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.
COVID-19 Safety Procedures
We have implemented procedures to accommodate the social distancing, sanitation, and sterilization guidelines and recommendations from our Local and State government along with the CDC.
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 by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. 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).
- Encourage staff and campers to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Masking has proven to be an effective way to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Universal masking may decrease the number of children placed in quarantine based on the local health department’s definition of exposure. Anyone entering Camp buildings is required to wear a face covering.
- Parents/Guardians will provide face coverings for students. Providing one per day is recommended.
- 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 students 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 recommended as they can promote the spread of infection.
- Cloth face coverings should be replaced daily and when soiled.
- Additional masks are available for students and staff if a mask is forgotten or becomes soiled and/ or wet. As best practice parents need to provide masks. The camp has a limited supply.
- Staff and students 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 students have plenty of space.
- All students 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).
- Students 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 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.
Keep each camper’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
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.
We will encourage staff and campers to bring their own water containers to minimize use and touching of water fountains.
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.
Space seating at least 3-6 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.
Prioritize outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained as much as possible.
Close shared spaces such as dining halls and playgrounds with shared playground equipment, if possible; otherwise stagger use and clean and disinfect between use.
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.