Summer 2021 Camp Operations | COVID-19 Protocols Updated: 6/07/21
Parents: Please review the information below to be informed about our camp's policies and procedures regarding the control and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 at our facility and satellite locations. The following document contains important guidelines that will be relevant to your camper and family prior to arrival at camp.
Overnight camp programs are held both indoor and outdoors, weather permitting. Masks are required at all times when a full three feet of social distance is not possible except when campers are with their resident cohort and overnight counselors. Our overnight staff are fully vaccinated and adhere to the most up to date policies from the CDC and the NCDHHS. Masks will also not be required during select outdoor activities where social distancing is enforced.
We are closely monitoring changes to CDC, state, and local health department guidelines and will update camp families if / when our policies change in response to new directives. The Farm at Piper Hill will err on the side of more caution, as the safety and health of our campers and their families is our highest priority. Here are the resources we are using to inform our policies.
Overnight Camp Interim Guidance
Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps During COVID-19 Childcare Strong NC Public Health Toolkit
The following conditions prohibit campers, family members, and staff from attending camp programs:
● Diagnosed with COVID-19 within 2 weeks of scheduled camp start date ● Currently under orders to quarantine related to COVID-19
● Showing any symptoms related to COVID-19:
○ Fever of 100 or greater
○ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
○ New loss of taste or smell
○ Vomiting or diarrhea,
● Living in the same household as, or providing care in a non-healthcare setting (such as home) for a person with symptomatic lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19
● Close contact with a person with symptomatic lab-confirmed COVID-19 or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19
● In a group defined as at increased risk for severe illness according to the CDC
● Parents/guardians should be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep campers home if they show any signs of illness
● Parents/guardians should monitor their camper's contact with others who may have COVID-19 symptoms and keep campers home if they meet the criteria listed above
● Teach children proper handwashing techniques
● Teach children how to properly wear a cloth face covering
● The CDC highly encourages you to vaccinate your camper and their family against COVID-19. Find your spot, take your shot! If you need assistance finding a shot, here is a helpful link!
All staff and campers must complete the Screening Assessment prior to entering the program.
Daily Screening Assessment:
● Do you or any of the children you are dropping off, have a fever,* cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea?
● Have you, or any of the children you are dropping off:
○ Had any of these symptoms since the last time you were last here? ○ Had a fever, cough ,shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,chills, new or decreased sense of taste, vomiting or diarrhea since the last time you were here?
○ Been tested for COVID-19?
○ Potentially been exposed** to COVID-19 or have reason to believe you/they have COVID-19?
○ Shared a home or been in close contact with anyone who has these symptoms, has been tested, or has reason to believe they’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
● Staff will make visual inspection for signs of infection, such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, breathing irregularities, or irritability.
*Fever is determined by a thermometer reading 100 or higher or by subjective signs such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, chills, shivering, sweating, achiness, headache, not eating or drinking.
**Exposure is sharing a household or having close contact with anyone with COVID 19 or has symptoms of COVID 19.
Precautions at Camp
● Many activities will be done outdoors as weather allows, however we will operate inside the classroom throughout the day. When indoors, masks are required. We will also run a HEPA air filtration system inside.
● Vet campers are kept separate from regular day campers and will remain in their same small group, with the same staff throughout the week unless there are extenuating circumstances that necessitate a change
● As much as possible, we will avoid activities that require campers and staff to touch hands or be in close contact with one another. Campers will be encouraged to maintain social distance
● Staff will supervise hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day - before and after eating, using the restroom, and each program activity especially ● Program equipment will be cleaned/sanitized after each group’s use
● Frequently touched surfaces will be routinely cleaned/sanitized throughout the day, and facilities cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day, using CDC recommended cleaning products
● Staff will take every precaution when preparing camper meals including wearing masks, gloves, and switching utensils between each camper.
● In the case of inclement weather, camp activities will remain inside the classroom or inside the open-air horse barn.
● Campers and staff will be asked to bring their own cloth mask for each day of camp and at least four back up masks. Masks are required for all campers, staff, and visitors during the day. Campers will not be required to wear masks when inside the residential area and when with campers of their same room assignment.
● If a camper shows signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the day, their parent/guardian will be contacted. The camper will be monitored and isolated