Contagious Illness & COVID at Camp
Our primary responsibility is to the overall health and safety of the entire camp community. Communicable disease is a frequent concern in an overnight camp setting, so we will take steps to reduce contagion among campers and staff; including both COVID-19 and non-COVID contagious illnesses. When communicable illness strikes, it impacts participation and changes the camp experience in unanticipated ways, and can affect our ability to hold camp safely. While some of our COVID procedures have changed from our past summers, we still will be following a strict send-home policy for campers with signs of contagious, communicable illness.
COVID Procedural Updates for Summer 2023
- Masks will be required in some circumstances, though not the majority of the time. See our website for more details about when masks are necessary.
- We have updated our Contagious Illness Policy to help families make decisions about when a child should stay home from camp. Campers who are sick (COVID or not), who test positive for COVID, or who have been exposed to someone testing positive must stay home.
- We are not requiring rapid testing before or on-site at camp, unless to accompanied by other symptoms or known exposures and while vaccines and the most up-to-date boosters are strongly recommended, we will not be verifying their receipt at check-in.
Partnering with Parents
Keeping kids healthy is a team effort. We rely on you to keep us up to date on your child’s health needs, and we promise to keep you in the loop regarding any issues that arise during camp. Parents are typically notified if their child has fever, vomiting, or if they must rest in the health center for more than a couple of hours – if there are signs of a contagious illness, COVID or otherwise, parents WILL be asked to pick up their camper. You can always call the health care staff with any questions or concerns about health issues. Beginning June 1ST, one of our Health Care staff or volunteers can be reached directly at 206 463 3174 ext. 26.
Contagious Illness Policies
Our primary responsibility is to the overall health and safety of the entire camp community. Communicable disease is a frequent concern in an overnight camp setting, so we will take steps to reduce contagion among campers and staff; including both COVID-19 and non-COVID contagious illnesses. Campers and staff who test positive for COVID, are exposed to someone testing positive, or who have symptoms of illness (COVID or not) will not be allowed to stay at camp.
Please take a few minutes to review our Contagious Illness Policy, including our decision-making process for when campers must stay home.
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 vaccinated.