- Campers and those traveling with them will have their temperature taken. If the camper or any person in the traveling party has a temperature of 100 or greater, the camper will be required to return home with their traveling party. (Every effort will be made to reschedule the camper for the summer of 2020 or 2021 with the option of receiving a full refund without penalty)
- Each camper will be given a form and will need to answer the following questions in the negative:
- Has the camper been in contact with a communicable illness (COVID-19, Flu, Chicken Pox, etc.) in the past 72 hours?
- Has the camper had a fever above 100 degrees in the last 72 hours?
- Does the camper have symptoms such as coughing, chest congestion, and/or shortness of breath?
- The anticipated procedure will be to greet the traveling party upon arrival at the Craft Hut area or other designated check-in locations as outlined in their confirmation letter and take their temperature while they are still in their vehicle. The above form will be handed to the parent/guardian/responsible adult to complete once safely parked and hand in the completed form at the check-in area.
- Parents, and others traveling with the camper, may walk with their camper to the cabin porch where they will be greeted by their counselors. They are asked not to enter the cabin.
Staff & Volunteer Expectations
- All staff will be restricted from traveling off the camp property once the camp week has begun. (A camp session begins with the weekly staff meeting.) Only the First Aid Director, the PUF, and persons serving with them for the purpose of Safe Sanctuaries will be permitted to leave the property on official business for the camp. Rare exceptions may be granted by the Executive Director.
- Staff who are authorized to travel into the local community will be required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines in every way possible.
- Staff will have a temperature check at the start of each camp session (Weekly Staff Meeting) and at the beginning of each day. They will be quarantined for 24 hours if they have a fever over 100. If other symptoms present themselves or the fever persists past the 24-hour period, they will be sent home for care.
- Volunteer Leaders and Counselors for each week are considered Staff for purposes of this policy. They must also fill out the health disclosure form created for campers and have their temperature taken upon arrival. Those with a fever over 100 or answering any of the 3 questions positively will be sent home.
- Staff will be encouraged to manage their weekend travel by limiting interaction with other persons, practicing social distancing in all situations, regularly washing hands, and wearing face masks when interfacing with the public.
- Drop-in Visitors and Guests will NOT be allowed this summer without the approval of the Executive Director, and all approved visitors will have their temperature taken at the Admin Building prior to interacting with the campers, staff, or volunteers.
Cruising for meals
- The Activity Staff will set up all meals and will be required to wear gloves provided by the kitchen and their personal mask during set up. Smaller, decentralized camps will set-up their own tables as assigned by their leadership and will follow the Activity Staff requirements above.
- An Activity Staff leader will be appointed for each meal to oversee the clean-up and ensure that each table and the chairs are clean and sanitized.
- Table set up will include napkin, needed utensils, filled drink with ice (no pitchers), and a scattering of individual condiment packets as needed for the meal. Campers will come to the drink station to have their drink cups refilled if needed.
- The maintenance staff, housekeeping staff, and/or volunteers will sanitize the bathrooms and other surface areas in all meeting areas and cabins daily.
- The Program Staff and volunteers will inspect camper cabins daily, give a grade/reward, and require cabins to provide additional cleaning where appropriate.
- WILDERNESS CAMP will be encouraged to open the tent flaps to air out tents daily when the forecast is anticipating no precipitation.
- Counselors (including Wilderness/Oxley camps) will wipe down mattress coverings with sanitary wipes at the conclusion of every camp week and will do the same for the area they slept in over the weekend.
- Electrostatic Sprayers and solution have been ordered and will be used in all cabins and gathering areas at the close of each week prior to the arrival of those scheduled for the upcoming week.
Activity Areas and Equipment
- Activity staff and others leading activities will maintain and sanitize their areas and the equipment that is used before the beginning of a new activity period.
- Cabin and Living Groups are encouraged to practice social distancing when possible and travel as a group to scheduled activities.
- Each cabin will have a designated sitting space during theme time and all other camp gatherings to allow for social distancing. The Conference Center wall will be opened to allow campers to spread out as appropriate.
- Cabin and Living Groups are not required to wear a mask when they are together and away from other groups. Masks, however, need to be worn when the schedule requires interaction with campers from other cabin/living groups. The major exception is when campers are in the pool even though distancing will be practiced when out of the water.
When Symptoms arise during the camp week
- Any camper presenting with a fever will be isolated and evaluated for no more than a 24- hour period. Those exhibiting a fever with additional COVID-like symptoms will be isolated until they can be picked up and returned to their home or health care provider.
- The cabin of one who is sent home will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized as much as is possible, and the parents of other campers in that cabin unit will be informed, but not alarmed, regarding the situation
- The First-Aid Director, the RN, and any other staff caring for a camper presenting with fever or COVID-like symptoms are expected to use the best available PPE. N95 masks and face shields are on hand and will be provided for our medical personnel and First Aid Director.
*NOTE: Lakeshore will attempt to provide PPE for our medical staff but have no guaranteed supply options.
- Deans and Leadership teams will be asked to gather their campers to their established sitting areas and dismiss them two cabins at a time (one to the outside window, the other to the inside window). In larger camps (over 8 cabin groups), Deans are encouraged to send half of the camp to canteen and release the other half to assigned free-time activities. At the midpoint, the camp halves will swap with the former free-time group being sent to canteen and the canteen group to free-time activities.
- Counselors are asked to gather their groups to enjoy and finish their refreshments before sending them off for free time activities
- Living Groups may sign up to play GaGa Ball during free-time. A staff person will facilitate the games and oversee the reservations. Living Groups will be called when it is time for them to play.
- Staff and Counselors will work as social distancing police to ensure that campers in all areas are maintaining distance for those not in the same cabin group
- Counselors will carry camper’s masks with them at all times in individually marked ziplock-like bags. When campers leave the cabin group, the counselor will ensure that each camper receives their mask and told to wear it when interacting with persons not in their cabin/living group community.
Areas/Times Masks are Required
- During Check-in/Registration (Counselors will wear masks when greeting parents at the door and welcoming the camper but will not be required to wear their masks when in the cabin)
- When in line for meals in the Dining Hall. Masks may be removed when sitting at the table
- At Worship programs (especially during singing)
- When singing at the beginning of theme times. (Singing tends to send droplets into the air much farther than normal talking)
- When Cruising/Cleaning Up after meals
- Staff during Check-Out who are working the canteen and the tables. (Parking lot does not have to wear a mask at Check-Out but must at Check-In)
- Campers will be required to bring their own masks
- Tables will be set up in front of the Conference Center (weather permitting) to facilitate the signing out of their campers to eliminate or decrease the number of persons entering the building in hopes of avoiding a crowded situation.
- Parents are discouraged from entering the Conference Center unless inclement weather forces check out to be done inside. Masks are expected to be worn when in the building
- Staff personnel will notify the Deans and Leadership Teams to send the camper out to join their parents. The canteen will be open at the OUTSIDE window and the tape will be placed appropriately to facilitate family distancing. (This includes all checkout tables)
- Persons working the Canteen and Checkout tables are required to wear masks when the parents et.al. are before them.
- Parents and others picking up their campers are asked to load up their traveling party and hit the road as quickly as possible to help in avoiding an over-crowding situation that might limit the ability to social distance from others.
- Camp Deans are urged to end all activities 30 minutes prior to the scheduled check-out time.
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