Resident Camp Communicable Disease Plan

Girl Scouts of Colorado is committed to the health and safety of every individual who participates in a Resident Camp program. GSCO’s Resident Camp Communicable Disease Plan is meant to help reduce health risks and control the spread of infectious diseases, with detail taken to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at camp. This plan is developed & continually adjusted and adhered by the guidance from CDC, Association of Camp Nursing (ACN), American Camp Association (ACA), Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Early Education. 

With the introduction of COVID in 2020, we are learning that more camps are considering testing as part of their risk mitigation strategy for 2021. This is an important consideration and one that might be a welcome addition to the other nonpharmacologic interventions (NPIs) already being used at camps. The NPIs include screening, cohorting, handwashing, sanitizing, ventilation, face masks, and physical distancing. Each of these activities, when used in conjunction with the others, helps to reduce the risk of communicable disease at camp.

Thanks to the guidance we have received from our governing agencies and the dedication of our camp staff, we are excited to offer a summer camp experience in 2021.  This summer will look a little different from previous years due to many of the restrictions in place, but we are confident that your camper will have a wonderful, safe, and healthy camp experience.

We recommend that those with preexisting conditions and/or weakened immune systems follow the guidance of their medical provider. Every family should decide about attending camp this summer based on their own situation and wisdom.

Should your camper either show signs or symptoms or potentially been exposed to a communicable disease, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than willing to work with every family to help reduce the spread of illness. Should a camper be unable to attend camp due to an illness, please view our camp refund and cancellation policies.

The following information is a brief summary of the actions we plan to take regarding helping to mitigate the spread of a communicable disease and specifically COVID-19.  For complete protocols, practices and resources visit your online CampInTouch profile.

Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help with any questions or concerns.
SkyHigh.Ranch@gscolorado.org and Tomahawk.Ranch@gscolorado.org

Prevention Actions

Prior to Summer Camp

  • Collect & review all individuals Health History with record of up-to-date immunizations.

  • Collect & review all campers Physicians Forms, and applicable Medication Administration forms.

  • Require families to conduct daily personal health monitoring of their camper 14 days prior to their arrival, located on CampDoc profile.

  • Require staff to conduct daily personal health monitoring 14 days prior to their arrival.

  • Require campers and staff to obtain a PCR COVID-19 test at least 72 hours (about 3 days) prior to arrival OR have a completed COVID-19 vaccine (second shot must be obtained 2 weeks prior to arrival).

  • Ask that each camper and staff member arrive well rested, nourished, and hydrated.

  • Train and educate counselor staff on identification of signs and symptoms of communicable diseases with emphasis on COVID-19.
     

During Summer Camp

  • Staggered times of a drive-through check-in and check-out to minimize contact.

  • Quick health questionnaire with temperature checks conducted on all individuals within vehicle for approved access into property. (Should an individual flag for a temperature check of higher than 100.4; a follow up health screening on individuals in cars will be conducted).

  • An extensive health screening on campers and staff upon arrival.

-Screening protocol will recognize those individuals who have conditions that cause chronic symptoms (e.g., asthma, allergies, etc.) should not be automatically excluded. : individuals with a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication will be asked to go home and re-evaluate participation in camp program.

  • Continued daily health screenings on all campers and staff.

  • Posted signage around camp of illness-reducing strategies.

  • Increased number of hand-washing stations strategically placed throughout camp.

  • Increased access to hand sanitizer.

  • Reduced capacities and group sizes.

  • The practice of physical distancing when at all possible.

  • Require the use of masks by all persons (vaccinated or non-vaccinated; per our CDPHE Resident Camp Guidelines) except while sleeping, eating, drinking, during water-related activities and high-adventure/strenuous activity or other activities where a mask may be considered a safety concern.

  • Strategically placed ventilation in all buildings to increase flow of air circulation.

  • Identified programs which are recommended to avoid:
    -physical touch activity
    -large group singing/chanting & indoor singing/chanting
    -shared costuming
    -group outdoor cooking

  • Regarding food service:

-Meal services are either a ‘grab-n-go’ or food handler plated service line.

-Meal times are staggered with outdoor dining is encouraged (weather permitting).

  • Increased number of times between cohort/unit activities & facility usage to properly clean, sanitize and/or disinfect all areas/surfaces/equipment.

  • Restricted visitation of non-essential visitors and non-camp staff or volunteers.

Protective behaviors to practice at camp to stay healthy!

  • Stay up to date with immunizations/vaccinations.

  • Get adequate sleep & rest supported by good nutrition and adequate fluids, while monitoring stress.

  • Keep personal items personal.

  • Practice frequent and good hand-hygiene, keeping hands away from face.

  • Make use of single tissue use and follow the practice of burying cough/sneeze in tissue or sleave.

  • Be aware of those around you, practicing physical distancing when at all possible.

  • If feeling ill, notify health staff asap, and stay away from others and vice versa.
     

Intervention Actions

If an individual(s) at camp is suspected of having a communicable disease (with emphasis on COVID-19)

  • Refer to Infectious Disease Guide for helping to identify potential illness, following appropriate isolation/quarantine guidelines.

  • Individual(s) who have been exposed or have a suspected case of COVID-19, administer a PCR COVID-19 test.

  • Appropriately isolate in health center of symptomatic person, following physical distancing protocols and use of PPE.

  • Provide continued adequate care and support for sick individuals, including food, access to restroom, medication administration, supervision, monitoring, etc.

  • Immediate communication with camper families. (For additional communication information, please refer to the list of occurrences as outlined within the Welcome Packet, in which camp will contact families).

  • Arrangements made for those needing to be sent home.

  • If individual is to remain at camp, seek additional medical care, keeping individual isolated for duration of signs and symptoms & during infectious period.

  • Provide quarantined areas and program resources for those potentially exposed.

  • Consistent communication with camp medical provider and CDPHE.

  • Areas on camp which infectious person may have exposed cleaned/disinfected per CDC guidelines.
     

Resources
  • CDPHE

Child Care Health Regulations

Infectious Disease Guide

How Sick is Too Sick

Residential Camp Guidance

Immunization Guide for Resident Camps

We continue to closely monitor the latest information and guidance. As the situation changes, we will adjust and adhere to the latest recommendations provided to us from our governing agencies.

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