COVID Preparing for Camp

COVID Preparing for Camp

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Healthy Camp Begins at Home

Partnering (buy-in) with YOU, regarding Policies/Procedures before camp will be crucial to a safe, successful summer.   The health and welfare of your child, is the only rigidity in our planning.

The health and safety of your daughter, and the entire camp community,  is of utmost importance. In preparation for summer 2021.  Fernwood Cove will be following the COVID-19 Prevention Checklist established by the State of Maine for overnight summer camps.  We will continually update and adapt to guidance issued by the State of Maine and Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will also be referencing the American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on the implementation of CDC guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this section of the Parent Resource Book we will provide you with an outline of procedures to follow at home in order to facilitate daughters’ safe arrival to camp. 

Before Camp Monitoring

The goal is to begin the camp season with the healthiest camp family possible. In order to achieve this, we ask each individual to do their part.
Campers must:
1. Daily Pre- screen for 10 Day’s prior to camps start date. During the home pre-screening time, we will ask you to monitor your daughters health daily. Families will be asked to log this information daily. If your daughter presents with any of the symptoms below during the pre-screening period, we will require your daughter to remain at home until symptoms resolve and ask you to call camp. The pre-screening document will consist of general questions, daily temperature checks and evaluating for the following symptoms:

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle Pain
Sore throat
New loss of taste or smell

2. Low-Risk Behavior- It will be important during this 10 day screening period to incorporate low-risk behavior.  Low risk behaviors are those that can be done outdoors and/or with masking and physical distancing. Campers should only be unmasked with immediate household family members during this time, specifically not eating in restaurants or other eating venues with individuals outside their family unit. Large gatherings of groups outside the family household are not recommended; this includes weddings, graduations, religious gatherings, parties and playdates. Attending school, where masking and distancing is diligently employed, has not been shown to increase risk of COVID-19 and may be considered a low risk behavior during this time. Camper parents are encouraged to discuss their pre-camp plans with camp directors should there be any question. 

3. Testing- For unvaccinated campers, A negative COVID-19 PCR test (during the pre-screening period), will be required prior to your daughter attending camp. We will be requiring a Test 3-5 days prior to the camp’s start date.  More information on the type of test and other details will be provided closer to the summer.

4. Shelter-in-place- After the COVID-19 test is taken we will be asking camper’s to shelter in place, prior to travel to Camp. The duration of the shelter in place period is dependent on testing prior to camp, further information will be provided closer to the start of camp.

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