COVID-19 SUMMER CAMP UPDATE

Eco-Adventure Camp COVID-19 Plan

Mt. Seymour looks forward to welcoming our campers back for another safe, fun and wild summer! We have continued to work diligently to adapt our camp programming and operational plans to meet or exceed the health and safety guidelines put out by the provincial health authority. We will continue to update as the summer progresses and the provincial health authority changes their recommendations. 

A few steps we will continue to take to maintain camper and staff safety are:

  • Physical distancing of children & individual class groups
  • Each group will have their own separate indoor space to support physical separation, further to that we will define specific spaces for individual campers within each home-room. 
  • Masks will be worn in all indoor spaces
  • High contact activities and games have been removed from Eco-Adventure Camp programming
  • Signage and communication at camp regarding social distancing, facial coverings and hand hygiene
  • Campers stay together in their small group for the week (no swapping or mixing groups) 
  • Groups of 14 are assigned to a pair of instructors for the week
  • No non-essential visitors allowed into camp home rooms
  • Strict "no sharing" policies for food & personal items 

Personal Protective Equipment will be used for those times that physical distancing cannot be maintained

  • Staff and campers taking the shuttle to camp will be required to wear a non-medical grade facial covering for the duration of the trip
  • Staff and campers will be required to wear a non-medical grade facial covering in all indoor spaces and whenever 2m distance is unable to be maintained
  • Staff will be carrying hand sanitizer with them at all times and will be used frequently throughout the day including upon arrival to work, before and after breaks and/or eating, after using the washroom facilities and before and after use of group tools/equipment

Enhanced hand washing protocols & facility cleaning

  • Hand sanitizer – will be available to all staff and campers at all times
  • Instructions for campers and staff on how to cover mouth/no touching of face
  • Washing of hands will be required before any snack or meal breaks and as a normal part of any bathroom breaks. 70% alcohol based hand sanitizer will be provided when soap and running water is not readily available (on trail) 
  • We have hand sanitizer stations throughout our facilities
  • We will ensure daily cleaning of home rooms, and regular use of lysol wipes on toilets, door handles, sinks, vehicles, and other high touch surfaces

Adjustments to our program equipment procedures to limit cross-contact

  • Regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Sharing of equipment and program aids between campers will be kept to a minimum, we will be separating out any used equipment for cleaning during each camp day and it will not be allowed for use until cleaned
  • Cleaning of equipment will be as per health guidelines utilizing approved sanitizing products

Camper and Staff Health 

  • Daily screening questions for every camper when they are being signed in
  • Daily health screening questions for staff
  • If Campers, Staff or someone in their household have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19, including a cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, or fatigue, they must stay at home!
  • Staff and participants at higher risk of experiencing severe illness (because they have compromised immune systems, or underlying chronic medical conditions) should not be taking part in camp activities. This group should properly inform themselves of risk, assess their own risk-tolerance, and think through extra precautions they may wish to take over the coming months
  • Scrapes and bruises are not uncommon at camp. Our staff have first aid training and will use their best judgement to balance the need for treatment and emotional support, with the need to limit close contact. If the child is able and willing, with guidance from the first aid attendant, the child will be coached through self administered first aid such as cleaning and bandaging a wound. All first aid response procedures have been adapted in accordance with our Medical Direction (Peak Emergency Response Training) during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • If the child can’t self-treat the first aid attendant and the patient will don the appropriate PPE for the situation and begin treatment. 

Friend pairings (within groups at camp)  

  • Groups will be finalized the Tuesday before each camp starts
  • Swapping to another group after camps have started may not be possible 
  • Most of you will have indicated pairings when signing up but if you wish to make any changes do so via this questionnaire linked HERE (the same form is linked below if you want to keep reading) 

Buses 

  • Campers and staff riding the bus will be required to wear a non medical face covering for the duration of the journey 
  • Bus cleaning frequency has been increased
  • There will be no swapping of buses or bus pickup/drop off locations, you can however pick up and drop off on Mt Seymour if requested in advance. For example you cannot drop off at East Van then pick up at Parkgate as these are different buses, but you can drop off at East Van and pick up at Mt Seymour 

Contactless sign-in and sign-out procedures

          For drop off 

  • One of our staff will ask your camper’s name then will then find them on our list
  • Next our staff will ask routine COVID-19 screening questions
  • Your camper will get a squirt of hand sanitizer and hop on the bus or into their home-room for an awesome day at camp!
  • Parents and Guardians will also be expected to abide by guidelines during drop off regarding distancing

          For pickup

  • Please find a member of Mt Seymour staff holding a sign out clipboard
  • They will ask your camper’s name
  • They will then ask your name to insure that you are one of the listed “authorised pickups” 
  • Next they will call your camper off the bus or out of their homeroom for you
  • Parents and Guardians will also be expected to abide by guidelines during pick up regarding distancing

Rainy day plans  

  • As in previous years Eco-Adventure Camps run rain or shine
  • We will be keep an eye on hourly precipitation forecasts to limit the campers indoor time to protect them from the worst of the weather
  • Any indoor time will be spent taking part in activities that reduce the need to be close to one another (art’s & crafts, puzzles, riddles, charades etc.) 
  • For weeks where the weather is due to be wet for multiple days, we will hang large tarps/shelters in different spots around the mountain that can easily accommodate a group, this will decrease the amount of time campers will need to spend indoors
  • Please remember to send campers with rain gear, a poncho or jacket + rain pants combo works well
  • Please remember to send a spare set of clothing (all of this will be in the pre-camp e-mail packing list)

 

COVID-19 Exposure Plan 

Confirmed COVID Case of Camper

1. Case confirmed with positive COVID test

2. Parent/guardian must notify camp administration (or Mt Seymour receives notification from public health authority)

3. Mt Seymour camp administration performs contact tracing to determine all close contacts

4. Camp admin notifies parents/staff who have been exposed and these individuals stay home or are sent home

  • Individuals with a potential exposure to a confirmed case should wait the instructions of public health authority to determine if they need to self isolate for a 14 day period. 
  • Campers who miss camp due to a COVID exposure will be refunded for missed camp days.

5. Camp admin will provide group and bus lists to public health authority if required to assist with contact tracing