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 do want everyone to be aware, should we have a positive test at camp, that attendee and their cohort (cabin) will be required to leave the premises for appropriate quarantine. We all need to do our part to reduce risk by: reducing chances for exposure prior to camp, having everyone eligible in your household get vaccinated, and not sending anyone to camp exhibiting Covid symptoms. Covid symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
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.
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.
Vaccine availability has become very widespread as of this date, so the expectation is that every attendee 12 years or older will have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine prior to camp. The only exception allowed will be for attendees who have an exception documented by a licensed healthcare provider.
ALL attendees 12 and up MUST be vaccinated against covid (have at least one vaccine by May 30th)
ALL attendees under 12 (or if vaccination took place after May 30th) MUST arrive with proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days prior to camp.
As of now, it is recommended by the CDC that all unvaccinated attendees have a negative COVID test taken within three days of arriving at camp. Therefore, at check in, each attendee that is not vaccinated must provide a Covid (viral) test dated between June 10-13th or June 9-12 if arriving early with volunteers.
From CDC: A viral test checks specimens from your nose or your mouth to find out if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Viral tests can be performed in a laboratory, at a testing site (such as a public health clinic or doctor’s office), or at home. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs)and antigen tests.
Consent for COVID testing of any type, PCR, antigen, or both, will be mandatory.
We did receive covid rapid tests via the state grant program for summer camps – On Tuesday afternoon, we will test at least all attendees that are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Depending on resources, time, and test procedures, we may even test all of camp. EVERY minor needs to have consent for covid testing completed at check in.
IF we have any test positive for covid we will quarantine them and their cabin until they can leave camp grounds with caregivers. In that event, we will maintain covid masks procedures throughout camp.
IF we have all negative results, we may relax masking guidelines to masks optional at camp while all campers remain symptom free.
We don’t have any way to predict now, so please still pack for your campers as if they will need adequate masks for the entire week.
Any questions or suggestions please email camp leadership at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If guidelines change we will communicate as soon as possible.