Camp Sealth & COVID-19

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We were thrilled to open safely and successfully again in the summer of 2021! While we look forward to continuing a return to more regular operations in the summer of 2022, we have not finalized our procedures and policies for the upcoming summer. While we know that COVID-19 is not yet completely under control, we’re confident that with our multi-layered approach to safety, we’ll be doing everything we can to keep our campers, staff, and community healthy.

Our Approach

We will be closely following all Washington State guidelines for overnight camps, as well as using the American Camp Association COVID-19 Field Guide. Past safety protocols have included pre-camp testing and screening, getting staff and eligible campers vaccinated, wearing masks, small group cohorts, keeping activities outdoors, increased cleaning, and increased ventilation in buildings.

Note: The guidance in Washington State continues to change throughout the year. Our leadership staff, through the Washington State Camp Coalition, have been in regular communication with Governor Inslee’s office about our operational guidelines for the upcoming summer. While we are highly encouraged by the vaccination rates and potential loosening of state restrictions, as of now we must still follow all state requirements.

Vaccines & COVID Testing

As of Fall 2021, per Washington State guidelines, all campers and staff must either:

  • Be fully vaccinated when camp begins, OR
  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before camp, and quarantine between the test and the start of camp (more info)

All of our staff, and all eligible campers, are highly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More vaccines may mean fewer restrictions at camp. Campers and staff who are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 weeks after the single shot of J&J) will not need to get a COVID test before arriving at camp.

Operational Changes

We know it’s important to be transparent about the changes that we’re making at camp. Each of these changes were implemented in the Summer of 2021 to: a) to ensure the health and safety of our entire community, b) to align with state guidelines, and c) to ensure our long-term financial stability. Rest assured that these changes are temporary, for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. They helped keep our program COVID-free for the entirety of the summer, with nearly 1800 campers.

We have not finalized our operational procedures related to COVID for the summer of 2022.

They may continue to include the following:

  • Non-Refundable Deposit: The deposit of $100 per reservation is non-refundable, even if we have to cancel programs. Any payments made beyond the $100 deposit will be refundable until June 1, or later in case of medical cancellation. Exemptions will be made for financial aid recipients.
  • Proof of vaccination or recent COVID test: Per state guidelines, all campers and staff will be required to a) be fully vaccinated, or b) receive a negative COVID test no more than 3 days before camp and remain in quarantine between the test and start of camp. For children under age 12, we are waiting for guidance based on recommendations of the FDA & the CDC.
  • Out of State Campers: Any campers arriving from out of state must follow all CDC travel guidelines.
  • Masks at camp: Campers and staff will be required to wear masks at camp, except when eating, sleeping, showering, brushing teeth, horseback riding or swimming.

We will continue to release more information about changes to our program, and the steps we are taking to keep our camp community safe, over the next few months. This will be shared here on our website, through social media, and by email. Many aspects of camp may still look different this summer, and we want all of our campers and families to be prepared.

FAQs:

The CDC no longer recommends masks for kids in outdoor settings. Does this apply to camp?

We have not made final decisions on masking requirements for the upcoming summer. Washington State guidance still recommends masks for kids, especially those that are unvaccinated. We will be evaluating what policies and best practices will remain for the summer of 2022.

Will you require that eligible kids or staff be vaccinated?

At this time, we are strongly encouraging all staff and eligible kids to be vaccinated. We have not made final decisions on vaccine requirements but anticipate that our ability that by having the majority of our camp community vaccinated, we could allow loosening of restrictions such as masking, and reduced capacities. We will be continuing to follow best practices and the advice of Washington state, the American Camping Association, and the CDC>

Can I request that my child be in a cabin only with those who are vaccinated?

No. Making cabin placements is a highly complex process with many factors to consider. Grouping kids by vaccination status would lead to issues of exclusion and would unfairly impact those who, for many reasons, are not able to get a vaccine prior to camp.

Will you be able to offer transportation aboard Da Boata for the summer of 2022?

Yes, we look forward to the return of Da Boata for the summer of 2022. We will be reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure the safety of campers and staff in enclosed/indoor spaces and will inform families of them as soon as they are finalized.

Are specialty programs returning? What about field trips?

Yes! We are excited to bring back our Adventure & Kiwanis programs, along with our trips out of camp for our CITs/RSITs and hopefully Day Campers! We will be reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure the safety of campers and staff off in public environments, enclosed/indoor spaces, and in the backcountry.

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