2022 COVID PROTOCOLS AND CONSIDERATIONS
COVID-19 is a part of our lives. We have experienced it at our schools, in our athletic programs and extracurricular activities, at work, and within our families and friends. We need to expect and understand that it will be a part of our camp life as well this summer. Therefore, we need to set goals, expectations and develop an understanding of what this will look like at camp and how we will prepare and respond to it.
Our goals and actions related to COVID-19 at camp have always been to keep our campers safe and, at the same time, reflect the actions and attitudes of our communities and the populations that we serve at camp. In 2021, that meant doing everything we could to keep COVID-19 out of camp and making this mission a top priority. This came with protocols involving a strict bubble, no outside programming, no visitors, masks, pods, cohorts and testing at camp.
Today, we are living in a much different world and our policies and procedures will hope to reflect that while taking into account the risk to our camp population (i.e. the risk that campers in our demographic experience severe illness), our high vaccination rates and the effect on our program. We will work hard to try and come to camp healthy and limit the spread of COVID-19 if it does get into camp, but it is very important to us, our campers and staff that we are able to maintain as “normal” and “traditional” of a Menominee program as possible including skit nights, socials, competitions, town day and trips.
We have taken great strides this year to develop a partnership with our first year families and grow our relationship with all of our returners. We have been working tirelessly to put together a program focused on camper goals, character growth and emotional development. We have always wanted to be that extension of your parenting and the work you do with your son every day. In the spirit of this partnership and foundation of trust, we would like to make sure we are all on the same page with the following risks this summer:
Each camper is required to have 2 negative COVID tests within 48 hours of camp arrival. The first test should be taken 24 hours before departure (flying or bus). The second should be taken in the morning before you depart. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of each negative test each day. These tests will be your son’s ticket into camp. These tests should be rapid at home antigen tests.
If your son tests positive, we will follow CDC protocol as to his reentry into camp. It will depend on symptoms, vaccination status and follow up tests. Once your son clears quarantine, he will of course be allowed to come up to camp.
COVID-19 in the Summer of 2021
Hello Everyone – below you will find all of our COVID-19 resources pertaining to camp in THE SUMMER OF 2021. This information is to be used as a resource only if you are curious as to how camp ran successfully last summer.
Earlier this month we outlined our thoughts on vaccinations being available to people 12 and up in the US. You can read the entirety of that letter below but the gist of it this: we will not be requiring vaccinations for all campers in in the 12–16-year-old demographic, but we strongly encourage it for the overall health and well-being of our population.
Please note that fully vaccinated campers will still need to go through our gateway testing protocol before coming to camp. The CDC maintains there is still a risk of breakthrough cases in which a vaccinated person contracts the virus. As such, we will take these precautions to better protect our community. However, they may not be subject to rounds 2 and 3 of testing at camp. We will update this page when we have finalized our policy.
In-Camp COVID Testing: Test #2 (Day 3 of Camp), Test #3 (Day 6 of Camp)
We will be conduction two additional rounds of testing during the first week of camp using our SHIELD PCR Saliva test. This specific test will offer us an incredibly high accuracy rate, and the timing will provide us with the best results/assurance. Our goal is to clear Day 6 and feel extremely confident that we are COVID free at camp.
OK we have made it this far and implemented all of our roadblocks to prevent COVID-19 from getting into camp, and limiting the spread if it does get into camp. All of our decisions have been based on guidance from the ACA, CDC, our medical experts and consultation with other camp owners and directors. The reality is, despite all of the steps we are taking, there is still a chance that we have cases of COVID-19 this summer and it is important that all parents and campers understand this. Here are a few other things we thought you should know:
What if my son tests positive for COVID before or after camp? What if there is a positive case in his cabin or at camp?
If your son tests positive for COVID-19 before camp, we will reach out when we receive the results. Your son will not be able to get on the bus the next day, but we will discuss her options for getting him to camp. This includes following CDC positive case guidelines (ten days of isolation from the start of his symptoms OR from the date of the positive test, and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms). We will also need a note from his doctor indicating that it would be appropriate for her to enter our camp community. If your son is close to the end of his vaccination cycle at the time of the positive result, we will likely use a multi test approach to verify accuracy.
If a camper is symptomatic during the summer, we will evaluate him and have him go through our testing protocol if necessary as determined by our PediaTrust physicians. Unvaccinated cabin mates will be isolated until we have the test results back, and if necessary, will be tested as well. Based on the results we will isolate and quarantine appropriately. You will be informed every step of the way if your son is symptomatic, needs a test, has tested positive, etc. If your son is in a cabin that requires quarantine, we will inform you of that as well.
Camp is fully prepared to program and care for campers who have tested positive for COVID during the summer. Of course, you as a parent can choose if you’d like to pick your son up from camp.
What is camp’s policy with regard to refunds if my son has to miss time at camp due to COVID-19?
Camp will not be providing refunds if your son has to miss time at camp due to testing positive for COVID or needing to quarantine because of an exposure to COVID-19. There are risks associated with camp this summer, especially in a congregate living setting like ours.
May 31, 2021: The Official Out-of-State Travel Guide and Policies
May 13, 2021: 12-15 Year Old Camper Vaccinations
April 28, 2021: Video and Podcast going over our Full 2021 COVID-19 Plan
April 19, 2021: The Testing Plan
January 21, 2021: Telemedicine at camp with PediaTrust
January 19, 2021: An Update on on Visiting Weekend
This is where we will post our full protocol guide for the summer. We will update you all as we make changes and additions. The first draft should be ready for you in the coming months.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association
Guidance and resources for day and overnight camps about how to operate summer camp during COVID. This includes links to CDC updated guidance for camps.
A great source for the latest compiled COVID-19 data around the US.
ACN has a wealth of resources available to camp health staff. As we all cautiously move forward with summer plans in this time of so much unknown, look to ACN in your preparation.