Summer Camp and COVID-19
Kids playing tug o war during summer camp.

Summer Camp and COVID-19

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Before sending children to summer camp this year, parents should ask themselves a few questions. Parents should learn about their child’s individual risk factors for COVID-19 and how children’s involvement in a summer camp program impacts the safety of other family members.

If you’re wondering whether summer camp is safe, you’ll need to compare it with what your child has been doing during the school year. Outdoor camps are certainly less worrisome from a COVID-19 perspective than sharing a classroom space with 20-30 other kids.

Don’t hesitate to ask camp officials questions about their COVID-19 safety protocols. In a perfect world, all camp counselors and staff should be masked and vaccinated to provide further protection to children.

Summer camps should be including these important safety measures:

  • Physical distancing
  • Rigorous disinfection protocols
  • Masking in all appropriate settings
  • Handwashing

Despite everything we can do, children do get sick.

When they have signs of sickness, such as a stuffy nose or a cough, it’s up to parents to decide when it’s safe to send them to camp. Now more than ever, err on the side of caution.

Though fever and cough are the most common symptoms in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), don’t rule out other signs of illness like:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Any sign of sickness is a reason to keep a child or teen home from summer camp.

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SOURCES
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children/symptoms.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/04/26/990857306/heres-what-the-cdc-says-summer-camps-should-do-to-prevent-and-respond-to-covid-c
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html