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2021 Overnight / Resident Camp COVID-19 Precautions and Protocols

Below are the safety precautions that will be taken at Greater St. Louis Area Council overnight summer camps in the summer of 2021 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All procedures have been created and approved by a the council’s Health and Safety Committee.
Even with strict precautions and safety measures, there is still a possibility of COVID-19 at camp. By attending a GSLAC summer camp and signing the council’s COVID-19 Waiver and Agreement, parents acknowledge they will do their best to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and know that there is always a risk.

Prior to Camp

So as to mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 please limit your social activities 14 days prior to arriving at camp.

  • Minimize travel (unless to camp) within that timeframe. Avoid high traffic transportation such as airplanes, buses, etc.
  • Limit social gatherings of groups more than 15 people.
  • Avoid high risk activities such as eating at indoor restaurants, going to events, etc.

Be sure to pack your own camp chair, masks* (enough for each day of camp plus some extras), and eye protection for shooting sports.

*Masks – the following are acceptable masks to wear at camp

    • Two or more layers of washable breathable fabric, that cover your nose and mouth completely, and snug on all sides
    • Neck gaiters or buffs are acceptable if there are two layers of cotton fabric
    • Do not wear a mask with an exhalation valve or vent
    • Face shields are only accepted if a mask is also worn with them. Face shields alone are not enough protection.

Reasons To Stay Home

We want to see you in camp just as badly as you want to be there. But we need to be considerate of our fellow Scouts, leaders, and parents. For that reason you should not come to camp if you:

  • Feel unwell in any way
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Have been exposed in the past 14 days
    • Exposure is defined as being with someone who has COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 while you were:
      • Within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes during a 24-hour period
        • Masked or unmasked
        • Indoors or outdoors
      • Had direct physical contact with the individual
      • Shared eating or drinking utensils
      • Coughed or sneezed on
  • Individuals that are at a heightened-risk for COVID-19 should not attend camp and should consult their doctor if there is any concern over the risk of attending summer camp.

Arriving at Camp

Upon arrival to any camp, campers will be screened for symptoms.

Temperatures will be taken of all campers, adults, and staff upon arrival at camp and then daily at the start of each day. Temperatures will be recorded by the unit leadership. One thermometer will be provided per unit.

All Scouts will need to provide a copy of the COVID-19 Waiver (to be released soon) signed by a parent or guardian. All adults and leaders staying in camp will need to provide a signed waiver as well.

Camp Life

Masks* are required of every person at camp regardless of age or whether someone has been vaccinated. Masks must always cover both nose and mouth unless actively eating, drinking, or swimming.

Camp activities will be modified and adapted to adhere to proper social distancing.

All shared supplies will be disinfected after each use. Frequent hand hygiene will be required throughout the day. Ample hand sanitizer will be available at all activity and eating areas.

Where possible, campers will be separated into groups and kept within those smaller groups to avoid any unnecessary exposure.

The following areas will have increased caution exercised but it is worth noting that they pose higher risk for contact due to the nature of the activity. Participation in these activities are not mandatory and all individuals should closely consider which activities they would like to engage in.

    • Aquatics areas, eating areas, sleeping areas - the three spots you are most likely not wearing a mask
    • Specific activities to note: Huck’s Cove at S-F Scout Ranch and the mile swim.

*Masks – the following are acceptable masks to wear at camp

    • Two or more layers of breathable fabric, that cover your nose and mouth completely, and snug on all sides
    • Neck gaiters or buffs are acceptable if there are two layers of cotton fabric
    • Do not wear a mask with an exhalation valve or vent
    • Face shields are only accepted if a mask is also worn with them. Face shields alone are not enough protection.

Troop / Crew Campsites

All COVID precautions and safety policies must be followed at a unit’s campsite at all times. Masks* are still required unless inside their own tent alone or actively eating or drinking.

Units should disinfect common areas and shared equipment of the campsite in between uses. Unit leaders will be required to symptom and temperature check each camper and adult every morning and log the data.

Campsite water coolers must have extra care taken to avoid contamination of the spouts and cooler spouts must be sanitized regularly.

While sanitizer will be provided, it is encouraged that adult leaders bring ample hand sanitizer and surface sanitizer to have on hand.

*Masks – the following are acceptable masks to wear at camp

    • Two or more layers of breathable fabric, that cover your nose and mouth completely, and snug on all sides
    • Neck gaiters or buffs are acceptable if there are two layers of cotton fabric
    • Do not wear a mask with an exhalation valve or vent
    • Face shields are only accepted if a mask is also worn with them. Face shields alone are not enough protection.

Meal Time

Meals will be conducted via either family or patrol cooking-style, depending on the camp. Campers must eat meals with their unit and will not be seated within 6 feet of another unit. Meal areas will be disinfected in between use. Units will have tables assigned to them for the duration of camp.

Sleeping Arrangements

Each camper and adult will tent alone. Members of the same household may tent together under certain circumstances, in keeping with Youth Protection policies.

Camp Visitors

Unfortunately there will be no visitors allowed at camp this summer.

For this reason we also will not be having parents’ night at camp. Order of the Arrow call-out ceremonies will still occur at Scouts BSA camps, there will just be no visitors allowed to attend.

Zero Tolerance Policy

There will be a zero-tolerance policy at all camps for anyone who does not adhere to the stated COVID-19 precautions and policies. Campers and/or adults will be sent home if they knowingly violate these policies and do not correct their behavior. Parents are instructed to be on-call at all times while their campers(s) is/are at camp.

Parents are instructed to make sure their camper(s) understand all policies and procedures before arriving to camp.

A COVID-19 waiver and agreement (to be released soon) must be signed by all parents of campers and adults attending camp in order to acknowledge these precautions.

No Penalty COVID Related Refund Policy

In 2021, refunds will be offered to anyone who feels uncomfortable attending camp, anyone who gets COVID, or anyone who was exposed to someone with COVID or suspected of having COVID prior to arriving at camp.

If a camper or adult only attends a partial session of camp due to showing symptoms of COVID-19, the refund will be prorated based on how many days the camper or adult were present in camp.

A refund will not be given if someone is asked to leave camp due to not following the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s COVID policies.

Hazardous Weather

If hazardous weather urges the camp to seek shelter together for safety, the immediate concern for safety will supersede COVID concerns. Everyone will be expected to wear masks and remain socially distant as best as possible given the space of the shelter.

Someone At Camp Shows Symptoms

If someone is suspected of having COVID symptoms, they are to call the medical office of camp to assess whether their symptoms mean they need to go home.

This phone number will be given to campers and adults upon the arrival of camp.

They should NOT go physically to the medic or the camp office to have their symptoms checked, they should call the phone number provided. The symptomatic person should be isolated from the rest of the unit while an adult leader calls the phone number.

Parents and guardians must remain on call at all times while their child is at camp. If someone is suspected of having COVID, they will be sent home immediately and will not be able to come back to camp.

The following symptoms will be cause for concern:

    • Severe nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • Headaches coupled with another symptom
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sough
    • Any flu-like symptoms
    • Chills
    • Body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Severe fatigue.

If someone has a fever of 100.4 or higher, loss of taste and or smell, repeated shaking with chills and shortness of breath, they will be sent home immediately.

Symptoms will be checked and recorded daily by the unit. All camp staff will also have their symptoms assessed on a daily basis.

Camp Staff

Our camp staffs will also participate in daily symptom and temperature checks which will be logged by the camp medic.

Staff will also be required to have regular COVID testing every 2 weeks unless they have received the COVID vaccine.


Hear a statement from Dr. Amanda Heidemann of the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Health & Safety Committee.

A PDF of the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Overnight / Resident Camp COVID-19 Policies can be found HERE.
For information on COVID-19 policies as it relates to year-round programs visit THIS page.

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