We at the National Capital Area Council are committed to bringing back the joy of in-person summer camp for the summer of 2021. However, we must take additional measures to continue to minimize the risk of spread and infection. The following sections outline the protocols that we have put in place to maximize the health and safety of all participants. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and ensure that we update our protocols accordingly. If you have any feedback to provide, please do so using the contact information at the bottom of the page.
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The following protocols are subject to change depending on vaccine availability, local regulations, and official health guidance.
Last updated 1/29/2021
- Participants (youth & adults) will have a health screening upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4°F or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be taken aside and quarantined. If symptoms have not resolved in 30 minutes, the participant will be sent home.
- If you are sick, do not come to camp.
- Refunds due to COVID-19 outside of the standard refund policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Refer to the standard refund policy here:
- All participants (youth & adults) will be required to have a completed BSA Medical Form and the NCAC Health Advisory. Form Part C (the physical) is required for Scouts BSA week Participants. Participants staying less than 72 total hours need to have Parts A & B of the Medical Form completed. Forms can be found here:
- Masks must be worn at all times when in a building, in a program area, and when within 6 feet of another person. Exception will be made for various activities at Aquatics.
- Campfires and flag ceremonies will be conducted with physical distancing between participants. For safety reasons, these events will not include songs or cheers.
- Attendance at campfires, flag ceremonies, and other camp-wide events will be optional.
- Merit Badges and activity sessions for Scouts BSA will be capped. Participation caps will vary depending on the needs of the individual badge and activity area.
- Cub/Webelos activities will be for one small group (den/pack) at a time.
- Some programs and activities (e.g. Lifesaving) may not be offered or may be offered in a limited way.
- Campers are encouraged to bring their own folding camp stool or camp chair with them.
- The Dining Hall will be open. Meals will be served in two shifts, to avoid large crowds, and will be disinfected between groups.
- Dining Hall dishware and utensils will be disposable.
- Seating will be limited to small family groups or 3-5 people per table.
- Additional seating will be set up outside. Picnic seating is encouraged.
- For safety reasons, Dining Hall program will not involve songs or cheers.
- Tents: Participants will be provided enough tents for three people to a tent. As recommended by the CDC, the tent occupants should sleep head to toe. Attendees are welcome to bring their own tents and units are encouraged to bring enough tents to sleep half their unit.
- Unit Equipment: In addition to additional tents, units are also encouraged to bring large tarps and camp chairs to increase their comfort.
- Masks: Masks are required. Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of masks for the week. The Camp will have additional masks if needed.
- Thermometers: The Camp Staff will perform morning temperature checks on day and overnight youth and adult campers and staff.
- Sanitization: Cots, tent doors, and all other frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized by camp staff in between camper departures and arrivals. Shower Houses will be cleaned daily.
COVID-19 Vaccination/Negative Tests
COVID-19 vaccination or negative test will not be required of participants until they are approved for youth, widely available, and low cost. That may not occur before camp begins in the early summer.
Further Information & Contact
Further Information about COVID-19 is available at the resources below.
Commonwealth of Virginia – www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
National Capital Area Council Unit Guidance – weownadventure.com/guidance-on-resuming-in-person-scouting-activities/
Please contact us with any questions or comments.
Phil Barbash, Director of Camping Services
Phone: (301) 214-9195