Letter From EHC Director Tony Fletcher on Camp Safety

February 1, 2022

Dear Campers, Parents and Guardians,

The staff at Enchanted Hills Camp hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We are pleased to announce that we are offering a full slate of summer sessions at Enchanted Hills Camp this summer. I have received questions from many campers and families wondering if and how COVID-19 will affect Enchanted Hills Camp. The pandemic has been stressful to many, and we recognize how socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for children, families, and adults to cope with these uncertain times and connect with others, particularly after spending much of the last two years at home. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to assure you that we plan to resume camp while following Center for Disease Control and local health ordinance considerations to protect campers, families, and our community. 

The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible.

Before camp:

  • Mandatory Vaccines against Covid-19 are required for ALL staff members and eligible campers including booster(s): If eligible (currently 5 years of age and older), campers should be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This means waiting at least 2 weeks after completing your COVID-19 vaccination before traveling to camp.
  • Medical and religious vaccination exemptions will be accepted with the appropriate documentation.
  • Campers should follow guidance for travelers in the 14 days before camp arrival to reduce exposure to COVID-19. Unvaccinated campers are strongly encouraged to engage in a 2-week prearrival quarantine that includes physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
  •  Campers who are not fully vaccinated or eligible for vaccination must provide proof of a negative viral test taken no more than 1–2 days before arriving at camp.

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test if the person does not have symptoms of COVID-19. Campers who have had a positive viral test in the 3 months prior to starting camp and have met the criteria to end isolation should have a letter from their healthcare provider documenting the positive test date and stating the individual is cleared to end isolation.

At Camp:

  • Activities will take place outside as much as physically possible, in shaded open-air areas
  • The number of people sleeping in cabins has been reduced to accommodate social distancing as much as possible
  • Windows will be open for maximum ventilation in any gathering buildings
  • A new fresh air ventilation system has been installed in the Lodge
  • Overall participation levels will be reduced
  • Cleaning and disinfection practices within all of our facilities and premises has been increased with extra cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces such as drinking fountains and door handles will be implemented.
  • Shared objects such as art supplies, sports equipment and games after each use will be cleaned and disinfected
  • Transport vehicles i.e. Polaris, van or shuttle will be intensively cleaned and disinfected and ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants.
  • Campers will be kept to small socially-distanced groups (cohorts) and outdoor activities will be prioritized
  • During mealtimes, camp activities and when engaging with other cohorts, campers will stay in the same cohort three to six feet apart
  • Items that are shared or touched between campers and staff will be kept to a minimum and individual supplies will be provided to each camper whenever possible.
  • Camper’s belongings will be separated from others and in individual cubbies or areas in program spaces.
  • Disposable utensils and dishes will be used during meals and individual servings provided
  • Healthy hygiene practices will be promoted at all times: hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Campers will be monitored to ensure they are washing their hands and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available at all times
  • Campers will be encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow

Signs about these healthy habits will be posted around the camp facility in large print and Braille

  • Staff and campers will be requested to wear a face covering where and whenever is feasible, and in times when physical distancing is difficult.
  • If a camper does get sick at camp, an area will be available where they can rest, be monitored , and safely isolate from others. We will communicate with parents or caretakers directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be taken to a healthcare facility for care.

We ask that you help us protect the health of campers this summer. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, campers, and families— should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

After camp

  • Camp staff and campers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 3–5 days after traveling home from camp AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Refer to CDC’s Travel During COVID-19 website for more information about what to do after traveling home from camp. Fully vaccinated people should follow current guidance for domestic travel and may not need to be tested or self-quarantine after camp unless they are experiencing symptoms.

If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Tony Fletcher at 415-694-7319. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or on CDC’s website for youth and summer camps (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html).

We look forward to seeing you. Thank you and stay healthy, 

Tony Fletcher Signature

Tony Fletcher
Camp Director

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