Aldersgate Summer 2021 COVID Policies
While many remarkable strides have been made in the past year since we were all introduced to COVID-19, we are still dealing with the effects of COVID on our daily lives. We continue to review the camp guidelines published by the RI Department of Health and Department of Human Services and have conferred with our fellow United Methodist camps across New England. In addition, we are monitoring the American Camp Association's guidelines for safe summer camp operation. In concert with these guidelines, we are confident there is a way to create a fun and responsible summer camp environment for everyone involved.
Will all of our efforts eliminate all health risks? No.
With a well-planned and organized set of mitigation strategies, staff training and awareness, close collaboration with our state agencies, and partnership with our camp families, we can lower the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor information distributed by the CDC, Rhode Island Department of Health, and the American Camp Association. These policies may change based on guidance received by these organizations.
DAILY HEALTH ATTESTATION
All parents or guardians must affirm that they, their campers, nor anyone in their household are not experiencing COVID-like symptoms each day before arriving at camp. This affirmation asks the parent/guardian to confirm that their camper has not exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 nor been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. In addition, all individuals on camp will be screened for a temperature (100.0°F) upon arrival.
Campers and counselors will be organized into “group cohorts” that will remain together all day, every day. Groups will not come within 6 feet of each other, except in uncommon situations when social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., some emergency situations). For these situations when safety is paramount, campers and counselors will carry masks with them at all times, and they will be instructed to wear them when within less than 6 feet of others.
Families will need to supply at least two clean cloth masks or face coverings for their child to replace the covering as needed. Masks should be cleaned daily, CLEARLY LABELED, and masks should be clearly marked to distinguish which side of the mask should be worn facing outwards.
Campers will not be required to wear masks while outside and in their stable groups. However, when in common areas (dining hall, bathrooms, pickup, and dropoff), campers will be required to wear a mask.
Staff will continue to wear masks at all times when interacting with campers to model mask-wearing.
Campers and Staff will be instructed in proper handwashing techniques and will be required to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Aldersgate will also use liquid hand sanitizer during times that hand washing isn’t available or easily accessible. More specifically, hand-washing and/or sanitizing will occur:
Upon entry into and exit from program space
Before and after eating
After sneezing, coughing, or nose blowing
After using the restroom
Before handling any food
After using any shared equipment
After contact with facemask
We will also encourage and teach other healthy habits, including covering coughs and sneezes, not sharing drinks or food, and proper use of hand sanitizer.
If handwashing is not available, hand sanitizer may be utilized as appropriate.
RESPONDING TO ILLNESS
If observed in a child or staff member, the following new symptoms are cause for immediate isolation and exclusion from Camp.
Fever (100.0°F and higher), feverish, had chills
Gastrointestinal distress (Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
New loss of taste or smell
New muscle aches
The following symptoms, if observed in combination with symptoms above, are cause for immediate isolation and exclusion from camp:
Runny nose or congestion (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)
Any other signs of illness
Campers who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate and quarantine at the direction of the RI Department of Health.
If an individual is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual, they must quarantine as directed by the RI Department of Health.
Aldersgate is strongly encouraging staff and campers who are eligible to receive a vaccine to do so. Although staff are expected to be vaccinated, staff will continue to wear masks while interacting with campers to model mask-wearing.
CLEANING, DISINFECTING, SANITIZING
Bathrooms and common high-touch areas/surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals throughout the camp day, and all buildings will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day. In addition, staff will disinfect all shared equipment between each group that visits their activity, and group counselors will disinfect all equipment assigned to their group after each use.
For 2021, Campers are encouraged to come to camp with their own dedicated personal floatation device/life jacket provided by families. Life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard Approved – USCG Approved Type III Device appropriate for your child’s weight and clearly labeled with your child’s name.
TESTING AT CAMP
We are watching the area of testing protocols closely. Unfortunately, we do not believe we will be able to have testing capabilities at camp this summer.
Cancellations must be received two weeks prior to the beginning of your camp session. Your deposit will not be returned as your space was held from others, and costs were incurred (registration, staffing, program supplies, etc.)
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to run camp programs as scheduled and/or operate at full capacity may change at any point leading up to summer 2021. We will continue to monitor state and CDC guidelines and keep our camp families informed if we anticipate any changes to our schedule or program offerings.
You will be eligible for a refund if we have to cancel a program during the session.
If you have any questions about Camp Aldersgate's COVID plans, please reach out to our Program Director, Megan Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-568-4350.