Camp Health &
Covid Protocol

Safety Is Our Top Priority At All Time

Returning To Camp: Managing Covid-19

Policies and Guidelines (subject to change*)

We understand and know that Covid-19 and its daily obstructions is a fluid situation, especially with evolving advances in rapid testing and vaccines. Moreover, in consultation with medical professionals and following guidance from the:

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Maryland State Executive Orders
• MD State Department of Education
• Anne Arundel County Department of Health
• National Association of Independent Schools
• Association of Independent Maryland & D.C. Schools
• American Camping Association (ACA)

Like the American Academy of Pediatrics, we understand that summer camps and schools play a vital role in children’s development and overall well-being. Our goal is to maintain the health, safety and mental wellness of our entire community while providing the nurturing and summer camp environment unique to IDEAS Camps.

We recognize that we cannot know the specific health and wellness challenges each of our families faces, and we understand that it is impossible for us to meet the needs of every camper.

Remaining open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the full commitment of every member of our community. We expect our leadership team, counselors and parents to lead by example, modeling proper behavior and good judgement for the children in our care. We understand that there are risks involved with in-person summer camp, but we know that we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring the situation and abiding by the recommended protocols.

We ask for patience, understanding and flexibility as we continue to navigate ever-changing circumstances, and we thank you for your cooperation.

Since 1997, Safety is Our #1 Priority – No Exceptions

IDEAS Camps’ 2021 program offerings will be focused on creating the ultimate safe, fun, positive environment for all campers, parents, and staff. We have implemented top-notch safety measures that align with CDC, NIH, and AAP recommendations and exceed local and state regulations and restrictions which is why IDEAS Camps is considered one of the safest camps in the United States.

Please note:
The plans and procedures presented on this page and at this time are subject to change. Since Covid has presented an extremely fluid environment for schools, youth sports leagues, and camps, we will continue to monitor and update our safety guidelines accordingly. We will continue to monitor all safety recommendations, rapid testing, vaccination updates and anything else pertaining to Covid.

Below is Our 7-Point System for protecting our campers, their families, and our staff members on-site this summer.

 

Our 7-Point Safety Program

Additional IDEAS Summer Camps Safety Protocols

Daily Pre-Arrival
  • We follow all best practices from schools and camps across the country. However, it is a team effort. Therefore, we ask that you stay vigilant in monitoring you camper(s) for any signs of illness including, but not limited to:
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Cold-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
    • Sore Throat
    • Chills
    • Muscle Pains
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Any other symptoms listed by the CDC as a potential sign of COVID-19
  • If your child(ren) is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or is showing other signs of illness, we kindly ask that you keep your camper home until the following conditions have been met:
    • They have had a negative COVID-19 test; OR
    • Have been free of fever and/or any fever-reducing medication for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • In addition, we ask that you to keep your child(ren) home if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus or if someone in the household has any of the signs of illness listed above
  • We also ask that if your camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the week of camp, you alert us as soon as possible (same day). 
    • Any information you share with our team will be 100% confidential and HIPPA compliant.

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

Camper Daily Arrival
  • When you arrive on campus, you will see signage at all entrance. These signs will serve as a reminder that campers, families and others are not permitted to enter camp if any of the following have occurred:
    • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Exhibit symptoms of COVID-19
    • Have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • We ask that you stay in your car when droping-off your child(ren).
    • Please, do not walk your child(ren) to the check-in area
  • Rest assured, we will have IDEAS Camps staff present at the designated drop-off area to greet everyone and to walk your child(ren) to check-in safely. While we do not anticipate any problems, we will immediately contact you if there are any at check-in.

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

Camper Daily Check-In
  • Upon arrival, you will see our staff wearing masks
    • We ask kindly that all family members also wear masks in the car as our staff approach
  • We will maintain social distancing measures whenever possible, making certain exceptions for safety purposes or to assist younger children exit the vehicle
  • While still in the car, your camper will have their temperature checked using a non-contact forehead thermometer; if your camper’s temperature is 100.4 degree or higher, unfortunately he/she will not able to join us at camp
  • Please be aware of markings on the ground and/or signage will help guide your camper through the check-in process
  • IDEAS Camp counselors will provide all campers with hand sanitizer upon arrival. If there are any santizer allergies we need to be aware of, please let us know during the registration process and also, at check-in

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

Procedures During Camp

Indoors

Masks will be required in all indoor settings and in large group all-camper events (morning or afternoon all-camp meetings) outdoors.

Outdoors

Masks are not required (optional) for any other outdoor settings or activities.

This applies to both campers and camp staff.

  • Exceptions & Breaks
    • Mask Breaks
      • Everyone at camp must wear a mask at all times except when outdoors in their cohorts or while eating or drinking (lunch/snack).
      • We recognize that campers need breaks from masks if they are indoors for a prolonged period of time, so we have designed protocols that enable these breaks in a safe manner and in an outdoor setting.
      • Designated “mask breaks” are always supervised by our camp staff.
  • Campers will not be permitted to share water bottles or any other personal items. So we encourage you to pack enough water for the day, even if that means you pack multiple water bottles

 

  • *Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.
Camp Activities and Camp Play
  • Throughout the day, camp groups will not mix on campus.
    • Each camp group and its associated IDEAS Camps counselor will remain distanced from other camp groups
    • Each camp group will have their own designated area to keep and retrieve their personal items.
      • Moroever all of the campers’ bags/belongings will be stored no less than 6 feet apart within the aforementioned designated area
    • As an extra precatution, the IDEAS Camps staff will sanitize/wipe-down any shared supplies or equipment after each activity session
    • High-fives, fist bumps, handshakes, and other forms of greetings and/or celebration involving contact will not be permitted. Instead, spirit fingers, phantom handshakes, and thumbs-ups will be used to demonstrate happiness, excitement and celebration
  • *Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.
Camper Daily Pick-Up
  • We recommend, whenever possible, that the same person who dropped your child(ren) off in the morning also pick them up at the end of the day
  • We also recommend against anyone who meets the criteria for a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 being the designated drop-off and pick-up person
  • Similar to drop-off, please remain in your car and proceed through the pic-up carpool line, with your carpool placard and personal identification on the passenger-side dashboard
  • If possible, please bring and keep your own pen in your vehicle to sign out your child(ren) at the end of the day

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

Sanitization at Camp
  • The IDEAS Camps staff will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the camp day
  • We have daily checklists to ensure supplies, equipment, surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, hand rails, light switches, sink handles, counter tops, and other commonly touched areas/surfaces), restrooms, and snack/lunch areas are well-sanitized before and after the camp day
  • Per the recommdation of medical professionals, IDEAS Camps will use products that are EPA-approved for use against the coronavirus.
    • Moreover, we will follow the manufacturer’s instructions related to safe storage, concentration, contact time, and protective equipment for all cleaning and disinfection

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

Protocol For Camper Illness
  • If a IDEAS camper begins to manifest symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection while at camp, we will contact his or her parent/guardian (or if unavailable, the camper’s emergency contact) immediately in accordance with camp communication protocol
    • If, in the judgment of our on-location leadership team, the camper is exhibiting serious symptoms necessitating further emergency action, we will proactively seek additional medical assistance (on-location first-aid supervisor and/or 911) in addition to contacting the designated parent/guardian (or emergency contact)
  • Throughout the camp day all IDEAS staff members will keep any camper suspected of COVID-19 infection isolated in a designated sade area, where he/she will attended to by a limited number of trained staff while the camper awaits pick up
    • If necessary, our staff will provide a mask for any potentially-infectious camper who does not have his or her own mask
  • Thereafter, our trained staff will activate substantial and additional sanitization protocol to fully clean and disinfect any surfaces and objects prior to permitting campers back in any area inhabited by a camper suspected of a coronavirus exposure and/or infection

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

Communication and Notification
  • As always and with any communication, we will over-communicate with parents and guardians related to any and all Covid incident(s) or presumed incident(s)
  • Also, we will never reveal or share the name of any child(ren) affected or presumably affected by Covid. We are compliant and abide by all HIPPA guidelines, so all first and last names will remain anonymous.
  • If IDEAS Camps receive notice from a parent or guardian of a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 amongst our campers, or any notice from a staff member that they are confirmed or presumed to have COVID-19, we will:
    • Directly contact families of campers who were in immediate contact with the camper in question and;
    • Notify camper families who were not believed to be in direct contact with the camper, but have attended the same week of programming as the affected child(ren)
  • The minimal on-location response will be:
    • Consideration of camp location closure for a minimum of 24 hours, depending on the circumstances and verifications
    • Immediate notification of all impacted individuals – campers and staff (names remain anonymous at all times)
    • Full, on-location intensive cleaning and sanitization
  • IDEAS Camps will follow the guidance of the local health department and work with local authorities to ensure a safe workspace and camp environment. We will never compromise safety and rush campers or staff back on-location in case there is a temporary closure.

*Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines.

*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Please note that some or all of the protocol written above may change at anytime based on rapid testing, vaccinations and the recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and other city or county guidelines. Our company will never compromise safety, however we will continue to monitor and make and and all appropriate safety precautions (additions/removals) and adjustments as information continues to develop regarding the state of Covid and the national/local responses.

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