This has been a challenging year for everyone. Now more than ever, camp is critical for the mental health and positive social development of our children and youth. With that in mind, we are committed to ensuring Camp Tannadoonah will provide our campers with the best camping experience possible. All of us – our campers, our staff, and our families – must work together to ensure a safe, healthy, and successful camp for all of our participants.
While we have worked diligently to make adaptations to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure in camp, it is important to note that there is no way for us to guarantee that COVID-19 will not be present. Our current COVID policies for 2022 can be found here. The information regarding COVID-19 continues to change and evolve. We anticipate that we will have to adapt our policies throughout the summer as state guidelines change.
Here is what we KNOW right now:
- We will be requiring all staff and volunteers to be up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine series, per CDC guidelines.
- We will be rapid-testing all staff and campers weekly, as we did in 2021.
- We are not planning to require the COVID-19 vaccination for campers, but are hopeful that most of our camp population will be vaccinated prior to camp. We encourage you to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination with your healthcare provider if your child is not already vaccinated.
- We are not planning to require masks in most situations. There may be occasional circumstances when we ask campers and staff to wear as mask, particularly if we have to have everyone indoors together (e.g., in a weather emergency).
- We intend to go back to our normal daily schedule and activities.
- We plan to follow CDC guidelines regarding quarantines (the guidelines in place for June - August 2022 during camp), which may mean that unvaccinated individuals will be sent home if a COVID case is identified at camp. If camp started today, that would be the current CDC guideline in place. However, the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) guidelines do not currently require quarantines for close contacts in schools, and we are hopeful that the guidelines for camps may be similar.