CQTX 2021 COVID Policy
First and foremost, we want everyone involved in Camp Quest Texas to know that we follow science and evidence. We will be doing our best as an organization to provide camp in the safest way possible. Due to the nature of our camp, namely being an overnight camp and accepting campers from different regions, we are at the highest risk category as currently outlined by the CDC. We do want you to know the efforts we are making to mitigate said risk, but it is each person’s responsibility to weigh personal risk level when making a decision to send your camper or volunteer this year.
Both the CDC and ACA (American Camp Association) have released multiple resources to assist with maximizing safety at camp. These resources, along with the medical expertise of our own volunteers, have been utilized in preparing our plans for camp.
Each and every person planning to be present at camp needs to be familiar with and able to do the following:
- KNOW WHEN TO STAY HOME
- CONTINUALLY SELF MONITOR SYMPTOMS AND BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE SUCH
- PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING
- PROPERLY WEAR FACE COVERING
- HAVE COUGH/SNEEZE ETIQUETTE
- KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO EFFECTIVELY WASH HANDS
- KNOW HOW TO USE HAND SANITIZER
If any of these are difficult for you or your camper, 2021 camp may not be the best year to attend.
Leaders of camp will be trained on all of the above and how to properly maintain and disinfect camper-used areas in a safe manner. All frequently touched surfaces and objects will be cleaned and disinfected regularly and between camper use. Extra cleaning supplies and PPE will be ordered prior to camp. Camp activities and schedule will be different than years past to safely accommodate proper cleaning routines. We will also address improving/increasing ventilation in indoor, shared spaces.
We will be using a cohort model in order to reduce risk and have safer contact tracing should illness arrive at camp:
Each camper’s main “cohort” will be their cabin, which is generally 8 campers and 2 adult volunteers. Beds will be spaced with campers sleeping in a head-to-toe pattern. We will NOT allow sharing of personal items (ie. makeup, brushes, clothing, water bottles). This cohort is the ONLY situation where masks will not be required, but encouraged, while indoors. We do not expect campers to sleep in masks.
Meals will be split into two groups so that we can properly distance campers and cabin tables. Campers will have to remain with their cabin cohort for all meal times.
Outside of the following instances:
- INDOORS WITH ONLY OTHER CABINS MEMBERS
- AT OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
- WHILE EATING
MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED
We will be working on availability of COVID testing both prior to and while we are at camp including utilizing what resources are made available to the YMCA host camp. Consent for COVID testing of any type, PCR, antigen, or both, will be mandatory.
We also encourage EVERY person who has access to the COVID vaccine to please get it prior to camp. Serving in a role at Camp Quest Texas categorizes you as a childcare worker so please use that information appropriately to get access to any vaccination prior to camp.
We will have a trained medical team at camp at all times. Everyone on premises will be screened at arrival and on a daily basis. Screening may include but not be limited to temperature and smell tests. We will have an isolation protocol in place for any individual exhibiting COVID symptoms. Decisions for testing and dismissal from camp will be made by medical staff following CDC guidelines.
An individual or camper’s inability to follow the safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings properly, will be reason for immediate dismissal from camp. There will not be exceptions made for medical or other reasons. If this poses any problems please consider such before arrival at camp.
*Fully vaccinated status will not negate the need for following all safety guidelines including use of masks.
PARENTS & GUARDIANS: At least one individual authorized to pick up your camper MUST be available at all times should a situation arise where a camper needs to be removed from camp. Always be available for communication and provide alternate contacts whenever possible.
Any questions or suggestions please email camp leadership at: email@example.com
If guidelines change we will communicate as soon as possible.