Two campers with masks on playing in a socially distanced way.

Summer Camp COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

The following information is also provided to parents/guardians during the registration process.

Please read the following policies specific to our COVID-19 precautions. The purpose of this form is to inform you of precautions, policies, and procedures related to Covid-19, including your acknowledgement of health screening and monitoring. All information is accurate as of the time of posting. We will do our best to post changes.


If your child is at higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, please consult with your child’s medical provider to assess their risk and determine if attendance is acceptable, and inform the Program Manager prior to the start of your child’s session. The Program Manager will be able to discuss additional precautionary measures, including those recommended during your consultation with your child’s healthcare provider.


Campers and their families represent our first layer of protection against COVID-19 at camp. It is vital to keep campers home if they or another member of the household tests positive for or shows any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc. When in doubt, consult the CDC Symptom Screening List: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

To limit risk of COVID-19 exposure, we are asking that all campers self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days prior to their arrival at camp to the extent possible. We understand that campers will likely need to have continued contact with members of the household and childcare providers as well as that adult members of the household may need to continue leaving the home for work. However, limiting exposure to the greatest extent possible for fourteen (14) days prior to arrival remains a critical step for keeping everyone at camp safe.

We additionally ask that you monitor your camper for symptoms of illness in the fourteen (14) days leading up to camp and report these and any travel in those fourteen (14) days at check-in. Parents/guardians will be asked to attest to the accuracy of this information provided at check-in. 

Before their first day, please take some time to talk with your camper about how they can help keep themselves and their friends safe and healthy. Plan to practice wearing a face mask, coughing into the elbow, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds with your camper. Staff will review these preventative behaviors throughout sessions, but it helps for campers to already be familiar with these before they arrive! If you need some guidance on how to talk with your child about this topic, consider referencing the CDC recommendations to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

Thank you for partnering with us to keep everyone at camp, and their families at home, safe and healthy!


Check-in represents our second layer of protection against COVID-19 at camp and our first opportunity to screen campers for signs or symptoms of illness. Therefore, at check-in: 

  • Parents/guardians will be asked to complete a health screening report for their camper that includes camper symptoms of illness, contact with others with symptoms of illness, and/or travel in the past fourteen (14) days. 
  • Campers’ temperatures will be taken and recorded. Any camper with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be asked to depart with their family. 
  • Campers will be tested for COVID-19 with a rapid test provided by Pathfinder Ranch. Test results will be available within 30 minutes, prior to parent departure.
  • Campers will remain with their parent/guardian until all health screenings have been completed and are cleared to remain at camp. 

Everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at check in. More detailed check in directions will be provided before your camper’s session.


The above precautions are designed to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 entering camp. However, further precautions remain in place during camp to limit the spread of disease in the event that a contagion is introduced to our camp community. These precautions include: 

  • Campers and staff will wear masks and keep social distancing in accordance with CDC and program guidelines.
  • Camper and staff temperatures will be taken and recorded each morning. 
  • Staff have been trained to observe for, recognize, and report any symptoms of illness in campers, and any abnormal occurrences will be referred to Health Center staff for further evaluation. 
  • Cabin capacity has been reduced to allow for a minimum of 6 feet between camper bunks, and where possible, cabin ventilation systems have been updated to increase filtration of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Most meals will be served outdoors within cabin groups. When meals need to be served indoors (for example, due to inclement weather), meal times and locations will be staggered to ensure adequate spacing between individuals and groups.

An electronic update will be emailed at the end of Monday and Wednesday; these will contain any group updates on health and safety at camp as well as information of the week’s events. If the decision to dismiss or end camp early is made, details related to the decision may be communicated via this update. Health and safety information specific to your camper will be communicated to you directly by phone. 


Parents/guardians will be contacted by phone immediately about any potential contact their camper may have had with suspected or confirmed cases as well as if their camper is experiencing any symptoms.

In the event that there are suspected or confirmed cases at camp, but your camper is not believed to have had contact with one of these, you will be notified by email within 24 hours. 

Campers showing symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection will be quarantined at camp until their primary contact has been notified and can arrange pick-up. 


As new information becomes available, and county/state public health officials and the American Camping Association update industry guidance, the above precautions, policies, and procedures may change. In the event that changes are made, you will be notified by email and may be asked to indicate receipt and acknowledgement of these changes in your registration account or at check in. 


If you would like to review a full copy of our COVID-19 Prevention Plan, you can request a copy by emailing info@pathfinderranch.com.