2021 COVID-19 RESPONSE – FAQ
While camp did not run in 2020, we invested a great deal of time and energy creating a thorough and professionally supported COVID-19 Safety Plan. We put that plan into place during our 2020 JC, SC, and Cabin 14 programs and during our four weeks of Post Camp, all without a single COVID case and with minimal intrusion on our campers, staff, and Post Camp guests.
Camp Ojibwa will be open for camp in 2021! We are watching CDC and state and local guidelines, and we are meeting regularly with medical professionals, camp experts, and other camp owners/directors to discuss COVID protocols.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding COVID. Given the changing landscape of the virus and the continued rollout of the vaccine, we expect continued changes in our protocols, and we will update this page regularly. We will always be guided by two goals in this process – giving our campers the best, most fun, and most “normal” camp experience possible, and taking every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of our campers and everyone on the Ojibwa grounds.
We are always happy to take feedback and answer questions as to where we stand at any given time. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or suggestions or would like to discuss any COVID-related issue.
At this point, we are planning for a mostly closed campus, meaning campers and staff would remain in camp for the summer. Restricting the flow of people in and out of camp is the simplest way to ensure a COVID-free camp. We may revisit this on a limited basis depending on virus prevalence, staff vaccination status, additional science on whether vaccinated people can still transmit the virus, and other factors. We also may look into “bubble” outings, where groups of staff and/or campers can leave camp in a “bubble” environment.
Regardless of whether staff or campers are permitted to leave camp, some limited outsiders will need to be admitted to the camp grounds, e.g. for deliveries and maintenance. We plan strict safety measures for such outsiders, including requiring masks for all non-camp personnel at all times, as well as all camp personnel who interact with non-camp personnel.
We are running two programs prior to Camp – our annual BPS program, which runs from June 10-13, and our Father/Son program, which runs from June 17-20. All adults coming to either program are required to have proof of vaccination and a negative test result in order to participate in these programs.
At this time, we do not anticipate asking campers to strictly “quarantine” for any specific time period prior to Camp. We do not believe a 10 or 14 day quarantine is a realistic expectation, and after careful discussion with our medical team, we believe that the protocols we are putting in place will allow us to not require a strict quarantine prior to camp. We will likely ask all campers and their immediate families, in the days leading up to camp, to avoid crowds, particularly indoors (e.g., indoor graduation parties) or places with poor ventilation, and to wear a mask if for some reason you cannot. We all need to work together to keep Camp COVID-free and while we will likely not have a strict “quarantine,” we hope that all of our families will limit exposure to the outside world in the days leading up to Camp. By doing so, we can ensure Camp Ojibwa stays COVID- free and our boys are able to have a great time with minimal COVID protocols and no COVID in Camp.
Yes, our plan is to run every advertised session of camp. We strongly believe we can execute that plan and will do everything possible to make that plan happen. Should we need to adapt or adjust for the safety of all involved, we will let you know as soon as possible to help you plan.
Yes. Our current plan is to require a negative test in the 48-72 hours prior to a camper getting on the Camp bus or arriving at Camp. We are in discussions with our medical partners and hope to be able to provide a simple testing option – handled through insurance – so that your camper can take a COVID test in the days leading up to Camp. We are also working on sourcing additional PCR and rapid-result testing. In addition to the pre-Camp testing, we will have at least one more round of camper testing in the first few days of each session. We will continue to follow public health guidelines and recommendations from our camp medical team to determine our specific testing protocols.
We hope not. We understand that most overnight camps are likely to charge a COVID fee, largely for testing costs. While we may ultimately have to implement a modest fee, we are hopeful that our testing solution will enable us to not charge a COVID fee. We are working on an option to test and have it run through your health insurance plan.
If a camper tests positive for COVID in the days leading up to camp, we will work with the family and take every reasonable step – in accordance with CDC guidelines and in conjunction with our medical staff – to ensure the camper can still come to camp. There will most likely be a quarantine period and additional tests before anyone can enter camp after a positive test. You can find current CDC guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolati on.html
We are planning for a COVID-free summer. However, if an individual at camp tests positive, that will not end camp. If a camper tests positive, we will notify the camper’s parents/guardian and work with them to determine whether the camper will stay at camp. We are working on procedures to ensure that if camp has a positive COVID test or tests, we can isolate the individual(s), either on or off camp grounds, and work with our medical staff and the camper’s doctor to ensure both the health of the camper and that we do not have an outbreak.
Yes. While we want as normal a summer as possible, campers and staff should expect to wear masks at times, particularly at the start of camp. The two easiest ways to reduce the likelihood of COVID at camp are being outside and wearing a mask when not outside. At this time, we do not expect that campers or staff will need to wear a mask when outside or when in their cabins. However, masks are likely to be required in certain circumstances, such as in the buffet line in the mess hall or potentially for other inside activities.
Unfortunately, we will not have a visiting weekend in 2021. We will have some form of virtual visits and parent involvement, and will be in touch with our full summer and 6-week campers to discuss in the coming weeks.
Our goal is to have everyone at Camp who is aged 16 or older be vaccinated. The early data on the vaccines shows extremely high levels of efficacy, and we urge everyone who can to get vaccinated. Camp staff are eligible now for the vaccine and we have begun providing vaccination eligibility letters to our staff. We have been in touch with local health authorities and we believe that anyone who is unable to get vaccinated prior to Camp (e.g., international staff) will have the ability to be vaccinated in Eagle River, and likely on Camp grounds. If you have a camper who is 16 and would like a vaccine eligibility letter, please contact email@example.com