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Summer 2021 Camp Operations | COVID-19 Protocols

July 19, 2021 (Summer 2022 will be updated as we proceed throughout the year!)


1870 Farm Camp programs are primarily outdoors, weather permitting. Masks are required at all times when a full six feet of social distance is not possible, regardless of vaccination status.

We are closely monitoring changes to CDC, state, and local health department guidelines and will update camp families if / when our policies change in response to new directives. 1870 Farm Camp will err on the side of more caution, as the safety and health of our campers and their families is our highest priority. Here are the resources we are using to inform our policies. 


Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps During COVID-19

Childcare Strong NC Public Health Toolkit

The following conditions prohibit campers, family members, and staff from attending camp programs: 

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within 2 weeks of scheduled camp start date

  • Currently under orders to quarantine related to COVID-19 

  • Showing any symptoms related to COVID-19:  

    • Fever of 100 or greater 

    •  Cough 

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

    •  New loss of taste or smell 

    •  Vomiting or diarrhea,  

    •  Chills 

  • Living in the same household as, or providing care in a non-healthcare setting (such as home) for a person with symptomatic lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19

  • Close contact with a person with symptomatic lab-confirmed COVID-19 or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19


Before Arrival 

  • Parents/guardians should be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep campers home if they show any signs of illness


Daily Screening Assessment

All staff and campers must complete the Daily Screening Assessment each day prior to entering the program. 


  • Do you or any of the children you are dropping off, have a fever,* cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea?  

  • Have you, or any of the children you are dropping off: 

    • Had any of these symptoms since the last time you were last here?  

    • Had a fever, cough ,shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, new or decreased sense of taste, vomiting or diarrhea since the last time you were here? 

    • Been tested for COVID-19? 

    • Potentially been exposed** to COVID-19 or have reason to believe you/they have COVID-19?  

    • Shared a home or been in close contact with anyone who has these symptoms, has been tested, or has reason to believe they’ve been exposed to COVID-19?   

  • Staff will make visual inspection for signs of infection, such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, breathing irregularities, or irritability.   


*Fever is determined by a thermometer reading 100 or higher or by subjective signs such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, chills, shivering, sweating, achiness, headache, not eating or drinking. 

**Exposure is sharing a household or having close contact with anyone with COVID 19 or has symptoms of COVID 19. 


Drop Off 

  • Caregivers should remain in the car during the check-in process while they answer the daily screening assessment

  • Campers will be immediately placed in their small group

  • Caregivers dropping off late should remain in their car and call our camp number: 984-261-4386


Pick Up

If caregivers plan to pick campers up early, they must notify the camp at: 984-261-4386

  • Caregivers should remain inside their vehicle while staff sign their camper out


Precautions at Camp

  • Most activities will be done outdoors as weather allows  

  • Campers are placed into small groups according to age/grade. They will remain in their same small group, with the same staff throughout the week unless there are extenuating circumstances that necessitate a change

  • As much as possible, we will avoid activities that require campers and staff to touch hands or be in close contact with one another. Campers will be encouraged to maintain social distance

  • Staff will supervise hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day - before and after eating, using the restroom, and each program activity especially

  • Program equipment will be cleaned/sanitized after each group’s use  

  • Frequently touched surfaces will be routinely cleaned/sanitized throughout the day, and facilities cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day, using CDC recommended cleaning products

  • Staff and campers will bring their own lunch and snacks from home. They will eat outside (as weather permits). Caregivers must send food that does not require refrigeration to remain safe to eat

  • In the case of inclement weather, campers will go inside camp buildings while preserving as much social distance as possible and limiting contact between groups

  • Campers and staff will be asked to bring their own cloth mask and at least one back up mask. Masks are required for all campers, staff, and visitors

  • If a camper shows signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the day, their parent/guardian will be contacted. The camper will be monitored and isolated until the parent/guardian can pick them up

  •  If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among campers or staff, families will be notified. The camp will coordinate with the Orange County Health Department to determine a plan of action and next steps

We will continue to update these guidelines based on CDC recommendations and local and state directives. 

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