Cold River Camp: COVID-19 and the 2021 Season


We are excited to see you at Cold River Camp in the 2021 summer season! The Cold River Camp Committee is committed to operating the Camp safely and has spent a great deal of time learning how to prevent and to mitigate COVID-19 in our small community. As we receive information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and from the AMC, we continue to adapt our plans so that all aspects of Camp life will remain welcoming and safe.


Based on our current plans, here are answers to some common questions. Due to the changing nature of COVID-19 and regulations surrounding health and safety, some of the information below may change. Please check back regularly, as we will update these frequently asked questions (FAQs) on a regular basis.

Coronavirus FAQ (Updated 15 June 2021)


Will Cold River Camp be open this summer?


Yes!! we have a plan for opening to guests as described below. Guided by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the AMC’s experience, and outside medical advice, we are offering a modified Camp experience. We will limit Camp occupancy to approximately 2/3 the normal occupancy to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Fewer campers will be able to attend in 2021 but they will be free to move about the property, the trails, and the river. We look forward to a full

Camp in 2022.


Summer weeks will consist of six nights instead of the usual seven. To allow the Croo and staff the extra time necessary to thoroughly clean cabins, bathrooms, the kitchen and other spaces we offer only a Sunday arrival and Saturday morning departure for full week guests. Partial week guests also should plan on anytime between Sunday – Saturday (no Saturday night stays).


To reduce exposure to COVID-19, the Camp will not provide linens to summer campers in 2021. Campers will need to bring their own sheets, blankets/sleeping bags, pillows, and towels.


What are the New Hampshire travel restrictions?


Domestic travel within the U.S. outside of New England no longer requires quarantine upon return to NH, although people are recommended to still follow CDC's travel guidance, including wearing a well-fitted face mask while traveling, practicing social distancing, getting tested 3-5 days after travel (with a molecular or PCR-based test), and limiting public interactions after travel (even if not required to quarantine).


Travelers/visitors to AND residents of NH need to self-quarantine .pdf Icon for 10 days after the last date of any international travel (except for essential travel to/from Canada*), or travel on a cruise ship. Essential critical infrastructure employees should follow guidelines outlined in the NH DPHS Employer Travel, Screening, and Exclusion Guidance .pdf Icon.


Won’t the vaccine make all this go away?


It seems clear that ultimately the world and Cold River Camp will be a safer place once a vaccine is fully distributed. In the meantime, there is little likelihood that the entire Camp population will be immunized by summer 2021. Conscientious planning requires us to make alterations to Camp as described on this page.


Should I be tested prior to coming?


Depending on current state and AMC guidelines, we recommend that campers who are not vaccinated test at home prior to scheduled arrival.


What can I do to reduce the risk of exposure to campers, other Croo/staff and myself?


Campers should not come to Cold River Camp if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, and recent loss of smell), have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are quarantined for potential exposure to COVID-19.Those who are at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19, or who may expose family members who are at higher risk, may want to consider not coming. See CDC Guidelines for high risk.


In the spirit of community, we encourage all guests to embrace the well-established best practices that have emerged for personal and group safety and health. All campers must bring their own masks in case they or some of their party experience symptoms of COVID-19. In accordance with current AMC policy, masks are welcome but not required; please be respectful of those that still prefer masks and social distancing in all public interior spaces, on the Lodge Porch and in any interior space aside from one’s own cabin. Campers may use their discretion on the trail regarding masks or distancing.


CRC recommends, but does not require, vaccination to use our facilities.  We should all expect to be in the company of both vaccinated and unvaccinated people at Camp.


CRC and AMC believes that the outdoors belongs to everyone. To be sustainable and impactful in carrying out our mission, the full AMC community must create and embrace opportunities to be inclusive, kind, and equitable per AMC’s Code of Conduct. Even if you are vaccinated, your efforts to follow our CRC policies will enable all to feel comfortable in the unique communal atmosphere of this special place.


What will meals be like?


All delicious, wholesome CRC food will be served buffet style by the staff. Guests may dine outside where they like, at open picnic tables, on the Porch, or at socially spaced tables inside the Lodge. Guests with concerns about eating in public may still request a “to go" boxed meal to eat in their cabin.


Trail lunches ordered the night before and prepared by the kitchen team will be available each morning.


Will the Lodge, Rec Hall, and Library be open?


The Lodge and Library will be open as normal with social distancing recommended for people who are not vaccinated. The Rec Hall will be closed for storage needs due to COVID-19 and impending renovations of the Lodge.


Will the dam and the Tea House be open?


Yes! You can spend time relaxing in your cabin, go down to the dam to swim or just sit on the warm rocks, and enjoy time in the Tea House reading.


Will Camp group activities be different?


Group activities, including the Sunday night all-Camp Meeting, evening programs, Square Dances, and the Talent Show, have been Cold River Camp traditions for many years. However, in order to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure they will not be held in 2021.


Will there be led hikes at Cold River Camp this summer?


For a variety of reasons, there will be no led hikes in 2021. Instead a Hike Consultant will be available all summer at set times each day to support you in trip planning so you have a great hiking experience. There will be maps and guidebooks available. This is a great summer to enjoy hiking at Camp with your family group and Camp friends in accordance with current guidelines. Check the CRC website for the Hike Consultant weekly roster.


Will there be changes to the bathrooms?


We are planning to strengthen daily cleaning procedures to ensure the bathrooms and other high-touch areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Bathrooms will be modified to provide enhanced COVID safety.


Will kids come free Weeks 1 and 2?


This summer we have changed to an all "Weeks 1-9 Kids Stay for 50%" policy rather than our usual Kids Stay Free in just Weeks 1 and 2. We expect to return to the Kids Free Weeks 1 and 2 program in 2022.


What is Camp’s cancellation policy?


Cancellations received prior to May 1 will receive a 50% deposit refund. No deposit refunds will be made after May 1. In fairness to those denied space, payment in full is required if a cancellation request is not received at least 14 days prior to scheduled arrival.


If, within 14 days prior to arrival to Camp, you are experiencing symptoms of COVID or have been exposed to COVID please do not come to Camp. If you experience COVID symptoms while at Camp, you will be asked to leave. The Manager will discuss your reservation options at that time.


If the entire Camp season is cancelled due to state or AMC regulations, the full amount will be refunded. Cold River Camp recommends that campers purchase travel insurance to cover expenses in the case of personal cancellation and in the case of Camp cancellation.


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