Health & Safety

Health & Safety at Camp Knutson

The health and safety of our campers is a top priority at Camp Knutson. We anticipate and manage risks through our well-trained staff, a focus on safe behaviors and on-site medical care.

As a fully accessible and medically sound environment, Camp Knutson provides a fun, worry-free and fulfilling camp experience for all.

As of April 2023, our COVID-19 precaution is to have all participants test prior to arriving to camp. We will not be enforcing masking.

Counselor helping camper put on lifejacket.

Trained and Prepared Staff

Our staff is heavily trained in emergency care procedures, as well as First Aid, CPR and AED. Our facility is stocked with readily accessible first-aid kits, epi-pens and other medical safety equipment (including 3 AEDs onsite). Staff are trained to anticipate and manage risks and take proactive measures to ensure each camper is given the highest level of care possible.

All staff and volunteers undergo background checks before interacting with campers.


Camp Activities Put Safety First

Our adaptive programming and recreational activities allow campers of all abilities to participate in a safe and supported environment. Program staff are skilled at modifying programming to meet each camper’s ability and needs.

Appropriate safety equipment is used for all necessary camp activities. For example, anyone in a watercraft must wear a lifejacket; anyone riding a horse or riding a bike must wear a helmet and proper closed-toed footwear and pants; archery and fire-building are well supervised by trained staff. Our counselors at the waterfront are lifeguard certified. We give our campers clear directions and expectations for safe behavior throughout their stay. The staff to camper ratios range from 1:1 to 4:1 depending on the needs of each camp.


Health Care Available On-Site

Camp Knutson features an on-site health clinic with examining room, medical tub and bathing room, and relaxation treatment room. During camps, medical staff is available 24/7. The medical staff provide general medical care and distribution of camper medications.

Our partner organizations provide skilled nurses and doctors to care for campers and their specific needs. Through these partnerships, we can provide specialized care such as dermatologists for our camps for children with skin conditions and cardiologists for our camps for children with heart disease. Our medical teams review the medical needs of the campers prior to arrival and conduct a general screening of campers on arrival day.


Emergency Help is Only Minutes Away

In the event of an emergency, we are just moments from advanced medical care. We have established strong relationships with local paramedics, police and fire departments. The camp is located within minutes of emergency medical services and a medical clinic. In an emergency, we do our best to be in consistent communication with the camper’s parents or guardians.


COVID-19 Precautions

Health of Campers and Staff

Campers and staff are expected to closely monitor their health and the health of their cabin groups before and during their stay at camp. If you, or anyone in your party, are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms before you arrive, please consider canceling your trip (for a full refund) or rescheduling for a later date. Be prepared to answer health questions prior to your arrival.



All campers, weekly staff and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to attest to having a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test completed within 36 hours of their arrival at camp. Camp Knutson staff will be tested weekly throughout the summer. If you need help accessing testing options, please contact camp leadership.



Camp Knutson is still analyzing our masking protocols and will provide an update to each camp partner closer to specific camp dates. If masks need to be worn, it will be for a limited amount of time and in limited locations, primarily in indoor spaces or where physical distancing is not possible.



Prior to each camp, the cabins will be fully disinfected using CDC approved disinfectant that is also EPA certified. Each cabin’s high touch points will be cleaned with chemicals aimed at killing viruses. This includes door handles, light switches, thermostats, all dishes and cooking utensils, and coffee makers. In addition, we aim to have at least 24 hours of unoccupied time in each cabin between visitors.


Should you have any specific questions or concerns about our safety policies, procedures or practices, please contact Jared Griffin or Caitlin Malin.


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