Pandemic Response Summer Camp FAQ

We have compiled this set of questions as a vehicle to inform camp families of some of the changes this at BBC due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be updated as new information becomes available, or as we discover new questions to add. You are welcome to contact the camp office if you have questions not addressed here.  Responses to these questions are fluid, just as the current situation is fluid.

Who are you consulting about your guidelines?

Prior to summer 2020 camp leadership team consulted with medical professionals (including nurses, a pediatrician, and infectious disease experts) to work to implement the guidelines established by the Vermont Department of Health, the CDC, and American Camping Association. Doing our best to interpret the guidance into our program helps us do our best virus “safety” work.  We cannot guarantee that a camper or staffer will be totally safe from all harm while at camp.  It is important that each family assess its own risk tolerance before committing to send their camper.

Updated December 18, 2020

Why are you planning to run camp in 2021?

After a successful season of camping this summer, with no virus transmission, we feel confident that we can continue to provide safe programming for our community. We are attempting to balance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social health with the pandemic.  In our context here in VT, at BBC, we are able to do extra distancing within our program. We are not suggesting we can avoid all virus transmission, or harm that may result.  We are attempting to balance many different human needs and doing our best to educate families about what we’re doing, and we urge them to do their own risk analysis as a family.  We know that experiences like camp are so important to the development and well being of children and teens.

Updated December 18, 2020

What will camp look and feel like?

In many ways, similar and in some ways, different.  Similarities include maximum time spent outside, community and relationship building, skills development, fun, and spiritual formation.  Some of the items that will be different include group size, mandatory face covering times (like indoors and while preparing food), and distancing in general (even when sleeping).

Some favorite activities will not be happening but, we’ve found a way to play gaga safely!  Pick up and drop off will be drive through.

Updated December 16, 2020


 

 

 

What is the drop-off procedure?

We’ve converted our normal check-in process to include physical distancing and sanitation procedures. Parents/guardians will stay in their car, and we’ll conduct the check-in through your car window. Bring and wear a cloth facial covering. Complete all forms digitally before arrival to minimize shared materials between our greeters and your family. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to accompany their campers to their sleeping area. Prepare your child to say goodbye at the vehicle. Campers will wash their hands and join their cabin groups directly after check in.

Updated December 16, 2020

What are you doing about group size and pods?

During summer programs, or programs in which more than 25 campers attend, we would most likely utilize pods, or best practice at that time.  For programs with less than 25 campers we will most likely behave as one pod.  In general, we are considering our sleeping, eating, and other activities in relationship to distancing and sanitation and air flow.

Updated December 18, 2020

What if my child is having a hard time separating from me? Can I go into the cabin and help them get settled?

Parents will not be allowed to visit the shelter sites. Please prepare your child to say goodbyes in or near your vehicle before parting.  Prepare the luggage so your child and their counselor can carry all of their luggage without you.

Updated December 16, 2020

Do I need to purchase cloth facial coverings for my camper? How many and what kind? When will they need to wear them?

We understand that keeping campers physically distanced outdoors eliminates some of the need for cloth facial coverings, but in some situations at camp cloth facial coverings will be required (eg. all times when indoors). We will provide cloth facial coverings for each camper, however, if your camper is already comfortable with a cloth facial covering that they are now using, please do send it with them to camp. We anticipate all individuals at camp to wear cloth facial coverings at drop off and pick up, when checking in with the health staff for daily temperature checks, when under a roof (i.e. in the bathhouse, in the shelters), and when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained outdoors.

Updated December 18, 2020

What activities will be offered? How will they be conducted safely?

We are happy to be able to offer a majority of our regular activities with modifications for physical distancing and sanitation. We’ve been getting creative with our programming and are excited to be able to offer a wide range of fun activities.  Some favorite activities may not be part of camp, but new exciting activities will be put in their place.

Updated December 16, 2020

How will activity areas be cleaned and sanitized? How often?

We will sanitize activity areas and items between uses, public surfaces multiple times per day, and bathrooms multiple times per day per VT Dept. of Health.  We will have hand washing stations around camp and each camper will have regular access to hand sanitizer.

Updated December 16, 2020

What if my camper struggles to follow or understand the camp's rules related to Covid?

If your child is attending school in person, they will likely be prepared for their camp experience.  Our response to COVID-19 is a serious issue and requires that everyone in the community adheres to safety guidance, including campers. We’re regarding noncompliance to COVID-19 safety precautions as breaking our #1 rule pertaining to safety and our #2 and #3 rules pertaining to respect and listening.  While we always try to work with our campers on any issues they may be having, extreme noncompliance behaviors (not agreeing to the face covering when it is required, not keeping distance, intentionally sneezing on someone, etc.) may result in your camper being sent home early.

Updated December 16, 2020

Will out-of-state campers be allowed to attend?

Here are the Vermont travel requirements:

“Anyone returning or traveling to Vermont must follow Vermont’s mandatory quarantine policy. Vermonters returning from an out-of-state trip must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test.”  That is of course unless the trip was an “essential” trip.

Here at camp we take the pandemic seriously.  We are doing our best to implement the VT Dept. of Health guidelines for camps and child care facilities as well as possible.  In addition to adhering to the state’s travel restrictions, please prepare your child to abide by simple things like wearing their mask correctly, and washing their hands well.  Together we can keep our hospitals functioning well.

Updated January 8, 2021

What’s your updated schedule of program offerings?

Winter 2021 Sessions

Summer 2021 Sessions

 

Updates December 16, 2020

What are your updated financial policies?

The health and safety of our campers, staff, and community is and has always been top of mind here at BBC.    For both winter and summer programs 2021 we will utilize our normal cancellation and refund policy with one exception.

If your child or someone else in the household is having covid-like symptoms, you may cancel 24 hours before the start of the program and elect to roll your payments to a future session.

We are in this together, and, we encourage you to be aware of and adhere to CDC guidelines as well as Governor Scott’s latest updates.

Updated December 16, 2020

If one camper or staff gets sick with COVID-19, what is the plan for isolation and for keeping the virus contained? Will that camper be sent home? What about everyone else in that cabin?

Any person on site who shows symptoms of illness will be quarantined immediately including those who do not pass the daily health screening and temperature check.  If this is a camper, we will ask the child’s guardian to come get them immediately.  If this is an in-state staff person, they will likely wait their illness out at home.  If this is an out-of-state staff person, they will likely need to remain in the quarantine space on camp property until the end of their illness, whether that is Covid-19 or otherwise.  The camp medical team will make decisions on these fronts and of course, ensure hospitalization when that is the best course.  Parents will be notified immediately of the situation.

Updated June 9, 2020

Will staff be allowed to travel home or elsewhere over the changeover period? What does that look like?

Here are the Do’s and Don’ts for all staff, and for campers in the 10 days prior to coming to camp.  We will keep this list updated according to guidance, and may sometimes be more cautious than the guidance.  These are the simple guidelines staff will follow between sessions.

Do stay at camp as much as possible

Do stay outside if you must leave camp or if shopping, move through the store fairly quickly

Do keep 6ft from anyone outside your household when you are away from camp

Do abide by the states current policy re. cross state travel

 

Don’t spend time indoors with people who are not part of your household

Don’t hang out indoors at stores, churches, or other homes

Don’t go to crowded areas

*Exceptions include Vermont school attendance*

Updated December 16, 2020

What will the sleeping and eating configurations be like?

Summer:

To create distancing, our current plan is to house four people per shelter.  This would be three campers and a counselor.  Each shelter group would be made up of 6 campers and two counselors.  They would split into two shelters for sleeping creating the 4 per shelter.  Each person would sleep in the corner of the shelter making it so their nightly breathing is done as far apart as possible (about 12’ to the next closest person).  If a family would prefer to have their camper alone in a tent, that is acceptable.  We are planning to eat in a distanced table arrangement which will utilize 2 picnic tables and some painted lumber between the two tables to make a large square at which the 8 can sit distanced yet still be together, looking at each other, enjoying classic campfire-side meals.  This way of doing meals can also serve as our rain plan.

Winter:

To create distancing, it is our current plan to have campers sleep indoors in individual tents, or individual rooms. One exception being siblings that are willing to share a room. Campers will be required to wear masks when exciting and entering their personal tent. Once inside they will be able to remove their mask. During meal times this winter campers and staff will eat at spread out chairs/tables in the pavilion. They will utilize trays with their food on their laps or small tables. Chairs will be arranged in spaced out circles in order for cabin groups to safely engage while eating at distance.

Updated December 16, 2020

Can you assure me that campers are coming in healthy?

Each family will certify they have complied with the Vermont department of health and Governor Scott’s rules.  Also, at check in, there will be a health screening and campers displaying Covid-19 symptoms will not be allowed to stay on site.  During the session, campers and staff who display symptoms will also not be allowed to stay.  We hope that with our concentric circles of disinfecting, distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing, anyone who does have the virus may not spread it.

Updated December 16, 2020