For summer 2022, our Medical Committee has determined that all campers and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated.
We know that campers and their families will have a lot of questions surrounding COVID procedures going into the camp season. At Gales Creek Camp, the medical decisions are made by a volunteer committee of practicing medical professionals, including several adult and pediatric endocrinologists, a pediatrician, nurses and a pharmacist. This Medical Committee has working knowledge of both the COVID-19 pandemic and our camp operations. They meet regularly to evaluate and discuss GCC’s medical policies and procedures, and for the continued safety of all campers and staff, their decisions are final. Given the close nature of summer camp, the committee decided unanimously to require anyone attending or working at overnight camp in 2022 to be fully vaccinated. If you have questions, please see the FAQs below. We will update these regularly. If you have additional questions, we would be happy to hear from you. Please email us here or call (503) 968-2267.
Q: How do we provide proof of vaccination?
A: You'll need to submit a copy of your camper's COVID-19 vaccine card to us at least a week before your camp starts. After completing registration, you can upload your campers vaccination record within your account in the DOCUMENT CENTER, found in the left menu. Click UPLOAD DOCUMENTS. We accept photocopies or photographs. Or you can send it to us by any of the following methods:
Fax (503) 992-6785.
Gales Creek Camp Foundation
6950 SW Hampton St Suite 242
Tigard, OR 97223.
Q: Will that include a booster shot?
A: At this time, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We will be following CDC and OHA recommendations as we get closer to the camp season to determine if the fully vaccinated status will require booster shots. We will stay in close contact with our camp community as any changes develop.
Q: Can we test instead of being vaccinated?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to accept a negative test as an alternative to full vaccination.
Q: Will campers need to wear masks?
A: We will follow CDC and OHA recommendations to determine policies around masking and distancing. We expect those recommendations will continue to evolve throughout the spring, and we will let campers and families know what to expect as early as possible before their camp starts.
Q: What if we're signed up for camp but my camper gets sick just before our week?
A: Please never bring a sick kiddo to camp, even if you know it's not COVID-19. Campers live very close together and we don't want to spread anything. If you need to cancel due to illness, we will make it easy for you. Just let us know. You will get a full refund and we will still send your camper their t-shirt and swag.
I need to know more…
We understand your concern. Camp is a very special place for many people and we never want any of our campers to feel left out. Our Medical Committee has reviewed recommendations and research and has determined that, in the camp setting, requiring full vaccination is the only way to ensure that we can safely host camp this summer. We would be happy to connect you with one of the doctors that represents this committee, who may be able to answer any further medical questions or concerns you have regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Please email us here or call (503) 968-2267.