Youth Camp Covid-19 Guidelines

Youth Camp Covid-19 Guidelines

Appalachian State University continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and safety is our priority for your camp experience. 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.   

As we welcome youth and visitors back to campus this summer, the following guidelines will be followed:

  • Appalachian State University’s COVID-19 Information, located by tab on the University homepage, and all related pages continue to be the single site for our current COVID-19 guidance reflective of NCDHHS, CDC, and UNC system guidelines and data collection.

 Face Coverings and Vaccinations

  • Face coverings are not required.  Face coverings are optional and considered a personal choice.
  • The University will not be requiring Covid tests or proof of vaccination for campers or staff prior to camp.  App State strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and boosted; however, as a state government entity, the university cannot require vaccines.

Reporting and Protocols

  • All camp attendees, program staff, and other participants should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 listed by the CDC, prior to attending camp and during camp. If a person develops any symptoms during camp hours, they must comply with the procedure for removal from the camp and report their symptoms to the appropriate camp contact.  Campers may self-report to their counselor and or program staff.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should complete the University’s COVID-19 Illness/Exposure Concern Report.
  • In the event that a camper exhibits symptoms of illness during a day camp program, the camper should be isolated and parents should be notified immediately.  Parents will be expected to pick up their camper within one hour (60 minutes).  If the parent(s) cannot be reached, or have not arrived within an hour, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come to pick up the camper.
  • In the event that a camper exhibits symptoms of illness after hours (~10 pm to 5 am) during a residential camp program, the camper should be isolated and parents should be notified immediately.  Parents will be expected to pick up their camper as soon as possible but not exceed 24 hours.  If the parent(s) cannot be reached, or have not arrived within an hour, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come to pick up the camper.
  • Camp staff may not provide At-Home testing kits to minor campers.  

Housing and Isolation

  • Rooms will be reserved in the residence halls for isolation purposes of participants displaying symptoms of illness.  Any contagious germ will be treated equally.  The isolation is not limited to  COVID-19.   
  • The camper should be isolated and monitored by an appropriate staff member.