Healthy Summer Sports Camps

Plans for summer 2022 Brown Sports Camps focus on protecting the health of the community while providing campers with a unique opportunity to build their athletic skills in Brown University athletics facilities. Brown Sports Camps is committed to offering summer programs that protect the safety of campers and provide them with challenging and exciting experiences that will help them prepare for the next steps in their athletic journey.

This page is focused on providing general information about protocols for in-person sports campers and their families to support health and safety related to COVID-19. Updates will be made as we continue to plan for summer programs.

Guiding Principles

We prioritize the health and safety of the Brown community, including seasonal employees and Sports Campers.

We base decisions on guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), applicable state and local law, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other public health experts, as well as Brown University health and safety protocols.

We will adjust decisions based on public health conditions and guidance at the time camps are offered.

Health & Safety Protocols

These are the health and safety protocols in place as of May 5, 2022, which are subject to change based on public health guidance. There will be additional health and safety protocols shared with campers as we move through the season. If campers are unwilling to abide by any of the protocols prior to the start of their campus arrival, they should withdraw from their selected camp. If campers do not abide by the protocols while they are participating in their camp, they will be dismissed the day of your day-only camp and, for residential campers, be required to depart the Brown campus within 36 hours of that decision. Our foremost priority is safeguarding the health of the community to ensure an enriching summer experience.

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Boosters

Brown University requires COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for all Sports Campers and staff. Sports Campers and staff are required to have up to date vaccinations and boosters for which they are eligible in accordance with Brown's eligibility requirements — information about boosters is shared below — and are required to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the start date of their Brown camp and provide proof of full vaccination status prior to arrival on-campus.

Families of campers are responsible for understanding the timing of initial vaccines and subsequent boosters. For campers coming to campus from outside the U.S., this includes the timing of WHO-EUL approved vaccines, and timing of boosters.

Please note that countries, including the U.S., may have distinct vaccination requirements for entering their borders. Sports Campers and families are responsible for understanding and abiding by these requirements. Attendance in a Sports Camp or receiving an exemption from vaccination to attend a Sports Camp does not influence or impact a camper's ability to enter a country.

You are eligible for a booster five months after your initial Pfizer series, six months after your initial Moderna series, or two months after your initial J&J vaccine. Pursuant to CDC guidance, those who have been fully vaccinated outside of the U.S. with a WHO-EUL approved vaccine are eligible for a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after full vaccination.

Residential camps will provide approved masks and hand sanitizer and have available rapid tests for campers to assist with supporting health and safety.

Vaccination Exemptions

Medical and religious exemptions from vaccination will be granted to residential Sports Campers and reasonable accommodations will be provided under applicable law. Campers attending day-only camps are not eligible to request exemptions unless the exemption is for an individual with a disability where the camper may seek reasonable accommodation. The deadline for submission of exemption forms to the University was May 1, 2022, in order for the exemption to be considered for Summer 2022. Campers will be notified of the determination of their exemption within approximately 10 business days of submitting their request.

Sports Campers who are not vaccinated and do not have an exemption approved by Brown will not be permitted to participate in any in-person programming, and will need to withdraw from camp.

Campers who are not vaccinated and have received an exemption must abide by Sports Camp policies to mitigate spread of COVID-19. These policies currently include the following, and may be adjusted depending on public health guidelines at the time of the program:

  • Wear an approved mask indoors. Approved masks include KN95, KF94, N95, and disposable/surgical masks. Cloth masks generally do not provide adequate protection and are only acceptable if used over a disposable mask to improve the fit.
  • Participate in frequent testing, possibly at greater frequency than vaccinated campers.
  • Live in a single room in their residence hall if participating in a residential camp.

Testing & Arrival

All sports camp participants will be required to do the following as they prepare for arrival and when they check-in at their camp location.

  • Have a negative rapid test result within 36 hours of arrival to campus or their camp location. The negative results of this test do not need to be shared with Sports Camps. If the camper has a positive test, they should not travel to campus or the specific camp location, and contact [email protected] or 401-863-5988 to inform us of the test result. Campers who have a positive test will either need to withdraw from their camp or attend a camp later in the summer, once the virus is no longer transmissible. This approach supports a healthy and safe camp and provides families knowledge of illness prior to traveling to their camp location.

Sports Campers will not participate in further surveillance testing during their camp, unless they have received an exemption from the COVID vaccine. Symptomatic testing will be required should a camper show symptoms that align with those of COVID-19.

Results of a Positive Test

Day-only campers who test positive for COVID-19 while participating in Sports Camps should not come to campus or attend the camp. Residential campers who test positive while participating in a Sports Camp and do not need hospitalization will remain in their assigned room in their residence hall for 5-10 days, or until a parent/guardian picks them up from the camp. This will allow them to receive care in isolation in that location until it is safe for them to depart, or until they can be picked up by a parent/guardian or designee. Roommates of campers who tested positive will be provided all necessary and appropriate health services support, meals, and additional care. As Sports Camps are a maximum of four days, campers' parents/guardians should prepare a plan for picking up their residential camper from campus within 48 hours of a positive test result being communicated to the parent/guardian.

Testing Prior to Departure

Campers who will depart their camp by plane should check with their carrier closer to departure date to learn whether proof of a negative COVID test is required to board and whether the test is a rapid antigen test or a PCR test. Residential sports campers can receive rapid test kits from the University, but PCR testing is not available. For nearby locations performing PCR tests, students/campers should review this Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) site: https://covid.ri.gov/testing

Wearing a Mask

Any participant in a sports camp may decide to wear an approved mask regardless of the camp policies in effect at the time of their participation. Some buildings and activities will require campers to wear an approved mask, and campers will be informed of these requirements once they have arrived. Coaches may require that all campers wear approved masks while participating in their camp. For these reasons, campers should always have an approved mask available in case they need to use it (approved masks include KN95, KF94, N95 and disposable/surgical masks).