COVID-19 Safety

Since 1996, Safety First

We are proud of the safe and healthy camps we ran over the past two summers. In 2020 we had no reported cases of COVID-19 from campers or counselors, and in 2021 we maintained the same focus on creating a safe and active space for our campers and counselors.

We will continue to institute purposeful safety measures that will align with the latest CDC recommendations and comply with and exceed the regulations and restrictions of each jurisdiction at the time of each camp session. We will follow all protocols on COVID-19 testing and vaccination for campers should they become required at any of our camp facilities.

We will maintain continuous safety-focused communications with families in the weeks leading up to camp and throughout the program.

All protocols from 2021 are subject to updating as we continue to gather information and approach the summer.

Staff Vaccinations (NEW for 2022)

We strongly encourage seasonal employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to help us minimize the risk of infectious disease in our workplace. Any seasonal employees that have not received the COVID-19 vaccination will be subject to weekly testing and cannot arrive at camp without proof of a negative test result.

We will continue to monitor and enforce key COVID-19 precautions related to masking, screening, social distancing/cohorts, and more, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, if at any time the local jurisdiction where camp operates or one of our site partners mandates staff vaccination, we will do the same.

Our Headfirst Leadership Team has reviewed recommendations from our own medical consultants as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials as they relate to the vaccine. We believe this policy prioritizes the well-being and safety of campers and staff while striking the appropriate balance between health, privacy, and logistical concerns.

Masks (2021 Policy)

Camp staff and counselors will wear masks at all times, indoors and outdoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

All campers will be required to wear masks indoors. For that reason, we request every camper brings a mask to camp each day.

We are currently following the guidelines in each jurisdiction where camp takes place with regards to mask usage outdoors. We consider campers outdoors to be small groups of unvaccinated individuals and are following the guidelines accordingly. We will re-evaluate our policy if guidelines on outdoor mask requirements for these groups change in a jurisdiction where we operate camp.

Masks are optional outdoors for campers at our Bethesda, Brookland, and Cathedral Heights locations.

We will have proper PPE available for all staff and campers on site. If a camper forgets his/her mask, one will be provided on-site.

Screening and Staggered Carpool (2021 Policy)

Campers and staff will complete a health waiver pre-camp and will be screened for temperature daily during morning carpool.

Morning and afternoon carpool will be intentionally staggered by program to avoid large group gatherings and to maintain cohorts.

Grouping (2021 Policy)

Campers will remain in small groups throughout the day with consistent counselors. Groups will not comingle. We will do our best to keep groups consistent throughout the summer.

Sanitizing, Supplies & Spaces (2021 Policy)

Campers will receive their own set of materials when possible. Use of shared spaces will be reduced or staggered. Counselors will clean and sanitize frequently touched materials and surfaces. Hand-washing will be scheduled frequently throughout the day.

Return to Camp (2021 Policy)

If your camper has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before their registered camp session (or while attending camp), we request the camper receive a negative COVID-19 test result to in order to attend or return to camp. In addition, campers should be symptom free for at least 24 hours before attending or returning to camp. Symptoms include (but not limited to):

  • Fever (greater than 100.4)
  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • GI Symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)

Additional COVID-19 Safety Procedures (2021 Policies)

If your camper falls ill during camp, we will have an isolated area to care for him/her until you or another parent/guardian is able to pick him/her up.

We will have signs posted throughout camp to remind campers of proper hygiene procedures.

Campers will eat lunch with their small group while following social distancing procedures.

Campers will not be allowed to share water bottles, and we encourage you to pack enough water for the day if you are uncomfortable with your camper using camp-provided hydration stations.