Subject to change. Last updated July 25 for Session II. View images of Session I. COVID Protocols will continue to change DURING the summer. The Camp Health Center Staff and Leadership Team will determine policies under the guidance of our public health consultants throughout the summer.
Please note: non-COVID illnesses are on the rise! Please pay attention below to the “Camp Preparation session” We will maintain hygiene and some masking when indoors all together as a whole Camp to avoid common flus and colds.
Session II Timeline
- July 28-August 1: Inter-session (staff allowed offsite for COVID-safe activities; staff re-training)
- August 1-18: Session 2
Camp in Numbers
- Camp capacity for summer 2021 is 86 campers; minimum is 60.
- Campers per bunk: 8-12 (depending on the size of the Cabin)
- Staff members per bunk: 2-3
- Number of bunks total: 10
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 June 2021, we are strongly encouraging our entire Camp community of Campers to become vaccinated. All staff are required to be vaccinated. Please see details below. We will continue to update COVID protocols.
If there is an outbreak of multiple cases of COVID-19 after arrival at Camp, the unvaccinated Campers will be sent home.
All protocols and policies are subject to change.
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. Staff will be able to interact freely with other vaccinated staff onsite outside of view of Campers and will be able to interact with all Campers in a healthy way.
As of June 2021, we are encouraging, but not requiring, that all Campers become vaccinated to ensure a safe and healthy Camp environment. Fully vaccinated Campers do not need to conduct pre-arrival or post-arrival COVID-19 tests. We will still maintain masking and distancing when in large groups together indoors during the initial part of each Camp session.
If you are able to get your first dose before Camp starts but not your second, we can help you get your second dose here during the Camp session.
Seeds of Peace is a caring community where all Campers will have the chance to share their perspectives and experiences with one another, engaging across lines of difference with compassion and empathy. Campers may have different perspectives on vaccinations, and we welcome this Dialogue in a safe and supported environment. Part of creating a caring community is creating a community that prioritizes community health, and we will continue to adhere to guidelines from the CDC, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, American Camping Association, and the guidance of our public health consultants in updating our COVID-19 protocols.
Ready for vaccination but not sure how or where? Write to email@example.com. We are not requiring vaccination, but we are encouraging it to ensure that our entire community stays healthy, and to minimize the stress of COVID-19 testing and mandatory masking!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FULLY VACCINATED?
Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after their second Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose or 2 weeks after their Johnson & Johnson one-dose shot.
Campers must provide proof of vaccination by emailing a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered vaccinated.
Session II Campers, Vaccination Deadlines:
To become fully vaccinated before camp, the last date of your Pfizer COVID-19 doses should be as follows:
First dose: June 27th
Second dose: July 18th
You can find a vaccination location near you: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites
If you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine but will not be “fully vaccinated” before the start of your session (if your second dose was after June 27th and you are in Session One, or if your second dose was after July 18th and you are in Session Two), then you will need to follow ALL of the COVID-19 guidelines for unvaccinated Campers (behavior before Camp and testing) until it has been two weeks since your second dose.
PREPARING FOR CAMP
ALL CAMPERS (fully vaccinated and Campers who are not fully vaccinated) must avoid high risk activities in the 10 days before Camp:
- Avoid indoor dining
- Avoid large crowds
- Air travel is prohibited
- Wear a mask when in public
- Avoid interacting with unvaccinated people outside of your own household
- No meeting friends inside their houses if they aren’t vaccinated
If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, also:
- Avoid being indoors with anyone who is not in your own family/household
- Don’t go to shops/restaurants/other indoor activities
- If you need to be indoors outside of your family/household to run a store, etc.–wear a mask and maintain distance from other people!
- If you are interacting outdoors with anyone who is not in your family/household, wear a mask or stay distanced!
AND Fill out symptoms monitoring form in the 10 days before Camp
- Session 2 Campers: Complete and submit Symptoms Monitoring Form, July 22 – 31
If you have COVID-19 symptoms during the 10 days before Camp, you must get a PCR test immediately, whether you are vaccinated or not.
TRANSPORTATION TO CAMP
Campers will follow distancing protocols while in transportation to Camp. On Seeds of Peace buses, all campers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) will need to remain masked for the entirety of the travel period (with periodic mask breaks at rest stops). Camper air travel to Camp is prohibited. On the bus, we will have assigned seats to create distance between Campers who might not be fully vaccinated.
Campers will need to complete all COVID-19 Testing as listed in the COVID-19 protocols below and shared during the Camp application process.
All campers (who are fully vaccinated and who are not vaccinated) will need to conduct an Abbott biNax rapid antigen test upon arrival to Camp under the guidance of our Health Center RNs (on Sunday August 1). They will need to conduct post-arrival antigen and PCR tests if they are symptomatic or if they are exposed to a person with a known case of COVID-19.
Session II Campers who are not fully vaccinated:
Before Camp: Get COVID-19 PCR test between July 28-31 and send results to Seeds of Peace email@example.com before arriving at bus pick-up site. If this test is positive, you may NOT come to Camp, and we will reimburse your tuition.
At Camp: On August 1 (day of arrival), conduct an Abbott biNax rapid antigen test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs. If this test is positive, you will need to isolate from other Campers and you must immediately be picked up by your emergency contact.
On August 4 and on August 9 conduct a PCR saliva test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs.
If you test positive for COVID-19 using a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen), you must immediately be picked up by your emergency contact.
Session II Campers who are fully vaccinated:
At Camp: On August 1 (day of arrival), conduct an Abbott biNax rapid antigen test under the guidance of our Health Center RNs. If this test is positive, you will need to isolate from other Campers and then await results of a PCR test (conducted under the guidance of our Health Center RNs or at a local Swab and Send site). If the PCR test is positive, you must immediately be picked up by your emergency contact.
Throughout the session, vaccinated campers will need to complete COVID-19 testing (rapid or PCR, at the discretion of the Health Center staff) if they are symptomatic for COVID-19 or in other circumstances. Guidelines are subject to change.
MASKING – INDOORS.
When indoors and with Campers from a different bunk or a different dialogue group, all Campers will need to wear masks until the Heatlh Center staff and Camp leadership determines otherwise (probably after a week or 10 days). Unvaccinated Campers must be especially careful to wear masks correctly when indoors (in a building other than their own Cabin) and with Campers from a different bunk or dialogue group. The Camp leadership, together with the Camp Health Center staff, guided by our public health consultants, will determine when the mask policy may change.
MASKING – OUTDOORS.
For the first half of the Session of Camp, we will be particularly careful in maintaining most activities outdoors. When Campers from different bunks or dialogue groups are close to each other or in prolonged contact (within 6 feet, longer than 15 minutes) outdoors, they need to wear masks. When partaking in Sports activities outdoors, Campers do not need to wear masks. We will avoid Sports activities that require close and prolonged contact between Campers.
Campers will remain in cohorts with their dialogue group, which is their own bunk and one additional bunk (Campers are able to be unmasked together indoors and do not need to remain six feet apart when inside their own Bunk or when with members of only their own Bunk) for the first part of the session. During this time, Campers will interact with campers and staff from other cohorts only if they are outdoors or distanced/masked during activities
By the end of the session, we’ll be able to shift to more “normal” interactions for the entire Camp community pending on negative test results and if everyone does their part to follow our COVID-19 guidelines!
All-Camp activities (activities including every camper at one time) will occur outdoors and only while distanced and/or masked until the Camp leadership and Camp health center staff determine otherwise.
Meals will be primarily outdoors under a tent and Campers will sit with their own bunks for meals. If necessary due to inclement weather, indoor meals will be spread out to allow for distancing between pods within the Dining Hall.
During meals, Campers will be able to use the shared salad bar, etc. at the same time as their own bunk (pod) or will need to wait their turn at a distance. Food lines will be spaced out as much as is possible.
High-risk activities such as motorized water sports and high-ropes activities will be prohibited at Camp.
Family visits are prohibited. Service deliveries must remain in their trucks or remain outdoors, masked, and distanced during deliveries. Any Seeds of Peace staff visits will remain outdoors, masked, and distanced regardless of vaccination status.
All of our staff, with the exception of our maintenance, security, and housekeeping staff, will sleep onsite for the session. During their time off, Staff are not allowed to engage in high-risk activities during the summer (will remain outdoors and/or masked and distanced if offsite for any reason). Staff will be allowed offsite during day-time off, and will be asked to remain onsite for their evenings off during the session.
If staff need to leave Camp for an overnight trip , they will first receive approval from the Camp directors and will be required to prove that they will be interacting only with vaccinated people when offsite. During the days between the first and second sessions, staff may be off-site engaging in COVID-safe activities and with vaccinated people.
Our maintenance, housekeeping staff are fully vaccinated, and will maintain distance from Campers. They will not enter Cabins when campers are inside of them.
SHOWER HOUSES / SHARED BATHROOMS.
Campers will shower in the shared shower houses during designated times only with Campers from their own bunk. Campers will need to wear masks whenever in shared bathrooms outside of the Camper cabins. Each Cabin has its own bathroom and sink; some, but not all Cabins do have showers inside.
Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout Camp and Campers will be required to wash and sanitize 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.
Campers who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate or leave Camp if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. Campers who are fully vaccinated will need to be picked up by their emergency contact immediately under the following circumstances: they test positive for COVID-19 (will be tested only if symptomatic and suspected of COVID-19). This guideline may change as we learn more about the Delta variant.
Campers who are not fully vaccinated will have to isolate in our isolation cabins and be picked up by their emergency contact immediately under the following circumstances: they test positive for COVID-19 using the rapid test OR PCR test at Camp they are symptomatic for COVID-19 they are exposed to somebody (they are considered a close contact following Camp contact tracing) who is COVID-19 positive, even if they do not test positive for COVID-19 themselves.
See you at Camp!
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 cohort.
- 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!
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, Dialogue, Community Action 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. All staff are fully vaccinated, and we encourage, but do not require, that Campers become vaccinated before Camp. We will continue to update and communicate our COVID-19 protocols as we receive more information and guidance from Dr. Blaisdell, Dr. Rising, our Seeds of Peace Health Center Team, and in accordance with the Center for Disease Control, American Camping Association, and Maine Department of Health and Human Services.