Updated: COVID Safety Guidelines and Protocol

We are dedicated to the safety and well-being of our staff, campers & their families. Please carefully  read through Camp Wingmann’s guidelines for camp. We are utilizing the CDC’s guidelines and American Camp Association’s Field Guide  for Camps  to ensure every detail of the camp experience is addressed as we work to provide a safe  environment for our participants. Below is a quick snapshot of our guidelines.  

 

**Please note that the guidelines outlined in this document may change as the status of COVID-19 evolves. And because the status of COVID-19 is unpredictable, this policy can change suddenly. Please be mindful that the policy you read in preparation of your camp session or event may be updated by the time your camp session or event actually occurs. We appreciate your understanding and support as we make the best possible decisions regarding the health and safety for our camp community.   


 

Your Responsibility

At a summer camp, campers and staff come from all over. We ask that as summer camp nears you carefully consider the ways your interactions and behaviors could impact our camp community and our camp schedule.

Your caution to do this ensures that we have a safe and healthy summer, allowing all sessions to occur as planned. 

 

If your camper or household has been in close contact with someone who has been exposed or infected with COVID-19 within 10 days of your camp session, please be responsible and keep your camper(s) home. 

 

Summer Staff 

All Staff are required to participate in staff training prior to camp opening. That time will not only provide an opportunity to screen our staff, but it is time set aside to instruct them on disease  prevention & control including but not limited to: 

        • Handwashing 

        • Sanitation & disinfection 

        • Small & large group gathering protocol  

        • Symptom Identification 

        • Quarantine procedures 

 

All staff must be tested within 7 days prior to staff week training. Staff will be asked to stay on site for the duration of summer camp to decrease risk of exposure in between camp sessions. 

 

Weekend Event Staff 

All Staff serving in a weekend role (Winter Camp, Weekend Retreat) will arrive prior to the event to receive adequate training (pending their role) for the following:

        • Handwashing 

        • Sanitation & disinfection 

        • Small & large group gathering protocol  

        • Symptom Identification 

        • Quarantine procedures

 

Kitchen 

        • All Kitchen crew must wear masks at all times. 

        • Kitchen will be cleaned and sanitized each day or before any shift transitions. 

        • Dining hall organized by cabins, prepared with individualized plates/utensils packet


 

Campers 

Campers are required to prescreen prior to their registered camp session to give insight into each individual’s health status prior to arrival. With the assistance of parents/guardians they should self-monitor for 10 days and conduct pre-screening activities such as:  

  • Taking and recording their own temperature for 10 days before camp (refer to the individual              instruction provided with the thermometer).  

  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of  breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat,  vomiting, etc.) within the past two weeks.  

  • Determining if, within the past two weeks, the individual has traveled nationally or  internationally. **If you must travel, a negative COVID-test for your camper(s) is required as part of their registration information/drop off. 

  • Determining if the individual has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed  with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19. 

 

If at any time a camper or staff member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, we will send them home. 

 

Nurse(s)

As is our normal protocol, we will have a registered nurse onsite each session to provide expert screening  and medical guidance throughout the week. 

 

Our nurses have served in COVID-19 responses throughout the nation. They are prepared and equipped to identify symptoms, when to quarantine, and when to seek advanced care. And because they are all serving in active medical environments, they are constantly being monitored for symptoms by their employers. 


 

Cabins 

  • Cabins will have a 10-camper maximum (does not include staff) and will undergo daily cleanings which will include daily sanitation & disinfection of the entire  cabin. 

  • Posters and other documentation will be in place offering more guidance and reinforcement of  best practices for our campers.

 

Distancing Protocols 

  • Everyone must wear a mask during check-in and check-out. Checking in and checking out will be       conducted outdoors, weather permitting. 

  • Our schedule will be configured in a way that supports more “cabin specific” activities in order  to reduce the number of large gatherings throughout the campus.  

  • All group sizes will comply with state and/or local requirements for proper staff to camper ratios  and minimum staffing requirements.  

 

Mask & Supplies 

  • Masks will be mandatory during indoor large group gatherings; However, we will plan to move  many of our large group gatherings outdoors (ex. covered open air Gymnasium, kickball field,  beachfront, etc.) and have campers organized by cabins in an effort to reduce the need for masks. (disposable facemask will be provided, additionally cloth face mask will be for sale during check-in & canteen) 

     

     *Optional outdoor mask use is contingent upon the group activities and we will try to honor this as much as        possible, always considering your child’s safety and health needs as priority. 

  • (Again) All group sizes will comply with state and/or local requirements for proper staff to  camper ratios and minimum staffing requirements.  

  • We will obtain and supply all antimicrobial hand soaps, hand sanitizers, and cleaning  disinfectants (ex. Lysol), prior to all camp sessions.


 

COVID-19 Vaccines 

We will not be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for campers, staff, or volunteers. We understand that there are a lot of concerns, opinions, and questions for each family unit to consider as the vaccine becomes available to them. However, we do encourage the highest precautions (vaccine included) to protect yourself, family, and others from COVID-19.

 

CIT Programs

Our Counselor In Training (CIT) programs will be in effect this summer. If your camper is selected to be a CIT when they attend camp, then they will be asked to stay onsite for the weekend and following week to serve in this role. This will require parent cooperation to potentially exchange supplies or pack enough for 2 weeks, and manage plans accordingly. Parents will be notified by their camper if they are selected. 


 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We will be happy to address them as best as  we can. As always, we appreciate your support of Camp Wingmann as we continue to work to provide a  fun & safe space for our staff, campers, & families to know and grow in Christ! 


Blessings,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Joshua Joseph “JJ” | Director
Camp Wingmann Inc.
(863)453-4800
JJoseph@campwingmann.org

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines