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, the Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health Day Camp Guidance. 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 Mountain Camp Woodside cannot communicate with certainty all the protocols that will be implemented at this time.  However, we will update these procedures with the guidance of ACA, CDC, CDPH and our public health department as summer approaches.  Any modifications to the program will be communicated to you prior to camp.  

Based on what camps learned last summer, here are some changes we anticipate for 2021:

  • For our Resident / Overnight Program campers: Resident campers will be asked to quarantine and currently, the required COVID quarantine period is ten (10) days. We would recommend families plan to be prepared to quarantine for ten days prior to the start of their camper’s sleep-over session.
  • For our Day Camp Program campers: We ask that families to be very mindful of their outside activities five (5) days prior to their session start date and throughout their session. In an effort to keep camp running smoothly, reduce everyone’s risk, and to help us to create the best summer possible, we are asking each family to do their part.
  • During this quarantine time period we ask that families:
    • Only interact with their immediate household.
    • Wear masks for any necessary interactions in public and avoid any unnecessary public interactions (eating in restaurants, concerts, etc.).
    • Not travel by plane or public transportation.
    • Not gather in groups with individuals outside of their immediate household (this would include attending other camps or outdoor events)
      Campers will be required to receive a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their arrival to camp and provide documentation.
  • Opening day health screenings with temperature checks and daily checks for Day campers.
  • Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles for drop off and pick up of campers in effort to reduce the risk of exposure on our site.
  • Camper groups will serve as camp pods for all activities, meals and then evening program and sleeping for Resident Camp.
  • Reduced overall capacity and two week session options.
  • Increased emphasis on health and hygiene at camp including instruction on hand washing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation throughout camp.
  • Some activities and events will be altered or not offered based on current health recommendations.
  • Approved masks or face coverings will be used at all times outside of eating, swimming, and sleeping.
  • Possible testing or vaccine requirements for both campers and staff.
  • Socially distanced activities, meals and evening programs.
  • Suspension of additional options like horseback riding, swimming lessons and extended care.
  • All campers MUST arrive by private vehicle and avoid the use of commercial transportation services such as airlines when traveling to and departing from camp.
  • Possible testing or vaccine requirements for both campers and staff.
    • We expect and hope that all adult staff members will be vaccinated before camp, however we can not guarantee this due to uncertainty in the current vaccine rollout process.
    • At this time, it does not seem likely that vaccines for COVID-19 will be available for children by the summer. We will follow CDC and Health
  • Reduced capacity for dorm rooms for Resident Camp.
  • If government safety precautions require a reduced capacity or longer sessions between registration and the start of camp, spots will be designed  “first in, last out” based on the date of enrollment.

Mountain Camp Woodside is especially well suited for many of the current recommendations.  All activities take place outdoors and camper 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 as a community.