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 we continue to navigate COVID-19.
Symptoms & Testing
While COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health emergency, Mass Audubon remains vigilant and continues to follow the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC this summer.
Here is the link to the most common COVID-19 symptoms: Symptoms of COVID-19 | CDC
If campers or staff are sick, they must test and if the test produces a positive result, they must isolate immediately. Campers and staff may not come back to camp for at least five days following a positive COVID-19 test.
Isolation may end if the individual has no symptoms after day 5. If the person had symptoms and they are improving, isolation may end after day 5 if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. If the individual continues to have symptoms and they are not improving, that person must continue to isolate until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
If COVID rates are high in the county where a Mass Audubon camp is located, and there is the risk for significant spread of COVID-19, masks will be required for staff only. This aims to protect the adults who may have a higher risk of severe illness and to minimize the potential transmission from adults to campers.
Campers are not required to wear masks unless they are just returning from a 5-day isolation period due to testing positive for COVID-19. In this case, campers who have recently recovered from COVID-19 would be required to wear masks for an additional 5 days to minimize the risk of transmission to others.