Health and Safety

Keeping our Camp Community Safe 

Ensuring a safe Camp requires 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. 

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 COMMUNITY HEALTH STRATEGIES FOR SUMMER 2022

  • Our medical protocols were 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 is staffed by nurses trained in assessing COVID-19 symptoms in children
  • We have all the necessary PPE supplies including N95 masks, gowns and shields for our medical staff
  • We designed our programs in response to the State and CDC’s social distancing, cleanliness and sanitation requirements
  • All participants are required to show results of a negative molecular PCR/NAAT test (taken within 72 hours) of arrival regardless of vaccination status
  • All participants are required to complete a Five-Day Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form and confirm the completion of it upon arrival. 

For information on specific health protocols for Weekend Camps, please visit here

SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMPERS

  • All campers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to provide documentation of a negative molecular PCR/NAAT COVID-19 test upon their arrival at Camp. 
    • If the test results are positive for COVID-19, please email Ryan Eves for next steps.
  • The test must be administered no more than 72 hours prior to the camper's Opening Day. After the administration of your camper’s molecular PCR/NAAT COVID-19 test, we ask that the camper and those bringing them to Camp minimize their risk of COVID-19 exposures by adhering to North Carolina's three Ws and avoiding gatherings outside of their immediate household.
    • We ask that if your test results are electronic, you please take a screenshot of it and be sure to include: camper name, date of test, type of test, and results. This will expedite your time upon arrival on Opening Day. 

  • All campers will be required to submit a health history form along with a copy of vaccine records reviewed and signed by a licensed physician through our Online Forms Portal.
  • Upon arrival, all campers will be required to complete the Intake Screening which includes having their temperature taken and must be fever-free to enter. Additionally, all participants are required to verbally confirm their completion of a Five-Day Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form upon arrival. 
  • Please note that even if your camper has received the COVID-19 Vaccine, he/she must still produce proof of a negative molecular PCR test. 
  • All campers are required to answer whether or not they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and when on their Health History Form. This is through the Online Forms Portal by March 22, 2022. 

STAFF

  • All staff will be required to provide documentation of a negative molecular PCR/NAAT COVID-19 test upon their arrival at Camp. 
  • The negative test must be administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving to Camp. After the administration of the molecular PCR/NAAT COVID-19 test, we ask that you minimize your risk of COVID-19 exposures by adhering to North Carolina's three Ws and avoiding gatherings outside of your immediate household.
  • All staff will be tested weekly during the summer season.
  • All staff will be required to complete and turn in a health history form, copy of vaccine records reviewed and signed by a licensed physician, and a 5-Day Pre-Arrival Health Symptom Screening Form.
  • All staff will be required to complete the In-Take Screening which includes having their temperature taken upon arrival, must be fever-free to enter.
  • All staff are required to answer whether or not they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and when on their Health History Form.

TESTING 

  • All campers and staff will be required to demonstrate a negative molecular PCR/NAAT COVID-19 test upon their arrival at Camp. This test should be administered within 72 hours before arrival and campers/staff should remain quarantined from the time of the test until admittance into Camp. 
  • All campers staying longer than one week will need to arrive with the mandatory negative results from their PCR/NAAT test. They will be tested again at Camp Friday or Saturday of their first week. 
  • All staff will be tested weekly during the summer season.
  • Symptomatic testing for COVID diagnosis will be used by the discretion of Camp’s Medical Staff in order to return campers and staff to the general population faster. 
  • All confirmed and presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 will be temporarily isolated, monitored by medical professionals, and will need to depart Camp within 6 hours.
  • Please note that PCR testing is a type of NAAT (which is a term for the general testing). If your camper is administered a NAAT molecular test in testing centers like CVS, Walgreens, and MedFirst, those results will be accepted for entry into Camp.  PLEASE NOTE: some NAAT tests are saliva-based and home-administered. Those will NOT be accepted at Camp for Overnight Campers. The test must be a nasal swab and taken and processed in a professional testing center.
  •  We will align testing protocols with industry best practices based on the advisement of CDC, NC DHHS, our medical staff and volunteers.  
  • If you need assistance locating a PCR/NAAT test site, here is a link to North Carolina testing sites. You can also visit the Wake County site for those who live in the immediate area. Please note that, while we were able to have a testing group on site last year for those unable to secure a PCR test ahead of time, there will NOT be testing available during Check-In this year. Your child will not be admitted to Camp if you arrive without a negative PCR Test administered within the previous 72 hours so please be sure to plan accordingly.

COVID-19 VACCINE 

  • Guided by our Association HR Leadership, we will encourage, educate, and incentivize staff to live into the COVID-19 vaccination strategies and priorities as set by NCDHHS and YMCA of the Triangle. 
  • The YMCA of the Triangle, along with AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), ACA (American Camping Association) and ACN (Association of Camp Nursing), fully support and encourage vaccinated participants at camp.
  • We will not require or mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for staff or campers during the 2022 Program season.
  • We will follow the quarantine requirements for campers and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 as outlined in the CDC guidelines.
  • We will follow the requirements for campers and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 as outlined in the CDC guidelines
    • (UPDATED 7.1.22) All COVID-19 Direct Exposures (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) will:

      • Wear a mask for 10-days (or the remainder of their time on Camp) when in close spaces with campers other than their cabinmates.
      • Be tested on the day of Direct Exposure (Day 0), and then on Day 3 and Day 5 after that initial exposure (or the remainder of their time at Camp).
  • We will continue to test any campers that present with symptoms.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to depart Camp within 4-6 hours. 

MASKING 

  • All COVID-19 Direct Exposures (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) will:

    • Wear a mask for 10-days (or the remainder of their time on Camp) when in close spaces with campers other than their cabinmates.

As mask mandates continue to evolve, we will continue to follow the CDC and NCDHHS Guidelines. At this time, masks are optional but welcomed for any and all who feel most comfortable wearing one.  For that information, please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 


On the Horizon: Camp Conversations

If you're anything like us, you are already counting down the days until we can all return to our favorite place on earth! Each summer, we have the unique privilege of empowering thousands of children to be the best version of themselves. Thanks to outstanding mentors who encourage, lead and support each camper, children gain independence and develop character through intentional and fun programming.You can also find conversation topics and support about keeping our children safe on our YMCA website as well as on the American Camp Association website. 

We encourage you to have a conversation before and after their time away from home. What is their favorite part of Camp? What is one thing they would like to do differently next year? What do they want cabin life to be like? What are they looking for in their counselors? The safety and well-being of your camper will always be our number one priority and we continue to be grateful for your ongoing trust and partnership