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, the Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health Day Camp Guidance. 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 Woodside cannot communicate with certainty all the protocols that will be implemented at this time. However, we will update these procedures with the guidance of ACA, CDC, CDPH and our public health department as summer approaches. Any modifications to the program will be communicated to you prior to camp.
Based on what camps learned last summer, here are some changes we anticipate for 2021:
- Opening day health screenings with temperature checks and daily checks for Day campers.
- Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles for drop off and pick up of campers in effort to reduce the risk of exposure on our site.
- Camper groups will serve as camp pods for all activities, meals and then evening program and sleeping for Resident Camp.
- Reduced overall capacity and two week session options.
- Increased emphasis on health and hygiene at camp including instruction on hand washing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation throughout camp.
- Some activities and events will be altered or not offered based on current health recommendations.
- Masks or face coverings will be used when interacting outside of pods or indoors.
- Possible testing or vaccine requirements for both campers and staff.
- Socially distanced activities, meals and evening programs.
- Suspension of additional options like horseback riding, swimming lessons and extended care.
- All campers MUST arrive by private vehicle and avoid the use of commercial transportation services such as airlines when traveling to and departing from camp.
- Reduced capacity for dorm rooms for Resident Camp.
- If government safety precautions require a reduced capacity or longer sessions between registration and the start of camp, spots will be designed “first in, last out” based on the date of enrollment.
Mountain Camp Woodside is especially well suited for many of the current recommendations. All activities take place outdoors and camper 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 as a community.