COVID-19: Statement of Risk
The safety of all of our participants, volunteers, and employees continues to be our top priority.
Using guidance from health agencies at the local, state, and federal level, we have updated our protocols for operating camp during the continuing pandemic. All protocols have been reviewed and endorsed by our camp physicians.
These important precautions reduce risk but do not completely eliminate the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp. Please be mindful of these considerations as you make the choice to join us at camp this summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
General: Units attending camp as a unit will be treated as a ‘household’ and will not be required to practice social distancing or wear face coverings (unless indoors) while with each other.
Though we will still have some mitigation protocols in place, we expect your camp experience to be far more ‘normal’ when compared to Summer 2021. However, prior to camp we suggest that you discuss with your families how your unit will travel to and function while at camp in light of the ongoing pandemic. It is important to ensure all families have a level of comfort with your plans.
- Q: Do I need to be tested for Covid-19 before camp? A: Getting a test before camp isn't required, but it is highly recommended by the CDC and local departments of health. Testing is quick and easy. While we are strongly encouraging any non-vaccinated members of your unit get tested 2 to 3 days before travelling to camp and are encouraging all campers to get tested 2 to 3 days prior to arrival, we are not requiring it.
- Q: Can participants tent together? A: With the exception of following regular youth protection guidelines there are no additional restrictions on tent partners.
- Q: Will we be required to wear face coverings or practice social distancing? A: Face coverings will be required for all participants while indoors and in enclosed spaces. Additionally, in situations where multiple units are participating in a single program (e.g. merit badge classes or subcamp campfires) together, participants will be required to practice social distancing with those outside of their unit.
- Q: What will sanitation protocols look like at camp? A: Hand hygiene will be prioritized. Expect frequent reminders as well as greater access to hand washing and hand sanitizer. High touch surfaces and shared program equipment will be sanitized regularly. Units will be provided with a sanitizing spray for surfaces that can be refilled at their request.
- Q: What will food service look like at camp? A: All units will be doing some cooking in Sub-camps. Please review the Food Service page to see more details. All indoor dining rooms will be open with no party size limits for tables seating individuals from the same unit or group. However, units or groups will be spaced at least 6 feet apart from other units/groups, which may require us to serve meals in shifts. Outdoor dining options will also be provided.
- Q: What will happen if we need to take shelter in a storm shelter? A: Our camp physicians and risk management advisors agree that the imminent threat of a storm would take precedence over all else. When needed, we will use storms shelters as in the past, but will work to limit time spent in them as we are able. Face coverings while inside will be required.
- Q: Will health screenings be required? A: Prior to your departure from home on the day of arrival, each participant should use the COVID Health Screening Checklist. We will not be collecting these onsite but we will ask your group leader to verify that screenings were conducted.. We will not be requiring temperature checks.
- Q: What if someone at camp exhibits symptoms of COVID-19? A: The participant will be isolated from the rest of the group and remain so until results of a COVID-19 test can be received. In the interim, the rest of the unit can continue with program as normal. Individuals with a negative test result can return to program as normal.
- Q: What will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp? A: The participant and their ‘close contacts’ would need to remain in isolation until they return home. Unless a unit can prove otherwise, our assumption is that everyone in the unit of an infected individual will be considered a close contact.
- Q: Will you require a COVID vaccination to attend camp? A: While we are strongly encouraging all eligible campers to receive a vaccine, we are not requiring it. Those who can show proof of vaccination will not need to isolate if they are identified as a close contact.
- Q: Will I still be required to isolate if I am vaccinated? A: You will not need to isolate if you are determined to be a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp. However, if you are symptomatic you will need to isolate until results of a COVID-19 test can be received.
- Q: Will there be limits on visitors, partial week leaders, group sizes or town visits? A: No, but we will ask all individuals to follow our health and safety protocols both inside and outside of camp while we are in operation.
- Q: Will there be older Scout transportation? A: The Tomahawk bus will not be transporting Scouts this summer. Unit leaders will be asked provide transportation to Scouts when they need to participate in a program outside their Sub-Camp. Offsite trips will also require your own transportation. The camp vans and bus simply don't have the space to follow recommended spacing for the volume of Scouts we'd need to transport. Scouts may bring bikes and each campsite will be allowed to park one vehicle at their campsite entrance for transportation convenience.
- Q: Can Family Island Participants visit troops in their campsite? A: Yes
- Q: Will there be Camp-wide or subcamp-wide events (5K run, closing campfire, OA callouts, assemblies, beach bashes, polar bears, etc)? A: Stationary gatherings like campfires and OA callouts will be happening this summer with distancing between units. More active camp-wide games like beach bash and Friday games will not be happening in traditional formats.
For additional questions, please review our Q&A session from June 2nd of 2021 with both the Tomahawk and Many Point Camp Directors.
Q&A Session: June 2nd
Please continue to review the updates on the Northern Star Scouting Website. There is more camp info there as well as general Scouting information.
Northern Star Scouting & COVID-19 Information
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Hear what leaders had to say about their summer at Tomahawk in 2020.