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Health & Safety

Health and safety are of paramount importance at Terp Quest, and we invest time in ensuring our staff are well-prepared. Everyone working at Terp Quest participates in over 40 hours of hands-on training prior to each summer. Terp Quest standards for safety training and child supervision exceed those mandated for camps by the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 


Summer 2024 protocols will be dictated by Campus and County public health officials, with guidance from the CDC. Updated protocols will be posted as soon as they become available. 

The 2023 protocols included 

  • Vaccinations for all staff 
  • Optional mask usage for all staff and campers 
  • Health screenings/symptom monitoring prior to morning drop off
    • Campers who display COVID 19 symptoms may not be dropped off at camp
      • Some symptoms of COVID-19 include:
        • fever (100.4 F or higher)
        • sore throat
        • cough
        • difficulty breathing
        • new onset of severe headache
        • diarrhea or vomiting
        • new loss of taste or smell
    • Any camper who becomes symptomatic during the camp day must be picked up within 1 hour of notification.
    • Symptomatic campers may not return to camp until they have been symptom free for 24-hours (without medication) AND provide a negative COVID-19 test or doctor's note clearing for camp participation 
  • If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, the TerpQuest Director should be made aware of the diagnosis as soon as possible
    • The camper may not return to camp for at least 10 days 
    • Additional isolation and quarantine protocols will be based off of the guidelines
  • Testing requirements as follows:
    • All TERP Quest campers, regardless of vaccination status, must test for COVID 19 within 24 hours of the first day of their camp week.
      • Vaccinated campers do not need to be tested after their initial arrival test.  
      • Non-vaccinated campers will need to be tested prior to EACH week at camp.
    • Antigen (at-home) or PCR tests will be accepted. Parents/guardians will be required to attest to their camper's testing status through the CampDoc portal 
  • Questions? Please contact us!

All TerpQuest staff hold current certifications in CPR/AED and First Aid through the American Red Cross (or equivalent or greater certification).

This certification provides staff with skills in the following areas: 

  • CPR 
  • AED
  • Primary Assessment
  • Ventilations (including BVM)
  • Choking (conscious and unconscious)
  • First Aid 

All counselors participate in a water safety training course just prior to the start of camp. In addition to TerpQuest counselors, RecWell certified life guards are on duty at all times during the camp day. 

Daily swim tests are required for any camper who wishes to swim in the diving well (deep end) of the pool. These test are administered by the lifeguards on duty. 

If your camper needs to strengthen their swimming skills, we highly recommend exploring the Learn to Swim program through RecWell and the Swim Safety courses offered as an add-on to camp. 

All TerpQuest staff must submit to fingerprinting/background check as a condition of employment 

There is always at least one staff member present at camp trained in medication administration, including the camp director. 

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