As the Coronavirus continues to impact how people gather around the world, this isn’t business as usual for anyone. We are vigilantly following camp-specific guidelines from the CDC and ACA and making necessary adjustments to our usual protocols. We are taking guidelines very seriously and are evolving best practices for how to operate safely.
Our family and team of staff have been preparing to make camp as healthy and enjoyable as possible.
As we get closer to Summer 2022 and know more about what COVID-19 will likely look like during camp, we will update this page with more information.
Updated June 2022
This information indicates our current plan and is subject to change as the landscape of COVID-19 shifts over time. We will continue to review CDC and ACA guidance and may adjust our protocols as summer approaches.
Campers will be asked to limit their exposure following the CDC guidelines immediately prior to the start of their session.
We highly encourage all campers, CITs, and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We will not be mandating the vaccine.
All staff living in housing with campers will be vaccinated. In 2021, 98% of our staff were vaccinated and we expect to have a similar percentage this summer.
We are not accepting cabinmate requests according to vaccination status.
All campers will be required to take a rapid test at Check In, regardless of vaccination status. If the test result is positive, the camper will not be able to attend that session. If a spot is available, we can reschedule their camp session for later in the summer or offer a refund.
Any camper exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during their session will be re-tested. If the camper tests positive, we will contact you to arrange their departure from camp. Refunds will not be issued if a camper leaves their session early due to testing positive for COVID-19.
According to CDC guidelines, campers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 who are in close contact with a camper who tested positive for COVID-19 must return home to quarantine. Refunds will not be issued to unvaccinated campers who must leave their session early to quarantine.
Vaccinated campers who are not exhibiting any symptoms, but have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, are not required to isolate and may remain at camp unless they develop symptoms.
For vaccinated campers, if someone is your camper’s cabin tests positive during their session, we will email you so you can decide what precautions are best for your family.
Campers we pick up from the airport will be tested upon arrival at camp. Masks will be worn in camp vehicles prior to administration of a rapid test.
Daily Symptom Checks
We will conduct daily symptom checks and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will be referred to our Health Center and tested.
We will comply with the current state mask mandate at the time of camp. However, we intend for masks to be optional after campers test negative at Check In.
Campers we pick up at the airport will wear a mask in the vehicle. Once they receive a negative test result upon arrival at camp, they will no longer need to wear a mask.
Check in will be done in a drive-through manner with designated Check In times: Riding Camp 2:00- 2:30 pm, Junior Girls 2:30-3:15 pm, Junior Boys 3:15-3:45 pm, Senior Villages 3:45-4:30 pm.
Final payment and completion of all mandatory forms are required prior to Check In.
The following will be completed during Check In: COVID-19 rapid test for all campers in vehicle, lice check, medication drop off, and health check.
After your camper receives a negative test result, you will be directed to their village. You will remove your camper’s luggage from the car and our staff will help campers carry it to their cabin.
Families are not allowed in cabins. You can say goodbye at your car and our staff will help campers get settled.
We will eat in two shifts by village to maximize spacing and minimize time spent waiting for food.
Campers pick their own path by selecting both Specialty Activities and Village Activities to fill each day. We will minimize contact between campers who are not in the same village. Most of our activities take place outdoors with space for adequate physical distancing. For more information on activities at Camp Friendship, you can read our blog here.
Cleaning is a large part of our camp routine with so many people living in our community. We will continue regular cleaning and sanitizing with CDC-approved cleaners of high-touch areas, equipment, bathrooms, and common spaces.
We will offer full refunds or rollovers to 2023 to enrolled families who cancel at any point prior to the start of their session. We don’t want families to feel forced to attend camp or lose their money if you aren’t comfortable with the landscape of COVID-19 when we reach the summer.
We already have camper wait lists and ask that you are mindful regarding the date you choose to cancel. If you cancel with advance notice, we can offer your spot to another camper who is on our wait list. Please reserve last minute cancellations for COVID-19 related concerns- Scout’s honor! If you need to cancel your camper’s enrollment, please email or call (434) 589-8950.