First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We know this pandemic has been stressful for our SuperCamp families and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for us to cope with stress and connect with others, particularly after spending quite a bit of time at home. After careful thought and planning, we’re excited to let you know that we plan to resume SuperCamp this summer.
We have received questions from families about what COVID-19 protection guidelines will be followed. The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority, and we’ll be following the CDC considerations, the American Camp Association (ACA) Field Guide, and state and local protocols to protect campers, families, staff, and the communities of our university partners.
As of March 11, 2021, the following is a summary of actions we’re planning to ensure we are minimizing COVID-19 risk as much as possible. We plan to …
- Encourage staff members and campers to self-quarantine for 7 to 14 days prior to camp as well as follow safety protocols on traveling to camp.
- Require that every staff member and camper take a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to their start date and bring their Negative Test Declaration to camp.
- Intensify cleanliness practices in all areas of student activity by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as drinking fountains, restrooms, and door handles multiple times throughout the day. We’ll be cleaning and disinfecting objects that are shared such as sports equipment and games. We’ll also be cleaning and disinfecting transport vehicles. Ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants is another top priority.
- Keep campers in small groups of 10 to 12 campers per team with two team leaders. We’ll also maintain distance guidelines by prioritizing outdoor activities and putting tape on the floors or sidewalks and signs on the walls to indicate 6 feet.
- Room campers in either single or double rooms depending on the site. When campers are in a double, the heads of the beds will face opposite directions. Campers will not be asked to wear a mask when sleeping. Their roommate will be a member of their team.
- Limit the number of items that are shared or touched by campers and staff by providing individual writing and learning supplies to each camper and keeping camper’s belongings separated from others in labeled team areas.
- Ensure our university partners are following appropriate meal service protocols.
- Promote healthy hygiene practices by teaching campers the importance of frequently washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, monitoring campers to make sure they are washing their hands, providing easy access to sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, encouraging campers and staff to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting reminder signs about these healthy habits around the camp facility.
- Request that staff and campers wear a two-layered fabric mask when appropriate and in times when physical distancing is difficult.
- Identify a safe area where any child who feels sick can rest while being looked after by a staff member and safely isolated from others. If the camper is experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19 symptoms, we’ll give a rapid COVID-19 test. We will communicate with parents or caretakers directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be taken to a healthcare facility for care.
We ask that you help us protect the health of our campers this summer. Anyone—including staff, campers, and families—who is sick or was in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to their camp start date 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.
If you have any questions about our COVID-19 protection plan, please contact us at [email protected] 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 (updated Jan. 4, 2021): (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html)
We look forward to learning and growing with you and your family this summer!
Bobbi, Joe, and the SuperCamp Team