What you should know about day and overnight camp in NH this summer

Gov. Chris Sununu has given the go-ahead for New Hampshire camps to open in late June. What questions should parents ask before deciding to send their child to camp?

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Gov. Chris Sununu, based on recommendations from the economic reopening task force, has given the go-ahead for New Hampshire day camps to open on June 22, and overnight camps to open on June 28. Camps were not allowed to open because of the stay-at-home order in place due to COVID-19.

What do you need to know before making a decision on whether to send your child your camp?

UNH Cooperative Extension has put together a fact sheet for parents, “Parent Questions About Summer Camps Amid Covid-19 Restrictions And The Answers They Should Listen For.” Find it here.

The fact sheet, which includes information from the American Camping Association (ACA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is intended to inform parents and outline some of the key questions they should be asking including:

  • How will social distancing be accomplished?
  • How will camp facilities and equipment be cleaned and disinfected?
  • Will camp staff and campers be required to wear PPE?
  • To what extent will people be allowed to come and go from the camp?
  • How will campers and staff be monitored for infection?
  • Do children need to be tested?
  • Will quarantine be expected for out-of-state campers?
  • What happens if a child becomes sick while at camp?
  • How will refunds be handled?

You can also read the official documentation from the state regarding the opening of day and overnight camps.

To view a list of day and overnight camps in New Hampshire, check out ParentingNH’s March/Summer Camp issue and the virtual summer camp expo at www.parentingnh.com/summer-camps.(Please note: Not every camp will open this summer, so we urge you to contact individual camps.)

For general information about camps in New Hampshire, go to the NH Camp Director’s Association website.

Categories: Camps, Summer Fun