in a temporary closure of camp, and all campers would be sent home.


If you choose to cancel camp due to camper’s or family’s comfort level prior to June 1, 2022 or your camper is unable to attend camp due to exposure, symptoms, or a positive case of COVID-19, please contact us at registration@gsnorcal.org