As we welcome campers and staff back to camp in 2021, safety is our top priority. Our comprehensive COVID-19 plan is designed to protect every member of the Galileo community in an on-site environment that minimizes risk and maximizes fun.

The standards below were created based on youth program requirements established by counties over the past year. We will continue to adapt our practices to match local mandates as they evolve.


1. Camper Cohorts

  • Campers are grouped in stable cohorts
  • Each cohort is supervised by two consistent staff members that don’t interact with other cohorts
  • Cohorts stay separate from other cohorts both indoors (only one cohort per classroom at a time) and outdoors (distanced from other cohorts)
  • Sharing of supplies will be limited as much as possible; any supplies shared within cohorts will be limited to a consistent pod of four campers and disinfected daily


2. Safety Training

  • All staff is First Aid and CPR certified
  • Staff and families receive training regarding safety guidelines and expectations at camp
  • Camps complete any state and county required safety planning, tools and/or certificates
  • Camps post any state and county required signage


3. Camper and Staff Screening

  • Campers and staff complete daily health screenings before being admitted to camp
  • Campers and staff that present with symptoms of infectious illness during the day will be sent home and asked to consult with their healthcare provider to determine if COVID-19 testing is recommended
  • Most, if not all, of our staff will be vaccinated by the time camp starts. They will also continue to wear masks.


4. Masking and Distancing

  • All campers and staff wear masks when at camp (except when eating or drinking); we provide extra masks for staff and campers as needed
  • All individuals at camp maintain a minimum of six feet of social distance between them, except to provide developmentally appropriate support or supervision (for example, a staffer applying first aid, helping a young camper open a snack, etc.)


5. Contact Reduction

  • Staggered camper drop-off and pick-up schedule
  • Campers bring their own snacks and lunch to camp
  • Aside from one 70-minute indoor rotation, campers spend all of their time outdoors
  • No all-camp gatherings, ceremonies or large group activities—though of course we’ll have lots of COVID-safe traditions, ceremonies and games within cohorts
  • No use of outdoor playground equipment


6. Handwashing and Sanitizing

  • Campers and staff practice frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing (before and after snack and lunch, between rotations, before and after using the restroom, after sneezing, etc.)
  • We sanitize high-touch surfaces for indoor and outdoor classrooms between use by each cohort
  • When supplies must be used by multiple cohorts, they will be disinfected between each cohort’s use