COVID-19 Precautions for Summer 2021
As new information becomes available throughout the summer from UGA and ACA, we will update our protocols accordingly. We will notify parents/guardians of any changes in advance.
Before Camp Considerations & Pre-Screening
Screening campers before allowing them to mingle with other campers is critical to helping assess and respond to risks of exposure to COVID-19. Camp Connect check-in staff will carry out and document camper screening.
- Voluntary Quarantines
- The likelihood of successful screening at the beginning of the camp week will be greatly increased if you and your camper choose to voluntarily quarantine yourselves for up to 10 days before the departure for camp.
- Screening at Check-in
- Temperature check
- Standard COVID-19 questions
- Special Considerations
- You should carefully consider the participation of campers with underlying medical conditions and higher risk individuals.Please be assured that you will receive a refund if you must cancel your camper’s registration prior to arrival at camp due to COVID-19 symptoms, positive test, or exposure.
Daily Health Screenings
Leaders will use the screening questions and temperature check protocols to assess symptoms related to COVID-19 as needed.
On-Site Health Officer
A health officer will be on-site for the duration of a week of camp, stationed at the infirmary, and will use their expertise to navigate any medical situations that arise.
Preventative measures are the many different interventions in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since none of these measures is 100% effective standing alone, the following measures will be implemented simultaneously to increase the success of reducing the spread of the virus.
- Masking/Face Coverings
- Consistent with UGA guidance (the owners of Camp Jekyll), masks are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals, but not required.
- Physical Distancing
- Physical distancing – keeping six feet between yourself and others – will be encouraged in indoor spaces.
- Hand Washing
- Hand washing will be especially emphasized this summer, with regularly scheduled hand washing 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
- When and wherever possible, camp activities and programming that may have typically been done indoors in past summers will be moved outdoors.
- Outside Visitors
- No outside visitors will be allowed to visit Camp Jekyll during camp, including attending evening activities or visiting campers or counselors. Parents or guardians will not enter the cabins or any other buildings at the facility during drop-off and pick up.
- On/Off-Site Programming
- Most programs will take place onsite at Camp Jekyll; however, off-site trips will be contained to Jekyll Island and the use of multiple school buses will ensure plenty of room for distancing.
- Additional Controls
- “Sanitation stations” are available at various locations around the facility which include hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes for use by campers and staff to disinfect their personal space. Hand soap is also available in restrooms.
- 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.
- After a Known/Suspected Case
- We are maintaining a supply of an EPA-registered disinfectant which is dispensed using an electrostatic sprayer that can be applied preventatively and/or after a known illness.
In addition to the infirmary, additional cabins will remain available for use as needed for short-term quarantine/isolation areas while pick-up plans are implemented. Again, you will be ultimately responsible for providing transportation home for your camper in the event of any symptoms related to COVID-19 or exposure, including but not limited to, a fever.
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.