COVID-19 Information

What COVID-19 Precautions Will be Taken This Summer?

  • Our modifications are fluid and evolving in concert with the changing guidelines outlined by the Governor's office - so these are our plans as of 3/15/22, but we will be updating students throughout the spring with any changes.  
  • Since YLA mostly takes place outdoors, we can run our trips with very little disruption. 
  • Modifications we have made to enhance safety:  
    • Physical distancing and masking
    • Providing masks and hand sanitizer to each student
    • Sleeping arrangements - all students will sleep in their own 1-person tent
    • Increased hygiene practices with shared items and when cooking
    • Limited or eliminated time indoors
    • Health checks each day

    Will you require vaccination for staff?

    • Yes, the North Cascades Institute requires all staff to be vaccinated (booster not required).

    Will you require vaccinations for participants? 

    • No, vaccinations are NOT required for YLA students.  If you are vaccinated, we will ask for a copy of your vaccination card with your paperwork.
    • All students, regardless of vaccination status, will be provided a rapid test to take on Day 1 of their trip.
    • We are following school guidelines, which currently do not require vaccinations for students.  

    How will you decide how to run programs this summer?

    • We are following guidelines from the Washington State Health Department and Washington State Safe Start Plan (find links at the bottom of this webpage)  We are also tracking community spread in Whatcom and Skagit counties and vaccination rates to determine risk factors in our communities.
    • We operated safely last summer and have been in communication with many other programs that have operated safely during the pandemic to develop best practices during this time. 

    Should I sign up now or wait and see how things are looking? 

    • You should sign up now!  Completing an application is not a binding process, but helps us know if people are interested. We will be in touch frequently as the program dates get closer, and if things change on your end you just let us know.

    What will happen if the trips are canceled due to COVID-19? 

    • If a trip is canceled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund and will be notified of any opportunity to sign up for a later trip.