CDSS Covid Policies

In this ever-changing pandemic landscape, the health of our community remains our top priority. As we prepare for camps, we will monitor CDC and local governmental guidance and policies to determine whether it’s safe to gather and what protocols we should have in place.

As of July 11, 2022:

  • All campers over age 5 must have up to date vaccinations.  Up to date vaccination is considered both
    • Two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine plus two weeks
    • Booster shots at 5 months after the completion of the primary series of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines or 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine
  • Campers under age 5 must have started their series of Covid vaccines before their camp week
  • All campers must have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival at camp
    • e.g., for camps that start on Saturday, tests may be taken Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
  • Campers are required to bring a minimum of 4 rapid tests per person for week-long sessions
    • Campers must self-test upon arrival at camp, on Day 1 and on Day 3 of camp as directed by staff
    • Additional testing may be required through the week
  • We ask that campers exercise caution and wear masks in public places in the week before and on the way to camp
  • For at least the first half of the week, well-fitting masks must be worn in/at
    • Indoor spaces at Pinewoods include the Camphouse, Dining Hall/Kitchen area, Bookstore, Program Center, CDSS Office, and the interiors of Pinecones and Hunsdon House
    • Daytime classes
    • Evening dances
    • All-camp Gatherings
  • Once at camp, we ask that you stay at camp
    • Plan to bring everything you need for the week, including snacks and beverages, with you on Saturday  
    • If you have an emergency need from the outside world, please check in with the Camp Director at camp

If you were ill with Covid between 10 and 90 days before camp and you have positive PCR test, you can come to camp if:

  • You are 10-or-more days past your original positive test
  • You can show a copy of your first positive test result to establish the date, if possible
  • You’re not experiencing any Covid symptoms and have been fever-free for more than 24 hours without any medication
  • You have at least 2 negative rapid antigen tests before you come to camp (one can be your day-of-arrival test).

Additional protocols may be added as the camp season approaches.

Facility staff vaccinated?Facility staff boosted?Facility staff masked in kitchen/dining areas?Facility staff masked overall?Testing protocol for facility staff?Facility shared with other groups?
PinewoodsYesYesYesYesYesEarly Music Week only
OgontzYesTBDFollowing local guidelinesFollowing local guidelinesNoNo
CavellYesTBDFollowing local guidelinesFollowing local guidelinesNoYes
LouiseYesRecommendedYesFollowing local guidelinesNoYes

Click on the facilities below to find out more information about what each facility requires.

Pinewoods Camp

As of July 4, 2022:

  • All campers and Program Provider staff must be vaccinated, and boosted if eligible.
  • Youth (under age 5) must be vaccinated to the fullest extent possible.
    • If a vaccine does not become available, youth under the age of 5 including infants under the age of 6 months, are required to test on an every other day basis while at camp.
Testing Requirements
  • Campers are required to bring a minimum of four tests per person for week-long sessions.
  • Campers must self-test with an antigen test upon arrival at camp and as directed by staff.
    • Test results will be collated by CDSS
    • For arrival, same-day 3rd party tests are also accepted (CVS Minute Clinic, Urgent Care, etc.)
    • For day-of-arrival tests, campers may test as soon as they arrive (before exiting their car), or provide a picture of an antigen test conducted within the three hours before arrival. 
      • If campers are testing before arrival, they should have a picture of the test on their phone at arrival
      • If campers are anticipating a late arrival, they should email a picture of their test to one of the Program Provider contacts ahead of time
  • Additional testing may be required due to increases in Covid-19 transmission levels or the emergence of a more severe variant
  • Masks must be worn throughout the week when interacting with the Pinewoods Crew
    • Those with dining hall jobs must wear an N-95 or equivalent mask when working in the dining hall or serving area


As of March 31, 2022:

  • All camp staff will be vaccinated
  • Requirements will match CDSS Covid policies
  • All state and county mandates, including those for masking, must be followed

Camp Cavell

As of June 3, 2022:

  • All camp staff will be vaccinated
  • Requirements will match CDSS Covid policies
  • All state and county mandates, including those for masking, must be followed
  • We will be sharing camp with a kids day camp program which may include some un-vaccinated people. They will be using completely separate spaces and a separate entrance into and out of camp
    • There will likely be no interaction between Dance, Music & Spice Week and the day camp program

Camp Louise

As of March 31, 2022

  • All camp staff will be vaccinated
    • Boosters are recommended for those who received vaccines six months prior
  • Dining hall staff will be masked for serving
  • All state and county mandates, including those for masking, must be followed
Brave Trails requirements (concurrent user of Camp Louise)
  • Pre-camp COVID PCR test required
  • Vaccinations required for all staff, campers, outside presenters, and any guests
    • Boosters likely to included in the definition of vaccinated but that is still TBD