Covid-19 and the Summer of 2021

April 28th

 

 

April 24th

Firstly, the board and staff of Camp Howe want to thank you for your patience and understanding over the last few months. The pandemic has changed so much of our daily lives and working together, we are looking forward to bringing the Camp Howe magic to all of our campers this summer. Camp will not be the same as it has in the past but through the dedication of our amazing staff team, I am confident that we can create a safe and fun camp experience in the woods of Goshen.

During the summer of 2021, Camp Howe will be under guidance from various entities to prevent and respond to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The goal of the guidance is to ensure campers have an enjoyable experience, but with limited opportunities to continue the spread of the virus.  These are changes to our current polices and will be imposed during the summer of 2021 only.
 

Prior To Camp

In case you are not already knowledgeable, families are asked to become familiar with COVID-19, its symptoms, transmission, prevention, and when to seek medical attention.  A thorough guide is located online at www.cdc.gov.   Parents are asked to share the information with their children as appropriate.

Day and Resident Campers

Families are asked to monitor camper’s health conditions 10 days prior to attendance.  This includes:

  • Taking and recording temperature for 10 days before camp (refer to the individual instructions provided with the thermometer).

  • Screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.0 °F or greater, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, congestion or runny nose.) for the 10 days before camp.

  • Determining if your camper has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined because of COVID-19.

  • Has the camper travelled nationally or internationally within the last 10 days

 

If your child has experienced any of the above, we ask that you do NOT bring them to camp for the safety and wellbeing of the child and the camp community.

 

Campers & Staff with Pre-Existing Conditions

Campers or counselors with any of the following pre-existing conditions will only be allowed to camp with formal guidance from their physician:

  • People with chronic lung disease or severe asthma

  • People who have serious heart conditions

  • People who are immunocompromised

  • People with severe obesity

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease

 

  • Day campers will be required to produce a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours prior to arrival. If one cannot be produced, unfortunately the will NOT be able to have them at camp as per state regulations for summer camps. Day campers will practice social distance and wear masks throughout their session. Day campers will need to sysmptoms assessed and documented each morning.

  • All overnight campers and staff will be required to produce a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours prior to arrival. If one cannot be produced, unfortunately the will NOT be able to have them at camp as per state regulations for summer camps.

  • All resident campers and staff should quarantine at least 10 days prior to arrival to camp limiting possible exposure.

Resident Campers

  • Upon arrival, each resident camper will be tested for covid. This will be billed to the families health insurance. If a family is unable to financially support this through their insurance, please contact the Executive Director to discus alternatives. We have limited funds to support testing this summer.
     

Check-In

Resident Camp

  • There will be a staggered arrival time – Sunday at the start of the session - one weekers 1 to 2pm and two weekers 2:30 to 3:30pm

  • Upon arrival parents are to be masked and remain in the car.

  • Camper must be masked and sanitize hands.

  • Prescreening will be done while the camper is in the car

  • If paperwork is complete and they pass the screening (10 day pre camp monitoring and questions and have negative COVID-19 results), camper can kiss their families goodbye while the staff unload the car and escort camper to their cabin.

  • If paperwork not complete or there is medical information or medicine to hand in, one family member will escort child to an assigned area. The camper will then be handed off to a staff member and escorted to cabin if all is complete.

 

Day Camp

  • As per resident camp on first day

  • Check in Monday at 8:30

  • Subsequent days, the ongoing screening will be conducted in car and child escorted to cohort.

 

Camper Pick Up

  • Parents will collect camper in drive through fashion.

  • Luggage will line the road and staff will place in cars. Grouped together by cohort.

  • ID will be checked before allowing camper into the car.

  • Parents will be encouraged to

    • Minimize time for pickup

    • Wear a mask

    • Stay in car

    • Maintain physical distance

    • Know pick up password.

Note: the road in and out of camp is very limiting for everyone coming and going at the same time. We may move to making the road one way with staff directing traffic.

 

Facial Coverings / Social Distancing

  • During camp, all campers and staff will be required to bring and wear clean masks and facial coverings.   All are exempt from wearing facial coverings when eating, swimming, sleeping, drinking, showering, playing low risk sports where 14 feet of social distance can be maintained, or having difficulty breathing. 

  • Overnight campers and staff who have completed their arrival testing will not be required to wear masks within their cabin once all in their cabin have a negative arrival testing result.

  • Mask breaks will be scheduled outside periodically throughout the day.  All campers will be required to maintain 6 feet of social distance during a mask break.

  • All campers and staff are required to always maintain 6 feet of social distance from individuals not in their cohort during the day. 

Cohort Structure and size

Camp will be divided into three separate groups

  • Day campers

  • One Week Campers

  • Two Week Campers

Each group of campers will have limited interaction with each other.

 

Day campers

  • Will remain together as cohort during the day and for all activities. 

  • This group size will be no more than 20 campers and the appropriate number of staff.

  • Day campers will enjoy camp activities during the day with other day campers.

 

One and Two week Resident Campers

  • Staff members will be assigned to cabins throughout the length of the session.

  • Campers will be assigned to cabins on Sunday and stay in the same cabin for the duration of the week/ 2 weeks.

  • Each cabin makes up one half of a cohort. Two cabins will be combined to make one full cohort.

  • Cohort size will be no greater than 12 campers.

  • Only members of the cabin or camp administration will be allowed in cabins

  • All cabin residents should use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol upon entry to their cabin

  • Cabin will be cleaned and sanitized each day during Cabin Clean up Time

  • Campers should keep personal belongings organized and separate from other campers’ belongings

  • Cabins will be completely sanitized between groups.

  • Beds will be distanced in the cabins. Preferably one bunk in each corner of cabin.

  • Sleepers will be positioned head-to-toe to maximize distance between heads/faces on each bunk

  • Windows will be left open (unless weather prevents this) to increase air circulation.

 

 

Meals

  • Day Campers will be required to bring their lunch daily.

  • As many meals will be eaten outside as possible.

  • Lunch will be pack out or picnic style. Each cohort will be assigned a space to eat.

  • Dinner can be a sit down meal. ONLY half the camp is able to be in the dining hall at once e.g.: all one weekers together and all two weekers.

  • Sit down meals

    • Only every other table will be used

    • Cabin groups will eat together

    • Hoppers must wear a mask

    • Staff will serve food.

    • At the end of the meal, if disposable products were not used, plastic wash buckets will be collected for each cabin and plates/ silverware will be washed and sanitized at table. Dishes will be run through the dishwasher by a staff from that table.

    • The Dining room will be sanitized between uses.

 

Sanitation

  • All staff will be trained on proper sanitation techniques this summer.  All program staff will be expected to sanitize program materials between each use. 

  • Campers will be expected to wash hands and use hand sanitizer at various times throughout the day.  Campers will be instructed on proper handwashing techniques by their counselors. 

  • During meals, all tables will be disinfected between each use.  Counselors will plate food for campers.  Salads will be prepackaged this summer.

 

 

Daily Screening
All campers will receive a daily health screening. Campers will be asked if they have any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fever (temperature of 100.0oF or above)

  • New muscle aches

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea / Nausea / Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Any other signs of illness?

  • Been in close contact with a person known to be infect with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Parents and staff must sign written attestations daily regarding any household contacts with COVID-19 symptoms or if they have given children medicine to lower a fever.  Parents/staff will also attest that campers are not showing any of the symptoms outlined above.  
     

Any camper or staff that that show signs for COVID-19 will need to be tested to determine if they are positive. We are currently researching our ability to administer onsite rapid tests.

 

If there are any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on site this summer, all parents of that camper’s cohort will be notified via phone by the Health Supervisor or other designee.  All other campers in camp will be notified via email and letter home.  In addition, counselors will be monitoring camper’s health daily and report any signs of sickness to the Camp Nurse.  

 

Any camper or staff that tests positive for COVID-19 may return to camp after at least 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test as long as the individual remains asymptomatic or experience significant improvements in symptoms and is fever-free for 72 hours.

Any camper or staff that has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter camp and must stay in isolation at least 10 days after the last day of contact with the person who is sick.

Visitors

Visitors are not allowed on camp this summer (per Massachusetts regulations).  Only essential personnel (e.g. food deliveries, repair work, etc.) will be allowed on site this summer.  If you need to drop off an item for a camper, please pull up to the camp office, but stay in your car.  Someone from the office will meet you at your car.  

Pick Up

Any overnight camper that is picked up early will not be allowed to return to the specific camp session.

All Candlelight ceremonies will be performed prior to parent pick up this summer with campers only.  We are still exploring options of streaming the ceremony for our families members as we know so many of you look forward to it.

For day camp pick up, parents are expected to continue pick up procedures by driving their cars as per usual guidelines.  Parents are asked to stay in their cars this summer when dropping off and picking up campers.

For overnight pickup, parents will pick be an organized drive through process. 

Closures

If camp must close for a period, all parents will be contacted via email.  All parents will be asked to respond, assuring that they have received the notification. 

 

Returning to camp.

Any camper or staff that tests positive for COVID-19 may return to camp after at least 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test as long as the individual remains asymptomatic or experience significant improvements in symptoms and is fever-free for 72 hours.

 

The Executive Director, Director and Health care supervisor will act as the primary contact for campers, parents/ guardians, and staff. 

February 25th

The Governor of Massachusetts has announced that summer camps can open in the summer of 2021 if the state is in Phase 4. No guidelines have been released sharing the operating expectations. Once they are received, we will share what changes will be in operations this summer. 

Great news - our youth will be playing in the woods this summer!

 

 

 

February 11th

We aim to keep you informed and only wish we had all of the answers. That said, we are reviewing all available information and the leadership team has been putting together best operating practices for almost everything we do.

To date, the State of Massachusetts has not issued recommendations at this point in time. Once we receive this information we will have more definitive answers and plans.

 

The American Camp Association has put together recommendations and sharing best practices from lessons learned from camps that operated last year. The study found the overall risk of COVID-19 in camps studied was low last summer, even in areas with high community COVID-19 rates. Diligent camper and staff use of facial coverings and physical distancing policies were found to be effective risk-reduction measures, with greater reductions in risks resulting from constant use of camper facial coverings.

A few other things that were highlighted in this study and recommended to minimize risk from COVID-19

  • Require all campers and staff to wear facial coverings and to practice physical distancing (through modified programs, such as outdoor programming with low-contact sports/activities, and use of activity cohorts and pods) at all times.

  • Pre-camp quarantine at home or for campers and staff

  • Daily health checks for campers and staff

  • Hand and cough hygiene (washing and sanitizing)

  •  Increased surface cleaning and disinfection

  • Keeping groups together in small numbers for sleeping and activities during the day

 

Please note: we are still waiting for guidance from the state. What the state decides and regulations that they put forth, is what we will need to do.

 

As we learn more, we will share more but there are some things that we expect to be in place this summer.

 

Some things we do know

Pre-Screening Counselors and campers will be required to prescreen before arrival to camp. This would include:

  • Taking and recording their own temperature for 14 days before camp (refer to the individual instructions provided with the thermometer).

  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.0 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) within the two weeks leading up to camp.

  • Determining if, within the two weeks leading up to camp, the individual has traveled nationally or internationally.

  • Determining if the individual has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined because of COVID-19.

 

Campers or counselors with any of the following pre-existing conditions will only be allowed to camp with formal guidance from their physician:

  • People with chronic lung disease or severe asthma

  • People who have serious heart conditions

  • People who are immunocompromised

  • People with severe obesity

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease

 

It is possible that a requirement may be to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the start of the program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION


Terrie Campbell

Executive Director

 

413-268-7635 Phone

413-268-8206 Fax (Summer Only)

 

executivedirector@camphowe.com

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