2022 Covid Guidelines

Jun 02, 2022

Adirondack Woodcraft Camps—Navigating Covid-19 in 2022

2021 was a safe, fun and Covid-free summer at Woodcraft. We look forward to another healthy camp season! Thank you for partnering with us to help us ensure the best camp experience possible for all campers.

It’s still firmly a Covid year in the eyes of the New York State Department of Health and we aim to employ similar mitigation strategies to help Covid and other communicable illnesses stay out of camp altogether, once again. 

A healthy camp starts at home! Campers may only arrive to camp if they are healthy even if they are Covid negative. Campers must be fever-free (100.4 F or lower) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Butterflies in bellies are normal! But if your camper is presenting with cold or flu symptoms, please care for them at home and we will work with you to accommodate a different arrival time. Following are symptoms we screen for upon arrival at camp. Use them to check in with your camper before traveling to camp:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Don’t forget to perform an at-home lice check!

Prior to Camp: 

  • We strongly recommend that all Woodcraft camp community members who are eligible are of an up to date vaccination status as defined by the CDC. 
  • At home health screening: take stock of your camper’s health before they travel to Woodcraft. Arriving to camp and not feeling well is not a recipe for success. At a minimum, check for fever (must be 100.4 or less without fever-reducing medication). Reminder: Covid is not the only illness we want to keep out of camp! Also check for signs of aches, chills, fatigue, gastrointestinal challenges, skin rash, pink eye, lice, etc. Don’t worry, we will work with you on a separate arrival date if needed!
  • Limit your risk by limiting your exposure. Avoid indoor and large gatherings. If you are flying to camp, wear a mask even though regulations have changed. 
  • Pack two rapid antigen tests to send with your camper.
  • Consider a PCR test the week prior to arriving at camp. This could help detect positive cases early and be a gentler way of postponing your camper’s arrival to Woodcraft.
  • Camp requires that all campers and counselors take a same day (within 24 hours) rapid antigen test. Proof of a negative result is required in order to attend camp, regardless of vaccination status. Both clinical and at home rapid tests will be accepted. Proof should include a time-stamped picture of the negative test or a report of your test results from a laboratory or medical office which you can show upon arrival at camp.

Arriving at Camp: 

  • Only travel to camp if you and your camper are healthy and fever-free. Please do not bring any family members to camp who are experiencing any signs of illness.
  • Be ready to show your camper’s negative Covid test.
  • On camp health screening. If a camper presents as symptomatic during their health screening, we will administer a rapid antigen test on site to rule out Covid. Covid-positive campers must return home to quarantine in accordance with NYS guidelines. If a camper presents with a fever but is not Covid-positive, they must stay in the care of their parents until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 
  • Campers traveling by camp van will show their negative test and be screened prior to boarding.  We will keep the windows cracked for the ride to camp. Masks on the van are optional. 

At Camp: 

  • We have a visual check in with all campers before every breakfast and dinner at flag circle. 
  • Staff are trained to be aware of Covid symptoms and to accompany them to the health center when needed.
  • Sanitization procedures will be in place as usual.
  • Should there be a confirmed positive case at camp, we will notify the parents immediately and follow all New York State DOH guidelines. 


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