COVID-19 Protocols at Dunkleys – 2022


All counselors will be vaccinated.  All Campers age 12 and older are encouraged to get vaccinated.  Those who are will not have to be masked as often!

This is a work in progress, a fluid document. With vaccines and “over the counter COVID tests” and immediate results available, many of these protocols will change prior to the beginning of Camp. This plan will continue to be reviewed and updated weekly as new information from the VT Dept of HE, VT Agency of Commerce and Community, ACA, VT Governor, CDC is received.

Our top priority is keeping our camp community healthy and safe this summer while offering a meaningful camp experience to our campers!

We are following target occupancy, specific to our setting and population, so as to maximize the opportunity for social distancing.

It is crucial to minimize the risks of spreading COVID 19. The following are designed to maintain health and safety while running during the summer of 2022:

1. Any camper/staff member who is showing symptoms of COVID (has a cough, fever higher than 100.4, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, significant rash, discolored nasal discharge, severe ear pain, uncontrolled cough, diarrhea) or who has been in contact with someone with COVID within the last 14 days, is currently sick, has been tested and is awaiting results or is at high risk due to underlying health conditions (heart disease, lung disease, underlying immune disorders, people with HIV) will not be permitted at camp. High-risk campers/staff will be able to attend if they have been vaccinated.

2. Staff/campers will wear masks, except when in the water or skiing/tubing, eating, working out on an event, or sleeping.

3. Families doing drop off and pick up are required to wear masks. Drop off and pick up times will be staggered with no direct camp contact with the family member dropping off. Adults will remain in the car until the pre-screening of the camper. All paperwork will be handled ahead of drop-off. Counselors will bring the camper into the camp. (To ensure the safety of our communities, out of state families must exercise extreme caution when traveling to VT)  Travel to camp should be as direct as possible, optimally a single day trip with contactless behavior.

4. The pre-screening upon arrival at Dunkleys 2022 will include: well-child check, symptom check, temperature check, and lice check.

5. Campers & staff will have the option to take hikes, beach trips, nature walks in Grand Isle County with no outside contact.

6. Pre Arrival for All Campers:

  • 1.  Follow low-risk practices for 14 – 7 days:  use maks and social distancing unless you are with your household/family.  Outside of mandatory school, campers should quarantine and attend no gatherings~weddings/funerals/family events/playdates/concerts.
  • 2.  Obtain a negative PCR test for COVID 19 within 3 days of arrival at camp (if it is positive ~stay home and come to Camp 2 weeks later!)  Camp must have an electronic or hard copy proof of the negative test prior to arrival (unless you have had COVID within the last 90 days~but more than 14 days ago)
  • 3.  UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED, You must follow these protocols to come to camp.  WE ENCOURAGE ALL CAMPERS 12 AND OLDER TO GET THE VACCINE!

7. If a camper experiences symptoms, that camper would be isolated in the infirmary or COVID cabin, and sent home as soon as possible, until a negative test came back or quarantine for 14 days at home.

8. Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance to the pre-screening area and all entrances to bunks, the dining room, workout areas, and the kitchen.

9. Daily temperature/health checks for staff/campers will be done each AM.

10. Campers will be in groups/pods of 15 with the same 3 counselors. These groups will remain separate from other groups for everything at camp: work out, eating, waterfront activities, sleeping, recreational activities…

11. Dunkleys workouts and activities will be outside, whenever possible. Windows and doors will be open in the gyms, dining room, and bunks, weather permitting. All areas will be cleaned and sanitized after use.

12. Non-pharmaceutical interventions that will be followed: (1)masks  (2)outside activities unless inclement weather  (3)social distancing  (4)good ventilation for indoor spaces  (5)handwashing  (6)limiting inside exposure  (7)staying in groups/pods/cohorts of 13-18.

All Dunkleys’ Staff will complete VOSHA’s mandatory training on “protecting the health and safety of workers”, as well as USAG Safety training, First Aid/CPR, and background checks.