How We Controlled Summer Camp Outbreaks

2022 was a challenge due to the summer camp outbreaks.


The post-Covid-19 summer day-sleepaway camps have been revamped and updated to ensure the safety of our campers and staff.


This article will discuss our most critical actions this year to preserve our campers’ integrity amid a pandemic.


Summer Camps Programs amid Covid-19 outbreak


  • Contact tracing. We deployed COVID-19 protocols this summer to help reduce the spread of the disease in our sleepaway and day camp locations.


  • Outdoor activities over indoor programs. Campers can expect to spend most of their time outside, emphasizing nature, wildlife, and the outdoors.


  • Vaccinated staff. Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist, recommends that camps require vaccinations for adults and campers old enough to get the shot. Other guidelines include “serving meals in shifts, putting fewer youngsters in the cabins, and requiring anyone unvaccinated to wear masks indoors.”


  • Screening testing. According to the CDC, overnight camps should use diagnostic testing for campers/staff with symptoms of COVID-19 or for people who have had close contact with someone infected. This was done through points-of-care, at-home, or laboratory-based testing. Common screening testing scenarios included pre-arrival testing, for instance.


  • We embraced strict organization based on CDC’s guidelines. According to the CDC, if an overnight camp program is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, camp directors should have a schedule to isolate those who have tested positive or showing symptoms quickly.


  • Hygiene is paramount. We encouraged our campers/staff to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitation stations were available throughout campuses.



For more info about our protocols, please read our special guide


Be ready for the 2023 Season!


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We’ll have two Sleepaway Camp seasons available in our Fruitland Park, Fl, location:


  • The first Season will be from July 2nd to July 22nd, 2023. 
  • The second Season will be from July 23rd to August 5th, 2023.


Our 9-week Day Camp starts on June 12th and until August 11th, 2023. Discover our day camp locations: Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Tree Tops Park, & Oleta River State Park.


We have fun for everyone’s needs! Learn more about special programs—Road Trips, CIT Program, Leadership Workshops, Family Weekend, and more! 


The Guaikinima methodology has been validated for +30 years in hundreds of children and young people. Behind the fun, laughs, and joy, we carefully craft a learning methodology to guarantee the safest, funniest, most wholesome, and most structured summer program for your kids in Florida!