COVID Protocols

Please read the following important information about our site’s COVID protocols prior to registering and again prior to arriving at camp.

Greetings 4-H Camp Families, 

We are pleased to welcome your child to 4-H Camp this summer! As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is our top priority to keep all our campers and staff as safe as possible this summer. We certainly encourage all our participants and their families to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Given what we now understand about the spread of the virus, even in vaccinated individuals, we are asking that all our families agree to follow the guidelines outlined below. 

Thanks for your close attention to this information and for doing your part to keep our camps safe. Here’s to a wonderful summer at UMaine’s 4-H Camps!

Ryder Scott

Executive Director 

Please note: The University of Maine System continues to monitor civil authority and public health guidance and will modify its protocols as necessary in response to change in the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be updated as those changes emerge.  

This information was updated: June 16, 2022

Vaccination and Testing:

  • For the shared safety of the community, the University of Maine System already requires vaccine-eligible members of its in-person community to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and in many cases “Up to Date” with their vaccinations or to obtain a university religious or medical exemption. The university also requires testing for Covid-19 in many circumstances.
  • For our summer program participants:
    • Vaccination: We encourage all campers and staff to be fully vaccinated. We respectfully request that you share your child’s vaccination status along with the rest of their medical/health history information.
    • Testing:
      • We are requiring that all overnight campers (regardless of vaccination status) arrive with proof of a negative test within 24 hours prior to arrival at camp, preferably on the day of travel. Rapid antigen tests (widely available now at most pharmacies, Walmart, etc.) are acceptable. PCR tests are more accurate and are preferable.
      • Please arrive on registration day with a photo of the negative test result. If you have trouble acquiring a test, please contact us. We will work with each and every family to ensure that this process is smooth and does not present unnecessary barriers to coming to camp.
    • Symptom Screening: (For ALL Campers) Upon arrival at our normal health center check-in we will be adding a questionnaire about COVID symptoms and exposure. We will also take your child’s temperature.
  • Testing and Positive Cases While at Camp:
    • For all camp participants, we will test anyone who is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.  If your child should test positive, they will be quarantined in our camp health center facilities. We ask that you make arrangements to pick them up that day or within a reasonable timeframe. 
    • Close contacts with positive cases (such as those sharing a cabin or tent) will be subject to a “test to stay” policy. We will administer a rapid test to all close contacts. 
  • Refund Policy: We understand that COVID-19 affects all of us, no matter how diligent we are in our prevention efforts.
    • If your child has to miss the full camp week due to COVID, we will either provide a full refund (less a $50 administration fee) or attempt to reschedule for a different week once their isolation period is complete.
    • For anyone who misses part of their 4-H Camp experience due to COVID, we will consider partial refunds on a case-by-case basis.

Procedures and General Practices: 

  • Face Coverings:
    • In general, face coverings are optional at our 4-H Centers, indoors and outdoors, for all persons regardless of vaccination status.
    • There are important exceptions when face coverings are or may still be required.
    • Please have and be prepared to wear an appropriate face covering if required or requested when on our site. 
    • 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.
  • Staff have been trained on tools for promoting healthy hygiene practices and mask-wearing. 
  • All staff will be following UMaine System requirements for vaccination and weekly testing.
  • Activities will take place outdoors unless we are experiencing inclement weather.
  • Anyone who feels ill or has tested positive for COVID-19, including staff, participants, and visitors, are not permitted to come to our site. Symptoms of COVID-19 may 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.

Resources and References:  

State of Maine overnight camp guidance: https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/overnight-summer-camps

State of Maine day camp guidance: https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/day-camps

UMaine guidance: https://www.maine.edu/together/

CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

Keep Maine Healthy Facts: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/keepmainehealthy/faqs