We understand and value the trust that parents bestow on us with the care of their child(ren). We take our responsibility seriously. Three Trails Camp maintains the highest level of safety and standards in operation of all our activities at camp.
Taking Actions to Lower the Risk of COVID-19 Spread
COVID-19 is mostly spread through close contact by respiratory droplets released when people talk, sing, breathe, sneeze, or cough. Although less likely, it is possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own eyes, nose, or mouth. Regardless of the level of community transmission, camp programs should fully implement multiple prevention strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19. Key prevention strategies include
- Getting vaccinated when eligible
- Staying home if sick or having symptoms of COVID-19
- Universal and correct use of well-fitted masks that cover the nose and mouth
- Physical distancing, including cohorting
- Handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes
- Engaging in outdoor activities whenever possible and increasing ventilation for indoor activities
- Cleaning and disinfecting when needed, to maintain healthy facilities
- Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments
COVID-19 Safety Procedures
We have implemented procedures to accommodate the social distancing, sanitation, and disinfection guidelines and recommendations from the CDC along with the their recommendations of the above key prevention strategies.
Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind
The more people a camper or staff member interacts with, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in youth camp settings as follows:
- Lowest Risk: Small groups of campers stay together all day, each day. Campers remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects. Outdoor activities are prioritized. All campers are from the local geographic area (e.g., city, town, county, community).
- More Risk: Campers mix between groups but remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects. Outdoor activities are prioritized. All campers are from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
- Even More Risk: Campers mix between groups and do not remain spaced apart. All campers are from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
- Highest Risk: Campers mix between groups and do not remain spaced apart. All campers are not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
COVID-19 is mostly spread through close contact by respiratory droplets released when people talk, sing, breathe, sneeze, or cough. Although less likely, it is possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own eyes, nose, or mouth. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as hand washing, staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important.
Staying Home when Appropriate
- Camp staff and campers who are sick or have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should not attend camp.
- Camp staff and campers should not come to camp if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Employees who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should stay home and monitor their health.
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
- Camp will reinforce hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among campers and staff.
- If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).
- Staff and campers should not use hand sanitizer if their hands are visibly dirty or greasy (for example, after playing outdoors, fishing, or camping). Instead, they should wash hands with soap and water as soon as possible.
- Staff who prepare food must wash hands with soap and water.
- Encourage staff and campers to cough and sneeze into their mask or a tissue. Masks that become dirty or wet should be replaced with a clean one as soon as possible. They should throw used tissues in the trash and wash their hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When a mask or tissue is not available or in use, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.
Masks protect the wearer and those around them. We will require anyone entering camp facilities to use well-fitting masks with proper filtration to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets. All people in camp facilities should wear masks at all times with exceptions for certain settings or activities, such as while eating and drinking or swimming..
- Parents/Guardians will provide face coverings for campers. Campers should have more than one mask on hand each day so they can easily replace a dirty mask with a clean one.
- Masks should be worn at all times EXCEPT during: sleeping; eating; drinking; active outdoor activity. Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained for each of these activities.
- Wearing a face shield in addition to proper mask wearing can be considered, but is not a substitute for a mask.
- Exceptions may include campers with special healthcare and those who are unable to take off a mask by themselves. Parents seeking support or exceptions, should work with the Camp Administrative Staff.
- Masks with exhalation valves are not permitted as they can promote the spread of infection.
- Cloth face coverings should be replaced daily and when soiled.
- Additional masks are available for campers and staff if a mask is forgotten or becomes soiled and/ or wet. As best practice, parents need to provide masks as the camp has a limited supply.
- Staff and campers will be reminded regularly and as needed about proper mask wearing, including hand hygiene before putting mask on and taking it off, avoidance of touching mask, and ensuring the mask covers mouth and nose.
Recreation and Physical Activity
- Activity time will be staggered so campers have plenty of space.
- All campers returning from activities will wash and/or sanitize their hands before they move onto their next activity.
- Face coverings are not required (but are optional) when kids are participating in activities where it may not be safe to wear a face covering (during vigorous activity).
- Campers who opt to remove their face covering during activities, should carefully remove and store their own face covering.
Signs and Messages
COVID-19 signs will be posted in highly visible locations (e.g., camp entrances, dining areas, restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs such as by properly washing hands and properly wearing a mask.
We will show the following video from the CDC to our campers during camper orientation.
Cleaning and Disinfection
Door handles and other high touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day by camp staff.
Camp staff will develop a schedule for increased, routine cleaning and disinfection.
We have hand sanitizing stations. Campers and staff will utilize hand sanitizer or wash hands each time they enter a room or start a new activity.
Camp will eliminate communal supplies where feasible. Shared manipulatives will be sanitized following each use.
Camp will keep each camper’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
Camp will ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials to the extent possible (e.g., assign art supplies or other equipment to a single camper), or limit use of supplies and equipment to one group of campers at a time and clean and disinfect between use.
Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling or triggering asthma symptoms) to campers using the facility.
Cohorting: Cohorts are groups of campers and staff that stay together throughout the day to minimize exposure to other people while at camp. Cohorts will have the same staff stay with the same group of campers and remain together as much as possible. Camp will limit mixing between cohorts. Cohorting will not replace other prevention measures, including wearing masks. Campers and staff in the same cohort should continue to wear masks at all times indoors, except when eating and drinking.
Maintaining Physical Distance: Physical distancing provides protection by reducing risk of exposure and limiting the number of close contacts when someone is infected with COVID-19. We have established camp policies and implemented strategies to promote physical distancing indoors of spacing seating at least 3 feet apart.
Staff will ensure that camper beds are assigned to individual children and are sanitized between each camper. Beds are spaced out as much as possible, ideally at least 6 feet apart. Campers will sleep head-to-toe to ensure distance between their faces.
We will prioritize outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained as much as possible.
Campers will eat with their cabin cohorts, eating meals in the dining hall with seating that is spaced out.
When the use of disposable food service items (utensils, dishes) are not feasible or desirable we will ensure that all non-disposable food service items are handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
Food contact surfaces will be washed, rinsed and sanitized before and after meals.