Geneva Glen Camp Coronavirus Plan 2021

Last Updated: June 5, 2021

Future updates will be highlighted

Introduction

The past year has been difficult and challenging for everyone. Our children have had to develop resilience in a way never expected. We know that time at camp experiencing The Magic of the Glen will reward that resilience by inspiring healing and hope in our campers and staff. This summer, we want emphasize that hope to help our campers see their future can be better, and that they have the power to make it so.

Geneva Glen’s mission remains resolute in empowering our campers to demonstrate courage, to create, to grow, to experience the outdoors, to make friends, and to be part of a community of love and support that will allow them to thrive in their lives back at home.

Camp will look different this year. Our goal is to create the same loving, accepting community, through outdoor fun, traditions, and adventure while keeping your kids safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic creates a unique situation that calls for community response. The safety of camp this summer depends on a partnership between Geneva Glen and our camp families. What happens outside of camp is just as important as what happens within it.

Our COVID-19 plan is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public & Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), and the American Camp Association (ACA).

Please note that this plan will be constantly reviewed and revised! It is based on the information and guidance that we have and are familiar with today. It is subject to change based on regulatory guidance as well as the evolving landscape of the pandemic.

What Will Geneva Glen Look Like This Summer?

Non-pharmaceutical Interventions

Geneva Glen will be layering multiple preventative methods known as non-pharmaceutical interventions including health screening before and during camp, the use of face coverings, small groups or cohorts, increased sanitization practices on high touch areas, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and increased ventilation in indoor spaces.

Masks

Data from the American Camp Association has demonstrated that camper and staff facial coverings were the single most effective risk reduction method in 2020. Geneva Glen will employ the use of masks. Campers will not wear masks while sleeping, eating, showering, or swimming.

Cohorts or "Family Groups"

Industry recommendations and state guidelines call for camps to use smaller group cohorts as a preventative technique. This is a familiar structure to Geneva Glen throughout our history with what we have known as "brother dorms and sister cabins."

Communicable Disease Plan

While prevention is a first priority, Geneva Glen is updating our communicable disease plan that addresses outbreak and response strategies. Camp will be ready to care for sick campers, ensure proper isolation protocols, address campers and staff that have been exposed, do contact tracing, communicate with parents, and report to the proper regulating agencies.

With most of our programming taking place outdoors, there will be natural physical distancing and plenty of fresh air. We have the best outdoor space of any camp anywhere and our campers love being outside!

Gathering as a camp will look different and be in different places, but that same Magic of the Glen will be the common thread woven throughout our summer of hope.

Read the following sections to learn more about our proactive efforts to be well-prepared for the 2021 summer experience.


Before Camp

Is camp the right choice for my family this year?

For some of our families, this might not be the year to send your child to summer camp. Know if your child or family is at a higher risk for severe illness. If you have concerns, check with your pediatrician or healthcare provider.

Mandatory Pre-Camp Screening

All families will be required to monitor their child before your camp session and conduct pre-screening activities including:

  • Taking and recording your child’s temperature 14 days prior to their respective session
  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms prior to their respective session
  • Complete the Pre-Camp Health Screening form in the 14 days prior to your child's arrival and bring it with you to check-in.

Mandatory Pre-Camp Testing

Camp is requiring your camper take a molecular/PCR COVID-19 test within 5 days before session start date and arrive with a NEGATIVE test result. This is in line with the Health and Wellness Committee's recommendations and the ACA guidelines.

  • This is true regardless of vaccination status - ALL campers must have this test completed
  • In the event that a camper has had COVID within the last 90 days, there is a small chance that the camp check-in PCR is positive in absence of infection. If your child has had documented infection in the 90 days prior to infection AND tests positive with the PCR immediately prior to camp in the absence of symptoms or significant recent high-risk exposure, with proof of the previous infection it is likely that they can attend camp. This decision will need to be made on a case-by-case basis involving the camp COVID physician-consultant.

Children with a positive molecular/PCR COVID-19 test within 5 days prior to camp will not be allowed to attend camp, in the absence of the above very specific scenario. Campers who test positive and are unable to attend camp will receive a full refund.

When To Get Tested
  • Seedlings & Stardust: May 31 - June 3
  • Myths & Magic: June 2 - June 6
  • American Heritage: June 8 - June 12
  • Knighthood I: June 22 - June 26
  • Knighthood II: July 6 - July 10
  • World Friendship: July 20 - July 25

We realize that medical offices, urgent cares, and testing sites offer different types of tests. We recommend that you call ahead to any testing site you plan to go to and confirm that they can perform a PCR test. PCR tests may also be called “molecular tests” or “NAAT” (“Nucleic Acid Amplification” tests). There are two types of PCR tests. One type is performed in the lab and therefore usually take 12-72 hours to return depending on where you get it and where the lab is in which they are performing the test. The second is a rapid PCR test which returns results within an hour. A commonly carried brand of rapid PCR test (for example at Walgreens) is the Abbott ID Now. Both of these types of PCR tests meet the Geneva Glen Camp check-in testing requirement.

The other mainly available type of test is an antigen test. Abbott also produces one of these, called the Binax Now, also widely used, and there are many other brands. Antigen tests are NOT PCR/Molecular/NAAT tests and will NOT be accepted for the testing requirement.

It is imperative that your child arrives at camp healthy.

Pre-Camp Social Behavior

Prior to camp, we ask all campers and staff to take additional safety measures in their time leading up to arrival.

  • Limit your camper’s exposure to coronavirus for the 14 days prior to camp
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear masks when not with your family or established household
  • Avoid large gatherings of people (graduations, parties, weddings, reunions, etc.)
  • Avoid attending indoor concerts, or large sporting events
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Limit social interactions to immediate family and/or with individuals in existing cohorts
  • Practice frequent hand washing

Out-of-State Travel to Camp

From our conversations with the state regulatory agencies, traveling from out-of-state should be fine! However, to ensure stable cohorts, picking up your camper from the airport will be difficult for us this year. If you are sending an out-of-state camper who needs transportation from the airport, please contact Reid McKnight at reid@genevaglen.org.

Travel Precautions
  • Please follow the CDC Guidance for Travelers
  • Wear a mask when in public
  • Physical distance in crowded areas
  • Wash your hands frequently

Please consider the following: Does your camper have a parent/guardian, emergency contact, or some other family support in Colorado during your camper's session? If your camper shows symptoms of Covid, we are required to isolate your child where they will not be allowed to participate in normal activities and will be sequestered in our health center. If a camper shows symptoms consistent with Covid, we will immediately contact the parent/guardian to arrange for them to leave camp until they are able to receive a negative PCR test and are cleared to return.

Check-In Procedures

To minimize exposure and establish stable cohorts, we have decided to adopt a drive-thru drop-off and pick-up model like what many Colorado schools have used. We will be dividing up our campers into groups for Check-In and Check-Out. Parents/guardians will stay in their cars during this process and our staff will assist the campers with their belongings. Families will go through the different Check-In steps, just in a car! Check-In and Check-Out times are listed below for our different sessions based on your camper’s last name or grade. Please arrive during your scheduled time – if you arrive early, we will not be able to accommodate your camper's drop-off until the allotted time. If you have questions regarding Check-In or Check-Out, please contact Christa at christa@genevaglen.org.

In order to check your camper in, you must provide the following:

  1. COVID-19 test (PCR) that took place 3-5 days before session start date with a NEGATIVE test result
  2. Pre-Camp Health Screening Form (paper)
  • All staff, campers, and parents will be required to wear protective masks during Check-In.
  • Each family will go through a screening process about the camper's health with our health care staff.
Arrival Steps
  • Step 1- Health Screen- At this step, our staff will be collecting the 2 forms needed (14-day screening & NEGATIVE PCR test result).
  • Step 2- Medication Drop-Off- You will go to Step 2 if you are turning in medications prescribed by a doctor (please don’t bring any over-the-counter medications that are not prescribed by a doctor), your camper has changes on the health form, the nurses need to see you, if you have questions for the nurses, or if you are missing any of your camper’s health information.
  • Step 3- Luggage Drop-Off- Here you will drop off your camper’s trunk, duffle bag, or suitcase. Our staff will be delivering trunks to the cabins/dorms. Please keep a bag (like a laundry bag) with your camper’s bedding in the car with you. In this bag you should include your camper’s bedding (sleeping bag, pillow, throw blanket, stuffy/stuffed animal, fitted sheet, etc.) Your camper will carry this bag with help from their counselors to the cabins/dorms to set up early.
  • Step 4- Meet the Counselors- The final step is where your child will meet the counselors and head off to their group.
  • 2-Week Session Check-In and Check-Out Times (American Heritage, Knighthood I, Knighthood II, World Friendship)
    Group Check-In Time Check-Out Time
    Group 1- Single camper attending the session
    (entering 3rd-7th grade)
    1:00-1:45 PM 9:00-9:30 AM
    Group 2- Single camper attending the session
    (entering 8th-11th grade)
    1:45-2:30 PM 9:30-10:00 AM
    Group 3- Families checking in multiple campers
    CAMPER LAST NAME (A-L)
    2:30-3:15 PM 10:00-10:30 AM 
    Group 4- Families checking in multiple campers
    CAMPER LAST NAME (M-Z)
    3:15-4:00 PM 10:30-11:00 AM
    Myths & Magic Check-In and Check-Out Times
    Group Check-In Time Check-Out Time
    Group 1- CAMPER LAST NAME (A-F)
    10:00-10:45 AM 2:00-2:30 PM
    Group 2- CAMPER LAST NAME (G-M)
    10:45-11:30 AM 2:30-3:00 PM
    Group 3- CAMPER LAST NAME (N-Z)
    11:30-12:15 PM 3:00-3:30 PM
    Seedlings & Stardust Check-In and Check-Out Times
    Group Check-In Time Check-Out Time
    Group 1- CAMPER LAST NAME (A-L)
    10:00-10:45 AM 2:00-2:30 PM
    Group 2- CAMPER LAST NAME (M-Z)
    10:45-11:30 AM 2:30-3:00 PM
    Medications and Health Form 

    With our drive-thru process, we plan to do our best to ensure we handle camper medications and health needs appropriately and efficiently. Please help us with the following to expedite your camper’s check-in:

    • Turn in the Health History, Physician’s Exam, and Immunization form
    • Any medications to be dropped off must be consistently listed on the Health History, the Physician’s Exam, as well as the prescription bottle. Please understand this is a Colorado licensing requirement and something we can’t bend the rules on.
    • Any over-the-counter medications must have a prescription.
    • If you know you will need to speak to a nurse or our health care staff prior to your camper attending GG, let us know now by emailing Reid at reid@genevaglen.org.

    Our health care team is currently reviewing these health records and will be contacting all parents with campers that need special consideration before their session.


    During Camp

    Masks, Physical Distance, and Cohorts – The Rule of 2 of 3

    We will be using many different non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI’s), including masks, cohorts, moving most activities and programming outside, and physical distancing. It is recommended by the American Camping Association and the CDC to always keep two of these NPI’s in place. For example, if a camper is on a horseback ride or a hike (physically distanced) with their cohort, a mask would not be necessary.

    • Masks will be required while entering and sitting down for meals and all other inside activities.
    • Masks will not need to be worn while eating, sleeping, swimming, or showering.
    • We will move all our activities outside; however, in the case of rain or chilly weather, we will move inside and a mask will be required.
    • Masks will not be needed outside except when two or more separate cohorts are not able to physically distance.

    An effective mask should completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without any gaps. The best masks have two or more layers of breathable fabric. For more guidance about recommended masks, click here.

    The Geneva Glen property allows ample space for natural physical distancing that still promotes social growth. Whether hiking, playing in the Meadow, or horseback riding, campers will spend much of their time 6 feet separated.

    Campers will be grouped into Cabin & Dorms groups based on grade and gender. These household groups consist of 10-13 campers with 2-3 counselors. These groups will be paired with a "brother dorm" or "sister cabin," and this grouping will be used for contact tracing, and quarantine purposes. This will keep group sizes practical and consistent throughout the camp experience. To the extent possible, we will minimize the mixing between groups.

    Testing During Camp

    Geneva Glen has partnered with UCHealth to provide testing resources during camp. Testing during camp will be billed to the provided insurance on your camper's health history form. We don't expect this testing to come at any expense to our families; however, that may vary depening on your health insurance. Uninsured families are covered under HRSA. Below are our testing protocols depending on session:

    • Seedlings & Stardust: Geneva Glen will provide testing to symptomatic campers. No additional surveillance testing is required.
    • Myths & Magic: Geneva Glen will provide testing to symptomatic campers. No additional surveillance testing is required.
    • 2 Week Sessions: Geneva Glen will conduct surveillance testing on Day 4 for ALL campers and will also provide testing to symptomatic campers.

    Ongoing Health Screening

    Geneva Glen will conduct ongoing health screening throughout your camper’s session. This screening will include asking the campers if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and checking temperatures on a routine basis.

    Case Management

    Geneva Glen's communicable disease plan accounts for COVID-19 and includes a specific algorithm for confirmed and suspected cases. The outbreak and response strategies within our communicable disease plan address key aspects including but not limited to the following:

    • Communicable disease response personnel
    • Responsive non-pharmaceutical interventions
    • Outbreak algorithms addressing isolation, quarantine of close contacts, and logistical support
    • Communication with parents, staff, campers, regulatory agencies, and media
    Isolation (Individual Campers)

    If your camper presents with COVID-like symptoms at any point during the session, they will be separated from the cohort and isolated in our Health Center. We will contact the parent/guardian to arrange for the camper to leave until they are able to receive a negative PCR test and are cleared to return.

    Quarantine (Cohort)

    If a camper tests positive, we will engage in contract tracing and additional ongoing testing within their cohort according to our communicable disease plan. During this quarantine, the cohort will function more independently within the larger camp community and all cohort members will increase their use of multi-layered NPIs to mitigate any additional spread. Parents will be notified if their camper is in a quarantined living unit cohort.

    Vaccinated campers will remain with their assigned cohort during quarentines for programming purposes.

    Out-of-State Considerations
  • Out-of-State families should plan to have a parent/guardian, emergency contact, or some other family support in Colorado during your camper's session OR be ready to come pick up your camper – we’ll provided top notch care until you arrive!
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Requirements
    • All suspect and confirmed cases will be reported to public health within 24 hours.
    • All suspect and confirmed outbreaks will be reported to public health within 24 hours.
    • Public health makes the final determination of who is a close contact and will be placed in quarantine.
    • If a camper is placed in quarantine or isolation, the family must follow travel rules:
      • Campers or staff who are in quarantine or isolation may not travel by air.
      • Campers of staff who are in quarantine or isolation may not leave the state of Colorado without permission from public health.
      • Campers or staff who are in quarantine or isolation may not travel with others unless those people will quarantine with them.
      • Campers or staff who are in quarantine or isolation may only travel by car if they can reach their destination without stopping (for gas, rest stops, etc.).
    • If parents would like to remove a camper in isolation or quarantine from camp, but cannot get them home while following the travel rules, the parent may choose to stay in a hotel with their child for the duration of quarantine or isolation.
      • Cost for this is covered by parents/guardians, as pre-determined in written camp COVID-19 plan.
      • If a camper in quarantine develops COVID-19, their parent/guardian must remain in the hotel for the duration of their quarantine (i.e., if a child gets COVID-19, their parent will need to start a 7- or 10-day quarantine after 10th day of child’s isolation).
      • No one in isolation/quarantine may leave the hotel room, including to obtain food.

    Facilities

    • Indoor spaces including cabins, dorms, and bathrooms will be rigorously cleaned by our staff according to our protocols set by the CDC and ACA (American Camp Association).
    • Bathrooms will be sanitized and disinfected with increased frequency throughout the day.
    • Handwashing stations and hand sanitizers will be available.
    • Proper signage will be posted throughout camp i.e. handwashing technique, masking, proper sneezing technique. Campers and staff will be trained on proper handwashing, sneezing, coughing, etc.
    • Programs, including those traditionally done inside like crafts, will take place outdoors whenever possible.
    • Additional covered outdoor spaces are being added for inclement weather.
    • We are adding additional temporary bathroom facilities to several locations around camp including- some overnight locations, Ropes/Hilltop, and Boys Hill.
    • Proper signage will be posted throughout camp i.e. handwashing technique, masking, proper sneezing technique, physical distancing reminders. Campers and staff will be trained on proper handwashing, sneezing, coughing, etc.

    Food and Meals

    Mealtimes will look a little different this summer but still have that good ol' GG smell, taste, and everything else that comes with dining in our Lodge. Meals will be a served buffet during two separate mealtimes. Each cohort will be able to have ample space in our dining hall and remain physically distanced from other groups. Our staff will be serving our campers while maintaining proper food handling guidelines such as wearing gloves and masks. We tested this system in 2019 and found many successes. We anticipate that campers will receive their food faster, and it will help contain the spread of any communicable diseases compared to serving our meals family style. We are excited to try this new and safer way to feed our campers and staff!

    Care Packages & Mail During Camp

    Unfortunately, camp does not have a way to safely accommodate the storage of care packages. For the safety of our campers, staff, and local wildlife, care packages will not be allowed this summer. Mailed letters are a welcome way to stay in contact with your camper! There are several ways to remind your child that you are thinking of them. Here are a few suggestions:

    • Pre-write letters, label them for the day to be opened, and place them in your child’s trunk. This is a welcomed surprise for your child!
    • Send self-addressed stamped envelopes and cards for your child to write letters to family and friends.
    • Place 2-3 goodie bags in your child’s trunk. Have them open the goodie bag on a selected day. This is a way to send goodies for the entire cabin/dorm (please remember not to include any food). Campers love receiving glow-in-the-dark necklaces, fairy wands, matching t-shirts, etc.

    Part of your camper’s tuition includes two free snack items when scheduled for store. We will also be offering additional single serve snacks at the store for purchase. Like 2019, the parent/guardian may deposit funds into the camper’s account for spending at the store. We will send more information about what your camper can purchase at the store in May, at which time you can decide how much to deposit. Campership campers will also have money deposited into the camper account thanks to many of our donors that provide for these campers.

    Summer Staff

    We hire only individuals who are committed to ensuring your camper’s safe and fun experience! We are tremendously proud and protective of the caliber of these seasonal staff members and the sacrifices they make to create the Magic of the Glen.

    Geneva Glen has recommended that all of our staff be vaccinated prior to the summer. We are excited to share that all staff that can interact with campers will have been vaccinated! Our camp staff will also conduct pre-camp health screening and use layered NPIs during Orientation and Staff Training.

    During Time Off, vaccinated staff will adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Practice physical distancing
    • Wear masks when not with their family or established household
    • Avoid large gatherings of people (graduations, parties, weddings, reunions, etc.)
    • Avoid attending indoor concerts, or large sporting events
    • Avoid unnecessary travel
    • Limit social interactions to immediate family and/or with individuals in existing cohorts
    • Practice frequent hand washing

    Unvaccinated staff have additional safety precautions as part of their employment.

    Visitors or Leaving Camp

    Unfortunately, we are unable to allow any visitors, parents/guardians, or past alum visit camp this summer. It is our main priority to keep our campers safe and healthy. In addition, campers cannot be picked up and taken out of camp for appointments, sports tryouts, family reunions, or for any other reason.

    Check-Out

    This will be similar to the drop-off process. You will arrive at camp during your designated time to pick up your happy camper from the Meadow.

    • You will receive camper medications, cabin/dorm photo, sign the release card, and more.
    • Lost and Found- Please label anything that you would like to see again! We will open our lost and found to our families after camp ends at the end of the summer. You will have the chance to come up to camp and claim your lost items.

    Post Camp

    • Contact Tracing- We want to stay in touch with you after your child leaves camp if symptoms develop. If your camp tests positive, please contact us immediately.
    • All facilities will be sanitized after Check-Out.

    Partnership Between Geneva Glen and our Camp Families

    The safety of camp this summer depends on a partnership between Geneva Glen and our camp families.

    • Determine if camp is right for your child and your family this summer.
    • Be prepared to conduct pre-screening according to camp policy to ensure your child arrives at camp healthy.
    • Read and sign our waiver regarding COVID-19 in your CampInTouch account - coming soon!
    • Complete all your required forms from your CampInTouch account – all forms due by April 1st!
    • Follow all procedures for Check-in and Check-Out including wearing a face mask.

    Please be aware that Geneva Glen will continue to update this plan as we approach the summer. We will notify our camper family of updates and appreciate your patience and trust.

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