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News: Health and Safety (COVID-19) Summer Camp Guidelines

Date Published Author
6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM  Community Programs Staff 

Our camp staff members will follow Maine childcare and summer camp guidelines to minimize the risks of transmitting the novel coronavirus. The following guidance is designed to maintain health and safety standards requirements and physical distancing directives while providing much-needed services. If children or staff are showing symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days, or have been tested and are awaiting results, they we will not be able to attend or stay at camp until written proof is provided by a doctor that he/she no longer presents a risk or until they received a negative PCR test.

Campers with the following condition(s) should consult their doctor before considering attending our camps: Heart disease, Diabetes, lung disease, underlying immune disorders, compromised immune systems, currently taking immunosuppressant medications (examples of these disorders include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, recent
cancer treatment).

Self-checks: Parents/caregivers should check for symptoms each day prior to sending campers. All campers and staff members should determine their health status prior to coming to camp each day. Utilize the following questions to determine:

  • Do I feel unwell today?
  • Do I have a cough or sore throat?
  • Do I have a fever or do I feel feverish?
  • Do I or have I had shortness of breath?
  • Do I or have I had a loss of taste or smell?
  • Do I or have I been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 10 days?
  • Do I or have I been living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  • Take temperature: is it 100.4 F or higher?
If the answer is “yes” to any of the questions, stay home. Please communicate with camp if your child is staying home due to illness. Please self-report any symptoms and notification of exposures to the director, Peter Wagner. The Camp Director will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns.

Any staff member or camper with an elevated temperature will not be able to return to camp until they have been fever free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g., Advil, Tylenol).
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or awaiting test-results should self-isolate until:
  • The individual has had 3 full days of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Other symptoms have improved
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Camp Policies (COVID-19)
  • If symptoms begin while at camp, the child must be sent home as soon as possible.
  • Keep sick children separate from well children and limit staff contact as much as reasonably possible, while ensuring the safety and supervision of the child until they leave.
  • We will have a sign posted clearly indicating that no one may enter camp if they have symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • Ideally, the same parent or caregiver should drop off and pick up the campers every day.
  • Parents and caregivers who are self-quarantining due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should NOT do drop-off or pick-up.
  • Staff will sign-in campers. No one else should be getting out of the vehicle.
  • If a parent or guardian wishes to speak with the camp director, please call 207-865-6171.
  • Upon admission to camp, campers will immediately wash their hands and then drop off backpacks into their personalized space.
  • Any camper recording a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will not be allowed to enter camp.
  • If a camper is not feeling well outside of typical COVID-19 symptoms, we will notify parents/ designee and continue to monitor/communicate.

General Guidelines for Cleanliness and Hygiene
  • Guidelines and checklists provided by the State of Maine CDC for sanitation will be followed each day during camp.
  • We will encourage parents to do temperature checks as well, to avoid bringing children to camp who may be ill.
  • Staff will wear gloves as needed to address health issues or food distribution, etc. Campers will not be expected to wear gloves.
  • We anticipate having special guests come to camp to share their talents. They will be expected to follow our social distancing guidelines and health screening protocol.
  • Each site will have adequate soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
  • Signs will be posted on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering.
  • Staff will be following daily CDC Cleaning Guidance to clean and disinfect the areas of camp.
  • Staff will be trained on CDC Guidelines for cleaning, COVID-19, and Camp policies