Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our campers and our larger Charleston community.  

2022 camps are only available to campers and staff who have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

If you're not sure about the vaccine for your camper, please consider the CDC website for answers to your questions.  

2022
COVID-19

Policy

COVID-19 Policy (updated 1/31/22)

Doctor High Five

While we respect each parent's choice, our programs are only open to campers who have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

  • Summer campers must provide proof of vaccination by May 1.  All other camps, deadline is at registration.  Vaccine exemptions cannot replace proof of vaccination. 
     

  • Masks are always welcome, but will only be required indoors in public spaces.  We hope we won't need masks on vans, but will follow CDC and ACA guidelines as things change. Campers must be open to wearing masks as required. 

  • ​​Camp will be open consistently.  If exposed to COVID-19, non-symptomatic staff and campers may remain at camp if they wear a mask in the van and indoors
     

  • Indoor programming can return!  We are able to visit the Aquarium again, use the classrooms with the CCPRC education program, and have the option to go indoors for an A/C break or during inclement weather
     

  • No more daily screening.  As always, please stay home if your camper is feeling sick or has a fever
     

  • Vaccines provide consistent paid work for our staff.  Our employees have been champions these past two summers, and we look forward to a happier, healthier workplace in 2022
     

  • And a safer camp for children.  Learn more about camper mental health during the pandemic: 

Tell me more about Summer 2020 and 2021...

No known infections from camp in 2020 and 2021

 

We opened camp June 1, 2020, with mask and screening policies in place.  We did not have any reported cases of COVID-19 among campers. One staff tested positive over a weekend in June, and we closed the upcoming camps and contacted all affected campers.  All staff tested negative and no campers reported infection.  

Summer 2021, we continued to wear masks and screen campers.  One camper tested positive 24 hours after camp.  We notified their cohort, and quarantined staff (even though they were vaccinated) for camper safety. All staff tested negative and no campers reported infection.  

 

Wasn't this enough?  Why do we need vaccines? 
 

Vaccines are the safest way to consistently re-open our regular programming in 2022.

If campers are not 100% vaccinated, we'd need to return to our 2020-2021 programming: 
 

  • camp must close for each exposure so campers and staff can quarantine

  • masks are required when on the van and indoors

  • campers are screened daily before camp

  • campers stay outdoors when it rains, small groups must cohort again, staffing is limited