Health and Safety Protocol

Winter/Spring 2021 Wildernest Programs

Note: As long as the risk of coronavirus exposure continues at or near current levels, we will follow this protocol. If a vaccine becomes readily available and/or risk levels drop considerably, we will reassess the requirements in line with current CDC recommendations, and communicate with parents regarding any changes.

Our safety policy is based on CDC guidelines for maintaining a safe day camp environment with minimal risk of contact with and spread of coronavirus. In order to participate in our fall 2020 programs, we ask all parents and children to agree to this protocol.


Physical Distancing

  • Small groups of 5-8 children. 

  • 6 feet of distance maintained during crafts and encouraged during other activities.

  • Outside in open-air environment at all times. If it rains, we will gather under bell-tent tarps.

  • Drive-through drop-off/pick-up with window of time to stagger traffic.



  • Participants bring masks to wear at times when 6 feet of distance is not maintainable.

    • Cloth masks (with 2-3 layers of material) or disposable 3-ply surgical masks required. 3-layer masks with nose wire are most effective and strongly encouraged. 

    • Masks washed after each day of program.

    • N95 masks encouraged if participant has compromised immune system.

    • Face shields, thin gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves are insufficient.

    • Masks must fit well on child’s face, without leaving openings or gaps.


Hand Hygiene

  • Children encouraged to purchase own personal crafting supplies and tools, to minimize sharing items.

  • Hand sanitization at arrival and departure, before and after eating or touching any supplies.


Symptom Screening

  • Temperatures taken on arrival, 100.3F or lower to participate.

  • Children with symptoms or family member with symptoms stay home.

Symptom Screening Checklist:


Before sending your child to camp, we ask that you ensure that none of the following signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are present, and that they have not been in close contact with anyone with a coronavirus infection in the prior 2 weeks. If so, please keep your child home.



  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Why Masks?


According to Duke researchers who  studied the efficacy of different types of masks, “If everyone wore a mask, we could stop up to 99% of viral droplets before they reach someone else. In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral medicine, it’s the one proven way to protect others as well as yourself.” Here is the link to view the study.


Since we are in an outdoor space and will be focusing on activities that allow children to keep physical space from one another, masks will not be required the entire day. But for times when children and staff do need to come closer, masks will be required.