Our Covid-19 Response

Although we certainly hope to return to a traditional camp experience this June, we are well aware that Covid-19 could still be a part of daily life in the summer. As such, we must work together to keep our families, campers, and staff safe should the virus still impact us then. At Beaver Summer Camp, we pride ourselves in maintaining the highest standards for health and safety, and you can rely on us to implement the most effective and up-to-date practices recommended by the CDC and our local Board of Health. These practices are subject to change as our knowledge of Covid-19 grows, and we will update you with any pertinent changes to our protocols. 

What Families Can Do

We ask that parents and guardians work with us by adhering to the following guidelines.

  • Keep any child from camp with the following symptoms:
    • Fever (temperature of 100.0F or above) or chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat 
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting) 
    • New/unexplained nasal congestion or runny nose 
    • New/unexplained loss of smell/taste
    • New/unexplained muscle aches
    • Any other signs of illness 
    • Notify the Camp Health office as soon as any of the aforementioned symptoms occur in a child.
  • Keep any child from camp if they have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19. 
    • Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was “within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”
  • Comply with any camp or medical professional’s request to have a camper or family member tested for Covid-19.
  • Follow any and all quarantine procedures requested by Beaver Summer Camp or the appropriate medical professional.
  • Maintain open communication with the camp’s Health Staff regarding any suspected cases of Covid-19.
  • Follow all morning attestation protocol implemented by Beaver Summer Camp. We will share more information about how we will ask families to attest to their campers’ health in the coming months.
  • Provide your campers with their own masks, clearly labeled with name and the direction the mask should be facing when being used. We will provide campers and staff with one Beaver Summer Camp cloth mask and will have medical masks on site if anyone needs one. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed as a mask for camp.
  • Keep personal toys, games, and other items at home. This will help us prevent the use of shared items throughout the camp day.
  • Have the same person pick up and drop off campers each day (as much as possible).
  • Have an authorized adult prepared for an emergency pick-up at all times.
  • While we cannot restrict families’ activity outside of Beaver Summer Camp, we ask that they consider how their choices before and after the camp day affect the larger community. We encourage everyone at our summer camp to follow the big 3: hand hygiene, physical distancing, mask wearing, along any other guidance from the CDC at all appropriate times. We thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our community safe!

What Our Staff Will Do

Each day, you can expect our staff to follow the following protocols:

  • Staying at home with any of the aforementioned symptoms or if in close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Complying with any request by Beaver Summer Camp or the appropriate medical professional to get tested or quarantine
  • Following all morning attestation protocol set forth by Beaver Summer Camp
  • Following and encouraging Beaver Summer Camp’s “Big Three”
    • Physical Distancing: maintaining 6 feet of distance as much as possible
    • Frequent handwashing (before/after activities, lunch, after sneezing, after coughing, after contact with bodily fluids, monitored as needed by age), disinfecting equipment and high use spaces throughout the day
    • Wearing masks as much as possible, and always when inside or when 6 feet of distancing is not feasible
  • Preventing groups of campers from mixing throughout the course of the camp day
  • Monitoring campers for any signs of illness throughout the camp day
  • Preventing the sharing of food
  • Preventing the sharing of common items unless they are disinfected between uses
  • Communicating with the Health Office as soon as any symptoms are suspected for campers/staff
  • Implementing contact tracing protocol with all members of the camp community in relation to a suspected case of Covid-19

What Our Administration Will Do

Beaver Summer Camp’s full time administration is committed to making the camp day safe, fun, and a memorable experience for all. Here are some further adjustments we are prepared to make should Covid-19 impact our area in the summer:

  • Providing effective, comprehensive, and ongoing training to our staff on all Covid-19 practices
  • Establishing smaller groups in accordance with state guidelines
  • Reworking group schedules to assist with contact tracing. This may affect older campers’ choice of activities throughout the day.
  • Reworking special events to prevent an entire division from grouping together
  • Organizing lunches in spread out areas, staggered times, and outside as much as possible
  • Providing a separate screening room for any staff/campers with Covid-19 symptoms
  • Moving activities outside as much as possible
  • Implementing staggered swim times/days to cut down on larger groups
  • Utilizing the school’s professional cleaning crew for large, shared spaces throughout the campus
  • Using EPA-approved cleaners and disinfectants when maintaining the campus 
  • Providing the proper PPE to nurses and staff as directed by the local board of health
  • Staggering the pick up process at the end of the day to mitigate the clustering of large groups
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the campus exposed to a reported positive case of Covid-19

**As the situation evolves throughout the course of the year, we will communicate more information regarding any adjustments to our programming and protocols in a transparent and timely manner.