Covid-19 and Summer Camp
In light of COVID-19 there are changes to the way we will do things for Summer Camp 2021. We are diligently preparing a program that meets our vision of sharing God’s love and having fun, while managing the challenges that COVID-19 brings.
Following is information that informs our decision to operate summer camp in 2021 and may guide you in your decision to send your child to camp:
- Our Resources – we are working closely with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and with our local public health departments. The Ohio Department of Health issued Director’s Orders Updating and Revising Requirements and Guidance for Youth Day Camps and Residential Camps in July of 2020. These requirements and guidance are still in place and have guided our planning for 2021. They are interpreted through each local health department where the camp resides, we have been in communication with the appropriate health departments as plans have progressed.
- Alongside the Ohio Department of Health resources, we have been using the Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance that was prepared for the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. This joint effort was prepared by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. of Newton, MA.
- Using these resources – the requirements, guidelines, advice/interpretations from local health departments and field guide – we have modified summer camp plans that include the following:
Outdoors – we will be outdoors for as much of our day as possible.
Mask wearing – we will be wearing masks when needed.
Small Groups – we will be spending our time in our small groups as we move throughout our day.
Social Distancing – we will practice keeping a safe distance from each other as we move through our day.
Large Groups – we are minimizing activities that gather us in large groups. When we do gather in larger settings, we will remain in our small groups and be kept at a safe distance.
Pre-camp screening – we will be asking that each camper keep a record of daily temperatures 14 days before the start of their camp experience. If the camper has a fever of 100 degrees or higher or any other COVID symptoms, we ask they not attend camp.
- We’ve learned how to clean in ways that thoroughly disinfect our facilities and our camp equipment. In addition, each site has an electrostatic backpack sprayer that will aid us in our disinfection protocol of sleeping, eating, programming and restroom areas.
- High Risk – if your child is at a higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, or lives with someone who is at higher risk, please consult your physician before registering for camp this summer.
East Ohio Camp’s Cancellation Policy has been revised to allow greater flexibility to our families when plans need to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full refunds are available for those who cannot attend due to circumstances related to the pandemic, including, but not limited to: illness, illness of a close contact, concern for camper well-being, change in pandemic status, parent comfort level with camp participation, etc.
If a camper has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID19 or is suspected of having COVID-19, they should not attend camp.
Even with East Ohio Camp’s best efforts, someone may contract COVID-19 while at camp and spread it to someone else at camp. A camper could return home as an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19
This summer our focus will be on people more than ever. Keeping campers and staff safe is our highest priority.
If you have questions about the program, safety protocols or any concerns, please contact the Director of the site.
Bill Graham – Director of Camp Asbury