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New Summer Camp Guidelines You Should Know

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 3:02 PM

As we return to our new normal, summer camps are returning as well.

Youth and summer camps can play an important role in the lives of children, including supporting their social, emotional, and physical development. Camps provide opportunities for children to try new activities, develop relationships and social skills, and be physically active.

While many parents and kids are excited to have summer camps reopen, there will be some new restrictions in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued guidance to families and camp staff on how to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Summer Camp COVID

If you have a kid attending summer camp make sure you are both well versed with these new guidelines:

If your child is sick or has been exposed to someone with COVID, they need to stay home. 

Mask Wearing:

  • All campers, staff, and visitors should always wear masks.
  • Masks are not required when doing activities that could get your mask wet, like swimming at the beach or pool.
  • Masks should be worn on pool decks and when not in the water.

Social Distancing:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet between campers and staff.
  • Children will be socially distanced on buses and transportation. Campers who live in the same household can be seated together.
  • Social distancing practices should be followed in reception, dining areas and playgrounds.

Sharing Objects:

  • Each camper’s belongings will be separated from others and in individual, labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
  • Sharing electronic devices, toys, books, games, and learning aids should be limited and avoided.

Ventilation:

  • Camp activities should occur outside, as much as possible. If activities are held indoors, fresh air should be brought into camp buildings as much as possible.
  • Windows and doors will be required to be open when possible. This also includes camp transport vehicles.

Food Service:

  • Children and staff should eat meals and snacks outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces while maintaining physical distance as much as possible.
  • Campers and staff can remove their mask while eating and drinking but must replace it when finished.

Fully Vaccinated Individuals:

  • Immunized individuals must still wear masks around children, who are not eligible for vaccination yet, and stay 6 feet away from them.