Covid-19 Guide: What to Expect at Camp

This year’s camp program is designed to mitigate Covid-19 transmission risk.

We have diligently researched best practices in the summer camp field and recommendations by the American Camp Association to introduce several non-pharmacological interventions to help us keep campers as safe as possible this summer.

  • Cohorts (Adventure Pods)
  • Longer Session Lengths
  • Break Between Sessions
  • Masking in Central Areas
  • Social Distancing
  • Daily Self-Health Checks
  • Scheduled Handwashing
  • Frequent Disinfection of Living Areas and High-Touch Surfaces
  • Updates to Camp Procedures (bussing, meals, etc)
  • Family Communication Plan
  • Pre-Camp Health Screening
  • Pre-Camp Quarantine
  • Online Family Orientations

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

  • Cohorts (Pods)

    At camp, keeping campers in small, stable groups reduces Covid-19 transmission risk through lower capacity and decreased group-to-group mixing. They reduce turnover at camp by introducing a longer session length, which creates a greater space between groups of campers arriving on camp. These longer sessions also provide opportunity for skill mastery, progression, and extended sisterhood & bonding.

    • Each pod is considered a “household group”. Pods will attend activities together, prepare and eat meals together, live and sleep in the same unit, and go on adventures together! And while they will not mix with other pods, they will have the opportunity to break into smaller groups from time to time so that they can distance themselves from other pod-mates intermittently for the health of the group dynamic. Campers may participate in games with other pods played at a distance, such as scavenger hunts; the overall community of our camp is important to us too! Pods will not be sequestered or isolated, but they will be safely distanced from other pods for health and safety.
  • Masks & Face Coverings

    Campers and staff will be expected to wear face masks over their nose and mouth whenever they are outside of their unit or interacting at a distance with another pod. While in secure locations with only their stable pod group, campers will be able to remove masks.

    • Campers should bring 3-4 comfortable cloth masks to camp with them. We will launder each unit’s masks every other day. We will also have disposable masks on hand as needed.
  • ​Physical Distancing

    Campers and staff will be expected to physical distance (aka social distance) from anyone who is not a member of their pod. (i.e. campers from other pod groups, counselors from other pod groups, from specialty activity instructors and support staff). We will use hula hoops, bases, tape, and other props or strategies to encourage physical distancing.

    • Stable pod groups do not have to be physically distanced from one another.
    • Traditional large group activities (e.g. campfires and all camps) will be modified so that each pod can participate while physically distanced. This means that a pod will be seated near each other and will maintain more than six feet of physical distance between members of another pod. Large group activities will be held in outdoor spaces and will follow current guidelines for the number of people who can safely gather. Masks will be required at any large group activity.
  • ​ Prioritizing Outdoor Space

    At camp, most activities typically take place outdoors! Activities will be kept outside in the open air whenever possible. If possible, activities that may have previously taken place indoors will be moved and modified to take place in outdoor activity spaces.

  • 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. Additional hand washing stations will be placed throughout camp and hand sanitizer will be placed at activity areas and carried by all staff. Handwashing time will be scheduled at regular intervals throughout the day.

    • We will follow a Sanitize In/Sanitize Out model: campers and staff wash or sanitize hands before and after an activity in a new space and staff will disinfectant all commonly touched surfaces (e.y. door handles, picnic tables, and light switches). Cleaning protocols are in place for cleaning activity spaces and equipment between program groups.
    • 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.
  • Establishing a Culture of Health Consciousness

    Each day, campers will complete a simple self-check to assess how they are feeling. (Does my stomach hurt? How am I feeling today? Etc). As we work together to keep camp safe, all of our campers will take part in evaluating their role in camp’s overall health.

    • This daily check will help to inform the tasks they are doing to give the responsibilities meaning as they help take care of their camp.