COVID-19 FAQ’s

*updated 5/18/21*

During the Summer of 2020, over a thousand accredited residential and day camps in the United States operated safely and successfully following COVID protocols established by the American Camp Association and the Center for Disease Control. While the risk of contracting COVID cannot be eliminated, these guidelines will serve as the framework upon which we will modify and build our program this coming summer.  

The situation is ever evolving and Farm Camp cannot communicate with certainty all the protocols that will be implemented at this time. We will update these procedures with the guidance of ACA, CDC and our public health department as summer approaches. Any modifications to the program will be communicated to you prior to camp.

Here are some changes we anticipate for 2021:

Pre-Camp

We strongly encourage all eligible campers to get vaccinated before attending camp.

Un-Vaccinated Campers (any camper who is arriving to camp less than two-weeks after their second shot)

  • Two weeks prior to arrival at camp, campers must practice restrictive behaviors including physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households. 
  • In order for campers to attend in-person school, the school must meet the following:
    • Mask guidelines they readily enforce
    • Have strict distancing guidelines they readily enforce
    • Eat outdoors and distanced
    • Follow CDC guidelines for reopening. 
    • If anyone in your child’s class contracts COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to camp, you must let our office staff know immediately. 
    • Campers who attend in-person school should receive a negative COVID test result 72 hours prior to arrival at camp in addition to the Farm Camp testing day of arrival.
  • Campers may not travel by planes, trains or other forms of public transportation the seven days before camp arrival. 
  • Campers will be required to test on the way to camp through the Farm Camp Testing Site. Families will book a testing appointment for their campers and be responsible for the cost of the test ($150). Any campers with a positive test will be sent home, including all campers in the car regardless of test results. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.  More information to come on these procedures. 

Vaccinated Campers (any camper who is arriving to camp two-weeks or more after their second shot)

  • Two weeks prior to arrival at camp, campers must practice restrictive behaviors including physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households. 
  • Campers will be required to test on the way to camp through the Farm Camp Testing Site. Families will book a testing appointment for their campers and be responsible for the cost of the test ($150). Any campers with a positive test will be sent home, including all campers in the car regardless of test results. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.  More information to come on these procedures. 
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.  Please review the CDC’s Travel During COVID-19 page.  If traveling to camp on a plane, campers and families MUST wear a mask in the airport and during travel and follow all CDC guidance.

Staff Guidelines

  • Staff will arrive 10-14 days before campers and will be tested at the beginning of staff training. Surveillance testing of staff will continue throughout the summer.  
  • We are requiring staff to be vaccinated and are working with our staff to ensure this. 

At-Camp

  • Camper drop off will be between 2-5pm, and only campers will leave the car. Campers will receive a health screening at their cars and be greeted by a counselor to help campers get settled into their unit. 
  • Units will function as pods and will do all their activities, chores, and meals together. This means campers will not have as much free choice of activities as in past years. Any interactions with other groups will be masked, distanced and outdoors (including interactions between siblings in different unit groups). 
  • Approved masks or face coverings will need to be worn at all times, outside of swimming, eating and while with their unit.
  • Sleeping arrangements may be altered to mitigate risk.
  • Any camper or staff with COVID symptoms will be quarantined and tested.  Campers that test positive will be sent home as soon as possible. Staff who test positive will remain quarantined until deemed safe by medical staff. Close contacts of campers or staff who have been exposed will be isolated and tested.  Close contacts that test negative will be allowed to stay at camp and will continue activities but will be completely separate from the rest of camp (including meals and evening programs). We will contact the County Health Department after any positive test and follow their recommendations and conduct contract tracing. We will closely monitor symptoms of any close contact for the remainder of the session. Campers sent home due to illness, COVID 19 protocols or injury will not get a refund.
  • Socially distanced meals with cabin trays for the main courses. Salad and breakfast buffets will be modified to reduce risk. 
  • No transportation to or from camp on buses will be provided.
  • All campers MUST arrive by private vehicle. 
  • Surveillance testing for two and four-week campers will be  conducted on day 3 of camp.
  •  Surveillance testing of staff will happen throughout the summer.
  • If government safety precautions require a reduced capacity between registration and the start of camp, spots will be “first in, last out” based on the date of enrollment.

Farm Camp is well suited for many of the current recommendations.  All activities take place outdoors, meals are served outside, all tents are open air and unit groups can easily form their own pods at camp.  We are committed to running a quality program that creates space for campers to connect socially and re-engage in community.