Health Practices

At Hume New England

These are our most current plans for our New England location, updated on March 18, 2022.
If you are joining us at our Hume Lake location, please see our Hume Lake Health Practices.
If you are joining us at our Hume SoCal location, please see our Hume SoCal Health Practices.

COVID-19 protocols can change rapidly, and as a result, we will keep this page updated with the latest information.

Screening for Youth Camps

  • Although we no longer require a negative COVID test to attend camp, we are still testing symptomatic campers. If you have any suspicion that a camper or counselor might have COVID, we recommend that you test before coming to camp.
  • All participants are asked to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and to strive to minimize exposure to anyone with possible COVID exposure.
  • Complete a pre-arrival health screening.

Screening for Guest Groups

  • All participants are asked to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and to strive to minimize exposure to anyone with possible COVID exposure.
  • Complete a pre-arrival health screening.
  • To help prevent the spread and early departure from a Hume experience, Hume strongly recommends all adult and family guests, obtain a negative NAAT/PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative Antigen test no earlier than 24 hours prior to arrival regardless of vaccination status.


  • Face coverings are optional for all guests.

Cleaning & Disinfection

  • Our Staff performs thorough cleaning in high-traffic areas and public areas using cleaning agents approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and responsibly used according to product instructions.


  • Hume employs the use of Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Technology™ units in Hilltop, the Old Chapel, Bethel Game Room, and the Nurse’s Station, to purify indoor air, reducing up to 98% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • For HVAC filtration, we will utilize MERV-13™ and MERV-8™ filters in high trafficked areas.
  • HVAC systems, internal fans, and operable windows will be kept functioning and operational to maintain good air circulation within the camp buildings throughout the season.

Hume is committed to the health and safety of all our guests and staff.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
info@hume.org1 (413) 528-3604.



What happens if my test is positive?
Anyone who tests positive within 10 days prior to coming to camp, is required to stay home. Members of the individual’s household are also asked to quarantine and not come to camp. Additionally, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home.

PCR Test 72 hours before or a Rapid Antigen Test 24 hours before arrival to camp. Test must be administered at a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, urgent care, CVS or pharmacy, county or public health departments, etc., and verified by a licensed healthcare or testing professional.

What is Antigen testing?
Antigen tests detect proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that form during the infection cycle and indicate that a person has an active infection. Rapid antigen tests offer several important benefits. They are highly portable, scalable, easy-to-use and provide a flexible approach to helping more people in more places get access to reliable testing in a cost effective way.

No, at this time Hume does not conduct randomized testing.

  • The individual is immediately isolated from others and will be sent home.
  • In case of a positive test or presumptive positive diagnosis, the entire cabin/cohort/family will be sent home, regardless of vaccination status, to reduce potential exposure.
  • Anyone else in close contact with the individual will also be sent home. This includes individuals who have been unmasked and in the same vehicle with the symptomatic individual as well as those who have eaten at the same table or sat unmasked in chapel or other indoor space within 6 feet of the individual. To reduce exposure and reduce the number of people sent home in case of a possible COVID case, we recommend cohorting: having cabin groups eat together and sit together in chapel. We also recommend masking when indoors and in close contact with others, including when in a vehicle with non-family members.
  • When a camper or entire cabin/cohort/family is sent home, the church or family of the camper is asked to coordinate pick-up and associated costs.
  • Hume Registration will prorate the cost of camp by the number of nights the camper was in camp before testing positive or being sent home early due to close contact with an individual who tests positive.

May We Pray for You?

Prayer is one of the pillars of everything we do—and in these trying times, we have unceasing faith in the Creator of the universe. He encourages us to bring our troubles and praises to Him. In that same light, we would love to pray for you. The Hume staff brings every single request before the Lord.

Let us know how we can pray for you.