We are excited and looking forward to welcoming your camper into our 4-H family. Camp arrival and participation will look a little different due to COVID-19. As we prepare for summer we wanted to highlight some of our procedures that have been put into place to ensure a safe and healthy camp experience for our campers and staff. With your support, we will work hard to make the summer of 2021 a rewarding and happy experience for all. We hope that your child will have a great time exploring, learning new and exciting outdoor activities, and of course making new friends and memories that we hope will last a lifetime.
The 4-H camps will follow enhanced safety protocols. Campers and staff will be trained to work closely within their camp program cohorts to keep everyone safe and happy during their stay on our campuses.
Please note: CDC guidance and safety measures can and do change often. This information will be updated as those changes emerge.
This information was updated: June 15, 2021
Although Maine no longer requires proof of a negative test or quarantine for visitors to the state as of May 1, campers attending an overnight program at a UM 4-H Center do still need to provide proof of a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival or proof of vaccination.
If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
See updated Maine Visitor Information here.
Procedures and General Practices:
- All staff and campers will wear face masks while indoors or while doing outdoor activities where social distancing can not be maintained. Face coverings continue to be welcomed in virtually any circumstance when individuals choose to wear them as a matter of personal preference.
- Increased cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities.
- Physical spaces have been reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- All outdoor activities will be scheduled to ensure no more than one camper group will be at a given activity area at a time.
- Staff will be trained extensively prior to the start of summer with ongoing training sessions at the start of each program on tools for promoting healthy hygiene practices and mask-wearing.
- Staff and campers will complete routine health and temperature checks during their session to monitor for symptoms.
- Activities will take place outdoors unless we are experiencing inclement weather.
- If a child does get sick at camp, we have identified an area where they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolate themselves from others until they can be picked up by a family member or caretaker.
- It is the expectation that campers that are showing signs of sickness will be picked up by a family member or caretaker within a maximum of eight hours.
- Anyone who feels ill or has tested positive for COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, including staff, campers, and families, are not permitted to come to camp. Be aware of symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
Prior to camp Arrival:
Current Guidance is reflected as:
Multi-session camps of any length should either not allow out-of-state campers and staff or, if out-of-state campers and staff are admitted, they must quarantine
for 10 days prior to arriving at the camp. Out-of-state staff may utilize the testing alternative to quarantine outlined in the Keep Maine Healthy plan, and camps can, at their discretion, allow campers to utilize the testing alternative as well.
Quarantine: We are encouraging all campers to quarantine prior to the start of the camp session in Maine or one of the states identified by the Maine CDC as exempt states. See Maine Visitor Information for further details.
Complete all Campus Forms: Camp forms must be completed entirely at least fourteen days (14) prior to your camper’s start of camp. This will enable us to review allowing us time to ask follow-up questions on health and food restrictions prior to your camper’s arrival. A health center representative will be in contact with your family on or around five days prior to camp to go over this information and discuss any medical concerns you may have. Our Pre-arrival Pre-Camp-Health-Screening form is new this year and will require data to be recorded daily during the 14 days leading up to camp.
Testing Requirements: Participants will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival at the camp. Test results can be uploaded to your account on Ultra Camp or send directly to the Camp’s Health Center Team by fax or email. Campers may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination to be exempt from testing requirements. Your child’s COVID immunization card can be uploaded directly through the document center.
Please click for State of Maine Resources for COVID-19 testing.
Minor Consent Form: Parents will need to sign an authorization to test at camp should it become needed. U Maine COVID-19 testing authorization form
Staff Testing: All camp staff will be tested weekly.
Mask wearing: Participants should plan to bring enough masks for each day of camp. Masks and or neck gaiters must have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric and properly sized to your participant’s face. Please do not send bandanas or masks with valves.
For example: if attending a one-week session send a minimum of (6) masks. Masks should have a designated place to be stored within your camper’s bag once worn so that it does not come into contact with other articles of clothing.
Please take a moment to review with your child guidance on mask-wearing issued by the CDC.
Travel to and From Camp: To limit the potential exposure to COVID-19 during travel to camp we encourage you to protect yourself and your camper by observing the following precautions:
- Minimize stops, when possible drive from home straight to camp and back.
- Wear a mask in any public space if stops are needed.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Arrival at Camp
We will have a staggered and quick drop-off process to limit the number of people at our 4-H centers this summer. This will vary depending on the type of program your camper is attending this summer. Information on designated arrival times and processes will be made available prior to your camper’s arrival. We plan to have all arrivals happen within a window of 1 pm to 4 pm. This detailed information will be sent out at a minimum of (14) days prior to the start of your camper’s program.
Parents, guardians, and campers must wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up.
Medication should be placed in a zip lock bag labeled with your camper’s name and be easily accessible for transfer to health center staff during check-in.
Please note, we will not be able to accommodate visitors to our 4-H Centers this summer.
Campers will participate in a closing ceremony prior to pick-up time. Pick-up will vary depending on the type of program. Information on departure times will be made available prior to your camper’s session. We plan to have all departures happen within a window of 10 am to noon.
Resources and References:
State of Maine overnight camp guidance: https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/overnight-summer-camps
State of Maine day camp guidance:
UMaine guidance: https://www.maine.edu/together/
CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html