To ensure a safe environment for program participants and overnight visitors to our campus in 2022, Pilgrim Lodge has made the decision to require all staff members, deans, counselors, campers, other volunteers, and hosted retreat participants to be up-to-date* for vaccination, if eligible, against COVID-19 prior to arrival at camp.  CDC guidance and safety measures are changing frequently.  This information will be updated as relevant changes emerge.

This decision, made by the Board of Directors of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ and the Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team, is based in upholding our tradition of focusing on safety as the top priority for Pilgrim Lodge programming.  We respect that the vaccination for COVID-19 is a personal choice, and our decision is based on reviewing guidance and recommendations from state and federal CDC and industry leaders in camping. Medical exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require authorization by a licensed physician.

We honor that this announcement will be met with relief by some and disappointment for others. We will offer Day Pass opportunities to spend time at camp for anyone regardless of vaccination status. We are grateful for the understanding and flexibility of our Pilgrim Lodge community as we seek to offer the safest, highest quality programming possible during the on-going challenges of the pandemic.

*Centers for Disease Control Definition of “up-to-date” for vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

For questions, please contact us at 207-724-3200 or echarles@pilgrimlodge.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am now eligible for a second booster, am I required to have the booster in order to attend camp?

No. Currently, the CDC does not include the new, second booster shot in it’s definition of “up-to-date” for vaccination. At this point, it will not be required to attend camp this summer.