Covid | Slovenski Camps
Covid | Slovenski Camps

Covid & Camp

In 2020 we had a safe and COVID-free summer. The following is a non-exhaustive list of policies that we relied on last summer to conduct camp safely while still providing an unforgettable camp experience:

Temperature Checks

Last summer we asked parents to do temperature checks of their campers the week before camp. Once at camp, every camper had his or her temperature taken when they woke up in the morning and a second time daily at bedtime.

Cabin Cohort

Each cabin was allowed to operate like a household or family. The campers from a cabin would eat, sleep, and do half the activities of a day together as a household unit.

Cabin Fan

Each cabin ran a fan in the screened cabins through the night.

Outdoors

We spent as much time outdoors as possible which reduced the risk of spreading COVID.

Cleaning / Disinfecting

There was an increase in cleaning and disinfecting camp equipment and facilities.

Hand Hygiene

We increased hand washing among campers and staff with additional hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the camp.

Dining

We only set up half the dining tables so that we had 50% density in the dining hall. Cabin cohorts ate together. On dry days, half of the camp ate outside while the other half ate in the dining hall. On rainy days half of the camp ate in a second building.

Gatherings

One of the best parts of overnight camp is when the whole camp comes together for meetings and campfires. After it was deemed safe to come together, these larger camp gatherings were able to occur safely within state square footage gathering limits.

Drop Off and Pick Up Days

Campers, staff, and parents wore masks during camper arrival times and pick-up times.

Trips

Trips outside of camp required pre-registration by parents. Campers wore masks in the camp van. We drove with the van windows down.

Possibilities for Summer 2021:

Testing

We tentatively think that it will be possible in 2021 to require every camper to have a test in the time leading up to their arrival at camp.

Masks

We will be monitoring Maine's summer camp guidelines for recommendations regarding masks. For children’s programming, we believe in using testing, distance, fresh air, hand-washing, and cabin cohort grouping as often as possible to minimize required mask-wearing. We will do everything we can to help campers have a safe summer camp session without the need to wear masks very often.

Summary

We worked hard in 2020 to include safety with the joy and mental health of the campers. We follow all the required guidelines. There are many choices outside the guidelines that camps have to make. If you have concerns about the choices we will make, and how we will conduct the camp program, it may be best to refrain from sending your child to camp this summer. We believe that children who go to camp deserve a chance to play outside and enjoy the company of friends. We have confidence that they can do this safely at our camp. We love having your kids at camp but if the thought of them being at camp creates stress for your family, then it is not a good match for this summer.