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:
- For our Day Camp Program campers: We ask that families to be very mindful of their outside activities five (5) days prior to their session start date and throughout their session. In an effort to keep camp running smoothly, reduce everyone’s risk, and to help us to create the best summer possible, we are asking each family to do their part.
- During this “buffer” time period we ask that families: Campers must practice restrictive behaviors including physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
- Parents will monitor their camper’s health daily and agree not to bring their camper to camp if they are exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms.
- 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 and meals.
- 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.
- Approved masks will be used at all times outside of eating and swimming.
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.