COVID-19 Camp Update


Camp Downer has updated our COVID-19 policies and procedures following the guidance announced by the CDC and the American Camping Association (ACA) on May 27, 2022.  Here is our current status:

Before Camp:

  • At this point in time, masks will not be required.
  • All staff are required to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment.
  • A routine and required testing program for staff has been implemented.
  • We strongly encourage campers to be up to date with all COVID-19 vaccinations.

At Camp:

  • Parents/caregivers should anticipate a COVID-19 symptom screening of their camper(s) upon arrival at Camp Downer.
  • All campers must arrive at Camp Downer with evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.  This may include:
    • A negative PCR (all kinds) test result printed on paper.  The test must be administered with-in 72 hours of checking-in at Camp Downer.
    • A negative rapid antigen test taken at home on the morning of your arrival date.  Please bring the actual test in a sealed plastic bag labeled clearly with the date and the name of your camper(s).
  • All campers who present to the Camp Downer nursing staff during the session with symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested.*
  • If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, their parents/caregivers will be contacted immediately and the camper must be picked up within 4 hours or less.
  • The parents/caregivers of all campers in the same sleeping cabin of a camper who tests positive for COVID-19 will be notified via email by the Camp Downer nursing staff.  
  • The nursing staff will implement test and stay procedures, as needed, for those campers in the same sleeping cabin as a camper who tests positive while at Camp Downer.

After Camp:

  • Camp Downer will notify all cabinmates of a camper who tests positive for COVID-19  up to 5 days after leaving Camp Downer so that parents/caregivers may monitor their camper(s) for symptoms.

Please understand that our policies and procedures may change at any time in order to prioritize the safety of all campers, their families and our staff.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please direct any questions to our Director, Alanna Gaylord, at

*We encourage you to send your camper with a spare COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit.  Families may obtain rapid antigen test kits by contacting their pediatrician or their local public health office or through their health insurance plan.