Camp Milton COVID-19 Policy and Procedures 

Adapted from Camp Encourage

 

Most recently Updated March 20th, 2022

This will be updated continuously as we follow the pandemic and all related recommendations from the CDC, the ACA, and local physicians to maintain the utmost safety at Camp Milton.

 

We will require a negative COVID-19 test (antigen/rapid or PCR) within 72 hours of arrival to camp regardless of vaccination status.

 

COMMUNICATION

  • Once at camp all volunteers will receive communication on all preventative measures for full awareness.

  • Parents/Legal guardians of campers will receive information on the precautions and procedures that will be implemented to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. 

  • Safety measures will be reviewed with campers shortly after arrival to camp. 

  • Visual reminders will be placed throughout the cabin and campgrounds to remind campers about handwashing, social distancing, mask wearing, etc.).

 

HEALTH SCREENING AND PREVENTING COVID-19 INFECTIONS

  • We strongly encourage the COVID-19 vaccination and adherence to CDC recommendations for all eligible campers, staff, and volunteers. 

    • Upon arrival, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test (antigen/rapid or PCR) taken within 72 hours of arrival to camp.

    • The CDC has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years of age and older and therefore recommends children in that age group be vaccinated in order to help protect against COVID-19. 

  • Staff, campers, and volunteers will be screened (temperature and lice check) upon arriving to camp.

  • Masks will be worn indoors when not eating or drinking. 

  • Activities will be held outdoors as much as possible.

  • Proper ventilation within a space will be maximized for fresh air intake or natural ventilation via screened windows and doors.  

  • Drinking fountains will be used for filling water bottles only.

  • Temperature checks will occur daily for all campers and volunteers.

  • Cabins and other lodging spaces will have air purifiers to further improve the air quality indoors.

  • Our camp nurse will have an open line of communication with all volunteers so that if anyone shows symptoms of any illness, she will be immediately contacted and a temperature check will be performed and the individual will be isolated until an adult can come to take him or her home.

 

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

  • Upon entering a cabin, each individual will wash his or her hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or will use hand sanitizer.

  • Volunteers will support campers to keep personal belongings organized and separate from other campers’ belongings. 

  • At least three feet of space will be created between beds, utilizing head-to-toe orientation.

 

FOOD SERVICE AND OTHER DELIVERIES

  • Prior to entering the dining hall, each individual will wash his or her hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or will use hand sanitizer.

  • A buffet and self-service is permitted however, hands must be washed and masks must be on prior to approaching the buffet line. 

 

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

  • Spaces will be thoroughly sanitized by Tall Oaks staff twice a day. 

  • Antibacterial soap will be provided in cabins, dining hall, bathrooms and any space where hands are washed.

  • Sanitation materials (hand wipes, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer) will be provided for all volunteers and in all spaces utilized.

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT PLAN

  • Participants will be asked to supply well-fitting masks for the duration of camp. We recommend campers and counselors bring an ample supply of masks. Extra masks will be provided by Camp Milton if needed.

  • Masks must have at least two layers of fabric and must cover the nose and mouth at all times.

  • Gloves, also as always, will be provided in all cabins.

 

PARENT / GUARDIAN SUPPORT

  • We ask that parents and guardians communicate to Camp Milton staff (prior to the first day of camp) should anyone in the family travel to areas of high exposure.

  • Parents and guardians should also communicate prior to the first day of camp if any family member shows signs of illness such as cold or flu-like symptoms, coughing, headache, chills or fever, loss of taste or smell as campers will need to remain at home in isolation. 

  • For care and concern of others and out of absolute caution, parents and guardians should not send a camper with any kind of illness, cold, or flu. 

  • Parents and guardians are expected to communicate the details of this plan with their camper, as appropriate, prior to arriving to camp.

 

HELPFUL GUIDELINES FOR MASK WEARING

  • All campers and volunteers must remain masked regardless of vaccination status while INDOORS at all times per Tall Oaks COVID-19 policy. Times which masks may be removed are when eating, brushing teeth, showering, or sleeping.

 

When OUTDOORS, all may unmask.

 

Additional notes regarding mask wearing:

  • Bring enough masks to have a clean one for each day and extras, just in case. 

  • All individuals will be encouraged to maintain correct use of masks. Each individual should wear masks over one’s nose and mouth, especially when physically distancing is difficult. All will be encouraged on proper use, removal, and washing of masks.

  • Note: If wearing a mask is difficult for a camper due to sensory sensitivities or other reasons, please just let us know in advance as exceptions can be made in unique situations per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

IF CAMP MILTON EXPERIENCES A CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED COVID-19

  • Any camper, staff, or volunteer who becomes symptomatic will be isolated. A guardian will be contacted for pick up immediately.

  • An established isolated health area will be available to accommodate anyone showing symptoms that also provides adult supervision. The supervising adults will use standard and transmission-based precautions when supervising a sick person.

  • Within the first 24 hours after the symptomatic person has been in the isolated space, the team will wait as long as possible (at least several hours) before cleaning and disinfecting. Before doing so, ventilation will be improved by opening doors and windows, using fans and/or using heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) settings to increase air circulation.

  • If we do have an infection, or suspected infection at camp, we will notify the local county health department.

  • Recommendations of the local health department will be followed for a confirmed or suspected coronavirus. This may include closing off the areas used by any sick person and waiting 24 hours before the area is cleaned or disinfected to reduce the risk to those cleaning.