SGSC Covid Policy and Safety Plan

Sex Geek Summer Camp’s COVID-19 Policies

These are Camp’s policies as of 05/31/23.

Policies are subject to change/updating as we continue to monitor the current situation according to the CDC* and Oregon’s Columbia County guidelines. Should policies change, all registered Campers will be notified by email.

*We recognize the recent changes and recommendations from the CDC and WHO regarding the status of the pandemic; however, since many of Camp’s attendees registered before these changes and recommendations went into effect, we will keep the Camp policies in place for SGSC23 rather than make last-minute changes.

Risk Awareness

  • Events, such as Camp, where people engage in behaviors such as interacting with others from outside their own household, singing, shouting, not maintaining physical distancing, or not wearing masks consistently and correctly, increase risk; Camp is a high-risk activity.
  • Everyone attending must consider not just their own risk, but the risk to others by being near them after Camp; this includes others on transportation, people with whom we live, and anyone whom we may interact with in person for 7 to 10 days after Camp.
  • Remember, other people cannot consent to your activity without your explicit disclosure about your risk; it is not feasible to inform every person (eg, public transportation), therefore please keep their risk in mind when making your decisions.

Camp’s Commitment to Safety


  • Will post our protocols on the SGSC website; explicitly stating Camp is a high-risk activity
  • For SGSC22, will host an informative Zoom/Live call about risk and consent concerning COVID
  • Will provide a resource page on how to locate PCR and rapid tests
  • Will provide transportation information for those who may need to leave mid-camp
  • Will require proof of full vaccination before confirming attendee registration (Being fully vaccinated may have changed from SGSC22 to SGSC23, please do your research AND we recommend, if possible, getting a booster before Camp if you can. The booster is a recommendation, NOT a requirement for #SGSC23.)
  • Will maintain the following refund policy:
    • Full refund within 30 days of ticket purchase, unless registering within 30 days of event
    • After $$$ refund period expires — Can transfer ticket to another person who meets Covid requirements or roll over into Reid Bucks, or can access Camp Archives (A.K.A. Camp’s Video Vault)
    • Reid’s I Won’t Waste Your Time Guarantee only applies to folks who attend all of Camp in-person
  • Will keep abreast of the science regarding COVID, omicron, and other emerging virus strains
  • Will follow advisement from CDC and Columbia County, OR (where Camp is located)
  • Will encourage people experiencing illness and symptoms to stay at home
  • Will keep a list of attendees legal first and last names, phone numbers, and addresses, which will be shared with the local Columbia County health department should anyone at Camp test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19

At Camp

  • Will provide every attendee a print-out that gives information differentiating between allergies, cold, flu, and coronavirus that causes COVID-19
  • Will provide KN95 or N95 masks, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and tissues 
  • Will stock bathrooms with enough hand soap and single-use towels
  • Will provide on-site rapid testing for those who cannot bring their own testing kits
  • Will provide a designated SICK BAY area for those feeling symptomatic
  • Will stagger dining tables, seating, vendor booths to maintain social distancing
  • Will designate spaces in the teaching hut, outdoor areas, and dining room for social distancing (people who want more space) as well as areas designated for closer contact
  • Will provide hand sanitizing stations in walkways
  • Will provide sneeze guards for food in the dining hall
  • Will encourage teachers to use the microphone and for all attendees to avoid singing or shouting
  • Will designate someone to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns; everyone will have information about who this person is and how to contact them


  • Will provide randomized rapid testing for 20% of attendees at conclusion of event
  • Will follow-up event with email asking people to test themselves 5-7 days post-event and report results

Everyone’s Commitment to Safety


  • Everyone will provide proof of vaccination (via photo, scan, or screenshot) before being accepted to attend camp — We recommend getting boosted. The prescribed number of shots for the type of vaccine you received for you to be fully vaccinated is required to attend Camp.
  • Everyone is encouraged to get a PCR test within 72 hours of traveling to camp OR take a rapid test 48-24 hours before leaving home to travel to camp
  • Anyone experiencing illness and symptoms agrees to stay at home
  • Monitor where the coronavirus hotspots are the week prior and week of camp
  • Everyone is encouraged to research if hospitals in their community and at Camp’s destination are overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases
  • Attendees should limit contact with those outside their households for 14 days before traveling and 14 days after traveling
  • Prepare for the possibility of you or someone else becoming sick during camp; before leaving for camp, establish plans for isolation, medical care and travel home

At Camp

  • Everyone will be given a rapid test upon arrival at camp
    • Anyone who tests positive will be given a second test.
    • If a second test is negative, you can stay.
    • If a second test is positive, you may not board the bus to camp.
    • If you are driving into camp, you will be tested upon arrival. If someone receives two positive results, they must leave camp.
  • Anyone who tests positive on-site must arrange for transportation out of camp
  • Everyone must mask in cafeteria while getting food for safety of staff
  • One person will serve food onto their dishes at a time to avoid crowded buffet and drink stations
  • Everyone may mask anywhere else they desire
  • Everyone must receive affirmative consent to unmask within 6 feet of people not in their pods
  • Anyone who prefers to maintain social distancing will wear the signifying wristband at all times

After Camp

  • Everyone should be tested 5–7 days after the last day of camp

In Case Someone Gets Sick at Camp (according to the CDC)

  • Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick
    • Immediately separate people with COVID-19 symptoms (for example, fever, cough, shortness of breath) at the event. People who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are, and follow CDC guidance on how to isolate.
    • People who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated, sent home, and advised to follow CDC’s guidance. People who have been exposed to someone with known or suspected COVID-19 should follow CDC guidance on When to Quarantine.
    • Work with venue administrators, local officials, and healthcare providers to identify an isolation area to separate anyone who has COVID-like symptoms. 
    • Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone sick or identified as a close contact to their home or hotel room or to a healthcare facility. If you are calling an ambulance or bringing someone to the hospital, call first to alert them that the person may have COVID-19. Other transportation should be by private vehicle. Public transportation should not be used.
  • Clean and Disinfect
    • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them (for outdoor areas, this includes surfaces or shared objects in the area, if applicable).
    • Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing them securely away from children.
  • Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
    • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, event planners should notify local health officials of any case of COVID-19.
    • Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and quarantine, self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
    • Keep a list of attendees and their contact information for potential future contact tracing needs.