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Keeping Camp Safe & Healthy

On the Horizon: Back to School

If you're anything like us, you are already counting down the days until we can all return to our favorite place on earth! Each summer, we have the unique privilege of empowering thousands of children to be the best version of themselves. Thanks to outstanding mentors who encourage, lead and support each camper, children gain independence and develop character through intentional and fun programming. 

As children now begin to head back to school and settle into life after Camp, our hope is that they will take the lessons they learned and put them into practice at home, when they are with their friends and in their communities. 

We know that returning home from Camp can be challenging for some children, and hope you will find this article from The Child Mind Institute entitled, "Home From Camp" helpful. You can also find conversation topics and support about keeping our children safe on our YMCA website as well as on the American Camp Association website. 

We encourage you to have a conversation and debrief their time away from home. What was their favorite part of Camp? What is one thing they would like to do differently next year? How was cabin life? What were their counselors like? The safety and well-being of your camper will always be our number one priority and we continue to be grateful for your ongoing trust and partnership. 

How we will keep our Camp Community Safe 

Ensuring a safe and health Camp will require a strong partnership among all of us. 

As always, our top priority is to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we have reviewed and updated our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), North Carolina State Department of Health and Human Services, American Camp Association (ACA), Pamlico County Health Department, and with guidance from our Camp Medical Advisory Committee.

In our commitment to the health and protection of our families and staff, we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and other state health agencies. We recognize that recommendations and guidelines will change and commit to updating our programming and protocols accordingly.

Overview of our General Protocols

  • Our 2021 medical protocols have been designed using the CDC/ACA field guide guidelines, NC State Health and Human Services guidelines, and guidance from our Medical Advisory Committee
  • Our health center will be staffed by nurses with resources in assessing COVID-19 
  • We have all necessary PPE supplies including N95 masks, gowns and shields for our medical staff
  • We have designed our programs in response to the State and CDC’s social distancing, small group cohorts, and cleanliness and sanitation requirements
  • Masks will be worn by staff when social distancing isn’t possible (ex: zipline)
  • All participants will be required to show results of a negative Molecular PCR test (taken within 72-hours) of arrival 
  • All participants will be required to hand in a 10-day Health Screening Form

Masks

At Camp, cabins will be the designed cohort, or “family.” When with that cohort your camper will not need to wear a mask (inside their cabins, sleeping, cabin nights, etc.) Wearing masks and social distancing will be expected when campers and counselors are outside of their cohort.  You will be assigned to your cohort by your cabin however activities, evening programming and meals will include a broader group beyond just your cabin cohort.  We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and when exactly campers will be required to wear them.  We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance to your camper. 

Staff

  • Complete a pre-arrival COVID-19 self-assessment 
  • Participate in a required Opening Day screening 
  • Complete daily screening and temperature check