The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has released the Public Health guidelines for summer day camps. Echo Pond will be using these guidelines as the foundations for our Covid-19 policies for this summer. Our goal is to keep campers, staff, and families safe while still allowing for the classic summer camp experience and Echo Pond fun!
You can find the Gov NL guidelines here!
1. Daily Screening of Workers and Participants
– All campers and staff will have daily symptom checks, including contactless temperature checks. Any camper or staff with fever or unexplained respiratory symptoms (i.e., not due to allergies) will be quarantined and sent home.
– Campers who have symptoms or who have members of their bubble who have symptoms or who are self-isolating will be kindly asked to stay home.
– Camp leaders will be provided with basic information about COVID-19, as part of the initial training, including: symptoms, best methods of preventing spread, and how to respond in the case of illness.
2. Limit Group Sizes and Maintain Physical Distancing Whenever Possible
– Echo Pond is already a small camp with less than 40 campers. This year we will reduce the number of campers to 35 per camp. Our ratio will be 1:6.
– Campers will be split into two crews of 17-18 campers. These crews will be made up of room groups and will, whenever possible, include campers who are in the same bubble.
– With a few exceptions, crews will have the same counselors throughout the week.
– Crews will eat meals, participate in campfires, swim, etc. together.
– Indoor campfires will be done in two shifts. There will be no full group activities in the outdoor or indoor classroom.
– Limits on number of kids at tables in the classroom and in the observatory.
3. Limit Contact in Indoor Spaces
– Campers will sleep feet to feet. Campers will keep the window in their room open for ventilation whenever possible.
– Campers will have “bunk bubbles” where they keep their belongings on their beds and don’t sit on bunks they don’t sleep on. They will also be encouraged not to hang out in their rooms during the day.
– Room groups will rotate using the bathroom while getting ready for bed and in the morning to minimize the amount of campers in the bathroom at once.
– Overnight trips for teen camp where campers would have slept in tents or shelters are cancelled. Day trips will replace these trips.
– Parents will have the option to drive their child to camp, allowing for physical distancing on the bus for those who need it.
4. Enhance Hygiene and Sanitizing Measures
– There are new handwashing stations at the lower door of the cookhouse for efficient handwashing before and after meals.
– Install touchless hand sanitizer dispensers at entrances to buildings.
– Increase cleaning frequency for high-touch surfaces such as door handles, counters, and bathrooms using appropriate cleaners.
– Increase cleaning of shared materials like maps and art supplies.
– Remove shared snacks like popcorn.
– Remove costumes from program.
– Staff will model good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette.
5. Protect the Kitchen
– Plexiglass window will be installed in kitchen serving window.
– Only kitchen and camp staff will be allowed in the kitchen.
– Campers will not wash dishes this year. Campers will bring up their own dishes to be washed by kitchen staff.
– Dishes will be fully sanitized after every meal.
– Modified salad bar will be available to reduce campers handling food.
We will add or modify these plans as we receive more specific guidance from Public Health.