SUMMER CAMP 2021 COVID SAFETY PROCEDURES
*Updated 5/18/21 with current CDC Youth/Summer Camp regulations
• If eligible, staff, volunteers, campers, and family members should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Ideally, wait 2 weeks after completing vaccination for COVID-19 before traveling to camp.
• We request that campers, their families, and camp staff follow guidance for travelers in the 14 days before camp arrival to reduce exposure to COVID-19. Unvaccinated campers and staff members should engage in a 2-week prearrival quarantine that includes physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
• We ask campers and staff who are not fully vaccinated to provide proof of a negative viral test taken no more than 1–3 days before arriving at camp. We will delay arrival for campers or staff with confirmed positive test results, or work to reschedule their session. Please email or text proof of negative viral test to:
• CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test if the person does not have symptoms of COVID-19. Campers and staff who have had a positive viral test in the 3 months prior to starting camp and have met the criteria to end isolation should have a letter from their healthcare provider documenting the positive test date and stating the individual is cleared to end isolation.
• Campers and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by our head medical provider at camp check-in (before boarding camp transportation).
• Upon arrival at camp, campers will be assigned to cohorts that will remain together for the entire camp session without direct mixing with other campers and staff in close contact circumstances.
• Campers and staff who are staying together in a cabin, bunkhouse, or similar defined space will be called a “Cabin Cohort.” Cohort members do not need to wear masks or physically distance when they are together without non-cabin cohort members nearby. A ‘cabin pod’ of 6 to 8 campers and 2 to 3 staff is the number of different people your child will interact with without the need of masking and physical distance. Campers and staff should always wear masks when together unless staff are part of the cabin cohort and sleep in the same space as campers. When different cabin cohorts are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces together during the day or night, we will continue to monitor and enforce mask use, physical distancing, and healthy hygiene behaviors for everyone.
Facemasks at Camp
The ONLY time a camper or staff will not be wearing a mask will be:
• When campers are in their cabin (the equivalent to being “at home”)
• Eating during mealtimes (in the Dining Hall distanced from other groups – or outside when able)
• While outside with their cabin pod and distanced from other cabin pods. If a camper’s parent wants their child to wear a mask more often, we will do our best to make sure that happens in areas where it’s feasible, for example, it would be unsafe to swim or sleep in a mask.
• All campers should bring 3-4 masks to make it through their week of camp.
• All support staff (non-cabin leaders) will wear face coverings whenever they are interacting with campers (indoors or outdoors).
• Staff will conduct daily “Health Screening” that can help to identify cases of COVID-19, prevent secondary transmission, and help with contact tracing.
• Staff will clean and disinfect cabins and bathrooms regularly (e.g., in the morning and evening, after times of heavy use).
• We will increase ventilation in buildings, such as cabins and dining halls to increase air exchange and air filtration.
• Make sure that campers have more than one mask on hand so that they can easily replace a dirty mask with a clean one. We recommend 3-4 reusable masks. Our staff will wash masks if needed.
• Our medical provider will provide an isolation room to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
• When camp staff are away from camp (for example, during days off), they will engage in low-risk activities. Camp will have all staff do a screening when returning after time spent away from camp. Camp staff who are fully vaccinated should follow CDC recommendations for guidance on activities when away from camp.
Case Identification and Contact Tracing
• Our on-site medical professional and leadership staff will contact parents if a camper appears to be showing any symptoms of COVID-19. If concerns arise, all parties involved will be asked to talk through options with camp management as we follow CDC and MDH guidelines.
• We will isolate campers with symptoms immediately, and a parent will be contacted with recommendations for testing. They should remain isolated until parents can come pick-up their camper.
• Because of the short length of our sessions – camp will NOT be rapid testing campers on-site for COVID-19. Parents or Guardians are responsible for transporting their camper to a certified testing facility.
• If deemed necessary, campers will need to be picked up by a family member, or have a plan to be picked up within 12 hours.
• If the test result is negative, the person should remain in isolation at home until his or her symptoms have improved.
• Once symptoms improve, parents may contact the Camp Director to set up a return time for their camper. There may be a chance we ask for the camper to not return for safety reasons.
• If the test result is positive, the person should remain in isolation at home for at least 10 days after symptom onset, and 24 hours without fever without use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms have improved.
• If the test result is positive, PLEASE CONTACT THE CAMP DIRECTOR IMMEDIATELY at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (952) 473-8877 – ext. 273. Camp will then provide spaces for other symptomatic and potentially infected campers and staff to isolate on-site. Camp will also have procedures in place to help those potentially sick campers/staff to return home safely.
• Close contacts include everyone in the infected person’s household cohort and any one else who was within 6 feet of the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. The definition of a close contact applies regardless of whether either person was wearing a mask.
It’s recommended that camp staff and campers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 3–5 days after traveling home from camp AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Refer to CDC’s Travel During COVID-19 website for more information about what to do after traveling home from camp. Fully vaccinated people should follow current guidance for domestic travel and may not need to be tested or self-quarantined after camp unless they are experiencing symptoms.