Summer Camp

This page provides information on what factors to consider when assessing risk, and considerations for how overnight summer camps can help protect campers, and staff.  As overnight summer camps resume, this page is intended to supplement the requirements outlined in Executive Order 72 and the accompanying Phase Three Guidance.

Executive Order 72  and the Phase Three Guidelines describe requirements for participants and organizers of overnight summer camps. Requirements for overnight summer camp include:

Screening

  • All camps must develop and implement a plan to decrease the risk of infectious campers and staff entering the camp environment. This plan must include, but shall not be limited to, the requirement for a negative molecular test within seven days prior to the beginning of camp, or 14 day symptom screening for the camper and all persons in their household. 
  • Camp personnel must perform a daily symptom screening of all campers, including upon arrival. Daily screenings must include:
    • Fever (temperature 100.4 °F or higher)
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Campers utilizing symptom screening must restrict their close contacts to Family members as defined in Executive Order 72 for the duration of the 14-day period
  • Must have protocols for streamlined travel and drop-offs with limited interactions between parents and camp personnel and other campers.

Masking

  • Campers above the age of 5 and staff must wear a mask as required by Executive Order 72.
  • A group of campers and staff cohabitating in the same sleeping space are considered equivalent to a Family as defined in Executive Order 72; mask requirements do not apply unless persons are in the presence of campers or staff outside of their camp cohort/Family, or are in an indoor public place that is shared with other campers or staff.
  • All non-camp personnel that enter camp must wear a mask as required by Executive Order 72. Limit camp entrances to essential personnel only.

Cohorts

  • Employ the use of cohorts for the first 14 days of any camp session.
  • Cohorts may not be mixed, including during meal times, for at least 14 days
  • Cohort size may not exceed 25 campers, not including staff.
  • When any camper or staff is traveling throughout the camp or near other cohorts, strict six feet of physical distancing and mask wearing must be observed from those not in their cohort.
  • Ten feet of distancing must be observed when engaging in singing, cheering, exercise, or other activities involving increased exhalation
  • Staff may not have close contact with campers in multiple cohorts, with the exception of medical services or any event where close contact is necessary for the health or safety of a camper.
    • Restrictions against staff having close contact with multiple cohorts would not include when staff is leading outdoor or indoor activities, so long as appropriate physical distancing is practiced and masks are used by all those present.

Signage

  • Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and reporting symptoms if sick. Signs must use age-appropriate language to be understandable by campers.
      • See signage tab for available options