Staff Health & Safety for Summer 2022

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

What to expect for Summer 2022

  • All outdoors!
  • Stable groups
  • Daily health screenings
  • Staying home when sick or having flu/cold symptoms
  • Vaccines required for staff and junior counselors
  • Masks required on the bus/shuttles or anytime indoors. Outdoors masks optional.

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

  • Masks
  • Physical distancing
  • Increased sanitation/handwashing
  • Program modifications as needed
  • COVID testing requirements

Staff COVID Safety Information for Summer 2022

Updated 4/20/2022

Below are the safety protocols we currently plan to have in place for Summer 2022. 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).

Masks will be optional for campers and staff when outdoors 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.

Masks will be required on the bus and anytime indoors for all campers, staff, and bus drivers. This includes bus rides to/from camp and shuttles to/from swimming. Please plan to bring a mask to camp each day.

For Summer 2022, 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 before summer in order to work at Roughing It.

California recommends that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, get tested within 3-5 days of arrival to California. See California State Travel Guidelines

International travelers (Non-U.S. citizens) must be vaccinated to enter the US.

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, no fever, and improved symptoms.
  • If symptoms persist: you may return to camp if your primary care provider provides written documentation that rules out COVID.
  • If choosing not to test or see primary care provider to confirm symptoms are not COVID, you may return 10 days after symptom onset.

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

  • You must isolate at home for 5 days and test again on or after day 5.
  • If you have symptoms: May return after 5 days have passed since first COVID positive test date IF symptoms are improving and there is no fever for 24 hours AND negative test is completed on or after day 5.
  • If you do not have symptoms: May return after 5 days have passed since first COVID positive test date AND negative test is completed on or after day 5
  • If unable to test on day 5 or after, or if repeat test on day 5 remains positive, you must stay isolated until a negative test is obtained, or 10 days of isolation have passed.

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.

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 our campers and community this summer. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us! We are happy to discuss our safety protocols and answer your questions.

For details on past COVID protocols, see Summer 2021 COVID Guidelines.

As we plan for Summer 2022, 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.