- You should carefully consider the participation of those youth with underlying medical conditions and higher risk individuals.
Daily Health Screenings
During drop-offs, counselors will conduct COVID symptom screenings and temperature checks to assess symptoms related to COVID-19. These screenings will be given to every camper. These will be documented on daily logs.
Parental/Guardians are required to inform staff if anyone at home has a temperature or other COVID related symptoms prior to the camper being dropped off.
Preventative measures are the many different interventions in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since none of these measures are 100% effective standing alone, the following measures will be implemented simultaneously to increase the success of reducing the spread of the virus.
Camp will be organized into cohorts of about 8-10 campers. Cohorts give the opportunity to keep exposure to a COVID-19 case within a small group and effectively conduct contact tracing. Each cohort will be together for meals, and activities. For overnight camps cohorts will contain about 15 campers.
- Masking/Face Coverings
Consistent with CSU guidance, Denver 4-H will require masks to be worn when inside buildings at camp and outdoors when campers cannot maintain six feet of distance. If campers are outdoors and can maintain six feet of social distancing, they are not required to wear masks. Active dining are instances where masking will not be required. Campers should plan to bring several of their own face masks to camp and keep up with them throughout the week.
- Physical Distancing
Physical or social distancing – keeping six feet between yourself and others – will be required when and wherever possible during the camping week, even for outdoor activities.
- Hand Washing
An emphasis on hand washing is not new to the Colorado 4-H camping program but will be especially emphasized this summer, with regularly scheduled handwashing as an important healthy hygiene practice that will help prevent COVID-19. Hand washing or the use of approved hand sanitizers as campers move between activities will be encouraged.
- Outdoor Programming
Our camp will be completely outside (with the exception of campers using restrooms). When and wherever possible, camp activities and programming that may have typically been done indoors in past summers will be moved outdoors. Inclement weather areas will be pre-determined to avoid multiple cohorts seeking shelter in the same indoor location. Campers will only be allowed inside the Extension office to use the restroom facilities. Only 2 campers are allowed in the building at once (and one counselor). There are two bathrooms located on opposite sides of the extension building. Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.
- Modified Activities
Despite our best effort to make our customary activities available to campers, there will be some activities that do not lend themselves to the COVID-19 environment or to the ability to adhere to mandated requirements. Denver 4-H will be able to provide an overview of what activities to expect at camp in their promotional materials.
- Additional Controls
- Enhanced signage is installed around the facility including: face covering requirement, social distancing reminders, floor markers to demonstrate where to stand in some areas to promote social distancing, extra guidance on hand-washing, and CDC messages about how to stop the spread of germs.
- “Sanitation stations” are available at various locations around the facility which include hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes for use by guests to disinfect their personal space. Hand soap is also available in restrooms.
- High Touch Surfaces
In addition to cleaning routines already in place for lodging, meeting spaces, and dining facilities, enhanced procedures are in place to include regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces (including but not limited to: tabletops, light switches, door handles and push bars, handrails, vending machines) with EPA- registered products for use against SARSCoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The use of cohorts offers the ability to quickly identify those other campers/leaders who have been in close contact with an infected individual. Any individual who is determined to have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to leave camp and then will follow guidance from CDC related to exposure.
- After Camp
If we are notified after a week of camp of a COVID positive camper/leader, all exposed individuals will be notified, and we will participate/communicate with public health departments as directed.
Counselor Model of Interaction
Denver 4-H camp counselors are extremely talented individuals and will be prepared to work hard to foster camp environments that are safe, fun, and 4-H centered even if it’s a little different than in years past. Counselors will not incorporate with any camper cohort and all counselor-led activities will include physical distancing of at least six feet from camper/leader cohorts. Throughout a week of camp, counselors will employ as many preventative measures as possible during any interaction with campers, including masking, physical distancing, and planning outdoor activities.
With so many changes due to COVID-19, additional training resources will be developed and provided as necessary to county offices, center staff members, and counselors, bringing awareness to new practices and procedures that will be in place, especially as it concerns health and safety.
Special Considerations for Overnight Camps:
For our overnight camps- campers will be staying in tents individually or with siblings and/or youth from the camp household. All other rules started above will apply. Cooking gear will be sanitized before and after each meal, and use the same dishes/utensils. If camping gear is borrowed from Colorado 4-H, it will be sanitized before and after use of each individual.
Transportation for Overnight Camps:
Campers will be required to wear masks in all county vehicles.