We are so thrilled to be offering camp again this summer—and hope you are excited, too! Every year, we are grateful to have your trust in keeping your campers safe while in our care and we know that is never more vital than this coming summer. With that in mind, here are some logistical and programming changes we are implementing for the safety of your families and ours. 


This year we are not hosting our annual Duck Trails Open House to kick off registration, in order to avoid large indoor gatherings. Instead, registration will open online and in person on the same day, and we ask that in-person registration only be utilized by those for whom the online system is not accessible or who need to pay by payroll deduction (i.e. UO faculty and staff).

Additionally, we have reconfigured how you select your desired camps. This year, you will be registering directly into the group your child will be in this summer and it will be based on the grade they will be in during the upcoming school year (fall 2021). If you have questions about your child’s eligibility for a specific camp program, please contact Samantha Wallace (Meeko) at ducktrails@uoregon.edu.


The reason for having families select the group themselves based on school grades is because, per the state of Oregon Youth Program Guidelines, groups of up to 20 campers must remain static throughout the week and stay separate from other stable groups. Changing how campers are registered to this format means that you will have more information to work with other parents to ensure your similarly aged children are in the same groups, even if they are not the same exact age (ex: K and 1st graders together, 2nd and 3rd graders together, 4th and 5th graders together, and 6th–8th graders together). We cannot change groups once the week starts in order to maintain stable groups.


For those looking for some of our most popular past options—Imagination Factory, Cooking Camp, Sports Academy, and field trips—we are also disappointed not to be able to offer those programs this summer. Unfortunately, many of the reasons your campers love these camps are the exact reasons they are not possible this year, but we promise we will have them back when mask mandates and stable group requirements allow.

Drop-off, Pick-up and Swim

The most significant change on our logistics caused by the need for stable groups is the resulting effect on drop-off, lunch, afternoon activities, and pick-up. In the past, all of the week’s camp groups have been together for drop-off and pick-up. This will not be the case this year, but we will do everything we can to make the logistics as clear and as smooth as possible for parents/guardians. This information will be detailed in the camp handbook that families will receive as camp approaches. The format for lunch will be that campers will eat with their counselors and stable groups in separate outdoor locations from other groups.

The other significant impact on Duck Trails is that we will not be able to offer swimming at all this summer. This is due to restrictions under the Sector Risk Level Guidance as well as UO policy regarding distancing when mask-wearing is not possible. We know being able to swim every day is a highlight for most of our campers and we are hopeful it will be back next summer.

Face Coverings

In accordance with the Oregon Youth Program Guidelines as well as UO policy, masks will be worn by staff and campers at all times, unless they are eating or drinking. This policy is in effect both inside UO facilities, as well as outdoors on campus.


Per UO policy, staff members are not required to be vaccinated nor can we ask them whether or not they have been vaccinated. However, with vaccines expected to be available to anyone over 16 this month we will be able to provide ample opportunity for our student staff to receive a vaccination should they choose to by the time that camp starts.

Sick Policy

Similar to the need for face coverings, both UO and the state of Oregon require certain waiting periods for individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing one or more symptoms. We will be following the below policies for both staff and campers:

  • Youth or staff known to be a confirmed close contact of an individual with COVID-19 or who has been exposed (e.g., by a household member, friend, or relative) to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days cannot come to campus.
    • Any youth or staff with a confirmed COVID-19 exposure within this timeframe will be restricted from attending or working at camp for a full 14 days from their last known exposure. Although we understand that a 14-day restriction is the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others, staff members or parents of quarantined youth can end quarantine early if no symptoms have developed either:  
      • After 10 days of quarantine, without any testing, or
      • After 7 days, with a negative result by an antigen or PCR test within 48 hours before ending quarantine.
  • Staff cannot come to work and parents cannot bring their child to the program if they currently have or recently had an illness with COVID-19 symptoms.
    • A staff member or child with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home for at least 10 days after illness starts and until 24 hours after any fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and COVID-19 symptoms have resolved.

If your child needs to miss camp for either of the above reasons, please contact Samantha Wallace (Meeko) at ducktrails@uoregon.edu to discuss a refund.