This message is to specifically address our approach and response to dealing with COVID cases at our summer camps.
At present, universal masking while indoors is NOT required and we have no limitations on group sizes or facility capacities. We expect this summer to feel like a ‘return to normal’ with our activities, schedules and operations.
However, we will still be taking some precautions to minimize the impact that COVID will have on our summer. Our goal is to ensure we can keep our camps up and running for the good of all participants.
Prior to Camp
- All campers must complete the Health Screening Checklist before departure on day of the event. This is Scout’s honor – we will not be collecting at camp.
- All campers are strongly encouraged to:
- Bring 2+ surgical or N95/KN95 (or equivalent) for use if needed.
- Bring a COVID antigen test kit for use if needed.*
- Take an antigen test for COVID before departure on day of the event*
- Be up to date on COVID vaccinations, if eligible.
*Test kits can be ordered for free from the federal government. Details available on the USPS website. We also have a free supply at Base Camp.
- Campers will daily monitor themselves for symptoms.
- Campers showing COVID symptoms will be expected to take a COVID test.
- Campers testing positive will need to isolate and return home.
- Units will be responsible for identifying and making determinations for ‘close contacts’ within their own unit. Tent partners or bunkmates will be considered close contacts.
- Remaining members of the unit can stay at camp but will need to wear a mask while indoors and eat outdoors for remainder of time at camp.
- Strong hand hygiene will continue to be prioritized.
The above are in alignment with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and have been reviewed by our Risk and Safety Committee. Additional information on our plan is available here.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We hope that these few actions will help us minimize any disruptions and, most importantly, keep kids at camp.
COVID-19: Statement of Risk
The safety of all of our participants, volunteers, and employees continues to be our top priority.
Using guidance from health agencies at the local, state, and federal level, we have updated our protocols for operating camp during the continuing pandemic. All protocols have been reviewed and endorsed by our camp physicians.
These important precautions reduce risk but do not completely eliminate the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp. Please be mindful of these considerations as you make the choice to join us at camp this summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
General: Units attending camp as a unit will be treated as a ‘household’ and will not be required to practice social distancing or wear face coverings (unless indoors) while with each other.
Though we will still have some mitigation protocols in place, we expect your camp experience to be far more ‘normal’ when compared to Summer 2021. However, prior to camp we suggest that you discuss with your families how your unit will travel to and function while at camp in light of the ongoing pandemic. It is important to ensure all families have a level of comfort with your plans.
- Q: Do I need to be tested for Covid-19 before camp? A: Getting a test before camp isn't required, but it is highly recommended by the CDC and local (MN and WI) departments of health. Testing is quick and easy. While we are strongly encouraging any non-vaccinated members of your unit get tested 2 to 3 days before travelling to camp and are encouraging all campers to get tested 2 to 3 days prior to arrival, we are not requiring it.
- Q: Can participants tent together? A: With the exception of following regular youth protection guidelines, there are no additional restrictions on tent partners.
- Q: Will we be required to wear face coverings or practice social distancing? A: Face coverings will not be required, but we still encourage all participants to bring face coverings.
- Q: What will sanitation protocols look like at camp? A: Hand hygiene will be prioritized. Expect frequent reminders as well as greater access to hand washing and hand sanitizer. High touch surfaces and shared program equipment will be sanitized regularly.
- Q: What will food service look like at camp? A: Chippewa and White Pine will be eating all meals in the dining hall, while Sioux will continue having meals in their campsite, as they always have. All dining rooms will be open with no party size limits for tables seating individuals from the same unit or group. Units or groups will be spaced at least 6 feet apart from other units/groups, which may require us to serve meals in shifts. Outdoor dining options will also be provided. Please review the Food Service page to see more details.
- Q: What will happen if we need to take shelter in a storm shelter? A: Our camp physicians and risk management advisors agree that the imminent threat of a storm would take precedence over all else. When needed, we will use storms shelters as in the past, but will work to limit time spent in them as we are able.
- Q: Will health screenings be required? A: Prior to your departure from home, each participant should use the COVID Health Screening Checklist. We will not be collecting these onsite but we will ask your group leader to verify that screenings were conducted. We will not be requiring temperature checks.
- Q: What if someone at camp exhibits symptoms of COVID-19? A: The participant will be isolated from the rest of the group and remain so until results of a COVID-19 test can be received. In the interim, the rest of the unit can continue with program as normal. Individuals with a negative test result can return to program as normal.
- Q: What will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp? A: The participant and their ‘close contacts’ (anyone not up to date on their vaccination) would need to remain in isolation until they return home.
- Q: Will you require a COVID vaccination to attend camp? A: While we are strongly encouraging all eligible campers to receive a vaccine, we are not requiring it. Those who can show proof of vaccination will not need to isolate if they are identified as a close contact.
- Q: Will I still be required to isolate if I am vaccinated? A: You will not need to isolate if you are a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp. However, if you are symptomatic, you will need to isolate until results of a COVID-19 test can be received.
- Q: Will there be limits on visitors, partial week leaders, group sizes or town visits? A: No, but we will ask all individuals to follow our health and safety protocols both inside and outside of camp while we are in operation.
- Q: Will there be older Scout transportation? A: The Tomahawk bus is back in action! Off-site trips will also see the return of the vans, meaning you will not need to provide transportation to any older Scout programs.
- Q: Can Family Island Participants visit troops in their campsite? A: Yes
- Q: Will there be Camp-wide or subcamp-wide events (5K run, closing campfire, OA callouts, assemblies, beach bashes, polar bears, etc)? A: Yes
Please continue to review the updates on the Northern Star Scouting Website. There is more camp info there as well as general Scouting information.
Northern Star Scouting & COVID-19 Information
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!