Field Guide for Camps

Updated 1/5/22

The American Camp Association (ACA) and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) are engaged together to provide educational resources to both day and overnight camps, state and local health departments, and parents/guardians and campers. The educational resources are being developed by an independent expert panel being coordinated by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in environmental health. This expert panel has convened specialists in pediatric medicine, camp medicine and nursing, epidemiology, infectious disease management, biological safety, industrial hygiene, organizational design, and other technical specialties. These educational resources will be shared with CDC and state and local health departments so that all parties can be informed. Information will be available on the ACA and Y-USA websites as it becomes available.

NOTE: All chapters will be labeled interim as we receive initial feedback on the content.


Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance


This field guide is designed to provide camp directors and staff with a practical guide and tool kit to implement specific recommendations provided by the CDC in relation to risk reduction at camps. The objective of this field guide is to provide educational materials for camp staff to reduce potential exposures to and spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) the virus that causes COVID-19. The recommendations provided here are designed to be implemented for various types of camps (e.g. adventure/touring; day, resident, backcountry, weekend) and geographic locations and pertain to camps in geographical locations under low and medium mitigation conditions, according to federal guidance. Any recommendations in this guide should also coincide with a given camp’s communicable disease plan.

Field Guide Updated and Revised for Summer 2021 on 6/21/21

Action alerts and updated CDC guidance have been added below.

The Field Guide is a living document and will be updated as new information becomes available for summer 2022.

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Action Alerts


Field Guide Table of Contents


Support Videos for the Field Guide


CDC Resources


Please contact ACA if you have questions.


COVID-19 Dashboards/Trends

Here are several resources that EH&E recommends that camps employ to best understand the pandemic conditions on a national framework. There are many dashboards that are posting up data and EH&E currently feels confident in the data streaming from these three sources.