Our #1 goal has always been the safety and well-being of our campers and staff, and this summer, we feel that more strongly than ever.
People at High-Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19
If your child has a medical condition that puts them at high risk for severe illness for Covid-19 (e.g. moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, immune deficiency, obesity, etc.), it is critical that you provide a letter of clearance to attend camp from your child’s primary care physician. In addition, if someone in your child’s household is high-risk, it is recommended that you consult with your physician to determine if Camp activities are appropriate for your child and family.
The risk of viral spread at camp will be significantly reduced by layering the following eight mitigation strategies on top of each other, at all times throughout the summer:
- Screening and Protecting our Most Vulnerable
- Prescreening form (including screening questions and temperature checks for 14 days prior to arriving at camp) which will ask participants to opt out of this experience if they or their immediate family members are vulnerable to COVID-19
- Daily temperature and symptom checks upon arrival to camp
- Keeping Groups Together Every Day
- Campers and counselors will be organized into nuclear “families” (formerly tribes) that will remain together all day, every day, except during arrival and pickup times.
- These families will not exceed 18 campers and 2 counselors
- Family groups will not come within 6 feet of contact with each other, except in uncommon situations when social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. bus arrival and dismissal, rainy days, or some emergency situations)
- Social Distancing and Using Cloth Masks
- Campers and counselors will be advised to keep six feet of distance from their camp family members as much as possible, but kids are kids, and we are assuming that there will be exposure within a given camp family
- However, campers and counselors will always remain six feet apart from any individuals not in their camp families, unless social distancing cannot be maintained. For these situations, campers and counselors will carry masks with them at all times, and will be instructed to wear them when within six feet of others.
- Handwashing and Promoting Good Hygiene
Campers and Staff will be instructed in proper hand washing techniques and will be required to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Handwashing and/or hand sanitizing stations will be set up all around camp, and participants will be required to visit them before and after each period. Sewataro will also be using liquid hand sanitizer during times that hand washing isn’t available or easily accessible. More specifically, hand-washing/sanitizing will occur:
- Before and after each activity
- Before and after eating
- After sneezing, coughing or nose blowing
- After using the restroom
- Before handling any food
- After using any shared equipment
- After contact with face covering
- After touching or cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated
- After assisting children with handwashing
- Before and after administration of medication
- Before entering vehicles used for transportation of children
- Before and after changes of gloves
We will also be encouraging and teaching other healthy habits including covering coughs and sneezes, not sharing drinks or food, and proper use of hand sanitizer.
Gloves will be used by staff whenever handling camper belongings or food and when sanitizing activity equipment. Staff assigned to helping campers out of cars will also wear gloves (gloves will be supplied by camp).Handwashing and/or hand sanitizing stations will be set up all around camp, and participants will be required to visit them before and after each period
- Holding Activities Outdoors
- Campers and counselors will engage in outdoor activities almost every period of every day. Exceptions are Arts and Crafts and Music Studio, in which masks will be worn at all times and areas will be thoroughly disinfected after each group
- Cleaning and Disinfection of Equipment and Facilities
- Infirmary will be disinfected between patients, bathrooms and office surfaces between periods, and all buildings at the end of each day
- Activity counselors will disinfect all shared equipment between each group that visits their activity
- Buses will be disinfected twice after the morning and afternoon routes
- Cancelling and Modifying Higher-Risk Activities
- Activities that require cross-group exposure:
Swim Lessons (free swim will still run)
- Activities that cannot be properly disinfected between uses:
Adventure Challenge (high elements only, including Zipline, Climbing Wall and High Ropes Course – low elements and group challenges will still run, and many will be brand new this summer!)
- Remaining Vigilant and Responding Immediately to Threats
- Participants who are symptomatic will need to be sent home and remain home, along with their known contacts (their camp family)
- Confirmed cases will not be able to return to camp for ten days after symptom onset and three days after resolution of fever
- Any contacts (i.e. the participant’s camp family) will need to remain home for 72 hours and can return after that without symptoms.
We’ve culled some of our favorite camper-appropriate resources on how to talk to your kids about current events. If you have any you’d like to share, please send them our way, and we can share with the community via Facebook and Instagram.
Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
NASP: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
In all of this, friends, things are changing every day. But what we do know is that your children will need “Summer as it should be” now more than ever, and we are doing everything in our power to make it so. Planning and preparations are full steam ahead, and we can’t wait to greet our amazing campers on June 28th, for the start of our 62nd camp season.