COVID-19 Camp Guidelines
*Edited May 26, 2021
Prior to Boarding the Bus
- Every parent should ensure the following before allowing their student on the bus:
- Is my child showing any flu-like symptoms?
- Has my child had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the past 14 days?
- Has my child had prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
While at Camp
- Masks will be optional at camp; they will not be required.
- We will not have strict social distancing guidelines at camp but we will try to keep small groups in the same locations for indoor activities (cafeteria, auditorium, etc.)
- We will have hand sanitizing stations throughout camp and will encourage students to wash their hands regularly.
- All outdoor recreation equipment (including the wave pool) will be sanitized according to Ocoee Ridge Camp’s guidelines.
Other Things to Know as It Relates to COVID-19
- Personal supplies – hairbrushes, pillows, caps, contact lens solutions, make-up – belong to the owner and should not be shared with others. Campers who bring food and drink from home are not allowed to share with other campers.
- If someone shows symptoms of COVID-19 (headache, fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose), the following protocols will be initiated under the supervision of the Camp Nurses:
- The parents/guardians of the symptomatic person will be notified immediately.
- The symptomatic individual will be isolated from the rest of the group, under the supervision of the Camp Nurses.
- To determine if the symptomatic individual is positive for COVID-19, a rapid test will be administered at a nearby clinic recommended by Ocoee Ridge Camp. If the individual tests positive, parents/guardians will be notified, they will remain isolated, and contact tracing will begin. Contact tracing will primarily be contained to the positive person’s small group. The person diagnosed with COVID-19 and anyone in close contact (cabin/small group) are required to separate themselves from the entire camp by returning home, self monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidelines if symptoms develop. One of two options are available for transportation home:
- Parents will come and pick up their child from camp (or make arrangements for them).
- Summit Students will rent a van and a small group leader (over the age of 25) will drive students home.
- We will notify all parents of campers that a student or leader has tested positive in another (not within close contact) small group. Parents can make the decision to pick up their child from camp if they choose to.
- For students who have already been vaccinated, we will leave that up to the parents to decide how they would like to proceed. Because we are not requiring proof of vaccination, it will be a case by case basis and parents will let us know their preferences should exposure or symptoms arise.
Our team will monitor trends and recommendations from our State Health Department as well as the CDC to see if any new policies need to be added or existing policies lifted. Those changes will be communicated with parents immediately. If for any reason the parent feels that such changes would change their students participation in camp, a full refund will be issued. For questions regarding the COVID-19 guidelines, please contact email@example.com.
For Parents and Leaders Before and During Camp
- Encourage students to talk about how they are feeling. Tell students they can ask you any questions and make yourself available to talk and listen.
- Be calm and reassuring; be careful not only about what you say but how you say it.
- Listen for underlying fears or concerns. Ask questions to find out what a concerned student knows about COVID-19.
- Let students know that fear is a normal and acceptable reaction.
- Provide only honest and accurate information. Correct any false information they may have heard. Note: Make sure to be considerate with students when correcting any information.
- If you do not know the answer to a question, say so. Do not speculate. Find answers by visiting the CDC website.
- Make sure students know how the virus can spread and how to prevent it from spreading.
- Talk about what the camp is doing to protect students from getting sick.
- Tell students that even though the COVID-19 pandemic is serious, hospitalizations and death are rare, especially in young healthy individuals.
- Let students know that teens and children seem to get a milder illness when compared to adults.
- Speak in age-appropriate language:
- Upper elementary and early middle school aged children: This age group often is more vocal in asking questions about whether they indeed are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 spreads in their area. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss the efforts national, state, and community leaders are making to prevent germs from spreading and keep people healthy.
- Upper middle and high school aged children: With this age group, issues can be discussed in more depth. Refer them to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID- 19.
- Reduce stigma, especially against individuals of Asian descent and those who have traveled recently.
- Direct students with questions you cannot answer and/or fears you cannot calm to administration, camp nurses or the designated staff member(s) responsible.
- Have follow-up conversations with students who have asked questions or expressed concerns.
- Staff and students who are experiencing stress and anxiety should be referred to the Camp Nurse.