Summer 2022 Experience

Updated January 10th, 2022

We are fully committed to providing a safe, supportive, and fun environment for everyone this summer.


The information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and evolving. The Camp Wise team is using best practices for summer camps published by the CDC, American Camp Association, and Ohio Department of Health, as well as medical professionals on the local and national level, in order to establish a set of operations which is at the highest standard for our camp families. The procedures, as laid out on this web page, are intended to provide camp families and staff with information about how Camp Wise is adapting policies and procedures this summer to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in camp. As information changes and evolves, so too will this page to reflect current information.

Camp Wise Vaccination Policy

The health and safety of our entire Camp Wise community continues to remain our highest priority. Over the last two years, and inspired by the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh (saving a life), we have taken several measures to create a safe and healthy environment that mitigates the likelihood of infection and spread of COVID-19. All along, we have followed guidance from our medical advisors including our camp medical committee as well as national and local health authorities.

Planning for Camp Wise’s 115th summer is well underway and we must remain vigilant by implementing a multi-layered strategy that protects our community from infection and spread. One of the safest and most effective tools we have is building a community with a 100% vaccination rate, protecting us all from COVID-19.

It is for this reason that, for the 2022 summer, all campers and all staff members attending Camp Wise are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC, against COVID-19. This vaccine mandate is one of several essential components to a comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation strategy at the Home of Happiness.

We know that the measures we put into place that allowed us to run a healthy and safe Summer 2021 – cohorting and podding, masking, testing, and pre-camp isolations – may be necessary for 2022. As this is an ever-changing situation, we continue to evaluate our health and safety measures and will share more information about all of our 2022 policies later this winter and spring. With the best interest of our Camp Wise community in mind, and with the guidance of our medical advisors, we wanted to share this information with you about the vaccine mandate now, so that you can take the necessary steps in order to be a part of the Camp Wise family and help us celebrate 115 summers as a community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Camp Wise Policy regarding all vaccines?

It is Camp Wise’s policy – and that of the American Camp Association – that campers be immunized against those communicable diseases listed on the Camp Wise Immunization Record (such communicable diseases, the “Communicable Diseases”). Camp Wise’s policy is to also comply with the applicable immunization requirements under Ohio law, O.R.C. Chapter 3313. These Ohio laws require that any child entering elementary or high school in Ohio must present written evidence that such child has been immunized against the Communicable Diseases (and some additional identified diseases) by a method approved by the Ohio Department of Health, or that such child is in the process of being so immunized, unless the child’s parent or legal guardian satisfies one or more of the exemptions outlined in O.R.C. Chapter 3313.

What are the required vaccines?

Campers and staff must be immunized for the following for 2022: COVID-19, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, and chicken pox. It is the preference that campers and staff also have proof of immunization for (as is age-appropriate and recommended by your physician): haemophilus influenzae type B, pneumococcal, meningococcal meningitis, hepatitis A, and the flu shot.

Who is impacted by the Camp Wise COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate?

All campers, staff, and contracted providers (i.e. food service providers, daily housekeeping, and any specialty providers).

Will there be an exemption to the vaccine mandate for those who have recovered from COVID-19?

Following guidance from our medical advisory team, there will be no exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Please reach out to the Camp Wise office if you have any questions.

What will the vaccine policy be for camp visitors and guests?

Camp Wise will only admit vaccinated visitors and guests into camp programs. All visitors and guests will be required to show proof of vaccination and to provide results of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours, prior to entering our programs.

Outside contractors will be required to wear a mask at all times, and may not enter a building while campers or staff are present.

What activities are acceptable when campers and staff are away from camp and camp programs?

All campers and staff will sign a b’rit (agreement) prior to the start of the camp season. In this b’rit, it is our expectation that members of our community will limit their engagement in large, public arenas such as concerts, festivals, and amusement parks. We ask our community to choose outdoor dining and to consider scheduling visits to large venues and events until after the completion of their Mandel JCC Summer Camp experience.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and best practices in camping?

Where can I sign up my camper for a vaccine?

In partnership with the Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA), Mandel JCC will be offering Covid-19 Vaccinations (1st/2nd dose) and Boosters. The vaccination clinic will be held at the Mandel JCC in the Community Room. Registration is required, click on the links below to make your appointment.

Click Here – to Register – Mandel JCC – 02/13/22

Click Here – to Register – Mandel JCC – 03/13/22

Click Here – to Register – Mandel JCC – 04/10/22

Click Here – to Register – Mandel JCC – 05/15/22

Click Here – to Register – Mandel JCC – 06/12/22


Pre Camp Arrival

More information regarding pre-camp arrival, testing, and expected behaviors to come in the Spring.

Arriving At Camp

More information regarding arrival procedures to come in the Spring.

Daily Camp Life

More information regarding daily camp life to come in the Spring.

Health Center Operations

Daily Medication Management

All daily medications will be passed through our health center “med-pass” window. This medication distribution system allows healthy campers to receive their medication without coming to contact with others. Medication for daily management will be collected on the first day of camp during the arrival and health screen process.

Visiting the Health Center

The Health Center remain open and staffed by a team of registered nurses. While we expect most campers will stay healthy throughout the summer, occasionally campers may become ill or injured at camp. We have a professionally staffed Health Center at camp and our Standing Orders will be adapted accordingly.