2021 COVID-19 Camp Protocols

General Health and Safety Protocols

  • All camps must perform a symptom screening for all campers upon arrival, and a daily symptom screening for any multi-day camp. The symptom screening must include a check for fever (temperature 100.4F or higher), sore throat, new cough, diarrhea, vomiting, stomachache, severe headache, chills, nasal congestion/runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, muscle or body aches, or poor appetite.
  • Any camper who displays a symptom above will be sent home immediately. Neither the camp nor the University of Virginia will be responsible for testing the camper for COVID-19.
  • All campers must wear a mask except when engaged in outdoor physical activities or eating or drinking. All campers participating in an indoor sport must wear a mask during physical activities, with the exception of swimming. An exception can be approved when an individual has a condition or disability that prevents the use of a mask, has trouble breathing, or the use of a mask is detrimental to an individual's health. Medical documentation from the camper's physician must be provided to the camp owner for this exception to be granted.
  • No camp will have a pod/grouping that exceeds 25 campers (not including camp personnel). Two or more pods/groupings (including the associated camp personnel) cannot be mixed, including during meals.
  • Each pod/grouping will be distanced appropriately from each other during physical activities, meals and any other activity that may occur during camp.
  • Each pod/grouping will be assigned one certified athletic trainer and have staffing that meets the Office of Youth Protection requirements.
  • Any camper or camp personnel who travels throughout the camp or near other pods/groupings must maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distance and always must wear a mask.
  • No camp personnel may have close contact with campers in multiple pods/groupings, with the exception of medical services or any event where close contact is necessary for the health or safety of a camper.
  • All camps must post signage to provide public health reminders about physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and reporting any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations at every athletic field/court.
  • Any athletic field, bathroom or common area used during a camp will be cleaned/sanitized at the end of each day.

Mask Wearing

  • All campers must wear a mask at all times while present in an indoor facility. There is no exception for physical activity, except when in the pool for swimming.
  • All campers must wear a mask while outside, unless they are engaged in physical activity or eating or drinking.
  • All non-camp personnel who enter the camp must wear a mask.
  • Masks are not a replacement for maintaining physical distancing, maintaining proper hygiene and cleaning, and disinfecting regularly touched surfaces.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Protocols

  • Any interaction between parents, guardians, authorized individuals or individuals responsible for a camper must be limited with each other and/or camp personnel. Interactions should be limited to what is necessary to register an individual for camp and/or release a camper. Physical distancing must be adhered to at all times.
  • Camp fees must be paid prior to arrival so additional interaction is limited.
  • To the extent possible, medical information should be collected prior to arrival so additional interaction is limited.

Meals & Hydration

  • Any dining must occur in outside, well-ventilated areas. Items such as condiment bottles, self-serving utensils, water bottles and cups/mugs should not be shared. If dining in an outside, well-ventilated area isn't possible, dining could occur in an indoor facility as long as there is sufficient physical distancing.
  • Meals must be provided in a to-go manner (e.g., boxed meals).
  • Hydration will be available via single use cups, and located on several tables that adhere to physical distancing rules. Each cooler will be cleaned each night.

Inclement Weather

  • Inclement weather shelter options will include the George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility, John Paul Jones Arena, Memorial Gymnasium, and the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
  • If a camp is cancelled, or delayed for a significant period of time, as a result of inclement weather, a parent must pick up the camper within 2 hours of notification.


  • Spectators (e.g., parents) are prohibited during camps.