2021 Summer Camp Safety Guidelines
Is Schlitz Audubon holding summer camp this year?
Yes! The health and safety of our camp children and everyone in the Schlitz Audubon community is our top priority, so you will see some changes from previous years, but no shortage of summertime camp fun!
What health and safety guidelines will you have in place this year for summer camp?
Summer camp guidelines and practices, initially implemented in the Summer Camp 2020 season, were developed under COVID-19 preschool licensing protocol from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, as well as recommendations from the American Camping Association and the North Shore Health Department.
Face mask policy – revised 7/12/21
Face masks are now optional when campers are outdoors or when they step briefly inside to use the facilities. We still require campers to carry a mask with them in case they need to remain in the building for longer periods of time.
Each camp will have its own outdoor/indoor area
Each camp will operate independently of each other with no co-mingling between groups. They will each have their own outdoor classroom area just for their group during the duration of the camp session. For school-age groups, this area will include a tent that will have sides that can be rolled down if needed. K4-K5 groups will use the Nature Preschool outdoor classrooms. When specific activities or inclement weather require a camp to be indoors, it will use a space designated only for that camp. Physical distancing protocol will be used indoors.
We will do a lot of hand-washing and extra care will be taken with the restrooms
Campers will wash their hands upon arrival, after using the restrooms, after blowing their noses/sneezing, and after specific camp activities. If soap and water are unavailable, hand sanitizer will be used. Each camp will have designated bathrooms or port-o-lets while camp is in session. Campers will have the necessary access to restrooms, however, it will be managed. All restrooms and port-o-lets will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the start of camp each day and once every two hours while camp is in session.
Will summer camp still be fun and educational and offer lots of outside time?
You bet! Campers will spend more time than ever outdoors. We’ve added tents to create additional outdoor classrooms and plan to enjoy plenty of hiking, ponding, visits with live animals, and art and science activities.
How will camp check-in work this summer?
Parents will drop-off and pick-up campers at their camp’s designated outdoor area. The specific location of your child’s outdoor classroom, as well as drop-off and pick-up locations (if they are different) will be sent to parents one week before that camp starts.
When should I keep my child home?
Parents are expected to assess the health of their child, including taking their temperature, on a daily basis before coming to summer camp.
You should keep your child at home if:
- Your child has a fever. Fever reducing medication may not be used when determining a child’s health. Campers must be fever-free for 48 hours (2 days) before returning to camp, per the recommendations of the CDC.
- Your child is experiencing recognizable symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, intense headache, or runny nose.
- Your child has been identified as a close contact to someone who has had COVID-19 (by testing or medical diagnosis) and/or is under quarantine.
- Your child or another household member is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
What happens if a camper develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp?
The camp teacher will:
- Remove the camper from their group and relocate them to an isolated area with a member of staff. Both will be wearing face masks, unless the camper is having difficulty breathing.
- Call the parent/guardian to pick the camper up.
- Report the event to the Summer Camp Director, as well as the Executive Director, who will contact the North Shore Health Department. We will follow the recommendations of the health department, which may necessitate that the camp be canceled.
- Notify all families in that camp of the event, without identifying the camper by name
What will camp staff do differently this summer?
All Center staff, including summer camp teachers, are following the same health guidelines for coming to work that we have for summer camp participants. Summer camp staff will be trained on the prevention and recognition of signs of COVID-19 in others, as well as new procedures taking place this year due to the virus.
There are times when various materials are needed for deeper engagement in an activity (such as ponding nets, strainers, and shovels). Staff will instruct campers not to share these materials. All Center teaching materials will be cleaned and sanitized before being used again.
How can parents help keep summer camp safe this year?
Serve a healthy breakfast or lunch prior to camp, as we will not be providing snacks.
Send 1-2 filled water bottles labeled with their campers every day – staying hydrated is especially important during the hot summer months. Wash the water bottle each evening. Water bottles will be refilled at camp when necessary with staff assistance.
Some school-aged camps may ask that you provide craft materials like crayons, scissors, and glue for your child’s use at camp. If this applies to your camper, you will be notified in your camp letter.
Have your child use the bathroom at home, just prior to the start of camp, to help us better coordinate restroom visits!
What if camp is canceled?
If we receive instruction from the CDC, North Shore Health Department, or other camp-related officials that camp programming should be discontinued, we will offer you a pro-rated refund.
Still have questions? Contact our Summer Camp Director Shelly Rollins at firstname.lastname@example.org.