Subject to change. Last updated May 17.
- June 27-30: Leadership Team arrives to Camp in Maine
- June 30-July 11: All Camp staff arrive to Camp in Maine (on-site staff training)
- July 11-28: Session 1
- July 28-August 1: Intersession (staff time off on-site and with organized day trips; staff re-training)
- August 1-18: Session 2
Camp in Numbers
- Camp capacity for summer 2021 is 96 campers; minimum is 60.
- Campers per bunk: 6-10
- Staff members per bunk: 2-3
- Number of bunks total: 10-12
The Seeds of Peace COVID-19 protocols are drafted according to ACA Field Book guidance, Maine State regulations, and is based on the COVID-19 protocols of camps that successfully remained safely open in 2020 such as North Star, Winnebago, and Susan Curtis.
Seeds of Peace is also receiving public health consulting from Drs. Laura Blaisdell and Josh Rising, pediatricians with public health training, regarding our COVID-19 protocols, and will continue to update guidance accordingly throughout the spring.
The protocols will be continually updated following Maine regulations and best practices in the field; the Camp Director has been attending weekly Maine Summer Camps office hours with directors of local camps that safely opened in 2020 to learn best practices and symposiums hosted by the Association of Camp Nurses and American Camps Association. The protocol will be reviewed by our medical consultant prior to sharing widely.
As of May 2021, we are strongly encouraging all campers become vaccinated. All staff are required to be vaccinated. Please see details below. We will continue to update COVID protocols through the Spring and Summer.
If there is an outbreak of multiple cases of COVID-19 after arrival at Camp, the program will end and all campers and staff will be sent home, masked, by the same means of transportation that brought them to Camp.
All protocols and policies are subject to change.
Our approach to safety in a COVID-19 world
Camp as a COVID-safe Community.
We are minimizing off-Camp travel during Camp. Staff will be allowed offsite for monitored outdoors activities and low-risk activities. Overnight visitors are prohibited. Service delivery or short-term visitors will remain outdoors, distanced, and masked at all times, and may not participate in meals.
For their own safety and for the safety of our entire Camp community, we are requiring that all staff be fully vaccinated prior to start of the summer. As of May 2021, staff will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols when interacting with campers from different pods (masking, etc); staff will be able to interact freely with other vaccinated staff onsite outside of view of campers.
As of May 2021, we are strongly encouraging that all campers become vaccinated to ensure a safe and healthy Camp environment.
Fully vaccinated campers (individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after their second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose) may participate in Camp do not need to conduct pre-arrival or post-arrival COVID-19 tests unless they have COVID-19 symptoms or are exposed to someone with COVID-19. We will still maintain masking and distancing when in large groups together. All campers should still avoid indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people (avoid indoor dining) and international travel.
Session I Camper Vaccination Deadlines.
To become fully vaccinated before Camp, the last date of your Pfizer COVID-19 doses should be as follows:
First dose: June 6
Second dose: June 27
Find a vaccination location near you:
Session II Camper Vaccination Deadlines.
First dose: June 27
Second dose: July 18
Find a vaccination location near you:
If you are hesitant for your child to become vaccinated, please let us know and will connect you with our Health Center staff. Camp will be much safer, healthy, and enjoyable if ALL of our campers are vaccinated. You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccinations in different languages:
All campers, regardless of vaccination, will be asked to avoid high-risk activities before Camp (wear a mask while on public transportation, avoid large indoor gatherings, and avoid indoor dining, especially with unvaccinated people).
Campers who are not vaccinated should not attend large events and should wear a mask and stay distanced when interacting with people outside of their household.
While on buses to Camp, all campers will remain masked for the entirety of the travel period (with periodic mask breaks at rest stops). Camper air travel to Camp is prohibited.
Any campers who are not fully vaccinated must conduct and submit results of a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival at Camp. Fully vaccinated campers and staff need to conduct post-arrival or post-arrival PCR tests only if they are symptomatic, have traveled, or were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Session I Campers
Before Camp: If you are unvaccinated, you will have to get a PCR COVID-19 test between July 7-10 and send results to Seeds of Peace before arriving at a bus pick-up site. Please find a testing site near you.
At Camp: On July 11 (day of arrival), all campers who are not fully vaccinated will conduct an Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs.
On July 15 or 16, all unvaccinated campers will conduct a PCR saliva test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs. We encourage all campers to become vaccinated, in which case campers will be tested only in the case of COVID-19 symptoms or in the case of exposure to someone who was positive for COVID-19.
Session II Campers
Before Camp: Get a PCR COVID-19 test between July 28-31 and send results to Seeds of Peace before arriving at bus pick-up site.
At Camp: On August 1 (day of arrival), all campers who are not fully vaccinated will conduct an Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs.
On August 5 or 6, all unvaccinated campers will conduct a PCR saliva test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs.
All campers and staff will wear masks when interacting with anyone who is not in their pod and whenever in indoors structures other than their own bunk or dialogue hut. Regardless of vaccination status, we will maintain masking when in large groups of campers and staff indoors.
Campers will remain in “pods” with their own bunk (pods are able to be unmasked together indoors and do not need to remain six feet apart) and with one other bunk. Campers will interact with campers and staff from other pods only if they are outdoors/distanced or masked during activities. If all campers are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their second COVID-19 dose), we may be able to participate in more activities unmasked. By the end of the session, we should be able to shift to more “normal” interactions.
All-Camp activities (activities including every camper at one time) will occur outdoors and only while distanced and/or masked.
Pre-Camp: Campers will complete a symptom monitoring form and will submit this form electronically to Seeds of Peace daily. All campers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a symptom monitoring form daily in the 10 days prior to Camp arrival.
At Camp: Campers exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms (after ruling out seasonal allergies, etc) will be tested immediately and isolated on-site in a separate cabin while awaiting test results, regardless of vaccination status.
Meals will be primarily outdoors under a tent and campers will sit with their own pods (bunks) for meals. If necessary due to inclement weather, indoor meals will be spread out to allow for distancing within the Dining Hall.
High-risk activities such as motorized water sports and high-ropes activities will be prohibited at Camp.
Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout Camp and campers will encouraged and required to wash their hands frequently.
Every camper must have an emergency contact who can come to Camp in the event that the camper tests positive for COVID, or is a not-fully vaccinated known exposure to a camper who tests positive for COVID-19, and bring them home in a private vehicle (wearing full PPE). Campers who are fully vaccinated and are exposed to another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to conduct onsite PCR COVID-19 tests, but will not have to isolate or be removed from Camp unless they are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.
The 2021 Summer at Seeds of Peace will be unlike any other as we navigate COVID-19 precautions. We will balance health and safety guidelines with the powerful, transformative Seeds of Peace programming together as a community. If we all do our part to adhere to guidelines and keep our community healthy, we anticipate that we will be able to relax COVID-19 restrictions as time elapses throughout the Camp session, so that our campers can share their unmasked smiles and hugs with one another by the end of the session.
What might look different at Seeds of Peace Camp this year?
- More time spent outdoors in the beautiful Maine summer.
- Social distancing/masking when interacting with campers outside of your bunk or pod.
- More handwashing and hand sanitizing.
- If our entire Camp community is fully vaccinated, Camp might be filled with more hugs and mixing than initially planned for! Get vaccinated today!
The new strains of COVID-19 may require additional changes to our planning. We are continuing to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines of the Maine DHHS, CDC, American Camping Association, and health professionals.
What might look the same at Seeds of Peace Camp this year?
- Commitment to our Seeds of Peace values.
- Special activities during which staff and campers can share their passions.
- Activities: creative arts, sports, music, swimming, low ropes course, drama, etc.
- Commitment to community: building relationships across lines of difference, without the distraction of devices.
- Developing courageous leaders through participation in dialogue, community engagement, and activities in a supportive environment.
Can Seeds of Peace guarantee a COVID-free Camp?
We cannot guarantee that Seeds of Peace will be completely COVID-free. Our COVID protocols are designed to maintain the health of all of our community to the absolute best of our abilities. This is a team effort, and we ask all staff and all campers to commit to following all protocols before and during Camp. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will communicate with you as our plans for the summer change.