COVID-19 Policies

COVID Policies

AMC continues to monitor the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to welcome guests and volunteers into AMC spaces and activities. We expect to update practices and policies throughout the coming months, and it’s important to know the latest updates before you go whether you are attending an AMC activity or event or preparing to stay with us at one of our camps or lodges.

As we have all learned throughout the pandemic, every individual has their own risk tolerance. While AMC has taken steps to mitigate some risk, there are still inherent risks involved in overnight lodging, indoor dining, and group travel and activities. Individuals choosing to stay at an AMC hut or lodge or participate in an AMC program in 2022 are assuming personal responsibility and accepting increased risks regarding COVID-19. If you feel uncomfortable with these risks, AMC suggests you delay or modify your adventure to when you feel comfortable joining us. For more detailed information specific to your destination, call our Contact Service Center at 603-466-2727 or email amclodging@outdoors.org.

 

COVID-19 Guest Information

AMC’s Expectations for our Guests

AMC recommends guests follow CDC guidance to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading it to others, including wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. In areas of low or moderate transmission, masks are welcome but not required. AMC will update signage to recommend masks when specific locations cross the CDC’s threshold for substantial risk.

AMC encourages guests to check the latest status before visiting one of our locations. Use this map (updated once a day) provided by the CDC to search for the latest status on your county. AMC locations and counties are listed below:

 

Maine

Medawisla, Gorman Chairback, Little Lyford Lodges and Cabins: Piscataquis County

Knubble Bay and Beal Island: Sagadahoc County

Echo Lake Camp: Hancock County

 

New Hampshire

Highland Center: Coos County

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge: Coos County

Cardigan Lodge: Grafton County

Lonesome Lake Hut, Greenleaf Hut, Galehead Hut, Zealand Falls Hut: Grafton County

Mizpah Spring Hut, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, Madison Spring Hut, Carter Notch Hut: Coos County

Cold River Camp and Harvard Cabin: Carroll County

Three Mile Island: Belknap County

 

Massachusetts

Noble View Outdoor Center: Hampden County

Ponkapoag Camp: Norfolk County

 

Connecticut

Northwest Camp: Litchfield County

 

New York

Fire Island Cabin: Suffolk County

Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center: Rockland County

 

New Jersey

Mohican Outdoor Center: Warren County (Note: Due to an order from the National Parks Service, masks are required inside any public building on NPS land, regardless of vaccination status, including AMC’s Mohican Outdoors Center.)

 

Any guest transported by AMC should continue to wear a mask per CDC guidelines. Double masking (a surgical mask covered by a cloth mask) or N95/KN95 is preferred.

We ask guests make every effort to maintain social distancing (6 feet or more) from staff and guests outside their party.

AMC 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 when engaging with AMC.

AMC believes that the outdoors belongs to everyone. To be sustainable and impactful in carrying out our mission, the 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 policies will enable all to feel comfortable in the unique communal atmosphere of these special places.

Some services may not be available in all spaces such as access to common areas, availability of blankets and linen, saunas, family dining, food service, etc. Be sure to read confirmation messages and call if you have questions.

If a guest experiences symptoms of COVID-19 during their visit, we ask that the guest notifies AMC staff, immediately, and arrange to leave AMC property. Refunds will be provided for guests who need to leave due to exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

 

AMC’s Expectations for Program Participants

AMC Leaders can exercise discretion in terms of safety and preparedness for the events they lead, including enforcing vaccine or testing requirements, as well as masking requirements when indoors, on transportation, or other circumstances. Please be prepared to wear face coverings when participating or staying with AMC.

AMC requires participants be fully vaccinated or share the results of a negative COVID-19 (PCR or Antigen) test taken within 72 hours of your program start. This requirement includes most multi-day programs offered through Guided Outdoors, Staff-led Volunteer Trails, Educator Outdoors, Leave No Trace, Wilderness First Aid, Teen Wilderness Adventures, President’s Society trips, custom programs led by AMC staff, Echo Lake Camp, Cold River Camp, and August Camp. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purposes of this policy. Fully vaccinated is defined by the CDC here. For more information contact amclodging@outdoors.org.

 

AMC Staff and Volunteers

AMC has an Employee Vaccine Policy . Additionally, AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event.  For more information, please review the AMC Staff and Volunteer COVID Information Sheet, or contact Leadership@outdoors.org with questions.