Covid-19 Response

Dear Camp Westminster Families,
 
 We hope you’re having a great start to summer.  God is already doing amazing things out here in the lives of our campers, there’s much to be excited about.  Camp is in full swing as we’re in the midst of our second session of Day Camp today and we can’t wait for Overnight Camp to start!  If you haven’t yet registered your child for a camp session, please go to our website at https://www.campwestminster.org to get started!

A few weeks ago we reached out to let you know of our plans for a revised summer camp schedule involving three weeks of Day Camp during June and five weeks of Overnight Camps beginning June 28.  Since that time we’ve received multiple communications from Governor Kemp’s office both clearing the way for Overnight Camps and providing regulations for our operations.
 
As you can imagine, we have made a significant amount of adjustments to meet or exceed these government regulations in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Campers will rotate in "families" that include only cabin mates and cabin staff for daily skills, meals and programs. In order to make social distancing easier to maintain, we will be limiting the number of campers in each cabin to no more than 7.  As well, we strongly encourage high risk campers, or campers with high risk family members, not to attend camp this summer.  We expect further updates from the Governor’s office  in the coming weeks and will keep you informed of changes affecting camp sessions. A list of our current policies is at the end of this letter but we want to especially point out a few of these below:


UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES


In conjunction with the American Camp Association and the CDC, we will be following the guidelines set forth by the Executive Orders issued by Governor Kemp. Examples of updated protocols and procedures we are implementing include:
 
Overnight Campers will be required to be tested for COVID-19 within twelve (12) days of the start of  their session, and must bring their negative test result with them to check-in.  (Please note this is a new requirement since our last update, coming from the Governor’s latest Executive Order).  This replaces the need to provide a 2-week temperature log for overnight campers, though we continue to encourage pre-camp temperature screening.

 

  • Staff and Campers will be screened with a thermal temperature scan twice daily during the camp session.

  • Temperatures of campers and parents will be taken upon arrival to camp.  We kindly ask that additional friends/family not accompany you for drop-off and pick-up. Parents must stay in their vehicle during check-in and check-out.

  • As always, trained infirmary staff  will live on-site during camp sessions.

  • High touch point areas will be cleaned and sanitized throughout each day.

 
We recognize having your child tested prior to camp is clearly new information for all of us.  We hope you will be encouraged, as we are, that this requirement will bring further confidence to our efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission here at camp.  Here are a variety of options to find testing sites around the Atlanta area:
 

If your county is not listed here, please check your county department of health website for information.  If you’re unable to find a test facility near you, please contact our office and we will attempt to assist you in finding a location. Most of the counties require an appointment be made either by phone or online, and are often drive-thru test facilities.

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to let us know.  Again, thank you for trusting us with your children this summer.  We CANNOT WAIT to see them and watch how God will move and work in their hearts while having a blast in the great outdoors!

 

Camp Westminster Overnight Camp Policies for COVID-19

 
Pre-Camp Health Screening for Campers

Campers will not be permitted to attend camp if he or she is unable to meet the following conditions:

  • Have a negative COVID-19 test within 12 days of the start of your camp session.

  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) within the past two weeks. We encourage keeping a temperature log for 14 days prior to the camp session.

  • Assure that, within the past two weeks, the individual has not traveled internationally or to a known COVID-19 “hot spot” within the US.

  • Assure the individual has not knowingly been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested positive for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.

 
Health Screening during camp

  • Temperature check at breakfast and dinner everyday.

  • Trained medical staff will be onsite at all times during the camp session.

  • Staff will be trained to identify COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If a camper is identified with COVID-19 symptoms, the Camp Nurse will evaluate. If the Camp Nurse believes the camper could have COVID-19, the camper will be isolated until parents can pick the camper up. The camper will not be able to return back to camp until the camper has a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • If a camper presents a temperature of 100.4 °F or greater, parents will be notified and asked to pick the camper up. The camper will be required to be fever free and fever medication free for 72 hours before being permitted to return to camp.

Check-in/Check-out

  • Parents are required to stay in the car during check-in and check out.

  • Campers and parents will be temperature checked upon arrival. Campers will not be permitted if either the camper or parent have a fever of 100.4 °F or greater.

  • Parents will be checking campers in and out digitally, with the screen being disinfected between each use.

  • Campers will be required to wash or sanitize hands upon arrival.

  • Staff will be required to wear face masks during the check-in process.  

Activities

  • Activity supplies that are physically touched by the camper are regularly disinfected between uses.

  • All activities will have hand sanitizer or a hand washing sink provided. Campers and staff will be required to sanitize or wash their hands at the start and end of each activity.

Dining

  • All campers will be dining in cabin groups with social distancing between each person.

  • All campers and staff are required to wash or sanitize their hands before and after each meal.

 

Cleaning/Disinfecting

All restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of 3 times a day with EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting products.

All high touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of 3 times a day with EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting products.

Staff
Staff are required to self-screen for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) within the past two weeks. If a staff member shows any of these symptoms, the staff member will be required to self-quarantine away from camp, if feasible, for two weeks. If the staff member is unable to leave camp property, he or she will be put in isolation for a minimum of two weeks. 


Staff are required to keep a body temperature log for two weeks prior to camp and all summer long.  If any staff have a fever of 100.4 °F or greater he or she will be sent home until they are fever free and fever medication free for 72 hours.


All staff are required to have a negative COVID-19 test 12 days prior to the first overnight camp session.
Staff will not be allowed to leave camp property for the duration of overnight camp including weekends between sessions.  If staff do leave, they will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning.

 

Social Distancing
Staff and campers are going to be encouraged to social distance and avoid close contact. Close contact is defined by the CDC as interactions within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes
If staff are required to be in close contact with campers, they will be required to wear a cloth or surgical mask.

PPE
Campers are encouraged to bring a face mask to wear when gathered inside or when social distancing can not be maintained. 

Sources:

State of Georgia Exec. Order No. 06.11.20.01, 3 C. F. R. 26-29 (2020).

 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

 

Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (2020). Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance (EH&E Project #23944). Retrieved from https://acacamps.app.box.com/s/7gkh9buu3ntssx2v38gajg4z94631lag