COVID-19 and Camp

Shaver’s Creek is working hard to ensure the best health practices are set for everyone’s safety. Due to evolving circumstances, the following health and safety stipulations are subject to change. Please check back frequently to stay up to date.

General summer camp practices

Camp is a community and we are so glad to have you as part of it. To help keep our community as safe as possible, it is highly recommended that each family do the following:

  • get the COVID-19 vaccine if able and be fully vaccinated by the start of the camp week
  • get a COVID-19 test within three days prior to the first day of camp and receive a negative result

These practices made a difference in the success of summer camps in 2020 and we thank you for doing all you can to help protect the health of all campers in our community!

All practices listed below are in accordance with the Pennsylvania State University policies regarding COVID-19, and requirements from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines that govern camps across the country with COVID-19 specifics (titled “Field Book” as referenced throughout this document).

  • Each camper and camper’s parent/guardian are responsible for knowing and following all material contained in this document. Anyone posing a safety concern will need to leave the premises.
  • When in the bathrooms or on public transportation (like the bus), campers and staff will wear dual layered masks over their nose and mouth.
  • Morning arrival and afternoon departure will be conducted in the front lawn for those arriving on-site. Disinfecting wipes will be provided for general use during this time.
  • Program will primarily take place outdoors, utilizing covered outdoor spaces or large indoor spaces during inclement weather.
  • Total program participants and staff at Shaver’s Creek will be limited to 141, broken up into smaller trail groups.
  • Staff will consist of SCEC Summer Camp staff who have completed their “Return to Work” paperwork and seasonal staff that have completed all of the required readings and trainings in advance.

Participant requirements prior to program

  • Registration completed online in advance containing waivers and updated language is required.
  • A 14-day pre-screening is required for each participant in the 14 days before arrival to camp.
  • Daily health screenings will be completed each morning by each participant and will be verbally verified then noted on the sign-in form.
  • Participants must provide their own masks.
  • All materials used will be disinfected after each use.
  • Participants will wash or sanitize their hands after arriving at camp, before and after eating, before leaving camp and any time during the day when recommended by the CDC or ACA.
  • Participants who may be at high-risk for COVID-19 are urged to communicate with their physician to decide if this experience is a good for them at this time.
  • Anyone who is feeling sick or has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, must stay home until the requirements [set by the University or other authorities] to participate have been met.

Practices maintained by staff

  • Prior to training, staff will read over the documents and policies as outlined by PSU, the ACA, and state/local authorities.
  • A 14-day pre-screening is required for each staff member in the 14 days before arrival to training.
  • Daily health screenings will be completed each morning by each staff member and noted on the sign-in form.
  • Soap and hand sanitizer will be given to each staff member for use as needed; sanitizer will consist of at least 60% alcohol. Opportunities to refill all staff bottles will exist at the main building.
  • Staff will wash or sanitize their hands after arriving at camp, before and after eating, before leaving camp and any time during the day when recommended by the CDC or ACA.
  • Gloves will be made available to staff during the program for handling materials returned that have not yet been disinfected.
  • If anyone is feeling sick or has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, then they will stay home until the requirements [set by the University or other authorities] to participate have been met.

Monitoring

  • Daily: staff and volunteers will sign off as to their current health conditions; anyone feeling sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home.
  • If University or state restrictions change such that the delivery of on-site program is no longer able to be conducted, program will be cancelled or suspended based on what is required.
  • If there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 from a participant after having been on-site for program…
    • Measures of disinfecting materials and spaces will take place in accordance with the University protocols and in addition we will consult the ACA Field Book (see section “6.0 INTERN GUIDANCE ON CLEANING AND DISINFECTION” Response and Management of Case(s) or Probable Case(s) page 5)
    • Staff and volunteers will monitor themselves and may be asked to self-quarantine.
    • Program participants will be notified via contact tracing documentation.
    • Program offerings beyond that date may be suspended or cancelled.

On-site (Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center) program plan

All General Program Practices will be adhered to. In addition, the following site-specific guidelines will be followed.

Space limitations and considerations:

  • The same person is encouraged to pick-up and drop off the same campers each day, if possible.
  • People who are at high-risk are encouraged to not pick-up or drop-off campers.

Facilities

  • Bathrooms will receive cleanings including wipe downs of all handles, sink surfaces, toilet seats, and soap dispensers twice a day. They will be deep cleaned (swept, mopped, hosed down, restocking of supplies, and all handles/surfaces scrubbed) once a week during non-program time.
  • Age-appropriate signage regarding symptoms of COVID-19, hand-washing, buildings that are closed, and safe practices regarding COVID-19 are posted in all applicable locations.

Off-site program plan

All General Program Practices will be adhered to. In addition, the following guidelines will be followed.

Transportation

All transportation related requirements listed in the ACA Field Book in section 9.2 will be adhered to. Additionally, these are in-line with bussing policies enacted by local school districts in the Fall of 2020.

  • Raystown Transit will provide the bussing for camp. The cleaning and disinfection policies outlined below will be done by their staff. The additional program elements listed below will be implemented by SCEC staff.
    • Masks are required while on the bus.
    • High-touch spots are disinfected between each run.
    • High-touch and all other areas are disinfected at the end of each day.

Space limitations and considerations:

  • Programming at Whipple Dam will take place this year; everyone will clean their hands in accordance with guidelines and transportation will follow those specifications outlined above.
  • Off-site program locations will be coordinated with to ensure the same level of cleaning and disinfection procedures are being followed.