COVID-19 SUMMER CAMP GUIDELINES

Here at College Settlement, the safety and health of campers and staff is always our highest priority. 

We continue to update our scheduling, screening and sanitizing procedures.  Additionally, we will continue to monitor the CDC and American Camp Association guidelines, and will update our procedures for keeping campers and staff safe in accordance with new recommendations.

DAY CAMP

Staff and families will be asked screening questions using a provided checklist prior to arrival every morning.  In the event that a child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at home, the child should not come in that day.  Each child’s temperature will be taken upon arrival at College Settlement.  The nurse or designated staff will also ask the following questions:

  1. Have you been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you or your child been out of the state?
  3. Have you had any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, etc.

If a child is riding the bus, he/she will get a temperature check prior to being able to board the bus.  Parents MUST wait until their child is on the bus before leaving the bus stop.

If a camper becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp, the nurse will send him/her to the quarantine area. Parents/emergency contacts will be contacted and asked to pick up their child(ren) within 2 hours of the call.  Before the child can return, that camper will need a COVID-19 test.  Children who test positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return without medical clearance or a negative COVID-19 test. 

Day Camp Parents will be required to notify the camp office if their child tests positive for COVID-19 so that we can follow up with our safety protocols for campers and staff.

OVERNIGHT CAMP 

Overnight Camp programs will be offered IF  rapid testing and vaccines (for staff) both become available. Staff and families will be asked screening questions and campers will have to have a NEGATIVE rapid test result.  Rapid testing will be done  by our camp nurses as part of our camper drop off procedure.   In the event that a child has a positive rapid test result OR is experiencing signs/symptoms, the child will not be able to participate in that session.

If a child is riding the bus to camp, they will get a temperature check prior to being able to board the bus and will be given the rapid test when they arrive at camp.  Parents MUST wait until their child is on the bus before leaving the bus stop.  Again, in the event that a child has a positive rapid test result OR is experiencing signs/symptoms, the child will not be able to participate in that session.

If a camper becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp, the nurse will send the camper to the quarantine area. Parents/emergency contacts will be contacted and asked to pick up their child(ren) within 2 hours of the call.  Before the child can return, the camper will need a COVID-19 test.  Children who test positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return without medical clearance or a negative COVID-19 test. 

Campers

  • All campers must wear a face covering (cloth mask or face shield) that covers their nose and mouth inside the building and while outside when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • Face covering may be removed by children when:
  1. Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart;
  2. Engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart (e.g., face covering breaks, swimming, etc.); or
  3. When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.
  • Signs will be posted in highly visible locations (e.g., entrances, restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs (such as by properly washing hands and properly wearing a face covering).
  • A majority of our activities are held outdoors which lessens the possibility of transmitting COVID-19.  Pending weather conditions, we will continue to move as many activities outdoors as possible.
  • Staying home when sick is one of the most effective ways to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Any child who has COVID-19 symptoms or a family member displays symptoms, we ask that the child stay home.
  • If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, that camper cannot return to camp that session.  Providing proof of a positive test to the office will allow us to potentially provide a refund based on time (days) missed. We can also try to reschedule your child for another time if feasible.
  • Outdoor Playground Spaces

    • We will limit the numbers of campers using the playground at any one time.
    • Staff will reinforce physical distancing during playground play to the extent feasible.
    • Campers and staff will wash their hands or use hand-sanitizer before and after being on the playground.
    • Staff will sanitize equipment used on the playground after each group where possible.

    Face Coverings and Masks

    • Mask wearing will be mandatory for all activities except swimming and during meals (or while sleeping during Overnight Camp)
    • Campers will get mask breaks to provide a safe, socially distanced opportunity for them to get some fresh air mask free.
    • We ask all campers to bring extra masks in the event their mask gets dirty or wet. 

 

FULL DETAILS CAN BE FOUND IN OUR PARENT HANDBOOK