Camping COVID-19 Resource Center

The safety and health of campers and staff is always the highest priority at camp, and BSA camps have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. With the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, camps are reviewing and updating health-related plans and procedures. If there is something you wish were here that we do not have, please let us know at 

COVID-19 General Camp Resources
(Updated 4-28-2021)

Additional Resources (Updated 4-28-2021)

BSA COVID-19 Webinar Series –

(Updated 5-24-2021)

Below are links to the webinar recordings from Outdoor Programs (most recent listed first). 

Day Camp and COVID-19 Mitigation – A discussion on various COVID-19 mitigation strategies that will support your Day Camp COVID-19 mitigation planning. – May 18, 2021

Short-term Camp and COVID-19 Considerations – A walk-through of the decision guidelines for operation of a short-term camp. Includes strategies for risk mitigation and a look at the applicable NCAP standards – Jan 21, 2021

Penn State Pro Wellness and Camp Food Service– A discussion with Penn State about Camp Revamp and with camps who delivered food in various ways in 2020. Heart of America Council – Campsite delivery, Alamo Area Council – Dining Hall, and Longs Peak Council – Family Style dining hall. Links to some great resources for camp food service. – Jan 14,2021

Lessons Learned from Camp– Five councils who operated in person Day, weekend and Resident Camps in 2020 share the lessons learned through their experiences. Also a look at lessons learned nationally. – September 3, 2020

Camp is Not Operating this Summer – Actions You Can Take Now– A conversation about what it means for camp to be “closed” and a closer look at three case studies from the Atlanta Area Council, Jersey Shore Council, and the Conquistador Council sharing ideas of best practices with camps “closed”. In addition a discussion about alternate programs an insurance considerations. – July 16, 2020

Your Council and Camp is Open, Now What Happens If? – A conversation through incident reviews about what happens if or when COVID-19 comes to your camp, council, or unit meetings. A framework conversation about steps for your recovery plan. – June 23, 2020

Day Camp 2020 Live Q&A and Best Practices – A conversation with the National Cub Scout Camping Committee about the operation of a Cub Scout Day camp in 2020 including best practices top ten and virtual camp resources – June 1, 2020

Mash Up Webinar: Three Topics – Discussion centered around current ACA/CDC guidance viewed through a BSA lens, The Top 10 Items not to forget when running other programs at camp and Virtual NCAP Camp Standards –  May 28, 2020

BSA Aquatics & COVID-19: Deep Dive – A conversation with the National Aquatics Sub-Committee about protocols for Aquatics in 2020 at BSA summer camps and year round operations in the COVID-19 era. –  May 28, 2020

COPE and Climbing Program Area – Knotted up in the details. – A conversation with the National COPE and Climbing Sub-Committee about protocols for COPE and Climbing program in 2020 at BSA summer camps and year round operations in the COVID-19 era. –  May 27, 2020

Council Health Supervisor Collaborative Discussion – A conversation with members of the national health and safety committee about guidelines for local council health supervisors in a COVID- 19 camp. May 26, 2020

Shooting Sports Program Area– Cease fire or all Clear – A conversation with the National Shooting Sports Committee Chair about protocols for shooting ranges in 2020 at BSA summer camps and year round operations in the COVID-19 era. –  May 21, 2020

Opening Camps Gate #2: Getting Ready – A conversation about CDC guidance (as we understand it), an answer to Annual Health and Medical Record questions, and some information about sanitation at camp. – May 7, 2020 

Camp Finance and COVID -19 and Q&A – A conversation about the finance question related to opening camping in 2020 and a panel of experts answers questions on various camp related topics. – April 30, 2020

Opening Camp’s Gate: Getting Ready – The first of the conversations about what to do once you are ready to “open” camp. Information about Safety, Sanitation, and National Supply needs. – April 23, 2020

Seasonal Staff and COVID – 19 – A discussion about staff concerns with COVID -19. Topics include HR, Staff Engagement, Training, National Camping School. – April 16, 2020

Communicating with Parents and Leaders During COVID – 19 – A discussion about building your communication plan and considerations for communicating to your customers.  – April 6, 2020

Building Your Decision Timeline for Summer 2020 – A discussion about how to build your decision guide and items to consider. – April 2, 2020

BSA Summer Camps in Uncertain Times COVID -19 Discussion Group – Conversation about the COVID -19 impact on camps. – March 26, 2020