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ICOL 2022 COVID Policy

The Wilderness Education Association will follow federal, state and local health official guidance for the conference. The conference will be adjusted as needed based on recommended practices to provide a safe environment for conference attendees and our staff.

The WEA is Committed to Safety

  • In-person attendees will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • In-person attendees will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • In-person attendees will be given options for single-room housing.
  • Blue Ridge Assembly will modify event layout for social distancing.
  • Outdoor spaces will be required for social gatherings.
  • WEA will offer flexible refund policies for anyone who falls ill. We can either apply your costs to a future event or provide a full refund.
  • Blue Ridge Assembly will provide a designated space for anyone who becomes sick during the conference to quarantine. 

As a ​​YMCA, Blue Ridge Assembly Conference Center has modified their operations to ensure all practices prioritize the health and safety of guests, staff and the community. You can find their service plan here.

Conference Attendance Requirements

    • Individuals will be prohibited without the proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Attendees must provide a CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, type of vaccine and date of last dosage. 


    • Attendees must provide a negative COVID-19 test result that includes the name of the attendee, type of test and test date. The test much be conducted within 72 hours of the first day of the conference.

In addition, attendees must:


    • Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms.
    • If you have come in contact, you should not attend the conference until you have met CDC guidelines for social gatherings.

Be Part of the Team

As a professional body of leadership, WEA is prioritizing the health and safety of our conference attendees. We will make every effort to provide a safe environment for conference attendees.

As an outdoor leader, we need your help. Please do your part by taking personal responsibility around your health.  Please consider the following:  

    • Be a leader in wearing your face covering in other indoor places throughout the city (e.g., restaurants, bars, etc).
    • Use hand-sanitizing stations as available and wash your hands frequently.
    • Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You can find local no-cost vaccination sites here.
    • Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still carry COVID-19. We recommend a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival regardless of vaccination status. Please get tested for COVID-19 if you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. You can find local no-cost testing sites here.
    • If you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend the conference.
    • We are also implementing a colored lanyards system for our badges that will allow attendees to choose their level of comfort with interactions: 
            • Red – Please keep 6 feet away with masks on.
            • Yellow – I'm okay with elbows and fist bumps and short close contact sessions.
            • Green – ‘Come in for the hug.

Wilderness Education Association, Inc.
151 NC Highway 9, Ste B, Box 136
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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