April 22, 2021
First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from parents about if and how COVID-19 will affect Camp Ne-O-Tez this summer. We know this pandemic has been stressful to many and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for children to cope with stress and connect with others, particularly after spending quite a bit of time at home. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume camp while following CDC considerations to protect campers, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risks as much as possible. We are:
- Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises by cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily. Bathhouses, restrooms, drinking fountains, sports equipment, to be disinfected at minimum twice daily. Pine Lodge to be cleaned between each meal and activity. Shared items such as craft supplies will be disinfected between each class.
- Encouraging all eligible staff and campers to be vaccinated.
- Limiting the number of campers to 60. This is about 70% of capacity and will allow for greater social distancing. Those campers who are eligible to attend multiple sessions are asked to register for just one initially to allow everyone an opportunity to attend at least one session. If space allows, campers will have an opportunity to attend additional weeks.
- Strongly encouraging the wearing of masks while indoors when social distancing is not possible; however, mask wearing will not be required. Disposable masks will be available at Camp for those who prefer to wear one. Campers may also bring one from home.
- Screening each camper and staff member upon arrival at camp. The camper application will also have a pre-screening tool to be completed by each camper’s parent/guardian prior to coming to Camp.
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices by teaching campers the importance of washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, providing campers with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have access to soap and water, encouraging children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting signs about these healthy habits around Camp.
- Promoting social distancing while indoors by adding tape to the floor of the kitchen to space campers 6 feet apart while waiting in line, adding outdoor seating options around Pine Lodge, having campers sleep head to toe, and encouraging the wearing of masks while indoors and social distancing is not possible. As mentioned above, limiting Camp to approximately 70% of capacity will also assist in social distancing.
- Identifying an area (First Aid Cabin and if needed, Craft Cabin) where if a child is feeling sick at camp they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolate from others. We will communicate with parents or guardians directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be picked up or taken to a healthcare facility for care.
We ask that you help us protect the health of campers this summer. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days – including staff, campers, and families – should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
Please understand that even with these precautions we cannot eliminate all risks associated with COVID-19. Social distancing is not feasible 100% of the time at Camp. Camp Ne-O-Tez is an overnight camp, and campers will be interacting with other campers and staff throughout the day and night. It should be assumed that many of these interactions will be without face coverings.
If you have a specific question about this plan, please contact Allen Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or on CDC’s website for youth and summer camps.
Looking forward to seeing you at Camp Ne-O-Tez this summer!