As part of our multi-layered approach to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at camp, there are times when campers will be required to wear masks. In general, when campers are outside and able to maintain 6-feet of distance from other campers and staff, they do not need to wear a mask.
Although it is generally considered safe to take masks off when outside, there are times throughout the camp day where campers will be in close proximity to other campers and staff for longer than 15 minutes and will be asked to put on their masks. These could include games, crafts, learning skills, cooking around the campfire, observations of plants and animals, and during nature-play and exploration where campers are working together to build a fort, playing in the stream, moving within another camper’s space, and even sitting next to one another to talk.
In addition to the activities listed above, there are a few instances where masks are required for everyone:
- Inside buildings
- During health screening at morning drop-off
- When interacting with campers or staff outside of their group
- At afternoon pickup when walking to their car
Campers do not need to wear masks when:
- They are within their own group and spread out from other campers and staff
- They are eating lunch or snack and are sitting 6 feet away from other campers
- While spread out during hikes or exploration times
- When the nature of the group’s activity (i.e. running games) is such that a mask cannot be tolerated
Campers who wish to wear their masks even when not required will be supported to do so.
Each day campers are asked to bring one mask and pack a spare.
Baltimore Woods will supply each counselor with extra disposable face masks if a camper or staff member needs a replacement.