Summer Camp Health and Safety Guidelines
Please review our Sciencenter Summer Camp Health and Safety Guidelines for this year’s camp. Please note that these measures may change over time, based on recommendations from the State of New York, Tompkins County, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will adjust and communicate accordingly.
NY State’s guidelines for summer 2022 are still to be determined and are subject to change. Sciencenter will continue to encourage mask wearing, and will follow state guidelines on requiring that all campers and staff wear a mask while at camp. Face shields are not acceptable forms of masks. If masks are required, and campers are not able to manage their masks they may be asked to leave. Snack and lunch will happen outdoors as much as possible or with appropriate physical distancing. If masks are required, all campers, staff, and adults who are picking up or dropping off a camper must wear a mask. Mask breaks (during meals and various points throughout the day) will be provided when we can ensure physical distancing.
Daily Health Screening
All campers and staff must complete an exposure and symptom screening each morning before arriving at camp. This includes a temperature check.
All children and staff will be excluded from attending camp activities if they:
Show symptoms of COVID-19
Have a fever (temperature greater than 100.4°F)
Are currently in isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19, or in quarantine due to being a close contact
COVID-19 symptoms include the following:
Fever (100.4 or greater)
Shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
Muscle pain or body aches
Loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (diarrhea is defined as frequent loose or watery stools compared to one’s normal pattern)
The Sciencenter works to provide a safe and healthy environment for all our guests. Towards this end, the following Sick Policy will be followed by our campers, guests, staff, and volunteers.
If you or your child have a fever or would be too sick to go to work or school, then you are too sick to visit the museum or come to camp.
The following guidelines are more specific and we request that campers with these symptoms not come to camp. Staff may be called upon to identify the following symptoms and to call for camper pick-up.
Conjunctivitis or “pink eye” infection
Diarrhea or vomiting
Strep Throat (child must be on antibiotics for 48 hours before coming to the museum.)
Any of the following contagious diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, roseola, and chicken pox
Sciencenter summer camp maintains a low camper-to-instructor ratio (6:1), ensuring individual attention is given to each camper.
Our staff members are well-trained and knowledgeable. Each staff member undergoes extensive training with the Sciencenter’s full-time science educators and is proficient in safety and first-aid procedures.