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Summer Camp COVID-19 Information

The safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is the highest priority for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. 

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), and the American Camp Association (ACA), we have made changes to camp operations for summer 2021, the biggest of which are described below. Though this looks different than a typical summer, the feeling remains the same. We’re committed to keeping the camp experience as consistent and magical as possible.

The protocols listed below are designed to give families a general idea of camp operations this summer and are subject to change. We will continue to monitor this very fluid situation and make updates regularly.

 COVID-19 Policies
Pods

Campers will be placed into small pods while at camp. Depending on age level, a pod might hold between 10 to 20 girls and will have their own dedicated counselors. This group will spend the week of camp together, sleep in the same cabin, have meals together, and do all activities together.

Those not part of the pod will not be permitted inside of a pod’s living space. Exceptions may be made if there is a medical need within the unit the Healthcare Supervisor needs to attend to, or if additional staff are needed to assist campers and counselors. This allows us to limit exposure to smaller groups and account for reliable contact tracing.

Outdoor vs. Indoor Activities

We will limit the amount of activities that are held inside, including meals. Activities will be held outdoors whenever possible. In the event that indoor activities are required (ie. inclement weather), every effort will be made for those activities to be held in a pod’s unit or in a space reserved for that pod. 

All Camp Activities

Large group activities where the entire population of camp is gathered in one place and intermingled will look different this summer. Traditional large group activities will be modified so that each pod can participate at the same time while socially distanced. For example, a campfire will have designated spots for each pod to sit which will be more than six feet away from any other pod. In addition, pods will focus on smaller activities within their own groups.

Masks

Campers and staff will be required to wear masks during camp. We will be following the CDC’s guidelines on masking. Girls will not be required to wear masks while swimming, participating in water sports, sleeping, or eating. There will be designated “social distance breaks” outside where girls will be able to remove their masks.

Please understand that campers and staff will be required to wear masks during all activities, outside and inside, except for those listed. We suggest campers bring at least one mask per day, and bags to store used and clean masks.

Check-in and Check-out

Both check-in and check-out processes will be drive-through. Campers will receive a health check near their vehicle and families will not be permitted inside camper living spaces.

Camp staff will assist campers in transporting luggage to their cabins, setting up their beds, and other first day duties. Medication and mail can be dropped off as part of the drive-through process. Parents will still be able to meet with our Healthcare Supervisor or Assistant for any questions and concerns. 

Meals

We will limit the number of people in the dining hall at one time. To accommodate this, meals might be eaten in shifts, in a pod’s living space, or outdoors. Some meals may be cooked by each pod either in their unit or over a campfire. Campers and staff will maintain social distance during meals. 

Programming

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To assist families in planning their summers and to allow for more flexibility, we’re excited to announce the creation of Classic Camp! Instead of choosing a specific program, choose the dates that work for you!

All of our Classic Camp weeks will include all of your favorite camp activities (and some new ones) and are designed for every girl to try as many new things as possible. Classic Camp weeks will include activities such as art, canoeing (Camp Wai Lani), CORCLs, creek exploring, high challenge, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, and tree climbing. Though we might be able to accommodate some non-riding sessions at Camp Sycamore Hills, this is schedule dependent and not guaranteed. Campers interested in horse programming should plan on registering for a specialty horse program (see Camp Guide).

Quarantine

Coming to camp this summer is a commitment. For the safety of everyone involved, we’re asking you to partner with us by limiting your camper’s and your family’s contacts for two weeks prior to your camp session. This means not organizing play dates or traveling with those outside of your immediate household.

Screening

Prior to arriving at camp, each camper will be required to complete daily screening through CampDoc. This screening will ask you to take your camper’s temperature, monitor for symptoms, and report if any person in your immediate household has been exposed to COVID-19. The Healthcare Supervisor will follow-up with campers who report symptoms, a fever, or exposure.

Once you have arrived, everyone in the vehicle with the camper will undergo a temperature screening. If anyone in the vehicle is found to have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, showing symptoms of COVID-19, or answering “yes” to any questions on the screening questionnaire, the camper will be unable to attend camp that week.

Campers and staff will be screened for fever and other symptoms daily. Any person with symptoms will be isolated until they can leave camp.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Facilities

In addition to our already robust cleaning program, we will add additional cleaning steps. Cabins and indoor facilities (such as bathrooms, classrooms, activity spaces) will be sanitized several times per day. Campers will also be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer between activities.

Activities which require campers to use the same materials will either be modified to use single-use items or will have a process in place to sanitize items between each use.

Day Camp at Camp Wai Lani

Though many of our protocols are designed specifically for residential camp, they will also be implemented for day campers. Check-in and check-out procedures will be drive-through only and campers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily, as will staff.

Day camp staff might not reside on camp but will be screened each day when they arrive at work. Any staff with a fever or symptoms will not be permitted to work that day.

To operate within our current protocol, neither aftercare nor overnight experiences are available this summer.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions
What steps are being taken to protect against COVID-19?

We take the health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers seriously. Per recommendations of several organizations, we will screen campers, test staff weekly, operate in a cohort (pod) system, enhance our cleaning protocols, and limit indoor activities.

For more information on our COVID-19 protocols, please see above.

I don't see the programs from last year. Why did the camp offerings change so much?

We prioritize camper safety in all of our program offerings. Due to the protocols required by COVID-19, we have changed our offerings to allow families to have more flexibility and plan their summers more easily.

All campers will experience classic camp activities (weather, age-level, and camp facilities permitting) such as arts and crafts, campfires, canoeing, cooking, nature and hiking, archery, and swimming.

Does my camper have to wear a mask?

Yes, when participating in facilitated activities and interacting with people outside of their pods, campers and staff are required to wear a mask.When campers are in their pods with no other additional staff or in their own living unit, they will not be required to wear a mask.

We recommend you pack at least one mask per day, and both clean and dirty bags for campers to store their masks.

What is the protocol if someone tests positive for COVID-19 or has suspected symptoms?

If symptoms or a positive test is confirmed and the camper or staff member is not present at camp, they will be asked to remain off property for two weeks and/or after testing negative for COVID-19. If the person is at camp, they will be immediately isolated/quarantined and sent home. In addition, we will notify the Health Department of the county in which the camp is located. If your camper is in a pod or has come in contact with someone who has tested positive, you will also be notified.