KEEPING YOURSELF AND YOUR CAMPER SAFE IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.
At Camp Y-Noah, we have always prioritized the safety of our campers, their families, and our staff. Figuring out how to run summer camp during a pandemic was no exception! Below, we've outlined the policies and procedures we implemented for Summer 2020 based on regulations from Governor Dewine and the American Camping Association.
We are currently planning on running Summer 2021 very similarly to how we ran Summer 2020. As always, any plans are subject to change based on new information from the Governor and ODJFS. To find the full guides for Overnight and Day Camp, you can click here.
SUMMER 2021 COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND FAQS
Will my child have to wear a mask at camp?
Information is ever changing from governing bodies and the CDC, and camp is currently in the process of evaluating what our mask policies will be for the beginning of the summer. At the end of the day, the safety of our camp community is what is most important to us--as soon as we have an updated policy, we will be communicating with our camper families via email and will post on our social media channels.
If we follow last summer's example, staff and children over the age of 10 would be required to wear a mask unless engaged in a strenuous or water-based camp activity. This includes activities such as boating, GaGa, basketball, Capture the Flag, etc. Masks will need to be worn during activities like arts and crafts, walking from one activity area to the next, etc.
Again, we are still evaluating what this will look like for us this summer--please watch your email and follow us on Facebook to see our most up to date info!
How many campers are in a cabin/Day Camp group?
Our cabins and groups will functions as "cohorts" for the week. Each cohort will have no more than nine campers and one counselor. Cohorts will not intermix with other cohorts. Think of a cohort like your camper's "family" for the week!
This does mean that we will not be hosting any all camp games or activities this summer. However, that certainly doesn't take away from all the other super fun activities and games your camper will get to do as a cohort!!
Are you doing things like heath screenings or more frequent hand washing?
Yes, and yes! Each Day Camper goes through a daily heath screening before exiting their car at check in. This includes taking their temperature and asking if they've experienced any COVID-like symptoms in the past 24 hours. We ask that parents monitor their children as well and to please keep them home if they're feeling sick.
We are planning on doing similar health checks for our Overnight campers. A health check will be done when they check in and every Morning when they get to the dining hall for breakfast.
Handwashing stations have been installed around camp to encourage frequent hand washing for our campers! Campers are also encouraged to bring their own travel sized hand sanitizer if they so chose.
How are you keeping campers safe during meal times?
Our Dining Hall follows many of the regulations you'll see in local restaurants! Tables are set six feet apart from each other in all directions. Campers are asked to stay seated for the duration of the meal. In order to prevent the sharing of serving utensils, food is served by the cohort's counselor.
Masks may be taken off while eating, but do need to be worn while moving about the dining hall (i.e. using the restroom or entering/exiting the building).
What about shared program equipment, like canoe paddles or balls for carpet ball?
Equipment from all programs areas are sanitized between groups. Items like paddles, Carpet Ball balls, etc. are submerged in a nontoxic cleaning solution for the required amount of time it takes to kill any germs. Items like basketballs, life jackets, and art supplies are sprayed and wiped down between groups.
I chose to roll over my 2020 registration to 2021. How do I make sure that was applied?
What are our options if we register for Summer 2021 but no longer feel comfortable sending our kids to camp?
If you decide not to send your camper this year, you have three options for what to do with your deposit/any payments you've already made:
- Refund. No muss, no fuss. We'll get a check headed your way or a refund direct back to card depending on circumstances.
- Carry over to 2022.
- Donate. Camp’s taken a mighty blow and any help is help and we would appreciate it.
As the parent/guardian, the decision to send your child to camp is ultimately yours, and we will support your decision no matter what. If there is any clarification you need on our safety plan, we are happy to provide what we can!
CHECK OUT OUR PROCEDURES FROM LAST SUMMER
Give this video a watch to see some of the things we did to keep campers safe for Summer 2020!
Please keep in mind that this video was made prior to the state-wide mask mandate that was put in place last summer.