Staying Safe in the Time of Covid19 (updated May 10, 2021)
Welcome campers and families! This summer, in particular, we can all appreciate the opportunity to get outside to appreciate nature and be off our screens.
When your camper comes to Camp this summer, they will notice some things are a little different for everyone’s safety during the pandemic. It has taken a lot of effort to open this season, and it will take everyone working together to stay open. We’re asking campers and staff to make smart decisions, stay flexible, be patient, and be kind to help protect yourself and others around you.
Please know that we will continue to update our policies and guidelines as we receive new guidance from the CDC and our local health department. So we must all remain flexible in our thinking and planning. These policies are subject to change, and we will do our best to communicate those changes and what they mean for our camping programs.
- If eligible, staff, volunteers, campers, and family members should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Ideally, wait 2 weeks after completing vaccination for COVID-19 before traveling to camp.
- Campers, their families, and camp staff follow guidance for travelers in the 14 days before camp arrival to reduce exposure to COVID-19. We ask that unvaccinated campers and staff members engage in a 2-week pre arrival quarantine that includes physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
- Campers and staff who are not fully vaccinated provide proof of a negative viral test taken no more than 1–3 days before arriving at camp.
- Campers and staff who have had a positive viral test in the 3 months prior to starting camp and have met the criteria to end isolation should have a letter from their healthcare provider documenting the positive test date and stating the individual is cleared to end isolation.
- All campers and staff will undergo daily COVID-19 symptom checking and have their temperature taken daily (temperature checking may not occur as more guidance continues to say it may not be necessary).
- Upon arrival at camp, campers will be assigned to cohorts that will remain together for the entire camp session without mixing with other campers and staff in close contact circumstances.
- Campers and staff who are staying together at a campsite will be considered a “household cohort.” Household cohort members do not need to wear masks or physically distance when they are together without non-household cohort members nearby. Campers and staff should always wear masks when together unless staff are part of the household cohort and sleep in the same space as campers. When different household cohorts are using shared outdoor spaces together during the day or night, we will enforce mask use, physical distancing, and healthy hygiene behaviors for everyone.
- Campers and staff who show COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated and those exposed to a person who is symptomatic will be quarantined. Isolation and quarantine facilities will be set up on the Camp premises. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 at Camp will need to leave Camp.
- We’ll continue to evaluate all activities at Camp and each part of the daily routine so that all aspects of life at Camp remain welcoming and safe.
The Most Important Thing
If you’re sick, if anyone in your family is sick, or if you suspect having been exposed to someone who is sick, please stay home. Cancellations due to COVID will receive a 100% refund.
Masks & Social Distancing
Campers will need to come to Camp with masks for each day. Until the pandemic is over, masks will continue to be a regular part of life. Campers will be asked to keep a mask with them at all times. Because we are blessed to be an outdoors Camp and utilize small groups, we can easily make some changes to our traditional activities to follow the American Camp Association suggested best practice for reducing transmission risks at Camp.
Redwood Adventure Camp staff will follow rigorous sanitation protocols. For example, they’ll be wiping down surfaces frequently with disinfectants and applying extra sanitation to shared gear (backpacks, archery supplies, crafts tools, etc.).
Campers and staff will be encouraged to use wash hands frequently throughout the day and utilize hand sanitizing stations as well.
Getting to Camp
We will have busses to Camp this year as normal. All campers will be required to have their temperature taken and use hand sanitizer before boarding the bus. Masks will be required.
Parent/guardians may choose to drive their camper to Camp. Campers will need to be dropped off at Rounders Field where they will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Parents will be asked to remain in their cars and will not be able to stay or tour Camp after drop off.
Very little will need to be changed with our meals at Camp since we already eat only with our small groups in an outside location. Campers will notice that the tables will be farther apart, meal service will be altered to limit contact between other groups (no gophers this year), and a few other changes.
Medical Checks / Health
Upon arrival all campers have health checks every year at Camp. This year will be no different. However, this year the healthcheck will include questions about exposure to COVID and temperature taking. Temperatures will be taken at regular intervals throughout the week.
As an open air, sleep-under-the-stars camp, we have never had to think much about sleeping arrangements in individual campsites. We would simply put out a tarp, roll out sleeping bags and let the shooting stars lull us to sleep.
The ACA guidelines suggest alternating sleeping bags head to foot so that there will always be one bag between campers.
While we are doing everything in our power to keep COVID19 out of camp, nothing can make any location 100% impervious to risk.
In the event of a potential exposure, we will immediately inform parents/legal guardians about any potential contact their children may have had with suspected or confirmed cases. We will immediately inform parents/legal guardians if their children are experiencing any symptoms. If a child is experiencing any symptoms, the camper will need to be picked up from Camp by the parent/legal guardian immediately to recover and/or seek appropriate medical attention.
If Redwood Adventure Camp cancels a session, all campers will receive a 100% refund of all fees paid including the deposit.
If a camper must go home mid session due to COVID symptoms, refunds will be prorated based on the time spent at Camp.
If you cancel, our regular refund policy applies.
Specific questions about COVID-19 protocols can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please know that our CIVID-19 protocols and procedures follow all requirements and the Lowest Risk and Best Practices protocols from the following:
- CDC’s Guidelines for Youth and Summer Programs
- American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidelines
- CA Department of PublicHealth Blueprint for a Safer Economy
- Licensing inspection by Mendocino County Department of Public Health is required before camp opens.