Keeping our campers safe during Covid-19

Covid safety plan for Pittsburgh summer camps

by Sheila Hyland, Luminari Operations Manager

Covid-19 has put a whole new spin on ‘summer camp safety.’ And we take seriously the safety of our campers. Luminari is working on a plan to help protect our teens and staff, guided by the CDC and state and local summer camp guidelines. We will continue to adjust these considerations and tailor them for each camp as necessary as the summer months approach.

Some of the CDC guiding principles we are keeping in mind include keeping campers at least 6 feet apart, prioritizing outdoor activities, not sharing objects, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces frequently, and providing hand sanitizer.  In addition, we will ask campers and staff who have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person or those who are exhibiting any signs of sickness to stay home.

Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will be discussed and encouraged at the start of each camp.  Masks will be provided for those who need them and will be required during camp hours with the exception of lunch and snack breaks.  All food provided during our day-camps will be served in pre-packaged containers.

Some of our camps may include field trips which require public transportation, including our I Want to be an Ambassador! excursion to Washington, D.C.  Guidelines for transportation and overnight stays will follow the most current CDC guidelines. 

We are hopeful that our in-person camps will resume in the summer of 2021 and we are diligently planning for another awesome Luminari experience!  Safety is our number one priority and will guide our decision-making moving forward.  It is Luminari’s goal to give our teens the most amazing-and safest-camp experience possible!


About the author: Sheila Hyland brings her energy, natural curiosity and communication skills to Luminari which she considers a labor of love. If she looks familiar to you it’s because she spent over 20 years on Pittsburgh’s airwaves reporting the news. Sheila is excited to share her passion for speaking, storytelling and diplomacy.