During the Summer of 2020, over a thousand accredited residential and day camps in the United States operated safely and successfully following COVID protocols established by The American Camp Association and the Center for Disease Control. While the risk of contracting COVID cannot be eliminated, these guidelines will serve as the framework upon which we will modify and build our program this coming summer.
The situation is ever evolving and Mountain Camp cannot communicate with certainty all the protocols that will be implemented at this time. We will update these procedures with the guidance of ACA, CDC and our public health department as summer approaches. Any modifications to the program will be communicated at least one month prior to the start of your camper’s session.
To view our pre-camp webinar covering a lot of these changes and what campers and families need to know before preparing for camp, click here.
Based on what camps learned last summer, here are some changes we anticipate for 2021:
We strongly encourage all eligible campers to get vaccinated before attending camp.
Un-Vaccinated Campers (any camper who is arriving to camp less than two-weeks after their second shot):
- Two weeks prior to arrival at camp, campers must practice restrictive behaviors including physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
- In order for campers to attend in-person school, the school must meet the following:
- Mask guidelines they readily enforce
- Have strict distancing guidelines they readily enforce
- Eat outdoors and distanced
- Follow CDC guidelines for reopening.
- If anyone in your child’s class contracts COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to camp, you must let our office staff know immediately.
- Campers may not travel by planes, trains or other forms of public transportation the seven days before camp arrival.
- Campers will be required to test on the way to camp through the Mountain Camp Testing Site in Pollock Pines located at the Pollock Pines Camino Community Center. Families will book a testing appointment for their campers and be responsible for the cost of the test ($140). Any campers with a positive test will be sent home, including all unvaccinated campers in the car regardless of test results. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.
Vaccinated Campers (any camper who is arriving to camp two-weeks or more after their second shot):
- With the latest information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 and the Delta variant, we will be asking all incoming campers, including fully vaccinated campers, to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
Vaccinated campers who want to use our testing service can sign up to test with World Back to Work for the day of arrival test by clicking here. Because of the late notice, vaccinated campers are also welcome to get their own PCR test provided it is conducted within 72 hours of arrival (test completed on Thursday or later). No campers will be checked in to camp without a negative test result. These results can be uploaded under Forms and Documents in your camper’s online account.
Please remember, that ALL campers, regardless of vaccination status, MUST engage in the following restrictive behaviors two weeks prior to arriving at camp: physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
- People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States. Please review the CDC’s Travel During COVID-19 page. If traveling to camp on a plane, campers and families MUST wear a mask in the airport and during travel and follow all CDC guidance.
- Staff will arrive 10-14 days before campers and will be tested at the beginning of staff training. Surveillance testing of staff will continue throughout the summer.
- All staff are fully vaccinated.
- Camper drop off will be between 2-5pm, and only campers will leave the car. Campers will receive a health screening at their cars and be greeted by a counselor to help campers get settled into their cabin.
- No transportation to or from camp on buses will be provided.
- Cabins will function as pods and will do all their activities and meals together. This means campers will not have as much free choice of activities as in past years. Any interactions with other groups will be masked, distanced and outdoors (including interactions between siblings in different cabin groups).
- Approved masks or face coverings will need to be worn at all times, outside of swimming, eating and while with their cohort.
- Any camper or staff with COVID symptoms will be quarantined and tested. Campers that test positive will be sent home as soon as possible. Staff who test positive will remain quarantined until deemed safe by medical staff. We will contact the El Dorado County Health Department after any positive test, follow their recommendations and conduct contract tracing. The cabin cohort will be isolated for testing. Vaccinated close contacts without symptoms will not be tested. All unvaccinated close contacts will be tested. While waiting for the test results, the cohort will continue activities in camp but will be kept separate from the rest of camp (including meals and evening programs). During this time, all close contacts will be monitored for symptoms. All campers who test negative will resume the normal camp program. We will closely monitor symptoms of any close contact for the remainder of the session. Campers sent home due to illness, positive COVID test or injury will not get a refund.Vaccinated close contacts without symptoms will not be tested. All unvaccinated close contacts will be tested. While waiting for the test results, the cohort will continue activities in camp but will be kept separate from the rest of camp (including meals and evening programs). During this time, all close contacts will be monitored for symptoms. All campers who test negative will resume the normal camp program. We will closely monitor symptoms of any close contact for the remainder of the session. Campers sent home due to illness, positive COVID test or injury will not get a refund.
- Socially distanced meals with cabin trays for the main courses. Salad and breakfast buffets will be modified to reduce risk.
- If government safety precautions require a reduced capacity between registration and the start of camp, spots will be “first in, last out” based on the date of enrollment.
Mountain Camp is especially well suited for many of the current recommendations. All activities take place outdoors, meals are served outside, all cabins are open air and cabin groups can easily form their own pods at camp. We are committed to running a quality program that creates space for campers to connect socially and re-engage in community.