COVID Protocols

Spring 2021 programs will follow strict COVID guidelines
Please carefully read over our protocols prior to attending our programs.

Arrival and Departures Procedures

Health Screening

Upon their arrival at camp each day, campers will:

  • receive a visual screening by a member of Camp SEA Lab staff
  • have their temperature checked with a touchless thermometer
  • complete the following verbal health questionnaire (with help from the adult dropping them off)
  1. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms- fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or frequent coughing?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Camp SEA Lab will check for symptoms related to COVID-19, including but not limited to:

Coughing, sore throat, headache, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, chills, muscle or body aches

Staff members will be required to check their temperature upon their arrival at camp.

If any camper or staff member is displaying symptoms, or has a temperature above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be required to return home. The individual will then be asked to remain at home until they have received a negative COVID test or symptoms have cleared and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Others who have had close contact with the symptomatic individual will be informed to monitor and report any symptoms.


During drop-off, participants and the adult dropping them off will go to the arrival table where a Camp SEA Lab coordinator will be stationed. The camper will be screened for symptoms, reply to the questionnaire, and have their temperature checked. Campers and their adults must be wearing masks once they leave their vehicle, and must maintain a 6-foot distance while in line to get checked in. Once campers are cleared for camp, they will be sent to their designated pod area where their naturalist will be waiting for them.

During pick-up, campers will be waiting in their designated pod areas with their naturalist and the rest of their pod. Adults will go to the arrival/departure table where a Camp SEA Lab coordinator will be stationed to call for campers over the radio. Once a camper has been called over the radio, they can leave their group and go to the departure table to meet their adult and go home.

Mask and Social Distancing Requirements

Mask Use

At all times, campers and staff will be required to wear face masks. Face masks must completely cover the mouth and nose and securely strap under the chin. There are only a fewtimes when masks can be removed. These are as follows:

  • While eating- students must be seated at least 6 feet apart before removing their masks to eat
  • While drinking water- students must move at least 10 feet away from an activity to take off their
    mask to drink water, or all students must be seated 6 feet apart for a water break
  • Mask break- if a student needs some time to breathe with their mask off, or readjust their mask,
    they will announce that they are taking a mask break and move at least 10 feet away from other
    students. That student is responsible for remaining distanced from their peers while their mask is off.

Staff requirements are the same as student requirements.

Adults dropping off or picking up their campers must wear a face mask while outside of their vehicle.

Social Distancing

Campers and staff are instructed to keep at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others at all times. Only one person is allowed in an indoor space (bathroom) at a time. Pods will remain separated from other pods by a distance greater than 6 feet at all times.


Exceptions will be made for campers who live in the same household, or for emergency or first aid purposes.

Stable Pods and Eating Procedures

Stable Pods

Each camper will be assigned to a pod for their time at Camp SEA Lab. Pods will have a maximum of 12 kids and one adult. Campers and staff will remain within the same pod during all program hours. Pods will remain separated from other pods at all times by a distance greater than 6 feet, and will be separate for all activities. Each pod will have a designated area for meeting and lunch time. When possible, each pod will have a designated restroom facility.


Students and staff bring their own snacks and lunches. Groups eat in their own pods only, distanced from each other by at least 6 feet and must remain sitting while eating. Campers wash their hands/sanitize before and after eating. If any surfaces are used, we will sanitize before and after use. Eating will always occur outside.

Sanitizing, Hand Washing, and Bathroom Procedures

Surface and Supply Sanitizing

Camp SEA Lab staff will sanitize all surfaces with an EPA approved disinfectant spray at the beginning and end of each day. Supplies will be kept within pods as much as is practicable, and if there needs to be sharing of supplies, they will be sanitized before and after each pod uses them.

Hand Washing/Sanitizing

Campers and staff will be required to wash or sanitize their hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, and before and after handling any equipment that will be shared between participants or pods. Hand washing will be encouraged as a primary option for cleaning, and each group leader will have hand sanitizer with them at all times.


Camp SEA Lab will ensure that any private restroom facilities (ie Camp St. Francis) are sanitized before the beginning of each day of camp.

When using public restrooms, staff will ensure that campers wash their hands properly after use and will provide hand sanitizer if supplies in the restrooms are inadequate.

When possible, each pod will have a designated restroom facility. Staff will use the same facility as the students in their pod. Any overseeing staff who are not members of a pod will either have a restroom facility of their own or will use one pod’s restroom for the entire duration of the program.

COVID Exposure Plan

COVID Exposure Response Plan

If any staff member or participant has indirect or direct contact with a person infected with COVID-19, they must alert Camp SEA Lab staff as soon as possible. 

A detailed action plan will be sent to registered participants or upon request.