Health and Safety

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.)

Masks

Camp Kanata Day Camp operates at the Camp Kanata Overnight Camp site and therefore will be following the NCDHHS Guidelines requiring campers to wear masks. We will wear masks when we are gathered for assemblies, and at other times when we are outside and closely gathered together. When we are outside and active, we will not be wearing masks. All campers and staff are required by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to wear masks indoors.
 
At Overnight Camp, cabins will be the designed cohort, or “family.” When with that cohort your camper will not need to wear a mask (inside their cabins, sleeping, cabin nights, etc.) Wearing masks and social distancing will be expected when campers and counselors are outside of their cohort.  You will be assigned to your cohort by your cabin however activities, evening programming and meals will include a broader group beyond just your cabin cohort. 
We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and how they are feasible in the day-to-day life of Camp. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance for your camper. There are some exceptions to this order. If your camper meets these criteria, please communicate with your Camp Director on the first day of Camp.