Lost Coast Camp 2021 COVID-16 Safety Policies
This summer, Lost Coast Camp is going to run a little differently due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy to say that we will be running, just with new policies and practices. Below is a list of policies and changes made for this summer to keep everyone attending safe. All our staff will be vaccinated. Masking regulations and social distancing will be one of our top safety policies. Please note that policies may change with the changing tides that come with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are waiting for the green light from the county and state.
Unless an unlikely shift occurs in COVID-19 transmission rates in Humboldt, LCC will be permitted to operate this summer. However, until we receive the state guidelines for sleepaway camps, we still don't know the specific procedures we will need to follow this summer, and we won’t have all those details until the guidelines are released. (We do have a pretty good idea of these details.)
We are encouraged by reports of increased vaccine availability and the dramatic drop in COVID-19 transmission rates across California. We are optimistic that these trends will continue and will lead to ease restrictions and a return to more normalcy for all. Our US summer camp staff have been included in the CDC tier with education and childcare workers, and our staff will be fully vaccinated before camp starts.
We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. While we would love to provide you with all the details about modifications we will be required to make this summer, we cannot do so until we have the guidelines. Be assured that LCC will continue to meet the highest standards in the industry for our camper and staff members’ health and safety.
Because our cabin groups (6 campers with 2 counselors) live and eat together, it is basically their “family group” while they’re at camp. They will not be required to wear masks while eating, sleeping, and being with their own group. When campers will be within 6 feet of campers and staff outside of their group, they will be required to wear masks. Exact mask requirements will be dictated by state and local health guidelines in place this summer.
We anticipate asking all families to provide us with two negative COVID-19 test results. We also will require that campers and their families use appropriate COVID-19 precautions in the 14 days prior to camp. We will provide specific details at least one month before each session. All of our adult staff members of our camp community will be vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival at camp.
COVID AT Camp
We will be testing symptomatic campers and staff members at camp, and isolating those individuals as we wait for results. Once an individual has a negative COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic for 24 hours, they may return to normal camp activities. A camper who tests positive for COVID-19 will be isolated, and parents will need to make arrangements to pick up the camper that same day.
If the state of California does not allow us to operate this summer (see below), we will refund all tuition paid or rollover your camper’s registration to the same session in 2022, as we did last year. If a child needs to depart camp early because of a positive COVID-19 test or because of a mandatory quarantine order, a prorated refund of tuition will be made.
If you have any concerns about your child attending camp this summer because of underlying health issues in your child or family, or because you don’t agree with possible changes we may need to make to our program, we urge you to consider postponing your child’s attendance at LCC until 2022. We have always appreciated the loyalty, cooperation, support, and trust of our camp families. This year, more than ever, we need to be on the same team, with the same objectives, heading into summer.
Currently enrolled families wishing to cancel registration for this summer have the following options until my 15, 2021:
(1) Forward tuition paid to a 2022 session.
(2) Receive a refund of all tuition paid minus registration $25
Overnight Camp (Counselor Training Camp, Session 1, 2, 3, and 5.)
-Every camper must have two negative tests before attending camp.
-Health screening upon arrival.
-Smaller cabin sizes of 5-6 campers, one counselor, and one JC/CIT.
-Two head counselors who help out and rotate between cabins.
-Sleeping areas separated in cabins by clear plastic.
-Activity rotations. No more than two cabins (distanced) at an activity at once.
-Everyone will be required to wear a mask when not around their cabin pod.
-Daily health checks by the nurse at breakfast and dinner (includes temperature checks, etc).
-Staggered meal times.
-Kitchen staff will be fully masked.
-Increased washing stations and hand sanitizer points.
Jr. Day Camp
-Campers and staff will be masked the whole time, except when spread out to eat.
-Each morning campers will go through a health screening.
-10 campers with 2-3 staff members.
Teen Leadership Camp and Backpacking Trip
-Two negatives tests required before attending
-Health screening daily and upon arrival.
-Total of 12 campers and 4 staff, which is divided into 8 people in each group.
-TLC is happening completely on the trail this summer.
-Masks will be worn while not hiking, participating in TLC activities, and when around people not in the group.
Drop off/pick up procedure
-When campers are being dropped off, parents/guardians are required to stay in their car while their camper goes through a health screening and lice check. Once approved by our onsite nurse, a staff member will speak to the parent/guardian through the car window to collect any other need information and any medication. Another staff will help campers unload their stuff.
-When campers are getting picked up by the camp shuttles, they will go through the same screening process.
-When campers are being picked up from camp, parents/guardians will be required to stay in their cars. Staff members will help campers load their gear into their cars and will check in with the parent/guardian if there is anything to return to them, like medications, etc.
-Everyone attending camp (except Jr. Day Camp) must have two negative COVID-19 test results within two weeks of coming to camp.
-When anyone rides in a camp vehicle, masks will be worn by everyone and windows will be rolled down.
-We highly recommend getting campers tested after camp and quarantining them until their test results come back negative.
If a camper is found to have lice on them, they will be sent home and cannot return to camp. If there is space for them in another session, we can transfer them to that session if their lice are removed.
Possible COVID-19 case
If there is a suspected COVID-19 case, camp will shut down and the suspected camper or staff member will be isolated. Parents will be called and all campers will be required to go home. If rapid tests are available camp, we will be testing everyone who has come in contact with the suspected case. If not, we would recommend masking and immediately taking your camper to get tested at the walk-in center at Redwood Acres and quarantining them until their test results come back.