COVID-19 FAQs for Spring Outing

We are looking forward to having you at our "Beach Bash on the Crystal Coast" for Spring Outing 2021. Ensuring a safe and healthy Outing season will require a strong partnership among all of us. 

As always, our top priority is to keep our participants, volunteers and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we have reviewed and updated our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), North Carolina State Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), American Camp Association (ACA), and with guidance from our Camp Medical Advisory Committee. 

In our commitment to the health and protection of our participants, volunteers and staff, we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and other state health agencies. We recognize that recommendations and guidelines will change and commit to updating our programming and protocols accordingly. You will find the most updated information regarding Y Guides' plans for Spring Outing 2021 here on the FAQ page. 


To minimize illness at Camp, we ask that you monitor the health of EACH participant (father and child) daily beginning 14 days prior to your arrival at Camp. Upon arrival, you will be asked to verbally confirm that each participant completed the 14-day temperature check and was fever-free during that time.

Use this form to track your temperature and screen your symptoms during the 14 days prior to your arrival at camp. 

Arrival at camp

Will everyone have their temperature checked at arrival?
Yes. Everyone in the car (dads and kids) will have their temperature checked and symptoms screened before being admitted into Camp. If anyone who answers "yes" to any of the prescreening questions or has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, the entire car will not be admitted to camp.

Can we carpool?
If you choose to carpool, know that if anyone in the car does not pass the pre-screening assessment and questionnaire and cannot verbally confirm the 14-day pre-Camp temperature check, the entire car, including all participants, will not be admitted to camp. Please keep this in mind when deciding to carpool. 

What should I bring to camp?
We have put together a packing list that will hopefully answer that question! 


What time can we arrive on Friday?
You should plan to arrive between 4 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be on your own. Grab a bite on your way to camp or bring food to grill out at your cabin. 

What time is departure on Sunday?
Activities will close at 12 p.m. Please plan on leaving Camp no later than 1 p.m. 

What is the schedule for the weekend?
A general outline of our program schedule is available here

while at camp

Do I have to wear a mask at Camp?
NC DHHS Interim Guidance for Overnight Camps requires that all persons age 5 and older and Camp staff wear face masks when they are not able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. There are some exceptions to this order. If you or your child meet these criteria, please communicate with a Y Guides Director prior to your arrival at Spring Outing.

  • When you and your Crewmates are inside your cabins, sleeping, gathering around your campfire, etc.), you will not need to wear a mask. Wearing masks and social distancing will be expected when participants are outside of their cabins and interacting with other Crews, staff and volunteers (at activities, waiting in lines, outside of your Cabin cohort, etc.).  
  • We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and when exactly participants will be required to wear them. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance while at Camp. 
  • We will follow mask guidelines provided by the CDC. For that information, please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 

Do we need to do any health screening while at Camp?
Each pair will be asked to maintain the Daily Symptom and Temperature Screen while at your Y Guides Outing. Per the packing list, please bring a thermometer to maintain these daily screenings. 

What information should I know regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine?
All participants, volunteers and staff will be required to follow the social-distancing and mask policies in place, regardless of their vaccination status. Y Guides will not be mandating the COVID-19 vaccine from participants, volunteers or staff. We will educate, encourage, and incentivize our staff to be vaccinated when the COVID-19 vaccine is available to them. Our staff have been designated as essential workers supporting the education sector/child care, giving them priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

What will my cabin space look like?  
We’ve planned to reduce the number of people sleeping within a cabin. You will only be in a cabin and sharing a bathroom with the participants that you registered with. If there are people in your group who would prefer to maintain social distancing by sleeping in a tent, you are welcome to do so and set up right outside your cabin. Cabins will be equipped with hand sanitizer and soap. Camp’s housekeeping staff is following very strict cleaning protocols to prepare you for your arrival, but we also encourage you to bring any cleaning supplies that you would like to use to help keep your cabin clean during your stay. This may include sanitizing wipes and paper towels.  

What if I do not feel comfortable staying overnight at Camp?
We have a Day-Only Option available to anyone who wishes to spend a Saturday enjoying Spring Outing activities at Camp, but not stay overnight. Contact for more information. 

What will mealtimes look like while at Camp?

Your meals will be “pack and go.” The menu for the weekend is available here. Each group will have the opportunity to pick up their food and bring it back to eat in their cabin or set up a picnic outside of their cabin. Saturday night’s dinner will be a grill-out meal. Each building (which includes two cabins) will share a grill. That means that your group is welcome to bring its own grill if you’d prefer. Otherwise, you and the cabin next to you will need to coordinate cooking your food at different times. Don’t worry, all of your meals will include all of your own serving utensils, cutlery kits, plates, extra napkins and garbage bags. 

What will camp activities look like?
We are excited to provide all of your favorite traditional camp activities during Spring Outing: archery, BBs, the zip line, paddle sports, shark's tooth hunting and more. We will have visuals in place that will help to encourage social distancing as lines form at our more popular activities. We are also planning to offer some activities at multiple locations throughout camp. You and your group may have a specifically assigned time that you will have access to the most popular activities, such as the zip line. You will learn more upon arrival. Thank you in advance for cooperating with the masking and social distancing guidelines that will be put into place. 

Can we bring bikes to Camp?
Yes. Camp is very large (more than 350 acres!), so many people find it helpful to bring their bicycles. North Carolina law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. Please put your bikes away before evening programs every night. 

Will I be able to make a campfire?
Campfires are allowed only in contained fire pits that are off the ground and 10 feet away from the cabin and trees. All ashes must be dumped in appropriate bins around Camp. 

Where should I park?
After unloading your belongings at your cabin, please park in the designated parking locations which will be pointed out upon arrival. Camp doesn't feel like camp when people's cars are all around the cabin area. Do the right thing: Park in the designated parking spots so that everybody can enjoy their camp experience to the fullest

Will there be a nurse on-site?
Yes. A nurse will be on-site during your stay. We will provide an emergency contact number for you to call as needed. Basic triage needs only will be available. 

What is the lost and found policy?
Camp will only hold the following specific list of items:

  • Jackets/Sweatshirts, Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Pillows
  • Prescription glasses, durable medical equipment, prescription medication
  • Shoes (not water shoes or sandals)
  • Backpacks
  • Life Jackets

Camp will keep these items for no longer than two weeks from the end of each weekend. After this time, these items will be donated or thrown away. Items that are soiled, damaged, or otherwise deemed not able to be safely stored will be discarded. Lost and found will be stored in a central location, not out in the open. If a participant is looking, the appropriate staff member will check if the item has been found. 

The list of items that Camp will not hold on to includes, but is not limited to:

  • Socks and underwear
  • all toiletries and toiletry bags
  • all swim gear including swimsuits and goggles
  • Hats
  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Pajamas
  • Washcloths and towels
  • water shoes including sandals
  • water bottles
  • sunglasses
  • flashlights and headlamps
  • toys
  • arts and crafts projects 

Is there anything I can't bring?
There is no alcohol, smoking, firearms, or fireworks allowed on camp property.