2021 Summer Camp COVID-19 Guidelines

As you prepare for summer camp, it is essential to be informed about the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines for Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. Our camping and Council volunteers have been busy updating our COVID-19 policies to match those of the CDC and State regarding summer camps. While these guidelines are subject to change later, you can always find our most current COVID-19 guidelines here (last updated 6/18/21). We have also put together a short FAQ below to help you find the answers you are looking for a little faster.

General Procedures

Q. What precautions is the camp taking to ensure camper safety?

A. As always, Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley Scout Reservation remain committed to the safety of our summer camp Scouts, leaders, volunteers, and staff. We regularly consult with our local and state health departments and our Executive Board to prepare and implement appropriate protocols to prepare for the summer and keep everyone safe. We will remain in full compliance with CDC, State, and local guidelines at all times.

Q. Are masks required while at camp?

A. For those who are fully vaccinated, a mask is not required while at camp (but you are certainly welcome to wear one when you see fit). For Scouts and leaders who are not fully vaccinated, a mask is to be worn when indoors (except for when eating and sleeping) and when outdoors and not able to maintain six feet of social distance.

Q. How will social distancing work in a summer camp setting?

A. It is recommended that groups try to spread out as much as possible when traveling around camp. Scouts and leaders who are not fully vaccinated are to wear a face mask if they are within six feet of other Scouts and leaders.

Q. Is there anything special we should bring to camp?

  • Everyone is encouraged to bring a folding chair.
  • While not required, campers may wish to bring individual tents.
  • Personal water bottle (every Scout and leader will receive a camp water bottle upon arrival).
  • Personal hand-sanitizer.
  • Face coverings (bring enough to last the whole week, with extras to “Be Prepared!”)

Dining Hall Operations

Q. How many people will be seated at a table?

A. The maximum capacity of any table used for meals is six Scouts and leaders.

Q. How will meals be served in the Dining Hall?

A.  Meals will be served cafeteria-style through two serving lines. Meals will be broken into serving shifts to prevent long lines from forming and to help speed up the serving process.

Q. How will meals be prepared?

A. We will be adding individually packeted items to our menu this summer to prevent cross-contamination and lessen the number of shared objects that are touched.

Q. Will campers eat their meals inside or outside of the Dining Hall?

A. Campers will be able to eat their meals inside or outside the Dining Hall. For those wishing to eat outside, tables and chairs will be available.

Q. Can food be served at the campsite?

A. The camp will not ship meals to campsites. However, units who wish to remain distanced from other units to eat may take their tray and food from the Dining Hall back to their campsite, returning all reusable items at the end of the meal.

Campsites: The Heart of Camp

Q. What will the sleeping arrangements look like at camp?

A. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley Scout Reservation will provide our usual two-person canvas tents with metal cots and mattresses. Individuals sharing a tent should sleep head-to-toe to maximize distance. Campers can tie back tent flaps to allow for more airflow, and Scouts who traveled together are encouraged to tent together. Units may bring their tents if they wish to spread out more and sleep one person in a tent.

Program Operations

Q. How will the program safely be offered in camp?

A. We will move all of our program areas outdoors to encourage good airflow and social distancing. Scouts will be seated distant from other Scouts, allowing them to remove their face masks. There may be certain times Scouts will be asked to put their mask back on for a particular activity during class when social distancing is not possible.

Health and Safety

Q. Will the camp staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. The CDC has elevated summer camp staff to Phase 1B in the distribution list for COVID-19 vaccines. We are currently working with a pharmacy to ensure that those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can do so before summer camp. We are strongly encouraging all summer camp members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to protect themselves and others against the virus.

Q. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required to attend summer camp?

A. No. Under current guidelines, campers will not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine are encouraged to speak with their health care professional.

Q. Is there an extension available for Annual Health and Medical Reviews (“Medical Forms”)?

A. No extensions have been given for Annual Health and Medical Reviews for the summer of 2021. Each Scout and adult attending summer camp must have a current Annual Health and Medical Review (Parts A & B for Cub Scouts and Parts A, B, & C for Webelos and Scouts BSA). Ex. If you completed your medical form on July 15, 2020, it is good until July 31, 2021.

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