As summer approaches, we cannot help but to think of how the implications of COVID-19 affects the dynamic of our much anticipated summer camp experiences. While we are hopeful for a return to our summer norms, the health and safety of our campers, FDSF families, FDSF Staff, volunteers and communities are our highest priority.
Here are a list of actions that FDSF Summer Camp staff and volunteers will work towards maintaining a safe environment and lowering the risks for disease spread, in line with CDC guidelines:
• Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces 3x's a day (e.g., playground equipment and door handles), cleaning and disinfecting objects if they are shared (e.g., art supplies, sports equipment, toys, and games), cleaning and disinfecting transport vehicles (e.g., buses or vans), and ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants.
• Keeping campers in small groups of 8 and spacing them out by prioritizing outdoor activities, by seating one child per row and skipping rows, and putting tape on the floors or sidewalks and signs on the wall to indicate 6 feet.
• Limiting the number of items that are shared or touched between campers and staff by providing individual supplies to each camper, keeping a camper’s belongings separated from others and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas, and using disposable utensils and dishes and pre-packaged boxes or bags when food is provided.
• Promoting healthy hygiene practices by teaching campers the importance of washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, monitoring campers to make sure they are washing their hands, providing campers with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, encouraging children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting signs about these healthy habits around the camp facility.
• Requesting that staff and campers wear a cloth face covering as feasible, and in times when physical distancing is difficult. As a reminder, cloth face coverings should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
• If a child does get sick at camp, we have identified an area where they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolate from others. We will communicate with parents or caretakers directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be taken to a healthcare facility for care.
We ask that you help us protect the health of campers this summer. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, campers, and families— should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact camp admin. staff at for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at or on CDC’s website for youth and summer camps (
We look forward to seeing you.
Thank you and stay healthy,
The Family Development and Samaritan Foundation
We can help by social distancing
We can help by social distancing
ATTN: While bans and restrictions will be lifted July 1st in the state of MD, masks will still be permitted for those who wish to utilize them (students and staff)
COVID-19 Resources Provided by Center of Disease Control and Prevention
Campers learn habits to promote health and safety while at summer camp to prevent the spread of disease.
Stay up to date with statistics and trends
Answer to questions frequently asked concerning COVID by the CDC