Recreational Camps for Children

Date of Record: 05-25-22

From the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH):

Covid protocols have just been updated for children in child care, K-12, out-of-school time (OST), and recreational camp settings. 

For details, please visit this link: 

Thank you again for keeping Massachusetts safe! 

Date of Record:  May 12, 2022

Dear Recreational Camp Stakeholders,


We have been informed that the state is making free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests available on a one-time basis to any Recreational Camp or Program in Massachusetts. Tests will come in multiples of 180, with two tests per kit and 90 kits per box, and camps may order up to 1800 tests. Recreational camps and programs may request a one-time distribution of test kits, by filling out this survey by June 3rd. All tests will be shipped by June 10th. These tests should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions  and the camp’s own testing policies. Please note that these and other FDA EUA-authorized over-the-counter tests, those widely available online and in retail stores, can be administered without the camp having a CLIA certificate or certificate of waiver.


Information about the proper use of the iHealth COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests, including specimen collection, handling, and storage, can be found on the package insert, on the manufacturer’s website: and on the FDA website. Note that the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test has been granted a 3-month shelf extension from the expiration date marked on the packaging.


Please distribute this information to any Recreational Camps or Programs that are interested in conducting COVID-19 testing. Camps with shipping questions or concerns should include those in the free text of the survey. Any other questions should be directed to Steve Hughes ( and Kerry Wagner ( ), who will forward them to the appropriate recipient.


We hope you all have a great camping season and thank you for everything you do to bring recreational opportunities to children across the state.



Environmental Analyst

Community Sanitation Program

MA Department of Public Health

617-695-7414 (office)

617-448-7410 (cell)

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