COVID-19 and Resident Camps

Overnight Camps

We are very excited to welcome campers to Camp Kirby once again. Overnight camp guidance has been released for Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery! Below, you can view an Info Session that we held to help explain what Resident Camp will look like this summer.

Key Points: 

1. This guidance is for camps located in counties in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery. If Skagit County were to move back to Phase 2, or forward to Phase 4, things would look different. Currently, overnight camps are not allowed to operate in Phase 2.

2. There will be some pre-camp requirements for both campers and staff. For example, per state guidelines, all campers and staff will be required to a) be fully vaccinated, OR b) receive a negative COVID test no more than 3 days before camp and remain in quarantine between the test and start of camp.

3. We have identified two main strategies to keep Camp healthy. First, we will be using a cohort model, and keeping campers in small groups. This way, if exposure  occurs, we will be able to easily identify and isolate individuals who may be affected. Second, we will be layering non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) that have been proven to be effective at reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses.  Examples of these NPIs include wearing masks, social distancing, and facilitating programs outdoors.  

4. We have created a COVID-19 Handbook for Overnight Camps that details all of our policies and procedures for this summer. It is important to understand that this is a working document, and changes may be necessary as updates are given by Governor Inslee, the Washington State Department of Health, and our local Skagit County Public Health Department. More information will be shared as we get closer to Camp.