Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our camp family and our larger Charleston community.
Masks are required in the vans and indoors.
The American Camp Association and CDC and SCDHEC continue to recommend masks for all overnight and day camps, and they inform all of our safety procedures. American Academy of Pediatrics also echoes the ACA and CDC. We will continue to require masks for adults and children.
COVID-19 Policies (updated 11/11/21)
We understand that carriers of COVID-19 can be asymptomatic. Even with screening (see below) we cannot guarantee that your child will not be exposed to the virus either at camp or traveling to and from. We will do everything possible to minimize risk while still operating within our camp structure.
TLDR? Wear a mask, don't come to camp if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, wash your hands.
We have created our 2021 policies based on guidance from:
American Camping Association COVID-19 Resource Center *updated April 2021
CDC guidelines for summer camps *updated April 2021
Association of Camp Nurses *new in April 2021
Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education *new in April 2021
American Academy of Pediatrics *new in May 2021
1. COVID-19 policies are detailed throughout this page and summarized on our COVID-19 specific waiver, which is required to attend camp.
Staff and campers are required to wear a mask while riding in the van and while indoors (bathrooms, most likely - we do not go inside for any activities)
Campers and staff will be screened each morning. Campers and staff are not allowed to attend camp if they:
have a fever over 100.4 or a persistent cough.
live with or have been exposed to a person infected with COVID-19 within the past two weeks.
Campers who develop a persistent cough or fever during the day will be sent home
Campers and staff wash hands before eating, after using the bathroom, between activities, and before getting on the van
Our small groups have limited contact with other Famous Adventures groups, families at public places, other participants at our outfitters, etc.
2. Parents, siblings, caregivers (anyone at pick up and drop off) please either wear a mask OR practice social distancing.
3. Famous Adventures will no longer participate in indoor activities. In the case or rain or inclement weather, we'll seek shelter at Charleston County Parks. Please note that winter camp can bring cold weather, and dress accordingly.
4. We only use outfitters who are following our new policies. We've shared all of this information with our partners, and we no longer visit outfitters who are not following these guidelines.
5. If a new COVID-19 infection is reported during camp, we will close that group and immediately and contact campers, staff and outfitters. Pro-rated refunds will be given to campers.
6. We will participate in contract tracing for any cases reported 72-hours after camp, as well.
Tell me more about Summer 2020 and 2021...
We opened camp June 1, 2020, and did not have any reported cases of COVID-19 among campers. One staff tested positive over a weekend in June, and we immediately closed the upcoming camp and contacted all affected campers. We remained closed for one week and all staff were tested. All staff tested negative and no campers reported infection.
Summer 2021, we continued to wear masks and screen campers. Symptomatic and exposed campers stayed home until they received negative tests at the appropriate time. One camper developed a fever on Saturday morning in July, and tested positive the same day. We notified their cohort and had (vaccinated) staff stay home for 5 days, until they tested negative. No campers in the cohort reported infection.