COVID-19 Safety at Camp
The health and welfare of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. We feel confident that by continually monitoring and adhering to requirements and recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control’s Recommendations for Youth Summer Camps, and the American Camping Association, we will continue to offer a safe, inclusive, and enriching summer camp experience for all of our campers and families.
As of April 8, 2022, Mass Audubon Nature Day Camps will be adopting the following policies regarding COVID-19 safety for summer 2022*:
It is Mass Audubon's policy that all Mass Audubon staff be fully vaccinated upon hire. Vaccinations will be optional for campers at this time.
Currently, masking will be optional both indoors and outdoors, as we are following the state's most up-to-date COVID-19 guidance; however, we ask that all campers pack masks in case of a weather emergency (see below). Campers spend a limited amount of time indoors at Mass Audubon Camps, but when they are scheduled to do so, campers will be socially distanced and the space will be well ventilated and equipped with air purifiers.
We honor the choices of those who continue to wear masks and we will train staff to facilitate healthy conversations regarding mask-wearing so that all children feel included and welcome at our camps.
There will be a couple of instances throughout the summer where we might ask campers and staff to wear masks:
- In the extreme case that the weather does not allow us to safely spend time outdoors or groups are not able to socially distance indoors
- When the local Department of Health for a particular camp advises mask-wearing due to an uptick of positive cases in the camp's town or county. We will continuously monitor the COVID-19 levels within our communities and we will consult with local boards of health if community levels begin to rise.
Mass Audubon reserves the right to change policies pending new information from the CDC or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Additional COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
Answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 policies at Mass Audubon Camps can be found in our latest COVID-19 Addendum. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding our COVID-19 policies and guidelines for Summer 2022, please contact your local Camp Director.
*Please note that the policies differ slightly at Mass Audubon's Wildwood Camp, which is located in southern New Hampshire and is licensed by the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families for residential camps. For questions about Covid-19 policies and procedures at Wildwood, please contact [email protected] or call the Wildwood office at 866-627-2267 (toll-free).