COVID-19 Protocols for Campers, Staff, and Parents
We are looking forward to Kids Camp 2021! Please review our current COVID-19 Protocols below. Protocols may (and probably will) change as the summer approaches, so please check back often. We will update this page as there are changes.
Let’s work together to create a safe and fun environment for everyone. One of the keys to our success is to make sure everyone (staff and campers) arrives at Camp healthy.
Parents: If your child is feeling ill in any way, please do not bring them to Camp. We will make every effort to accommodate them in our virtual sessions that week. Our virtual sessions are designed for those unable to come to camp due to being in the hospital, testing positive for COVID-19, or not cleared by their cardiologist.
Updated Protocols as of May 1st, 2021
Camp LUCK will operate under protocols taken from the CDC, SC & NC DHEC, American Camping Association, YMCA-USA, YMCA Camp Cherokee, and the medical team of Camp LUCK. Camp LUCK Kids Camp will operate the full week with 2, 3, or 4 groups (i.e. pods). A pod will consist of the same group of campers and staff. Each pod will remain separate for all aspects of the week (check-in, training, camp activities, meals, showers, etc.)
Prior to Camp
- Campers and staff will be expected to limit interaction with others 7 days prior to attending Camp.
- Campers (and staff not fully vaccinated) will have to get a COVID-19 (PCR, not antigen) test within 72 hours of attending camp and present proof of a negative result on Opening Day.
- Campers and staff will receive (via email) a PreCamp Health Screening Form. For the 7 days previous camp, a temperature/symptom check will need to be recorded. Then, on the day of Camp, the Opening Day Health Assessment needs to be completed and brought with you to Camp.
- Temperature checks again once you arrive at Camp. Children who have a fever (100.4 or more) will, unfortunately, not be allowed to stay.
- We will send you an arrival time for Opening Day as arrivals may be staggered (based on pods) to limit the number of people at Camp at any one time.
- We will host a PreCamp Medical Meeting for Parents (Date & location TBD). This will help you with pill packs, medications, questions, COVID Tests, etc.
At Camp (Opening Day)
- Anyone entering the Camp gates must wear a mask at all times. At this point, we will allow both parents to bring your child to Camp. Please be prepared for us to drop back to one parent bringing a child.
- If you arrive at Camp early, please plan to stay in and around your car until the gates open. You will not be able to roam around Camp prior to the gates opening.
- Health and Temperature Checks will be done in your car. Children who have a fever (100.4 or more) will, unfortunately, not be allowed to stay. Any parent with a fever (100.4 or more) will not be allowed down into camp.
- If you have medicine, please check in with the Health Team once you have gotten your child settled at their cabin.
- Camper belongings will be dropped off in front of their cabin. Parents will not be allowed in the cabins. Your child’s counselor will be outside to meet you and your child.
- Merchandise pickup will be in a designated area. All merchandise has to be preordered by first week of June. Please wear your mask and observe social distancing to pick up preordered items.
- Our goal is to get you in and out quickly once the gates open.
While at Camp
- Campers & staff will have a pod of other cabins they will be involved with during their stay that they will do activities with. Pods will be age-appropriate and numbers will depend on guidelines at that time. A pod may have less social distancing requirements, but may still be required to wear masks when together inside, unless eating.
- Campers will not have to wear masks when they are with their cabinmates, or outside with their pods. Times campers may be required to wear a mask include (but not limited to) transitions, going to Health Center, inside Mess Hall with pods, etc.
- Temperature and illness screenings will occur daily.
- Anyone feeling ill should report it to their counselor immediately.
- Spacing in the Mess Hall will follow Health Department recommendations.
In the Mess Hall
- Cabins are distanced from each other (exact distance will depend on guidelines at the time).
- Food will be served Family Style with a limited number of staff setting/ serving tables.
- A limited number of staff members will be allowed to serve seconds during meal times. Campers will not be able to get up from their tables once seated, unless they need to go to the restroom.
- Tables will be cleared and sanitized once everyone has left the Mess Hall.
- Time spent inside the Mess Hall during meals and any activities will be minimized as much as possible.
- We have reduced the overall Camp population by about 10% to give us more room in and around Camp.
- Campers will be placed “Head” to “Foot” in their bunks to limit transmission of any germs.
- Daily cleaning, disinfecting and cabin checks will be administered.
Staff Vaccinations & Tests
- Per our Medical Advisory Team and Board of Directors, we strongly encourage staff (ages 16 and up) to be fully vaccinated for COVID at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. The COVID vaccine is now widely available free of charge, so access to the vaccine should no longer be an impediment to becoming fully vaccinated on or before two weeks prior to the start of camp. In choosing whether or not to become fully vaccinated prior to camp, please know that becoming vaccinated is not just for your own protection and the protection of other staff members, but it is also for the protection of campers and staff that are heart kids, some of whom may be at higher risk of suffering severe adverse health effects should they contract COVID.
- Any staff member who does not show proof of being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the start of camp will be required to show proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of arriving to camp training on Saturday, August 7th at 9am and will be required to quarantine from the time the test is taken until arrival at camp.
We trust that all staff will do their part 7 days prior to Camp to maintain healthy and safe practices. This includes in your homes and on the way to Camp.
General COVID-19 Practices and Protocols
Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) are community mitigation strategies. They are actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that individuals and groups can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like pandemic influenza (flu) and coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). NPIs are among the best ways of controlling the transmission of pandemic flu or COVID-19 when vaccines are not yet available for everyone. Camp LUCK will have the following NPIs in place at camp for summer 2021:
IMPORTANT: For our NPIs to be effective, we need commitment and diligence from everyone at Camp. Campers and/or staff who, in our judgment, do not comply with these expectations may be dismissed from camp.
- There will be times when masks will be required for campers and staff. Staff will wear masks most of the day. Camper interaction with anyone not in their cabin or pod will require a mask (i.e. Transitions, with the medical staff, etc). Masks are not required when interacting with just your cabinmates, inside or outside, or required when outside with your pod.
- Social distancing will be encouraged whenever possible.
- Frequent reminders will be made for everyone to wash their hands with soap and water and/or hand sanitizer multiple times each day.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout Camp at each building and each activity.
- Camp is cleaned and sanitized each day. Shower house, latrines, Mess Hall, and other heavily used areas are cleaned multiple times a day.
- Activity equipment is cleaned each day, and if possible, between users.
- Cabins will be sanitized each day.
- Although children will sit together with their cabins at meals, tables will be separated by an appropriate distance from other cabins (Actual distance will depend on current guidelines). Mealtimes will stagger for POD groups.
- Singing will mostly occur outdoors.
- Every effort will be made to be outside or in highly ventilated areas whenever possible.
- Staff Members are not allowed to leave Camp during the week. Any supplies needed, a vaccinated staff member may leave Camp, but will have a health screening and temperature check upon their return.
- PreCamp Screening and Opening day protocols listed above.
- Any Doctor guests, delivery drivers, or other approved staff who come from outside Camp to work, will be temperature checked and screened upon arrival. Any visitor on Camp must wear a mask.
- We communicate with our local health department and medical personnel often. We will call them for guidance whenever needed during camp sessions.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
What if your child is feeling sick at Camp?
- The camper will be taken to the Health Center. If they have a fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, we will escort them to a separate area designated for potential COVID-19 cases.
- If your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you must be prepared to come and pick them up from Camp, within 5 hours. If you are unable to pick your children up, please have a plan for doing so. We will keep them isolated and comfortable until you arrive.
What if we were to have a case or suspect COVID-19?
- If a camper/staff member is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the Camp LUCK Medical Team will handle on a case by case basis, depending on the level of exposure to other children/staff in their cabin or pod. Anyone having symptoms will be isolated, treated, and will be asked to be picked up within 5 hours.
- If we have a camper/staff that leaves Camp due to experiencing symptoms, and test positive for COVID-19, we will work with our local Health Department on next steps.
What about COVID-19 testing and vaccination?
- Campers will arrive to camp with documentation of a negative PCR test received within 72 hours of arrival to camp (read information above.) Campers may also be tested upon arrival at camp and during camp. We are not expecting that campers will be vaccinated before Kids Camp. Staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before 2 weeks prior to Camp. Staff fully not vaccinated will arrive to camp with documentation of a negative PCR test received within 72 hours of arrival to camp
Will my camper get COVID-19 at camp?
- We cannot guarantee camper/staff safety or a COVID-19-free environment at Camp LUCK. It is a risk for everyone, and like other risks at Camp, it can not be completely eliminated. However, our endeavor is to manage the risks associated with our Camp, including the risks of COVID-19, as best we can. Campers, parents and staff are critical partners in this effort as stated above in the Pre Camp protocols. We are confident that the steps outlined above will minimize the risk of a COVID-19 exposure.
We are looking forward to providing a truly memorable Camp LUCK Kids Camp experience this summer! If you ever have questions, concerns, or suggestions, always
feel free to email us at email@example.com. We can’t wait to see you soon!