Covid-19 and the Summer of 2021

February 25th

The Governor of Massachusetts has announced that summer camps can open in the summer of 2021 if the state is in Phase 4. No guidelines have been released sharing the operating expectations. Once they are received, we will share what changes will be in operations this summer. 

Great news - our youth will be playing in the woods this summer!




February 11th

We aim to keep you informed and only wish we had all of the answers. That said, we are reviewing all available information and the leadership team has been putting together best operating practices for almost everything we do.

To date, the State of Massachusetts has not issued recommendations at this point in time. Once we receive this information we will have more definitive answers and plans.


The American Camp Association has put together recommendations and sharing best practices from lessons learned from camps that operated last year. The study found the overall risk of COVID-19 in camps studied was low last summer, even in areas with high community COVID-19 rates. Diligent camper and staff use of facial coverings and physical distancing policies were found to be effective risk-reduction measures, with greater reductions in risks resulting from constant use of camper facial coverings.

A few other things that were highlighted in this study and recommended to minimize risk from COVID-19

  • Require all campers and staff to wear facial coverings and to practice physical distancing (through modified programs, such as outdoor programming with low-contact sports/activities, and use of activity cohorts and pods) at all times.

  • Pre-camp quarantine at home or for campers and staff

  • Daily health checks for campers and staff

  • Hand and cough hygiene (washing and sanitizing)

  •  Increased surface cleaning and disinfection

  • Keeping groups together in small numbers for sleeping and activities during the day


Please note: we are still waiting for guidance from the state. What the state decides and regulations that they put forth, is what we will need to do.


As we learn more, we will share more but there are some things that we expect to be in place this summer.


Some things we do know

Pre-Screening Counselors and campers will be required to prescreen before arrival to camp. This would include:

  • Taking and recording their own temperature for 14 days before camp (refer to the individual instructions provided with the thermometer).

  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.0 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) within the two weeks leading up to camp.

  • Determining if, within the two weeks leading up to camp, the individual has traveled nationally or internationally.

  • Determining if the individual has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined because of COVID-19.


Campers or counselors with any of the following pre-existing conditions will only be allowed to camp with formal guidance from their physician:

  • People with chronic lung disease or severe asthma

  • People who have serious heart conditions

  • People who are immunocompromised

  • People with severe obesity

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease


It is possible that a requirement may be to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the start of the program.


Terrie Campbell

Executive Director


413-268-7635 Phone

413-268-8206 Fax (Summer Only)

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