Covid-19 Guide: Before Arrival at Camp

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:

  • Observe our guidelines for quarantine. Limit your camper’s and family’s contact with people outside of your household for two weeks prior to your camper’s session.
  • Adhere to any testing requirements.
  • Wearing masks and practicing social distancing when must be outside of your household.
  • Taking your camper’s temperature daily for the week prior to your camper’s session.
  • Completing the Camp Doc Health Survey daily for the 10 days proceeding your stay at camp.
  • Observe State of California travel restrictions and guidelines and associated quarantine procedures.
  • Being 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 or anyone in their household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • They have had a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 14 days.
  • They have shown any COVID-19 symptoms including any chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.) in the past 14 days.
  • They have had known contact with a person who has COVID-19.


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 will be required to complete a health prescreening prior to camp. Details will be sent prior to your camper’s session on how to complete and return the prescreening. This will include taking and recording your camper’s temperature and answering health screening questions. Camp staff will follow-up with camper families who report symptoms, a fever, or exposure. Testing may be required on a case-by-case basis in response to these screening questions.

All families must attend one of GSNorCal’s 2021 Camper & Family Orientations, which are specifically designed to acquaint everyone with our newest health policies and procedures and to answer any questions you may have.

  • Wednesday, April 21st- 5:30pm PST
  • Saturday, May 8th- 4:00pm PST

Zoom links will be sent to registered families in advance. Registration is not required.

If you have a conflict and are unable to make any of these dates, please email registration@gsnorcal.org so that we can make alternate arrangements.

Campers and staff must observe a 10-day quarantine prior to their camp session. For the 10 days preceding arrival at camp, all attendees are expected to limit the camper’s and family’s contact with people outside of their household.

The following essential tasks are allowed:

  1. Attending school, work, or essential childcare.
  2. Retrieving essential items, such as groceries and medicine.
  3. Getting a Covid-19 vaccination or test.
  4. Medical appointments.
  5. Walks/play in low-traffic, local areas with members of the household only, while wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Non-essential tasks or outings constitute breaking quarantine, and campers who do so are ineligible to attend camp. Non-essential outings include, but are not limited to:

  1. Vacations attended less than 10 days prior to camp arrival.
  2. Parties or gatherings with anyone outside of the household.
  3. Visiting high-traffic areas for non-essential shopping, recreation, etc
  4. Attending youth programs that do not constitute essential childcare.
  5. Having visitors over to the household.
  6. Sleepovers/ play dates with peers from outside of the household.

As of 4/28/21, we expect to add pre-arrival testing to our Covid-19 procedures. Please be prepared to receive a Covid-19 test as part of your preparation for camp. We are currently reviewing updated information and awaiting final protocols from the state, and will adhere to any requirements they establish. Once we have reviewed these guidelines and established the policies and procedures for our camps, we will share that information with families. Our procedures will clarify if tests will be administered by camp upon arrival, or if families must receive a test in advance of camp (and if so, the window in which those tests must be taken).

  • Tests will not be required for campers who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks at their time of arrival. Vaccinated campers must provide a copy of their vaccination card.

Please expect to receive another update soon.