COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the following important information about our site’s COVID protocols prior to registering and again prior to arriving at camp.
We look forward to welcoming you to our site. With your support, we will work hard to make your visit a rewarding and happy experience for all. We hope that you 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.
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: January 6, 2022
If one or more states have a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to visitors to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
See updated Maine Visitor Information here.
Vaccination and Testing:
- All University of Maine System employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID or have an approved exemption and participate in weekly COVID testing.
- We expect to have additional guidance around participant vaccination and testing prior to the start of summer programming.
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. Masks and or neck gaiters must have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric and be properly sized to your face. Masks with valves and bandanas are not adequate face coverings.
- We have increased cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities.
- Physical spaces have been reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- Staff have been trained 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:
Steps to reduce the risk of transmission:
- We are encouraging all campers to limit exposure to individuals outside of their family unit prior to the start of the camp session.
- Wear a mask when entering any indoor public spaces (Example: Grocery stores, Shopping malls, Post offices)
- Practice frequent hand washing and or sanitizing.
- Participate in activities in the outdoors as much as possible.
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 sent 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.
Minor Consent Form:
Parents will need to sign an authorization to test at camp should it become needed. UMaine COVID-19 testing authorization form (PDF)
All staff will be following UMaine System guidelines for weekly testing.
Participants should plan to bring enough masks for each day of camp. 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.
Parents, guardians, and campers must wear a mask when entering any building 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.
Resources and References:
- Overnight Summer Camps COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance (Maine.gov)
- Day Camps and Summer Recreation Programs COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance (Maine.gov)
- Together for Maine (University of Maine System)
- How to Protect Yourself & Others (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)