Camp Cheerio Covid-19 protocols

We are looking forward to the summer! Please review our current Covid-19 Protocols. Protocols may (and probably will) change as the summer approaches, so please check back often. We will update this page as there are changes. We are making reasonable efforts to mitigate the potential of COVID-19. These efforts may or may not keep COVID out of Camp. You are assuming a risk of exposure when you attend Camp. Please factor this into your decision to attend.

We are looking forward to working together to create a safe and fun environment for everyone. The major key to our success is to make sure everyone (staff and campers) arrive at Camp healthy. If your child is feeling ill in any way, please do not bring them to Camp. We will make every effort to accommodate them in another session, or give you a full refund if we are unable to find an alternative.

With all Camp age children and Staff being able to be vaccinated, we are looking forward to a more “normal” summer. However, we are still very wary of the virus. Please review the following protocols carefully in order to be prepared for Camp this summer.

Protocols as of July 21, 2022:

Prior to Camp

  • All Campers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) will need to provide a negative PCR or Antigen(rapid) test, administerd by a 3rd party, within 5 days of attending Camp. The closer to Camp the better.
  • If your Camper tests positive for COVID in the 10 days prior to Camp, they will be unable to attend their session.
  • Campers need to provide paper documentation of their negative test results on opening day.(A paper copy is required as the internet connection can be unreliable at Camp)
  • Campers will be expected to closely monitor their health through the week prior to attending Camp.
  • Campers who are vaccinated need to provide a copy of their vaccination card.
  • You will be able to access an Opening Day Health Screening Form prior to attending Camp in your CampInTouch account. All campers, vaccinated or not, must complete this form and bring it with you to Camp. If you have any concerns about your answers on this form, please call (336)363-2604
  • Take your child’s temperature prior to leaving home. We will check it again once you arrive at Camp. Children who have a fever (100.4 or more) will not be allowed to stay.

At Camp (Opening Day)

  • If you enter any buildings at Camp that are crowded, please wear a mask.
  • If you arrive at Camp early, you may wander around Camp. Please do not enter any buildings with the exception of the Dining Hall where there are bathrooms.
  • Health and Temperature Checks will be conducted in your car. If you have medicine, please drop it off at the Sloan Center (please wear a mask in the Sloan Center) once you have gotten your child settled at their cabin. Please bring your child with you to drop off medications.
  • Parents will be allowed in Cabins with a mask. You will be able to see your camper’s bed and the layout of the Cabin. - We will make your child’s bed later in the afternoon, but if you would like to unpack their bedding, it would be appreciated. We definitely want to limit the time parents will be in the Cabins.
  • The Camp Store will be open in the gym. Please wear your mask and observe social distancing! Our goal is to get you in and out of Camp quickly!

While at Camp

  • Children will not have to wear masks around their cabinmates. Temperature and illness screening will occur daily. Anyone feeling ill should report it to their counselor immediately.

In the Dining Hall

  • Cabins are distanced from each other (exact distance will depend on guidelines at the time).
  • Food will be served Family Style.
  • Any singing will require a mask to be worn.
  • Time spent inside the Dining Hall during meals will be minimized as much as possible.

What if your child is feeling sick at Camp?

  • The camper will be taken to the Health Hut. If they have a fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, we will escort them to a separate area designated for potential Covid-19 cases.
  • If your child is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, you must be prepared to come and pick them up from Camp, within 8 hours. If you are unable to pick your children up, please have an alternative plan for doing so. We will keep them isolated and comfortable until you arrive.

What if we were to have a case or suspect Covid-19?

  • We will conduct a Covid-19 test on the child. We will handle positive test results on a case by case basis, depending on the level of exposure to other children in their cabin. Anyone having symptoms will be isolated, treated, and will be asked to be picked up within 8 hours.

  • We will be in consultation with our Medical Staff throughout any positive case situations. If we have multiple positive tests in the same cabin, we will notify the Parents of all Campers in the affected Cabin.

  • If we have a positive case of COVID-19 in a Cabin (Staff or Camper), we will continue to monitor signs and symptoms of cabinmates, and test anyone who displays symptoms. If someone tests positive, they will have to be picked up within 8 hours.

Vaccinations

  • We encourage you to get vaccinated! This will create the safest possible environment at Camp. We expect most, if not all, of our Staff to be vaccinated. In 2021, 99% of our Staff were vaccinated.

Cabins

  • Campers will be placed “Head” to “Foot” in their bunks to limit transmission of any germs.
  • Air Handling units have been upgraded in order to assure the best air flow and quality.

Stayover Campers

  • If your child is staying for multiple sessions, we ask that your child stay at Camp between sessions with the other stayover campers. Parents should not visit their children between sessions.

General Covid-19 Practices and Protocols

  • Masks are not required when interacting with just your cabin mates, inside or outside.
  • Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible.
  • Frequent reminders will be made for everyone to wash their hands with soap and water and/or hand sanitizer multiple times each day.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout Camp at each building and each activity.
  • Camp is cleaned and sanitized each day. Public restrooms and heavily used areas are cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Activity equipment is cleaned as necessary.
  • All air handlers in Camp (Cabins, Dining Hall, Sloan Center) are equipped with polarized, ionized systems which neutralize the Coronavirus.
  • Although children will sit together at meals, tables will be separated by an appropriate distance from other cabins. (Actual distance will depend on current guidelines).
  • Singing indoors will require a mask.
  • Every effort will be made to be outside or in highly ventilated areas whenever possible.
  • We communicate with our local health department and medical personnel often. We will call them for guidance whenever needed during camp sessions.
  • Full refunds will be given if camp is canceled or your child is unable to attend due to Covid-19 or Covid-19 symptoms.

When You Return Home

While we have made many efforts to mitigate COVID-19 in Camp, we have found it impossible to eliminate all exposures. We would ask you to consider testing your child upon their return home before interacting with friends and family members, especially if they are interacting with anyone who might be medically vulnerable. You will also want to watch your child for any signs or symptoms over the next several days. If you do end up with a positive COVID case, we would ask you to please let us know.

We are looking forward to providing a truly memorable Cheerio experience for your children this summer! If you ever have questions, concerns, or suggestions, always feel free to give us a call 336-869-0195. We can’t wait to see you soon!