Through the Tree Tops: A Safe and Healthy Summer 2021
Every summer presents its own set of challenges and issues to work through and improve upon, and Summer 2020 was no different because of COVID-19. As a team we stood strong in two of our beliefs: that children need Camp now more than ever and, as always, the safety and well-being of our campers and staff remain our first priority. Through modified programming and adaptive safety standards that exceeded the CDC, the state of North Carolina and local authority guidelines, Camp Kanata successfully completed a COVID-free 2020 Summer Camp season.
Now, we’re getting ready to do it again bigger and better in summer 2021. Building on the success of last summer, our track record of effectively adapting and delivering Camp in a COVID world, learnings from our fall programs and strong confidence in our ability to deliver a safe and meaningful experience, we’re for Summer 2021. We will continue to follow health authority guidance and consider every medical resource available to implement protocols that create a safe and fun experience for campers and families this upcoming season – making sure that “Camp still feels like home.”
We encourage you to read “On the Lake with Ryan” as Executive Director Ryan Eves shares insights into this past year and looks ahead to 2021. No matter what, Camp will continue to focus on what’s always been most important: safety, character development, learning new skills, independence, building the next generation of young men and women and a whole lot of fun.
How we will keep our Camp community safe
Ensuring a safe Camp will require a partnership among all of us. Our top priority is to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we have elevated our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), North Carolina State Health and Human Services, Wake County Health Department, and with guidance from our Camp Medical Advisory Committee.
Click here for an overview of our COVID-19 Medical Protocols. As always, We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and the State of North Carolina. We recognize that COVID-19 guidelines will change as the landscape changes, and will adapt our programming and protocols accordingly.
OVERVIEW OF OUR GENERAL PROTOCOLS
- Our 2021 medical protocols have been designed using the CDC/ACA field guide guidelines, NC State Health and Human Services guidelines, and guidance from our Medical Advisory Committee
- Our health center will be staffed by nurses who are experienced in assessing COVID -19 symptoms in children
- We have all necessary PPE supplies including N95 masks, gowns and shields for our medical staff
- We have designed our programs in response to the State and CDC’s social distancing, small group cohorts, and cleanliness and sanitation requirements
- Masks will be worn by staff when social distancing isn’t possible (ex: climbing wall)
- Recommended masks are ones that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric and fit completely over your mouth and nose. Your mask must fit snugly against the sides of your face with no gaps. (Gaiters and Face Shields do not meet the requirements for face coverings based on recent recommendations from the CDC.)