COVID INFO PAGE
Our Covid and Camp Info Video
Joe (our camp director) and Tracey Gaslin (PhD, CRNI, CPNP, FNP-BC), Executive Director of the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN) provide insight regarding the unique summer camp season ahead.
Tracey is the preeminent expert on camp nursing and has been studying and developing Covid plans for camp since March 2020. Read the ACN's Covid 19 Camp Resource Page. We will be following their guidance.
Watch the Video (It's a bit long, but highly informative)
The Need for Camp
We believe kids need camp more than ever. Sure, camp will look different this summer due to the the needed health and safety protocols we will be adding, generally described below, but we guarantee it will be fun for the kids.
There is no perfect plan and no perfect bubble.
But, we promise to do our very best to keep your child safe.
Communicable Disease Plan
We are currently making and constantly revising our plans as the evolving data and information about the virus changes. We will publish our plans and keep them updated on this page.
We will be holding several Zoom Town Halls before camp to address parent and camper concerns. Our Administrative and Medical teams will attend. These Town Halls will be scheduled several times before our first session.
Our staff has been attending conferences, consulting with camp professionals, and carefully devising detailed plans. The Association of Camp Nurses and American Camping Association is providing continuous guidance as the climate changes. They have a created a detailed road map for how to operate this summer. Our charge is to follow and implement the plan.
Covid Mitigation Strategies
Our plan will describe specific proactive strategies for how to deal with all the implications of the Coronavirus and Covid 19 in the unique context of overnight camp.
There will be guidelines for famlies, campers and staff before they arrive to camp, policies and procedures for campers and staff while at camp, specific medical protocols for testing, surveilling, assesing, monitoring, and diagnosing campers and staff. Finally, we will share the specific action steps we will take if anyone at camp is identified postive for Covid.
Snap-shot of Plan
Pre-screening and quarantining procedures for staff and campers before arrival * 10-14 day quarantined pre-camp staff training * appropriate staff tested with gold standard deep nasal swab PCR test 5 days after arrival to pre camp training * new check-in/check-out procedures for campers * testing protocols and health monitoring before and during camp * Covid mitigation strategies: cohorting campers in small groups * masking * distancing * handwashing stations all around camp * regular sanitation of high use surfaces and common areas * ventilation * creating isolation / quarantine facilities * staff will not be able to leave the site during time off * new infrastructure built/purchased: hand washing sinks, picnic tables for outdoor eating * ample PPE available for appropriate uses * policies and procedures for eating meals by cohort * additional on-site living space for adult staff * identified isolation and quarantine spaces * program adaptations and new equipment * hiring extra staff * and more
Our Medical Team
1. Full time on-site RN
2. Full time on-site Nurse Assistant
3. Camp Medical Director, Pediatrican, on call 24 hours a day
The Evolving Context of the Pandemic
We will adapt our plans as new information, data and recommendations for best practices become available.
Information regarding vaccination and transmission is especially important:
Vaccinating Staff (we expect Ohio to designate camp staff as essential workers. Therefore, we expect our staff to be largely vaccinated. Obviously, this is unknown at present.)
Transmission of the virus will be a key component regarding the policies we ultimately adopt. We will fall on the conservaive side of any debated topic.
Ohio State Guidelines for Residential Camps
Ohio's state guidelines for residential camps have not been reevaluated since June 2020. They may or may not be revisted. We do not know.
We fully expect to run camp in cabin group cohorts and do not expect this to change. At present, we are only permitted to have 10 people in a cabin cohort. The cohort travels alone through camp and does not mix with the larger camp population at close range.
Therefore, we have decreased the number of allocated camper spots and are only offering: two two-week sessions * several one week off-site adventure camps * and several family-camp options. This was done in order to meet current state guidelines for residential camps.
Our Promise: Honest and Clear Communication
Will there be Covid at Camp? We cannot guarantee there won't be. Therefore, we are planning for that possibility despite all the extensive preparation and the mitigation strategies we will be using.
We will be ready if we identify a positive case. In this climate, that's what you have to do to be prepared. Above all, as we approach decisions about your children’s safety we promise to be honest, open and straightforward.
Zoom Town Halls
As the summer approaches we will be setting up Zoom Town Halls to answer any questions you and your and kids may have. Dates will be published on this page, and through email, text and social media.
More questions? Joe, the director, is glad to talk anytime.