The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us, but it’s particularly challenging for people with children and people who work with children. As the US relaxes its guidelines, summer camps are a place many are hoping to be able to send their kids for a return to normalcy and fun. If you are planning on organizing any youth camps, it’s important to do so responsibly. Let’s review some CDC guidelines to help you organize safe summer camps during Covid-19. Please be sure to check any local or state regulations, as well.
Guidelines for youth camps
It’s important to consider the CDC’s latest recommendations that help you plan a safe summer camp during Covid-19. For instance, it is only recommended that camps have maskless children and no social distancing when all participants in that camp are vaccinated. Children should be assigned to small groups with whom they spend most of their time to minimize interactions.
When social distancing is enforced, there should be clear signage easily demonstrating what 6 feet look like to campers, and there should be partitions erected on transportation. Social distancing may be as little as 3 feet for members of small assigned groups.
Other key considerations:
- If possible, the number of shared objects, such as toys and books, should be limited among campers.
- Throughout the duration of the camp, there should be thorough screening and testing protocols for any camper showing symptoms of Covid-19, as well as other illnesses.
- There should be a focus on outdoor activities as opposed to indoor activities. Outdoor areas are inherently more ventilated; this helps any virus particles in the air to disperse more easily.
While it’s certainly important for campers to be as safe as possible, don’t forget the importance of your staff knowing what they should and shouldn’t do to keep a safe summer camp during Covid-19. Tips for your staff include:
- All staff members should be properly trained in PPE and safety protocols. This includes training for a large-scale outbreak, knowing the contact information of the local health department, and knowing the directions to the closest hospital.
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette policies should be taught and enforced.
- Indoor facilities should be clean and well-ventilated. Thorough cleaning procedures should be followed during and between sessions of a camp.
The importance of vaccination
It is recommended that all children 12 and older are vaccinated against Covid-19. The Covid vaccine has undergone extensive testing and is safe and effective in helping prevent individuals from contracting and spreading Covid-19.
It is recommended to educate campers and their families on the benefits and nuances of the vaccine, such as the fact that it takes two weeks after the second shot (or first shot, if it is a single-shot vaccine) to be considered fully vaccinated.
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Keep Your Summer Camp Safe With Onsite Testing
Testing is the best step you can take to prevent Covid from entering your summer camp. Onsite tests with Drip Hydration can help you plan a safe summer camp during Covid-19 this year. Our nurses can come to your camp and administer tests with same-day results to all campers and staff. They will also provide guidance if someone does test positive for the virus.
Contact us today to schedule a custom consultation.