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.
- We strongly suggest neck gaiters for our Fox campers
- Handwashing and Promoting Good Hygiene
- 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
- Good hygiene practices will be taught and enforced through counselor trainings and signage throughout camp
- 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.
If you need to cancel your camper’s enrollment this summer due to Covid related concerns, we hope you will consider supporting our small business and rolling your payments over to your child’s enrollment at Sewataro in 2021.
- If you are able to roll over (at least 50% of) your tuition payment(s) to next year, we will lock you into this year’s prices and give you priority enrollment. More details about next year’s enrollment will be released later.
- If you are unable to rollover, and would like your monies refunded, we will be doing so on an installment schedule, which is expected to begin this summer. We will be sharing detailed information (including installment dates) in the next few weeks, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in the meantime.
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 29th, for the start of our 61st camp season.