Youth Camp Covid-19 Guidelines

Youth Camp Covid-19 Guidelines

Safety is our priority for your camp experience at Appalachian State University. We are deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our participating campers and staff. We are prepared to deliver instruction that will meet the federal, state, local and University guidelines related to COVID-19 at the time of the camp, which all persons in attendance (campers, university personnel, camp staff, coaches, volunteers, visitors, etc.) must follow. The University reserves the right to cancel or amend events and guidelines if federal, state, local, or university guidelines change to address developing conditions related to COVID-19.  

The University will not be requiring Covid tests or proof of vaccination for campers or staff prior to camp.  Therefore, in settings where not everyone is fully vaccinated or vaccination status is not known, per the NCDHHS, day camps and programs serving children and teens are required to: 

  • Have all university personnel, camp staff, coaches, volunteers, all other adults, and children five (5) years or older wear a face covering.

  • Each person must provide their own cloth face covering and it must be worn at all times.  Cloth face coverings should fit snugly around and cover the nose/nostrils, mouth and chin, and with no large gaps around the sides of the face.  Cloth face coverings should be at least two layers made of a soft/pliable and breathable fabric.  Face shields may be worn in addition to a cloth face covering but not as a substitute.  The following exceptions apply:

    • Cloth face coverings are not required while actively eating.

    • Cloth face coverings are not required during strenuous activity, unless otherwise required by state, local or venue guidance.  Should state, local or venue guidance require masks be worn by campers during strenuous activity, the following guidelines should be adhered to:

      • Cloth face covering should not impede vision or movement.

    • Anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering due to developmental, medical or behavioral health needs should contact the Office of Disability Resources at (828) 262-3056 or can email questions to odr@appstate.edu

  • All camp attendees will monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 listed by the CDC, both 7 days prior to attending camp and every morning before reporting to camp. If the person displays any COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of over 100° Fahrenheit, during the 7 days before camp, they must remain home.  If the person displays any COVID-19 symptoms on any morning of camp, they must remain at home.  If the person develops any symptoms during camp hours, they must comply with the procedure for removal from the camp and report their symptoms and temperature to the appropriate camp contact.

  • Anyone that feels sick must remain home and follow the CDC Guidelines for Isolation.

  • Anyone living with a house member who is currently sick, feels sick, or shows any symptoms of COVID-19 listed by the CDC, including cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell, has been diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19, or has been around someone who has been diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19, currently or within the last 14 days, must stay home and follow the CDC Guidelines for Quarantine.

  • Anyone that develops symptoms while at camp must immediately inform University personnel and comply with the procedure for removal from the camp.  Contact tracing guidelines may be required, which may include making a list of all persons with whom the individual has been in close contact (the CDC defines close contact as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period), including the 48-hour period before developing symptoms.

  • Camp check-in and check-out will be arranged to follow any social distancing guidelines  issued by federal, state, local and University guidelines at the time of the camp.

  • Only University personnel, camp staff, campers, coaches and other approved camp attendees will be allowed at camp.  No other visitors are allowed during normal camp hours.  

  • Parents/guardians and visitors may attend closing award ceremonies, games, matches, or other activities. Cloth face coverings will be required for all attendees during these events. 


The following recommendations have been made for any day camps and programs serving children and teens: 

  • Anyone with pre-existing conditions and/or a compromised immune system should speak with and get clearance from their doctor or physician before attending camp.

  • Follow physical distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet, or other distance imposed by state and local guidelines.

  • Each person must bring their own refillable water bottle and water fountains may be used only to refill water bottles.

  • Each person must bring their own wipes, tissues, and other personal items. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus. 

  • Follow all best practices for personal hygiene. Avoid touching face mask, eyes, nose or mouth. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after touching face mask or face, and before eating.

  • Follow respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.

  • Each person should not touch anyone else’s belongings, including but not limited to common items such as food, beverages, signs, megaphones, etc., unless properly disinfected in between use in accordance with EPA standards.