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Keeping Camp Safe & Healthy

How we will keep our Camp Community Safe 

We are looking forward to having your camper with us this summer. Ensuring a safe and healthy 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 (NC DHHS), 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. You will find the most updated information regarding Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer’s plans for Summer 2022 here. We recognize that recommendations and guidelines will change and commit to updating our programming and protocols accordingly, any updated information can be found here. 

Overview of our Community Health Strategies for Summer 2022

  • Our medical protocols are 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 is 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
  • Our programs are designed in response to the State and CDC’s social distancing, cleanliness and sanitation requirements
  • All participants are required to show results of a negative molecular PCR test (taken within 72 hours) of arrival regardless of vaccination status
  • All participants are required to verbally confirm their completion of a Five-Day Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form
  • We will have asymptomatic testing within 3-5 days for all two- and four-week campers and staff

For information on specific health protocols for Family and Extended Season Programs, please visit here.

Campers

Campers-Testing:

  • All campers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to provide documentation of a negative molecular PCR COVID-19 test upon their arrival at Camp. 
    • If you need assistance locating a PCR test site, here is a link to North Carolina testing sites. You can also visit the Wake County site for those flying into RDU or coming from the Wake County area. 
    • Please note that PCR testing is a type of NAAT (which is a term for the general testing). If your camper is administered a NAAT molecular test in testing centers like CVS, Walgreens, and MedFirst, those results will be accepted for entry into Camp.  PLEASE NOTE: some NAAT tests are saliva-based and home-administered. Those will NOT be accepted at Camp for Overnight Campers. The test must be a nasal swab and taken and processed in a professional testing center.
       
  • The test must be administered no more than 72 hours prior to the camper's Opening Day. After the administration of your camper’s molecular PCR COVID-19 test, we ask that the camper and those bringing them to Camp minimize their risk of COVID-19 exposures by adhering to North Carolina's three Ws and avoiding gatherings outside of their immediate household.
    • If the test results are positive for COVID-19, or if your camper does not feel well before Opening Day, please email our Health Center Director for next steps. 
    • We ask that if your test results are electronic, you please take a screenshot of it and be sure to include: camper name, date of test, type of test, and results. This will expedite your time at the Health Screening Drive Thru.
       
  • TESTING AT CAMP: All Mariners and 4-Week Campers will be administered an antigen test 3-5 days after their arrival at Camp as an added safety measure to ensure the health and well-being of the Camp community. 
    • (UPDATED 7.1.22) All COVID-19 Direct Exposures (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) will:
      • Wear a mask for 10-days (or the remainder of their time on Camp) when in close spaces with campers other than their cabinmates.

      • Be tested on the day of Direct Exposure (Day 0) and then on Day 5 after that initial exposure.

    • Anyone who tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to depart Camp within 12-24 hours.
    • All campers who are eligible to re-enter Camp after the required quarantine will be responsible for following in-take protocols. Eligibility and return dates when applicable will be discussed with our Health Center Director.

​​Campers-Screening:

  • All campers will be required to complete and turn in a health history form along with a copy of vaccine records reviewed and signed by a licensed physician through our Online Forms Portal.
  • All campers will be required to complete the Intake Screening which includes having their temperature taken upon arrival and must be fever-free to enter.
  • All participants are required to verbally confirm their completion of a Five-Day Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form.
  • Please note that even if your camper has received the COVID-19 Vaccine, he/she must still produce proof of a negative molecular PCR test and verbally confirm the completion of the Five-Day Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form
  • All campers are required to answer whether or not they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and when on their Health History Form. This is through the Online Forms Portal by March 1, 2022. 

Campers-Masking:

  • We ask that you please wear a mask if you are taking any sort of mass transit (plane, train, bus) to Camp. A healthy camper means a healthy and safe summer! 
  • All COVID-19 Direct Exposures (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) will:
    • Wear a mask for 10-days (or the remainder of their time on Camp) when in close spaces with campers other than their cabinmates.

  • As mask mandates continue to evolve, we will continue to follow the CDC and NCDHHS Guidelines. At this time, masks are optional but welcomed for any and all who feel most comfortable wearing one.  For that information, please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. Please note that masks must be worn in the Health Centers which is why we suggest packing a few for your camper. 

Staff

  • All staff will be required to provide documentation of a negative molecular PCR COVID-19 test upon their arrival at Camp. 
  • The negative test must be administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving to Camp. After the administration of the molecular PCR COVID-19 test, we ask that you minimize your risk of COVID-19 exposures by adhering to North Carolina's three Ws and avoiding gatherings outside of your immediate household.
     
  • All staff will be tested every other week during the summer season.
     
  • All staff will be required to complete and turn in a health history form, copy of vaccine records reviewed and signed by a licensed physician, and a 5-Day Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form.
     
  • All staff will be required to complete the In-Take Screening which includes having their temperature taken upon arrival, must be fever-free to enter.
     
  • All staff are required to answer whether or not they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and when on their Health History Form.
     
  • All staff will be required to follow strict COVID-19 practices and policies while on time off and submit documentation and temperature check upon return to Camp.  

COVID-19 Vaccine 

  • Guided by our Association HR Leadership, we will encourage, educate, and incentivize staff to live into the COVID-19 vaccination strategies and priorities as set by NCDHHS and YMCA of the Triangle. 
     
  • The YMCA of the Triangle, along with AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), ACA (American Camping Association) and ACN (Association of Camp Nursing), fully support vaccinated participants at Camp.
     
  • We will not require or mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for staff or campers during the 2022 Program season.
     
  • We will follow the quarantine requirements for campers and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 as outlined in the CDC guidelines. This currently means no quarantine, just 10 days of mask wearing.
     
  • All campers who are eligible to re-enter Camp after the required quarantine will be responsible for following in-take protocols. Eligibility and return dates when applicable will be discussed with our Health Center Director.

 


On the Horizon: Camp Safety Conversations

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. 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 before and after their time away from home. What is their favorite part of Camp? What is one thing they would like to do differently next year? What do they want cabin life to be like? What are they looking for in their counselors? 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.