Camp Sealth & COVID-19

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For additional information and FAQs about our response to COVID-19, see our COVID FAQs page.

 

We are thrilled to be open and ready to welcome kids back to camp in summer 2021! 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. We are also looking at data and information from camps that ran in-person programs in 2020 to help make decisions. Our safety protocols include 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 is changing rapidly. 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 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

All of our staff, and all campers aged 12 and older, are highly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More vaccines = fewer restrictions at camp. For many reasons, we will not require a vaccine, but getting vaccinated is the best thing you can do to support a safe and healthy summer.

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 is for one or more of these reasons: 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.

  • 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.
  • No Transportation Provided: For both financial and health/safety reasons, we will not be offering transportation to camp aboard Da Boata or by any other means.
  • Pre-Camp Requirements: 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, or those not able to get a vaccine, you will need to plan on a test and short quarantine before camp. We are encouraging all staff to be fully vaccinated before they arrive at camp.
  • 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, or swimming.
  • Specialty Programs & Field Trips: Due to the lower camp capacity, many specialty programs are not being offered 2021, including Kiwanis, Adventure trips,  and Shooting Stars. We will also not be able to offer any field trips out of camp, including for CITs and day camp.

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 several weeks. This will be shared here on our website, through social media, and by email. Many aspects of camp will look different this summer, and we want all of our campers and families to be prepared.

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