COVID Guidelines, Protocol, and FAQ (Reviewed: 1/5/2021)

Tennis & Life Camps

TLC and Gustavus will follow CDC and Minnesota Department of Health COVID safety recommendations which continue to evolve.
The information posted here will be updated as recommendations are updated, always with your safety in mind.

Please review these guidelines. Please note that if you choose to participate at TLC, these guidelines must be followed. Any violation of these guidelines may result in an early dismissal from TLC with no refund.

We are capping 2021 summer camp capacity at 50% of our normal numbers, and will only increase that number if it is deemed safe to do so. As a vaccine and rapid testing become more widely available, our current restrictions and protocol may allow more campers to attend. But our motto at TLC has, and always will be, “safety first”. And your partnership in accomplishing this is how we will do this together. 


What protocols is Tennis & Life Camps following to ensure camper and staff safety?

  • Currently, we are planning to run summer camps at 50% capacity unless and until it is deemed safe to run at higher capacity.
  • Campers and staff will be expected to maintain 6 or more feet of physical distance from each other unless it is for fewer than 15 minutes cumulative during a day.
  • Housing in residence hall rooms will be single occupancy unless rooming with a family member.
  • Hand sanitizer will be at every entrance and exit to spaces used by TLC.
  • All restrooms and showers will be sanitized on a daily basis.

How will you keep campers physically distanced in all activities such as dining, tennis, socializing, variety show, singing, and swimming.

  • Dining: the dining room is currently set-up to be two people per table.
  • Social hour: Campers will remain 6 feet away as they play games or socialize.
  • Opening Night Program, Social Hour, Variety Show and Final Program: Will take place in Norelius Hall outdoor courtyard, or an appropriately large indoor space on campus, with chairs or markers set 6 feet apart.
  • Singing: All campers will be masked and physically distanced when they sing camp songs, outdoors or in an appropriately large indoor space.
  • Dorms: Single rooms with 11 campers per dorm counsellor instead of 24.
  • Tennis: Our current drills are already designed for physical distancing. Our instructors will wear masks while teaching or explaining a drill on the same side of the net. Our hands-on teaching inside Swanson Tennis Center will be replaced this summer with physical demonstrations to accomplish the same result.
  • Inclement weather: We will follow the same physical distancing and masking procedures as any other indoor activity.
  • Swimming: The swimming pool is currently closed. It may or may not be available to campers, based on campus restrictions and capacity.

What is your policy on masking and hand hygiene?

  • Campers will be masked at all times in indoor spaces, including dining (except when they are eating), and on court during lessons. Campers may remove their mask when they are in the dorm room by themselves. Campers are expected to either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting indoor spaces. Campers and presenters will wear masks for all classroom sessions and be physically distanced.

What will happen if a camper is exposed to someone with COVID?

  • If they have had exposure closer than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes, they will be quarantine, you will be notified, and we will request you pick them up for the safety of all. This is one reason following protocol, physical distancing, and mask wearing is so important for all campers and staff.
  • If TLC learns of a positive COVID case, we will investigate any possible close contacts to the person who tested positive. A close contact is defined by the MDH as a person who was within 6 feet for 15 minutes within the 48 hours before the test date or 48 hours before symptoms started. MDH guidance currently says that all close contacts need to quarantine for 14 days. If a camper is determined to be a close contact, they will be moved to a quarantine space until they are picked up later that day to go home.

What happens if a camper has COVID symptoms?

  • Each day campers will be expected to review a list of possible COVID symptoms. If symptoms start, the camper will need to be removed from activities and be away from others.
  • The emergency contact person listed on the registration will be notified immediately. Your child (or any child who shows symptoms) will be moved to a quarantine area until it is determined if they need to leave camp or if they will be able to stay.

What happens if just before coming to camp a camper has symptoms, is a close contact, or has a COVID test?

  • A camper should not come to camp if they have any COVID symptoms that cannot be explained, have a recent known exposure and are in quarantine, or are awaiting COVID test results.

What happens if a TLC staff member gets COVID?

  • If a TLC staff member is experiencing COVID symptoms they will be tested and remain in isolation until test results are returned. If the test results are negative, they will return to work when symptoms improve.
  • If a TLC staff member is exposed as a close contact to someone who tested positive, they will be tested and remain in quarantine for 14 days.
  • If a TLC staff member tests positive for COVID, contact tracing will determine any close contacts and the staff member will remain in isolation for 10 days.

What precautions are in place before my child/family or myself arrives?

  • Dorm rooms and public spaces will be sanitized before each camp.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available in entrances and exits and pro shop. Individual sanitizer is available in the pro shop for purchase.
  • Campers will sign a statement saying they will not attend camp if they have had any symptoms of COVID, a known COVID exposure, or a positive test in the previous two weeks.

What can we do as campers before arriving?

  • We would like for you to limit activity around groups that cannot be physically distanced and wearing masks in the two weeks prior to camp, and be tested for COVID where it is available within two days of arriving to camp, since carriers can be asymptomatic.

Should my camper bring their own sanitizer and masks?

  • We will provide you with one mask and have sanitizer at multiple locations, but encourage you to bring your own extra masks and personal hand sanitizer.
  • Masks should have two layers of fabric and be a snug fit. They must be worn over the nose and mouth.

What about testing?

  • We are hopeful the U.S. has rapid testing availability plus access to a vaccine by summer. If not, anyone who would be sick in the two weeks prior to camp will be expected not to attend for the sake of others.

What is the refund policy if a camp is cancelled?

  • If an entire camp is cancelled due to COVID, you will receive a full refund, including the normally non-refundable $100 registration fee.

What is the refund policy if a camper is sick or in quarantine two weeks prior to camp?

  • The regular refund will apply with a doctor’s note, and you will receive all but the $100 registration fee back.

What is the refund policy if a camper has to leave camp early due to COVID?

  • In this event, your camp fee will be prorated for the amount of time spent at TLC and you will be refunded the remainder.
  • Leaving camp early for any other reason will result in no refund.

What if my camper wants a roommate?

  • If your camper wants to room with a sibling or someone in your household, we will accommodate the request. For campers not from the same household, we will place them in rooms next to each other as much as possible, until it is deemed safe by the CDC, MDH, and Gustavus to do otherwise.

What should I do if I see another camper or TLC employee not following the COVID safety expectations?

  • If a student or staff member is not following the COVID safety expectations, you may contact the TLC office or contact camp Director Neal Hagberg directly at 612-875-1613.

What will happen if a camper does not follow the COVID safety expectations?

  • Campers who do not follow COVID safety expectations may be asked to leave camp for the safety of all. To run a safe, successful and fun TLC camp, it will take all of us together as a TLC family. Everything we teach about the Three Crowns of Positive Attitude, Full Effort and Good Sportsmanship, and the respectful and kind campers and staff who attend TLC, let us know this is possible, and we are grateful to you in advance!

What will be the same and what will be different from other summers?

  • What will be the same is the joy and enrichment of a TLC camp experience; individual and small group instruction; camp bonding exercises, singing, Variety Shows, and meaningful social interactions. TLC has always been a creative place, and with COVID regulations we will create new experiences out of our shared love for tennis, life, and interactions with others that bring us fulfillment. We will do the same activities in new ways and, with our Three Crowns philosophy, we will practice Positive Attitude, Full Effort, and Good Sportsmanship daily on the court and off, and use COVID as another life lesson we can learn from and become stronger as a community by respecting others and acting responsibly while we have tons of fun.