Laurel COVID Readiness

Laurel 2021 Covid Readiness Plan

In February 2021, a small group of people started meeting to discuss what would be needed to make Laurel Family Camp happen as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  We were thankful to find the extensive resource from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Camp Association (ACA) that was written specifically to support camping staff during the summer of 2021 .  

These Policies and Procedures have been carefully reviewed and updated closer to the start of Camp according to PA state mandates, CDC recommendations, and ACA recommendations, knowing that we will have both vaccinated and unvaccinated Campers.  We will be following guidelines that apply to all our Campers- unvaccinated AND vaccinated in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

For ease the Pre-Camp COVID-19 Testing document has also been posted below.

You must download and review these documents.

Policy Name: PreCamp COVID‐19 Testing Purpose: 

We will have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated Campers. The recommended way to ensure everyone’s safety from the start is to require COVID‐19 testing for everyone attending Camp. 

Effective Date: 5/19/21 AK
Updated: Reviewed and revised 7/13/21 AK 

7 Days Before You Come to Camp 

  1. ALL family members coming to Camp will need to take a COVID‐19 test. 
  2. You will need to time your test to ensure you have your results back in time for the start of Camp. 
  3. Suggestions on where to get COVID‐19 testing: 
    • Best Practice: Call your local county health department and tell them that you need a “non‐
      rapid COVID‐19 test” done in order to attend a family camp. Ask where in your community
      offers free (this does exist in some areas) or available testing without a doctor’s order. 
    • Over the counter (OTC) rapid test kits: available at CVS, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, and
  1. Options to communicate test results: 
    • Prior to Camp: Communicate via email to the Camp Registrar Amanda Kessler ( with the full names of campers and pictures of your test results. Or you can choose to text Amanda at 304‐282‐3960. Please be sure that the picture is clearly visible. 
    • Day of Camp‐ see next section below.

Check‐In at Camp on Saturday or Sunday 

1. When you go to the Dining Hall to get your cabin assignment, you will need to bring: 

  • If you did not provide COVID‐19 test results prior to Camp starting: A copy of your negative
    COVID‐19 test result‐ paper or cell phone picture (please make sure it is clearly visible). The test result is HIPAA‐related information, if you brought a paper copy to show at Check‐in it is your property, we will not keep it. 
  • You will be checked in and provided with all necessary Camp information. 

Laurel Family Camp is considered Highest Risk level by the CDC. Campers mix among different groups/ we do not stay separated throughout the day, we do not stay spaced apart from those that are not vaccinated (ex: children), and we come from different geographical areas. 

You MUST have a negative COVID‐19 test result in order to participate in activities and be on Camp property.

After Camp 

Best Practice: For those that are unvaccinated it is recommended to get a COVID‐19 test. It is recommended that you wait 5‐ 7 days to ensure a more accurate test and allow time for possible symptom incubation. You should get tested sooner if you experience any concerning symptoms: problems with coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion/ runny nose, muscle or body aches, or difficulty breathing. 

Note: COVID‐19 vaccines are effective. However, a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated may still get COVID‐19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it, according to the CDC (May 2021). These infections are defined as “vaccine breakthrough cases” and are typically mild.

If you have a positive COVID‐19 test, Camp Director and Somerset, PA county information has been provided to help with contact tracing.    

Camp Director - Tirah Keal

Email -

Cell Number - 267-439-0917

Somerset County State Health Center 651 S Center Ave
Somerset, PA 15501‐2811
Phone: (814) 445‐7981 

Good Practice: Monitor your temperature and screen for any symptoms for the next 10‐ 14 days problems with coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion/ runny nose, muscle or body aches, or difficulty breathing. 

Sources: Field Guild for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance, Version 1.3,‐ content/uploads/2020/05/Pre‐Camp‐Health‐Screening‐51420.pdf ,‐long‐after‐exposure‐ to‐test‐positive‐for‐covid/#:~:text=It%20can%20take%20almost%20a,after%20you%20were%20exposed , Monongalia County Health Department, WV (7/12/21, 4:05pm) spoke with Ed Abbott 304‐598‐5100