Updated :: May 26, 2022
Pre-Camp Testing Requirement
Early this spring as we were putting plans in place for camp this summer, it appeared that COVID would be a non-factor, and we would be free of all COVID mitigation efforts. Unfortunately, it seems that COVID will still be impacting camp this year. Positivity rates continue to rise in Maryland, and are significantly higher than they were at this time last year. While COVID regulations have relaxed, we simply cannot ignore the rapid spread of the current version of this illness and its potential to impact camp this summer.
In determining our COVID mitigation strategy for this year, we had two priorities. The first was to keep camp open. Staying open requires that we have enough staff to safely operate camp. Last summer, we unfortunately had to cancel a week of camp because too many of our staff were quarantined. We want to do all we can to avoid that happening again this summer. The second priority is to provide as normal of a camp experience as possible (free of masking, social distancing, and cohorts). In order for this to happen while COVID is still spreading in our community, we need to make a strong effort to prevent COVID from being brought to camp, as much as we are able.
To help achieve both priorities, we will be requiring a negative PCR COVID test for all overnight campers, staff, and TNT, prior to admission to camp. (The test must be a PCR test, not a rapid test.) The test must be done within four days of arrival at camp, and proof of the negative test must be presented at check in. Because vaccines are not protecting well against the transmission of the latest Covid variant, a negative test will be required for all overnight campers and staff, regardless of vaccination status.
Screening in advance gives us the best opportunity to minimize the introduction of COVID into camp, while providing a normal camp experience. We know this is an extra step in your camp preparations, and apologize for any inconvenience; but free PCR tests are widely available at large pharmacies across the country. Find one here: https://doineedacovid19test.com/
You can also check out this link for having a PCR test kit sent to your home: https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/walgreens
We believe that this screening measure will give us the best opportunity to keep camp open for your children this summer. Thank you in advance for your compliance with this requirement. We will continue to monitor the numbers as the summer goes on, and will reassess the COVID testing requirement in the months ahead if positivity rates significantly improve.
Please contact our office with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!