Staying Safe in the Time of Covid19
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.
Here are some of the new policies we anticipate for this summer:
- Seven days prior to arrival at Camp, all campers, staff, and volunteers must be tested for COVID-19. Results must be back before a person can arrive at Camp and nobody may arrive at Camp who tests positive. As vaccines become more available, we may ask for proof of vaccination in lieu of negative test results.
- We’ll expect campers to participate in a 10 day pre-Camp quarantine by avoiding all extracurriculars, youth sports, gatherings outside of the household etc.
- All campers and staff will undergo daily COVID-19 screening and have their temperature taken daily.
- 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.
- Campers will be placed into small cohorts not exceeding 8 campers per group.
- 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 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 your 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.