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COVID-19 Information

The safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is the highest priority.  

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), and the American Camp Association (ACA), we have made changes to camp operations for the 2021 summer season, the most significant are described below. Though this looks different than a typical summer, the feeling is the same. We’re committed to keeping the camp experience as consistent and magical as possible.

The protocols and information here are designed to give families a general idea of camp operations and are subject to change. We’ll continue to monitor the fluid situation and make updates regularly.

Should I come to camp this summer? 

Please review the questions below for yourself and with your camper to make the best decision for your family.

  • My camper and I will do our part and conduct the 14-day pre-screening symptom health check prior to coming to camp, to ensure ours and everyone’s safety.
  • My camper can comfortably wear a mask all day (with mask-free breaks in designated outdoor areas and times throughout each day)
  • My camper understands the importance of hand hygiene and is comfortable washing  hands several times a day.
  • My camper understands the importance of daily health checks while at camp and will inform their camp counselor if they are not feeling well.
  • My camper knows to keep their belongings organized and to not share any personal items with others.
  • We will consider how attendance at camp may affect someone in our family with a compromised immune system.
  • My camper understands the importance of asking for support or getting answers to their questions or concerns whenever needed. The camp staff are responsible for the care of their campers.
  • My camper and I are comfortable to be separated from each other for couple of days (up to one week or longer depending upon the session)
  • My camper understands what physical distance means and why it’s important right now.
  • As a parent/caregiver, I understand I must be available via phone during my camper’s session.
  • My camper is comfortable sleeping in the same cabin with other campers that do not live with them (for residential camp).
  • We understand and feel comfortable with adults (camp staff) sleeping in a separate cabin from campers, nearby the camper cabins (for residential camp).
  • My camper can take showers on their own and is able to dress themselves (for residential camp).

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Do I have to quarantine?

Coming to camp this summer is a commitment from all of us, you, your camper, us, and our staff.

For the health of everyone involved, we are asking you to partner with us by limiting your camper’s and family’s external contacts/exposures for 14 days (two weeks) prior to the camp session. This includes not attending large events and doing your best to limit travel with those outside your immediate household. This request also applies to camp staff working and living at camp.

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. 

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. 

 

Will my camper and camp staff have to go through a pre-screening process?

To foster a healthy camp community, all campers and staff will complete a pre-screening health check form. This form will help you track your camper’s temperature, monitor for symptoms, and signs of a communicable disease. 

The pre-screening health check would be conducted by the parent/guardian daily for 14 consecutive days (two weeks) prior to their camp session date. 

Please reschedule and do not send your camper to camp if they are feeling ill.

If you are attending consecutive weeks at camp, whether at the same camp or a different GSACPC camp: Camp staff will be administering daily health checks to monitor signs and symptoms and this will count as part of your 14 pre-screening process. Make sure during check-in day you mention to camp staff the camp you just attended so they are aware of where part of your pre-screening was completed. 

What happens if my camper develops signs and symptoms of communicable disease during their 14-day pre-screening health check?

Contact the Camp Director and Customer Care team. Reschedule to another session if possible. 

If you cannot reschedule, discuss the refund process with Customer Care  

Is there going to be a health check when arriving to camp?

Every camper will have a health check upon arrival. The health check will include temperature, head check for lice, foot health, and signs/symptoms of illness. Camp staff will also verify that the 14-day pre-screening health check was completed by parent/guardians prior to coming to camp.

During the camp session, campers and staff will be screened for fever and other symptoms daily. Any person with signs or symptoms of communicable disease will be treated by the Health Supervisor and isolated. The parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to arrange for camper pick-up.

What is a cohort?

Campers and staff will be placed into small groups (cohorts) while at camp based on their age level. The size of the cohort depends on our current Reopening Phase guidelines for gathering size. The cohort will spend the week of camp together, have meals together, and participate in all activities together. This allows us to limit broad exposure and can account for reliable contact tracing. 

The maximum capacity of each camper cohort is 12 upon opening registration. Sessions showing a capacity limit larger than 12 in the registration listing reflect multiple cohorts within a session.

Exceptions may include: Adverse weather and emergency situations. Masks will be worn if physical distance cannot be maintained. 

How much activity will be indoors?

Activities will be held outdoors whenever possible. When indoor activities take place, those activities are held in a cohort (unit or group of campers). Also, masks will be worn, physical distance will be maintained, there will be adequate ventilation. 

How will traditional all-camp activities be held (like evening campfires)?

Large group activities, where the entire population of camp is gathered in one place and intermingled, will look different this summer. Traditional large group activities will be modified so that each cohort can participate at the same time while physically distanced. For example, a campfire may take place in the cohorts’ cabin area. Depending on the size of the camp, open space, and current Reopening Phase guidelines for gathering size, we may be able to adapt these activities. Activities such as yoga, flag, line dancing, stargazing, playing frisbee, can maintain distance and would limit exposure between groups.

Will my camper be required to wear a mask?

Campers and staff will be required to wear masks when interacting with each other outdoors and indoors and when physical distance cannot be maintained. There will be facemask breaks throughout the day. Campers and staff will not wear a mask during sleeping, showering, eating, swimming. We suggest campers bring at least one mask per day, and bags to store used and clean masks.

Is my fully vaccinated camper required to wear a mask while at camp?

Yes. To ensure the health and safety of all campers and staff, all campers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks until further notice. 

Campers and staff will be required to wear masks when interacting with each other outdoors and indoors and when physical distance cannot be maintained. There will be mask breaks throughout the day. Campers and staff will not wear a mask during sleeping, showering, eating, swimming. We suggest campers bring at least one mask per day, and bags to store used and clean masks.

What type of mask will I need to use while at camp?

We ask that campers and staff follow current recommendations from the CDC. 

When selecting a mask, there are many choices.  

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth 
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps 
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask 

CDC will continue to update their recommendations for effectiveness of different masks as new scientific evidence becomes available. 

What will the check-in and check-out process look like this year?

Both check-in and check-out processes at the northern camps will be drive-through. This means families will be asked to remain in their vehicle, and we recommend limiting the number of people in the car transporting the camper(s). We recommend families use the restroom prior to arriving to camp. The drive-through check-in process will not allow for parents to walk through check-in tasks on-site as in years past (like health checks, mail drop-off, adding trading post money, or health form updates). 

For Parsons Leadership Center in Phoenix, parent/guardians will be asked to park, wear masks, and physical distance while in line when dropping off and picking up their camper and turning in any camper medications. On the first day of camp, the camper will undergo a health check and update any changes to camper health history or medication.  

How will meals work?

Food will be prepared in camp kitchens and delivered to cohorts’ cabin units/areas. Campers and staff will eat together in their unit’s activity cabins/ramadas for much of their week at camp. Outdoor eating spaces will also be used. With family-style food service, meals will be served by staff or prepackaged. Physical distancing will be in place for all meals. 

Day campers will be served breakfast, snack, and lunch service. Residential campers will be served all meals and snack. 

If a camp’s dining hall will be used, it’ll be staggered occupancy of groups throughout the week. Physical distance will be maintained between cohorts. 

What are you doing to clean and sanitize facilities?

All camp staff are responsible for the cleaning and sanitization of camp areas on a regular basis including high touch surfaces. Cleaning protocols are in place for program spaces and equipment between activity groups. In addition to current hand washing stations, additional hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the camp. 

Campers will also be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer between activities. Increased ventilation will be utilized in all cabins and indoor activity locations, which may include fans and open windows. For activities that require campers to use equipment or materials, equipment will be assigned when possible. 

Bus transportation procedures

Buses are available for our northern camps. We will reduce the capacity on the bus due to COVID-19. Campers, bus chaperones, and the driver will wear masks during transportation. 

All Aboard America Company buses are equipped with a MERV filtration system. The company will continue to use common disinfectants to provide for passenger safety as well as Vital Oxide; an EPA registered hospital disinfectant that is safe, no personal protective equipment (PPE) is required during its application. As such, they can effectively sanitize a motorcoach and its seating areas, and within minutes allow for passenger embarkation. 

More information about bus transportation. 

What happens if a camper and/or staff present symptoms/signs of any communicable disease while at camp?

Signs and symptoms will be monitored daily for campers and staff. Any signs or symptoms of illness are considered Covid-19 suspect, and the camper or staff person will be isolated, monitored, and treated by the Health Supervisor. Camper parent/guardian will be contacted immediately.  

If signs and symptoms persist, isolation will continue at camp until the parent/guardian picks-up their camper. We recommend any camper exhibiting symptoms consistent with Covid-19 be seen by a health care provider. 

If your camper comes into contact with someone who has tested positive at camp, they will be quarantined and parents/guardians will be notified (the name of the individual will be withheld for confidentiality). Daily sign and symptom health checks and monitoring will continue at camp.  

What steps are taking for the prevention of communicable disease?

We review health history forms prior to camp arrival, screen all staff and campers thoroughly upon arrival, and conduct daily health checks while at camp. 

Camp staff training follows recommendations by the American Camp Association (ACA) and CDC standards and protocols for behaviors and precautions campers should abide by to prevent the spread of communicable disease (Flu, COVID-19, etc.). Some of which include the following:

  • How and when to effectively wash and sanitize hands
  • How to practice physical distancing in various settings
  • Which symptoms to look out for and when/how to report them
  • When to stay home
  • Coughing/sneezing etiquette
  • Cleaning/disinfection techniques

We will promote healthy living conditions, drinking water, the importance of adequate sleep, and promote good personal hygiene habits with kapers in units and program areas. In addition, campers will sleep in opposite directions on cots and bunk beds (head to foot) and cannot share drinks or personal items.