Kids Camp Safety Plan
Kids Camp Safety Plan
Camp Awana is committed to the safety and well-being of every child, staff and guest. We have been and will continue to implement the highest standards of safety and cleanliness as we work with closely with The Health Dept and the CDC.
We have developed a plan for the preparation of camp, working in partnership with parents and maintaining the highest standard of precaution so that everyone is as safe as they can be. These policies and procedures will be updated as more information is available.
Camp Awana continues to plan and review our health policies and procedures with volunteer health professions who have teamed up with us, as well as the CDC and other governing authorities. We have a healthy working relationship with our county health department (Washington County) as well as our local hospitals, clinics, and EMS. We desire to provide the best care to all of our guests.
It Starts with You, Partnering with Parents
We know that you put the health and safety of your child at the top of your list, and we also want to make sure that all kids have a safe and fun time at Camp Awana. Before your student comes to camp, we will ask you to go through a checklist. If you are not able to meet the health standards on this checklist, we would ask that you keep your kids home for the safety of all of the other campers. If you are unsure whether your child should attend camp, you can call our office prior to the first day of camp, and we will work with you on the best plan possible.
3-Step Health Screen
1. Screening at home before registering for camp.
2. Screening when the camper arrives at camp.
3. Screening throughout the week at camp.
Once on camp grounds, if your camper is found to be sick or show signs of sickness, they will be quarantined, and a plan will be put into place for their medical care or plans will be made to go home.
Camp Will Look Different
As we all adjust, you are going to notice camp is the same, yet a bit different. Because we are receiving permission from the government to open camp with restrictions, we are rethinking how we do activities, program areas, food service, and more. You will notice new policies for your safety and some new forms. Please know that camp will still be an incredible experience that is safe, fun, effective, and affordable.
For More Information
If you would like more specifics on how we are planning camp in accordance with the CDC, please click here.
Hand sanitation and soap dispensers will be in each cabin, meeting room, in common areas, and meal areas. Our staff will be trained to require every camper to use hand sanitizer each time they enter and exit a building, wash their hands before every meal, and before/after participation in each activity. Our staff will also practice this.
We are setting limits on the number of campers in all spaces of camp, mitigating large groups, and assigning sleeping arrangements in each housing area. We will train campers and staff on proper coughing and sneezing. We will greatly limit camper physical contact, but because they will already be in a “family unit,” they can do many of the things you have normally been doing in your home and will not be restricted to the standard 6 foot social distancing.
Keeping It Clean
Our summer leaders will lead daily mandatory cleanings in all cabin spaces using EPA disinfectant products. Our staff will be trained in these procedures prior to the start of camp and will be held accountable through daily check lists. A deep cleaning of all bathrooms, offices, and shared spaces will occur at the end of every week. Beyond our normal disinfectant products, we will be implementing additional technology to ensure cleaning of all surfaces. To the best of our ability, activity areas will be sanitized between each activity or camper group. (Example: helmets for zip line) Bathrooms, meeting rooms, and common spaces will be cleaned at camp daily.
Training and Orientation
At the beginning of each week, all campers will be trained on updated safety protocols which include practicing good hygiene and approved social distancing. Staff will receive training on updated protocols, additional care, temperature checks, and action steps to take if a camper gets sick.
Throughout the week each camper and summer leader will have his/her temperature checked and logged. If a temperature comes back higher than our determined standard, they will be further evaluated in our Infirmary.
The Infirmary is open 24/7 with medical staff who are ready to help, contain, and treat illnesses at any time. Our full-time and volunteer staff are all trained with First Aid and CPR and are trained to identify illness and help address medical concerns that may come up throughout the camp session.
We are working with the WI State Health Inspector to make sure we follow all food service guidelines. The State is developing protocols for our beverage dispensers, program kitchen, specialty food area, and outdoor grills.
Sending Sick Campers/Staff Home
In the event that a camper or staff member becomes sick with an illness that could spread, they will be moved to a designated quarantine area, and our medical team will implement a quarantine protocol that works to identify, control, and contain the illness. If Camp Awana determines that a camper/volunteer/staff member needs to go home, the parent is responsible to pick up that person within 6-8 hours of being notified.
We will be greatly limiting the number of non-program staff, visitors, and vendors on our properties during camp sessions to help limit exposure to illness.
We will continue to evaluate and update the details of each category and make any additional changes according to CDC or local guidelines. We are also reviewing and implementing suggested guidelines from the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protecting. Click here to see their suggested procedures and recommendations.
Please continue to join us in prayer for every camper, staff member, family, and church partner who will be a part of Camp Awana this summer!