Summer 2021 COVID Plans
Please read the following important information about Summer 2021 programming prior to registering for camp!
We are excited and looking forward to welcoming your camper into our 4-H family. 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.
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.
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: May 12, 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.
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.
Procedures and General Practices:
- All staff and campers will wear face masks while indoors and while doing any activities where social distancing can not be maintained.
- We have increased cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities.
- Our physical spaces have been reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- No more than one camper group will be in 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.
- All camp staff will be following UMaine System guidelines for weekly testing.
- 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.
- Campers that are showing signs of sickness will be picked up by a family member or caretaker as soon as possible within a maximum of eight hours.
- Anyone who feels ill or has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, including staff, campers, and families, are not permitted to come to camp. 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.
Prior to Arriving at Camp:
- Quarantine: We are encouraging all campers to quarantine in Maine or one of the states identified by the Maine CDC as exempt states, prior to the start of the camp session. See Maine Visitor Information for further details.
- Complete all Camp Forms: Camp forms must be completed at least fourteen days (14) prior to the start of your camper’s session. This will enable us to review the information and allow us time to ask follow-up questions on health and food restrictions prior to your camper’s arrival. For residential campers, a health center representative will be in contact with your family approximately five days prior to the start of your session to go over the health information and discuss any medical concerns.
- Testing Requirements: Overnight participants will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arriving 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. Please click for State of Maine Resources for COVID-19 testing.
- Minor Consent Form: Parents will need to sign an authorization to allow COVID testing at camp should it become necessary.
- Masks: 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.
- Day Camp: please bring a minimum of (2) masks each day.
- Overnight Camp: please bring a minimum of (1) mask per day (more if you have them). For 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 label the masks. We will wash masks at least once per week.]
- Please do not send masks with valves or bandanas.
- 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. If 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 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. Some details 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. A contactless process will be used.
- 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 campers 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 and procedures will be included in your registration confirmation.
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/