Should Kids Be Wearing Masks At Summer Camp?

June 4, 2021 3:14 pm Published by

As the last few days of school tick down for many across our state, parents have the same question as they are getting ready to send their kids off to summer camp, do they need to wear a mask?

While children who are over the age of 12 and fully vaccinated should follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on masking indoors and outdoors, children under the age of 12 have a slightly murkier picture of what they should expect when they go to summer camp.

In the last week, the CDC has issued some guidance on summer camp mask wearing:

  • Indoors. Mask use indoors is strongly encouraged for people who are not fully vaccinated including children. No child under the age of 2 should wear a mask.
  • Outdoors. In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. However, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission, people who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html#anchor_1621975843071

This guidance for camps opening is consistent with other guidance from the CDC which does not require masks for people outdoors, even if unvaccinated, as long as they are not in a crowded space or in close contact with others.

The bottom line here is that it will be up to individual summer camps to enforce mask wearing or not and you should check with your child’s camp counselors as to the rules that will be in place for their particular summer camp.

Sending your kids off to summer camp can already be an anxiety inducing moment for parents and with the added questions around mask wearing it is sure to cause additional concerns. The best thing to do is to make sure you know before you go and get confirmation from the camp as to their protocols so both you and your child can be prepared for what each week of summer camp has in store.