Latest update 6/9/22

                                                                   Camp Laughing Loon

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

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 may be exactly the same as in past years given the current situation. We appreciate your patience, understanding, trust, and flexibility during the 2022 camp season.

 

Before the start of camp, please carefully review our Covid-19 Policy and Guidance for Parents and Guardians.  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.

 

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

Camp Laughing Loon 

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Covid-19 Policy and Guidance for Parents and Guardians

 

 

Health Screening

Parents/guardians also must monitor the daily health of their child who is 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 degrees 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 kidslovecamplaughingloon@yahoo.com if their camper has:

  •  tested positive for Covid-19

  •  is showing Covid-like symptoms

  •  was exposed to COVID-19 and is not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

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

Please refer to the latest CDC guidance on returning to camp. It varies for campers who are up to date on their COVID vaccines if you are not up to date on COVID19 vaccinations,  are unvaccinated, or you had confirmed COVID-19 within the past ninety days.

Camp Laughing Loon will require proof of a negative test or a letter from a healthcare provider clearing the camper’s return to camp.

 

Masks

Camp Laughing Loon will be following the latest CDC masking guidance for York County. ( CDC Community Level Guidance)  If transmission levels are low a mask can be worn based on personal risk or comfort. Universal indoor masking is recommended if transmission levels are high. Please make sure your child brings a mask to camp since the transmission levels could fluctuate week to week.

 

We encourage your child to be up to date with the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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.

 

  • 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.

 

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.

  • Water fountains will not be available for use at camp this summer to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Campers should remember to bring a water bottle that can be refilled 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 their 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, particularly in high-traffic areas.

 

Camper Drop-off and Pick-up

In order to minimize contact and Covid-19 spread, we may be required to limit our camp to campers and staff only.

Staggered times will be used for camper drop-off and pick-up and can be found in our Family Handbook  (Page 3).

Parents/guardians should 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.

We will continue to evaluate and update this policy as deemed appropriate and/or necessary as guidance changes or more information becomes available.