Coronavirus COVID-19

“Coronavirus and other viruses aren’t going away. We have the skills and knowledge to manage those communicable diseases and still have healthy camp environments”

Tracey Gaslin

ACN Executive Director, Association of Camp Nursing

Coronavirus COVID-19 Considerations for Camps

ACN is at the leading edge of camp health services in these COVID times. Collaborative research, engaging with experts in the field of camp health, testing, MESH concerns and communicable disease we are proud to help camps navigate these challenging times.

Field Guide

Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance (EH&E and ACA)

Diagnostics | Testing

Considerations and what you need to know

MESH Support

MESH at camp 2022


Non-Pharmacologic interventions explained

Research Results

What we are learning from summers 2020 / 2021

CDC Considerations

Solid guidance from the CDC about planning and operating summer camps

ACN Initiatives

(Winter/Spring 2021-2022)

Currently in progress:

  • MESH Guidance for campers and staff, to include screening, guidance for staff and resources.
  • Research on the impact of COVID-19 on camps in the summer of 2021

CDC Guidance Updated May 28, 2021

Clarification and FAQ’s from the CDC Guidance released May 28th. These were some of the most common questions asked at the ACA / ACN / CDC Town Hall.

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ACN COVID-19 Health History Addendums

ACN encourages you to add COVID-19 specific questions to your camper and staff health histories. The links below provide some guidance.


Camper COVID-19 Heath History Addendums

Staff COVID-19 Health History Addendums

Potential COVID Testing Patterns for Summer Camp Consideration

(April 2021)

This chart of potential testing pattern considerations will help you navigate the world of running a healthy camp in these COVID times

Download the document

CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

July 27, 2021

CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated people … learn more

State Operating Guidance

The American Camp Association has compiled a set of resources for States Operating Guidance for Summer 2021.

Learn more 

March 2, 2021

CDC Prioritization of Camp Staff for COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) previously expanded the definition of “essential workers” to incorporate out-of-school time workers, including camp staff. To support that move, CDC recently made changes to their website that explicitly list camp staff in Phase 1b of their vaccination prioritization. Read more

The Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Defense Infographic: Click the image for a larger PDF image

COVID-19 Resources for Camps

A variety of resources for camp health services to provide healthy camp communities in this COVID-19 time

Communicable Disease Guidelines
COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Diagnostics in Context: This is a robust document from Harvard with extensive details about testing and diagnostics for COVID-19

From the FDA: COVID-19 Testing Basics

CLIA Waived Testing (explained for camps)

Screening Tools

ACN COVID-19 Pre-Screening Tool

Pre-Screening Tool

(A second example of a pre-screening form.) This pre-screening tool is intended for use by campers and staff in the two weeks prior to camp arrival

Health Screening Guide

Modify and use this guide to fit your camp for the screening campers and staff on arrival

MESH Concerns with COVID-19

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations with COVID-19

ACN MESH Infographic: How to support the MESH needs of staff

Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Child Trends)

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During the COVID-19 Outbreak (WHO, March 2020)

NPI's Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Use of Non-Pharmacological Interventions and Personal Protective Equipment by Camps in the Summer of 2020: Selected Findings from ACN’s Study of Camp Health Care Practice Following the Onset of COVID-19

This fall, the Association of Camp Nursing surveyed members about camp health care practices in the summer of 2020 following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article

CompassPoint, December 2020

Swiss-Cheese-Model-Camp: Infographic

ACN is collaborating with ACA and the CDC  to gather data about the impact of COVID-19 on camp and youth programs this past summer. Preliminary findings were presented at the ACN October conference. A complete report will be coming in early 2021.


ACN Webinars

Visit the ACN Spring Webinar Series page for webinars and additional networking opportunities 

Recent COVID-19 posts from the ACN Blog

COVID Today: Vaccine Booster

Vaccine Booster (Late August 2021) A COVID-19 vaccine booster is now being made available.  Initially the booster was for individuals who are immunocompromised but will now be available to anyone who wishes to get a booster after September 20, 2021.   ...

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