Staff COVID Guidelines

For over 50 years Roughing It has been committed to the health and safety of our camp community

What to expect for Summer 2024

  • All outdoors!
  • Stable groups
  • Daily health screenings
  • Staying home when sick or having flu/cold symptoms
  • Vaccines required for staff and junior counselors
  • Masks are optional at camp, outdoors, and on the Bus/Shuttles

Based on conditions in the community we may add additional protocols:

  • Masks required on the bus/shuttles, indoors & at camp
  • Physical distancing
  • Increased sanitation/handwashing
  • Program modifications as needed
  • COVID testing requirements

Staff COVID Safety Information

Updated 11/1/2024

Below are the safety protocols we currently plan to have in place for this summer. We require all staff, campers, and camp families to follow these protocols for the safety of everyone at camp.

We will update our health and safety protocols as conditions in our community change and as we follow the guidance of our regulatory agencies. Modifications may include additional masking, physical distancing requirements, testing, and vaccine requirements. We align our health and safety requirements with the following agencies: Contra Costa Health Services, State of California, EBMUD, CDC, and ACA (American Camping Association).

If you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID, cold, flu, or other illness:

  • You must stay home (or leave camp immediately) and tested for COVID.
  • You may return to camp if: the COVID test is negative, improved symptoms, and no fever for 24 hours (100.4 or higher) without fever-reducing medication
  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms, fever of 100.4 or higher, or test positive for COVID. You must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24-hours before returning to camp

If you test POSITIVE for COVID (regardless of vaccination status):

  • You must isolate at home for 5 days from date of positive test
  • You may return to camp after 5 days if symptoms are not present, or are mild and improving; AND are fever-free for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medication)
  • If returning to camp after 5 days, staff are advised to continue to follow other preventive measures and masking guidance and wear a mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings
  • If you have a fever, isolation should be continued until 24 afters after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications

If you are exposed to someone with COVID (regardless of vaccination status):

  • If you are exposed you should test 3-5 days after last exposure. You may continue to come to work unless symptoms develop or you test positive for COVID.

Roughing It Day Camp follows the Contra Costa Health Services K-12 Guidelines for Exposure and Quarantine.

For Summer 2024, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all staff and junior counselors. They should plan to be fully vaccinated and up to date on their vaccines (including boosters) before summer in order to work at Roughing It.

Masks will be optional for campers and staff when outdoors and on the bus/shuttles at camp this summer. We understand our staff and families have a broad range of comfort with masking and we encourage each person to make the decision that is best for them. We will monitor health conditions in our community and may put additional safety protocols in place such as requiring masks as needed. Masks may be required on the bus/shuttles & at Camp if necessary.

All staff traveling need to follow the current CA state Travel Guidelines in place.

International travelers (Non-U.S. citizens) must follow all US requirements. 

Acknowledgment of Risk

We will do everything in our power to control what we can, but even with procedures and protocols in place and being tightly followed, we cannot control every risk. The very nature of personal interactions that take place at camp contain risks for spreading and contracting diseases and infections such as COVID-19. We will use our best efforts to keep our staff and campers safe from all illnesses, including the COVID-19 virus, while at camp. However, we want to make clear that we cannot promise or guarantee that this or any other pathogen will not enter our camp. We want you to be fully aware of this risk this summer and that you are willing to assume and accept this risk while working or volunteering at Roughing It this summer.


Additional Information

Thank you for working with us to make camp the safest possible experience for staff, campers and our camp community this summer. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us! We are happy to discuss our safety protocols and answer your questions.

See our Health & Safety Page for more information.

As we plan for Summer 2024, we expect the American Camp Association and CDC to release updates to their guidelines for camps later this spring. We will update our Camp Safety procedures for the upcoming season as these become available. We will post current information here and send to our camp families.