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Summer Safety

Planning for Summer 2021

Summer Camp, Safely

We know families need camp programs more than ever; which is why we are committed to addressing COVID-19 while ensuring our mission of a joyful connection to nature. We are fortunate that our programs are already primarily run outdoors. This coupled with carefully considered health and safety measures will be our ticket to “seeking the joy” at GRP this summer.

Please read through our preliminary health guidelines for our 2021 season. Here you will find details on how we plan to operate and maintain a healthy community. Our guiding compass for this document is the health and safety of our campers, staff and greater GRP community. Please understand this is a living document and we will continue to make adjustments and adaptations based on guidance and guidelines received.

In a Nutshell, Camp is Doing the Following:

  • Adhering to guidelines as published by the Center for Disease Control, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Camp Association.
  • Requiring a pre-camp screening and PCR COVID test for all program participants.
  • Checking the temperature of all participants upon arrival, and requiring all participants to have a temperature below 100.4 degrees.
  • Requiring masks for all participants when social distancing is not possible.
  • Deepening our program designed around outdoor spaces and limiting time spent indoors.
  • Decreasing group sizes by restructuring programs to keep family/cabin pods together and socially distant from other family/cabin pods.
  • Increasing our sanitation protocols throughout camp. Program spaces and equipment will be sanitized between each use.
  • Creating camp programs that are fun and meaningful for our campers and staff.

We will continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation this spring. As we move forward with program planning, know that we will be abundantly transparent in our decisions.

Again, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our campers and staff. We thank you for your trust and support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Email usanne@greenriverpreserve.org

What to Learn More? Please check out some of our resources

State and National Resources for Camps

Quarantining Guidelines for NC

ACA worked with Environmental Health & Engineering to create this thorough field guide for camps

ACA partnered with the Environmental Health and Engineering to put together a list of effective practices that camps utilized in 2020 to run camp safely.

Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps from the CDC

Resources About Camps

Study Shows Minimal COVID-19 Infections Among Children at Day Camps

Summer Camps Successfully Prevented and Mitigated COVID-19 Transmission, Says New CDC Study

Preventing and Mitigating SARS-CoV-2 Transmission — Four Overnight Camps, Maine, June–August 2020

Culture of Compliance

Summer is Approaching Bring Back Camp An article from last year in The Atlantic that highlights the social-emotional impact camp has on children and some ways that camps can operate safely during COVID-19

Children and COVID Resources

Children and COVID-19 A weekly summary of all publicly available data from states on child COVID-19 cases, compiled by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association

The Kids Corona Study SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital conducted a study last summer to better understand COVID-19 in children and pregnant women. They studied camps in Spain and saw evidence that there was a low infection rate among kids, outlined in this article.

COVID and Children from the CDC

Kids not likely to drive household infection an overview of a study conducted by the University of Minnesota

What you need to know about summer camp and COVID-19 An article that summarizes best practices.

Additional Helpful Resources

Covid Tracking ProjectThe best source for the latest compiled data from around the country

COVID Data Tracker from the CDCCOVID Data Tracker from the CDC

COVID-NET A weekly summary of US COVID-19 hospitalization data organized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The Swiss Cheese ApproachAn article from The Verge about how one protocol will have many holes to it, but stacking multiple safety protocols on top of each other is the best approach to preventing a COVID-19 spread. (Here’s a great illustration of this approach)

The Pandemic Safety Rule That Really Matters An article from The Atlantic that discusses how COVID-19 is an airborne virus that is much more likely to spread in “closed” environments with poor ventilation like bars, restaurants, and gyms. The most important rule to follow is not spending time indoors with people that are outside your household

How long does it last? An article by Medical News Today that outlines how long COVID-19 symptoms can last for positive patients, as well as how long droplets can last in the air or in the food.

Don’t rely on a negative test A CNN article about COVID-19 testing and how even if someone tests negative, they could still have the virus and transfer it to others.