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COVID-19 Guidance for Camp Families

The health and safety of campers and camp staff remains a priority for our camp operations. RecWell has sought local and university guidance to develop guidelines for operating camp with COVID-19 considerations this summer.

General Information About COVID-19

UNF Recommendations

  • Get vaccinated and get a booster  

  • Wear a mask 

  • Wash hands frequently 

  • If you’re sick, stay at home

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever or chills, new loss of taste or smell, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, muscle or body aches, diarrhea or headache 


* This list does not include all possible symptoms and will be updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they learn more about COVID-19. 

How is COVID-19 spread?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. What can be done to prevent the spread of illness? 

  • Stay at home if you are sick 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available. Camp Staff are expected to reinforce hand washing and will be provided hand sanitizer for their camp group

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Camp Staff will be provided additional cleaning products and camp supplies will be considered & may be modified this summer in regard to high contact items

  • Cover your nose and mouth when around others


Guidance for camp families

This information will be communicated to camp families through RecWell Camps website, In the Parent Packet, Linked through the camp Newsletter, and Linked through the registration process.

Will my child be required to wear a cloth face covering? 


The University of North Florida expects individuals to wear a face mask when indoors on campus. Camp Staff will respect the individual choice to wear or not wear a face mask.  

What is daily home screening?

The CDC recommends that the parent/guardian conduct a daily home screening on their child each morning before they leave for camp. The child should be checked for a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, sore throat, uncontrolled cough, diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal and/or new onset of headache. If they have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that the child is evaluated by their healthcare provider and discuss possible COVID-19 testing.

What happens when a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at camp?

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, any student or staff member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home. A separate space will be designated for those campers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. A parent or guardian will be called, and that parent is expected to pick the camper up within one hour (60 minutes). If a parent cannot be reached, or has not arrived within an hour, the emergency contact person will be called to pick up the student. It is recommended that the child’s parent/guardian contact their health care provider or the local health department regarding testing.

If my child tests positive for COVID-19, what criteria is being used to come back to camp?

If an individual tests positive, once informed, the camp will provide instructions based on local health department guidance to the person and household contacts about when it is safe to return to camp.  At this time, the guidance is:  

Return to Camp Information for Students Positive for COVID-19 or with Symptoms of COVID-19

The Youth Sports & Fitness Camp, under the guidance of the University of North Florida, will continue to follow the state’s guidance on response to COVID-19. Campers experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have received a positive test for COVID-19 shall not attend camp or be on camp property until: 

  • If symptomatic: COVID-19 testing is recommended. Stay home while sick, or until 24-hours without a fever (without the use of fever reducing medications) and symptoms are resolving; or 

  • If COVID-19 positive: Self-isolate for five days from the onset of symptoms or positive test result if no symptoms. You can return to camp following your isolation timeframe if you are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) and symptoms are resolving. You should then wear a well-fitted face mask for an additional 5 days when indoors or around others, including inside your home.


When a camper tests positive, who is informed of this and who performs the contact tracing?

RecWell Camp Administration will email the primary contact in the camper registration record. This email notification will be sent out when a positive case has been present in the camp group. The email goes to the families at the conclusion of the camp day when the first case for the camp group is reported. RecWell Administration will send only one letter per camp group per week notifying parents of possible exposure. A second reported case in that camp group during the same week as the first will not generate a second letter.  

During a potential quarantine what are my options for refund?

The first step is reporting the case to the Camp Director by email to A pro-rated refund will be considered by Camp Administration per situation based on the time out of camp and the week(s) enrolled. See policies below. 

Standard Refund Policy

  • Refund requests are required in advance by calling the Recreation and Wellness Office. Refunds will not be given once the camp week has begun. Exceptions will be made only through the Camp Director.
  • Refunds requested after camp has begun will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. 
  • Camp fees will not be prorated for attending only a part of each day or only several days each week. There is no daily rate.

COVID-19 Refund Policy

A camper withdrawing due to a positive COVID-19 test will:

  • If reported on Monday (did not attend camp, became symptomatic over weekend and camp offices were closed), will receive a refund for the week of camp, minus at $25 cancellation fee.
  • If reported on Monday, will receive a pro-rated refund for Tuesday – Friday (4 days)
  • If reported on Tuesday, will receive a pro-rated refund for Wednesday – Friday (3 days)
  • If reported on Wednesday or later, no pro-rated refund 

What testing is considered necessary after exposure to COVID-19 and symptoms develop?

  • The Florida Department of Health recommends a PCR or antigen test. 

  • PCR Test – Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) looks for pieces of SARS-CoV-2, in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if the person has an active infection. 

  • Antigen Test – looks for pieces of proteins that make up the SARS-CoV-2 virus to determine if the person has an active infection.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

  • Isolation is what you do if you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. You should stay home and away from others (including household members) as directed by the local health department to avoid spreading illness.

  • Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19. You should stay home and away from others as directed by the local health department and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms. 


For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following sites:

Florida Department of Health, Duval Office of Epidemiology: (904) 253-1850 

Florida Department of Health, COVID-19 Call Center: (866) 779-6121 or email