Planning for Covid-19

Last updated 12/1/2023

We took Covid-19 precautions very seriously in the summers of 2022 and 2023, and successfully ran a safe program each summer with no outbreaks, even in an environment with high risk from students and staff traveling from all over the world to be together.

The widespread availability of vaccines (including for people under 18) and rapid tests made it possible for us to plan a safe return to campus. The key summer staff decided together that we had two goals for the summer. The first was to make camp feel as normal as possible: students freely choosing classes and socializing, with a full academic schedule and a vibrant main lounge. The second was preventing outbreaks at camp, which would not only pose health risks but would overload staff capacity for a robust response to cases.

Addressing safe operations during Covid-19 remains a top-of-mind issue as we plan for next summer, and we are in the process of designing the 2024 policies in consultation with public health and medical professionals. As the world adapts to living with Covid, and as the scientific community provides updated guidance on which interventions provide the most effective protection, we are able to be more targeted in our approach. As we revise our protocols, our aim is to maintain a relaxed setting at Mathcamp 2024 while still achieving our goals of safety and comfort for all participants.

We will continue to require up-to-date Covid vaccines for all students, staff, and guests. We will take targeted precautions before and during camp to prevent the spread of Covid, building on CDC and University of Puget Sound guidelines. Our detailed Covid-19 Protocols for summer 2024 will be published in January.