Camp Laughing Loon COVID -19 Protocols

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians --

 

We know the pandemic has been difficult and stressful to many and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for children to cope with stress and connect with others, particularly after spending quite a bit of time at home or away from family and friends. 

 

We are excited to resume camp this summer while following CDC, ME and other applicable Covid-19 guidelines to protect campers, their families, staff and our community. The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. 

 

In preparation to welcome your kids to camp, while creating a fun but safe environment that allows us to operate during a pandemic, we have enhanced our existing policies and procedures and added some new ones.  

 

Not everything will be exactly the same as in past years given the current situation, and we appreciate your patience, understanding, trust and flexibility during the 2021 camp season.

 

Before the start of camp, please carefully review our Covid-19 Policy and Guidance for Parents and Guardians, which will be updated as more information becomes available by the CDC and the State of Maine.  And be sure to review applicable sections with your camper so they understand what will be expected of them while at camp to allow for a fun and safe summer and camping experience.  Our staff will be trained on these procedures and will remind campers of our Covid-19 safety protocols throughout the summer.

 

Please be aware that camp may be subject to closure per CDC recommendations if there is an outbreak within the camp.

 

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your campers!

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Camp Laughing Loon 

Covid-19 Policy and Guidance for Parents and Guardians


 

Health Screening

  • Staff will perform health checks of campers during drop-off for symptoms of Covid-19.

  • Parents/guardians also must monitor the daily health of their child coming to camp. Monitoring includes, but is not limited to, taking the camper’s temperature every morning before drop-off and checking for any illness or Covid-19 symptoms.  No one will be allowed to attend camp with a temperature of 100°F or higher or with Covid-19 symptoms.

  • For the latest CDC Covid-19 information and guidance, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  • For the latest Maine Covid-19 information and guidance, visit https://www.maine.gov/covid19.

 

When to Stay Home and Symptom Monitoring

  • Parents/guardians should monitor daily their children for signs of Covid-19.  See attached Covid-19 Pre-Screening Tool, including the most common and lesser common symptoms of Covid-19, to help you determine when to keep campers at home. 

  • Parents/guardians should immediately notify CLL at covid@camplaughingloon.com if their camper:

  1. has tested positive for Covid-19, 

  2. is showing Covid-like symptoms

  3. has had close contact with a Covid-19 positive person, and/or

  4. has traveled outside the U.S. within the last 10 days.

 

  • Campers who test positive for Covid-19 or are showing signs of Covid-19 should NOT come to camp.  (See CDC link about isolating.)

 

  • Campers can return to camp after all of the following have been met:

    • At least 10 days since date of the positive test or 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication.  A fever is defined as feeling feverish or a measured temperature of 100.4°F or higher.

    • Other Covid-19 symptoms are improving.

    • Proof of a negative test or letter from a healthcare provider clearing camper’s return to camp.

  • Campers who had a positive Covid-19 antigen or molecular test (different from an antibody test) and recovered during the last 90 days, but re-test positive yet are asymptomatic, can attend camp WITH a letter from a healthcare provider clearing camper’s return to camp.

  • Campers (not fully vaccinated) who recently had close contact with a Covid-19 positive person (including family members with whom they live), even if asymptomatic, should NOT come to camp.  (See CDC links about close contact and quarantining.)

    • Campers can return to camp after a 10-day quarantine from the date of close contact if asymptomatic during the quarantine period; testing is not required and a negative test result will not accelerate return to camp.

    • Fully vaccinated campers with no Covid-like symptoms can attend camp without testing or the 10-day quarantine.

  • Campers (not fully vaccinated) who traveled outside the U.S. within the last 10 days should NOT come to camp.

    • Campers can attend camp after a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the U.S. if asymptomatic during the quarantine period.

    • Campers can attend camp after a 7-day quarantine upon arrival in the U.S. with a negative Covid-19 antigen or molecular test (done 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S.) and if asymptomatic during the quarantine period.

    • Fully vaccinated campers with no Covid-like symptoms can attend camp without testing or quarantining.  (While testing is not required in Maine for fully vaccinated people following international travel, it is recommended.)

 

Masks

  • Campers should bring more than one mask to camp every day so they can easily replace a dirty, wet or broken mask with a clean and functioning one.  We will have extra masks at camp, just in case.

  • Everyone (campers, staff and visitors) must wear well-fitted masks at all times while at camp, except for certain activities, such as while eating, drinking and swimming.

  • Masks should be well-fitted disposable masks or cloth masks with two or more layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric.

  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted at camp.

  • Neck gaiters, scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks and will not be permitted for use as masks at camp.

  • Masks must cover both the nose and mouth when worn.

  • Masks must be worn, especially when physical distancing is difficult (whether activities are indoors or outdoors), except for certain activities, such as swimming, in which case physical distancing will be enforced.

  • Masks are not required while eating, drinking or swimming. Unmasked individuals must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from one another.

  • Masks should be stored properly and washed regularly (if a reusable) to keep them clean.

    • Make sure to remove masks correctly and wash hands after touching a mask while wearing it or when removing it.

    •  When reusing a mask (e.g, after lunch), keep the same side facing out. For more information on storing and washing masks, visit How to Store and Wash Masks.

 

Physical Distancing

  • Cohorting

    • Fixed and smaller groups of campers and staff (aka Cohorts) will be established and remain together as much as possible throughout the day/week/summer with limited mixing between cohorts to minimize exposure to other people.

    •  Campers and staff in the same cohort will wear masks at all times, except when eating and drinking or swimming during which activities physical distancing will be strictly enforced. 

  • Maintaining Physical Distance

    • Physical distancing provides protection by reducing risk of exposure and limiting the number of close contacts if someone is/may be infected with Covid-19. 

    • Staff will enforce the following physical distancing policies (and limit close contact) where possible:

      • At least 3 feet between all campers within a cohort​

      • At least 6 feet between all campers outside of their cohort

      • At least 6 feet while eating and drinking, including among people within the same cohort

      • At least 6 feet between campers and staff

      • At least 6 feet between staff

    • Physical or visual guides will be placed around Camp to help reinforce physical distancing best practices, especially in high traffic and common gathering areas (e.g., lodge, dining places, swim areas, bathrooms).​​​

 

Food and Drinks

  • Campers should bring their own pre-packaged lunches, snacks and drinks to camp.  Please ensure that reusable lunch boxes, bags, food containers and drink bottles are properly sanitized before each use.

  • Remember to pack plenty of water to drink during the day, especially on hot days.  While water fountains will not be used at camp this summer to prevent the spread of Covid-19, ample, alternative and Covid-safe sources and supplies of drinking water will be available at camp.

  • No sharing of food, drinks, utensils or personal supplies/stuff/effects will be allowed at camp.

 

Handwashing and Covering Coughs and Sneezes

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, will be reinforced throughout the day.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be made available for use.

    • If your child has an allergy to a specific hand sanitizer or type of hand sanitizer, immediately notify the Camp.

  • No one should use hand sanitizer if their hands are visibly dirty or greasy (for example, after playing outdoors, doing arts & crafts or eating). Instead, they should wash hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, as soon as possible.

  • Cough or sneeze into your mask or a tissue.  When a mask or tissue is not available, try to cough or sneeze into your elbow and not your hands.  If you sneeze or cough into your hands, immediately wash with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer.

  • Masks that become dirty or wet should be replaced with a clean one as soon as possible.

  • Used tissues should be thrown out in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Visual guides will be placed around Camp to help reinforce proper hand washing/sanitizing and coughing/sneezing.

 

Ventilation

  • Camp activities will take place outside as much as possible.

  • If activities are held indoors, camp buildings (e.g., lodge, arts & crafts building) will be ventilated with as much fresh air as possible, by opening windows and doors where possible, and appropriate physical distancing will be maintained (e.g., at least 3 feet between all campers within a cohort; at least 6 feet between all campers outside of their cohort, etc.).

  • If inclement weather is forecasted for the day, specifically involving heavy rainfall, please consider keeping your child at home as camp activities will likely be impacted/restricted, including to indoor spaces where greater physical distancing will be required.

 

Camper Drop-off and Pick-up

  • In order to minimize contact and Covid-19 spread, we will limit our camp to campers and staff only.

  • Staggered times will be used for camper drop-offs and pick-ups. Times will be provided to families before the beginning of each camp week.Scheduled times not yet finalized. 

  • Campers should be ready to exit the vehicle during drop-off when cleared by Staff (e.g., backpack, lunch/snack bags and drinking bottle in the camper’s lap).

  • Parents/guardians need to remain in their vehicles during camper drop-off and pick-up.

  • Do not accompany or walk your child into camp. A staff member will escort your child to/from camp.

 

Late Arrivals/Early Dismissals 

  • If you arrive at camp after 9:00 a.m. or before 4:00 p.m., please call the camp office at 207- 247- 6329.

  • Please remain in your vehicle. A staff member will escort your child to/from camp.

 

Designated Covid-19 Camp Contact 

  • Covid@camplaughingloon.com (includes Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director and Camp Nurse)

  • Parents/guardians should be prepared to be contacted in the event of an identified Covid-19 close contact or exposure or if your camper shows signs of Covid-19.  We will ensure timely and accurate reporting to you and other required parties (e.g., Maine CDC).


We will continue to evaluate and update this policy as more information becomes available from the CDC and the State of Maine.