COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

FOR ROCKIES ROCK SUMMER DAY CAMP

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Get Outdoors Leadville! is all about the feel-good power of spending time in nature. With responsible planning, we hope the fresh air of Lake County can continue to be a place full of wellbeing and fun.

Updates on COVID-19 are ongoing and frequent. These may change, and we will make updates as promptly as possible.

 (updated 7/3/2020, Cisco Tharp)

What’s new as of July 3?

  • Aquatic Center: The Lake County Aquatic center has opened, but Rockies Rock will not be using it due to group size limitations. 10 people are allowed at the aquatic center at a time, which is not large enough for a single Rockies Rock group. We’re looking forward to swimming next year!
  • Camper Symptom Screening: We have consulted with Lake County Public Health and they have approved a modified symptom check in process for Rockies Rock. Each camper will still have a 1-on-1 check in as the arrive to see how they are feeling. However, instead of taking temperature and asking a list of questions, we will have a more general check in, and only take temperatures or ask more detailed questiosn if a camper is not feeling well. We are shifting emphasis from question asking to observing how our campers are feeling. For example, if we see they are coughing or feeling much fatigue, that is more accurate than asking them in the morning.
  • Modified “All Camp” – We also got approval for our crews to join together (with distancing between each group) for modified all-camp programs. This means all groups will be in the same location to celebrate their end of session. This is an activity that we continue to manage with mask wearing, physical distancing, and keeping the groups separate from eachother. We also will work with particpants all week to help them know how much responsibility they must demonstrate to be able to join together for end-of-session fun. For those of you returning to camp, you surely remember how much celebration, community connection, and positive culture the all-camp gatherings foster. Here crews will present fun skits about Crew Practices and environmental stewardship, sing songs together, and celebrate eachother’s achievements through the session with bead ceremonies.

Existing COVID-19 Precautions and Policies still in effect

  • Face Masks
  • Face masks are required:
    • Indoors
    • In a vehicle
    • Outdoors when we are less than 6′ apart, which we will avoid as much as possible, but may happen at times, such as seeking shelter under a tarp or awning when it rains.
  • Face masks will not be required:
    • Biking
    • Athletic activities that inspire heavy breathing
    • When we are greater than 6’ apart and outdoors
    • Any other time that facemasks prove to be a hazard due to distraction or inhibited breathing.
  • Hands will be washed or sanitized:
    • Before getting onto a vehicle (including buses)
    • Upon arrival at camp
    • Before and after eating
    • At camp day’s end
    • Before and after activities that use shared equipment
    • After bathroom use
    • Upon entering a building
  • Visitors and Volunteers
    • We encourage our community to keep visitations to a minimum.
    • Visitors and volunteers must follow all COVID-19 protocols, and should contact the Camp Administrator prior to visiting a group. At a minimum they must:
      • Wear a mask
      • Maintain 6’ distancing from non-household participants and staff
      • Wash or sanitize hands upon arriving, and as directed by camp staff.
  • Transportation
    • Exceptions to this are if a participant must be transported individually by camp staff in a smaller vehicle, in which case we will distance as much as possible (such as sitting in a back seat).
    • We can accommodate 1 person per seat on the School Buses, and will seek 6’ distancing in non-bus vehicles.
    • Bus riders must face forward, keep hands to self, and stay near window side. 
    • Windows will be kept open
    • Morning bus riders will be symptom screened by GOL! Staff.
    • Afternoon bus riders will be supervised by bus driver
    • Masks must be worn in vehicles
    • Hands must be washed or sanitized immediately prior to riding in a vehicle. 
    • Morning and afternoon busing will only be for those who listed it has high priority to reduce numbers.
  • Program Planning:
          • GOL! will submit plans of operation to Lake County Public Health for review and approval.
          • We will spend as much time as possible outside! Yeah, we already did that, but as the outdoors seems to be a less likely transmission environment, we’ll stick with it!
          • Some activities are unlikely to happen due to COVID-19 precautions, including:
            • Indoor Climbing Wall
            • Low Ropes Challenge Course
            • Games that include touch, such as tag, Dragon’s Tail, etc.
          • In general, activities will be planned to reduce physical contact and proximity in participants and staff, to encourage 6’ social distancing whenever possible.
        • Groupings
          • Indoors: no more than 10 participants
          • Outdoors no more than 25 participants 
          • Groups will be within state regulations
          • Groups will be “stable” meaning participants and staff will not change groups, other than our “floating” staff, such as the camp director and bike leader, or if a substitute is required.
          • Groups will have either 2 or 3 staff dedicated to them for improved ability to supervise and guide hygiene.
          • Pick up and drop off will happen at individual crew locations rather than a central location. 
          • Hygiene, Food and Drink
            • Extensive hygiene practices will be implemented such as hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and sanitizing equipment daily.
            • Food and beverage will not be shared.
            • All camp meals, snacks, and drinks will be served with COVID-19 precautions in mind.
          • Education on COVID-19
            • Rockies Rock and GOL! will present evidence-based information to participants about COVID-19 risks, symptoms, transmission, and strategies to minimize exposure. We hope this will be one of the many educational components in camp, and that campers will leave with an improved ability to understand and navigate their world.
            • Rockies Rock will focus on our Crew Practice of “Responsibility” and how it relates to COVID-19 in our world and our community as we keep ourselves and others healthy and safe.
          • Symptom Screening and Reporting
            • Lake County has capacity to test all suspected patients. 
            • What we consider “COVID-19 Symptoms” will be consistent with those listed by the CDC . As of 5/25/2020, these include, but may not be limited to:
            • Fever or chills
            • Cough
            • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
            • Fatigue
            • Muscle or body aches
            • Headache
            • New loss of taste or smell
            • Sore throat
            • Congestion or runny nose
            • Nausea or vomiting
            • Diarrhea
            • If your camper is feeling bad, or demonstrating any COVID-19 symptoms, be conservative, and keep them home for the day. We also recommend consulting your medical provider.
            • COVID-19 and similar symptoms are a reportable illness, which means that we must report any cases to our local Public Health Department.

    • Please notify us immediately if your camper has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or similar symptoms.
      • Staff and participants will be screened prior to the session’s start for COVID-19 symptoms as well as exposure to other symptomatic people.
      • Staff and participants will be screened daily for symptoms, including temperature, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and other COVID-19 symptoms.
      • GOL! reserves the right to deny participation to any participants based on our screening assessments.
      • If any participant demonstrates COVID-like symptoms, they will not be allowed to participate that day, and must be picked up as soon as possible. We will take the utmost care of any symptomatic participants until a pick up arrives. A comfortable, isolated place that can still be monitored will be provided.
      • Ill or symptomatic participants must be picked up within 1 hour of notification, or the participant may be brought to the Department of Human Services and/or the hospital for care.
      • For any participant or staff who has COVID-like symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID-19, a plan will be made with the Public Health Department to plan when and how they can rejoin programs. 

      • Exposure and Outbreak Plan
              • If we learn that any campers have been possibly exposed to Coronavirus at our programs, we will consult with Public Health and communicate a plan to all participating families.
              • Families will be notified as soon as possible if we believe their  participant has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or similar symptoms.
              • Please inform GOL! And Rockies Rock if you learn that your participant or others may have been exposed to COVID-19 at our programs. 
              • GOL!, in consultation with Public Health, will implement an outbreak and containment plan if needed at camp. This may include closing certain days, sessions, or crews at any given time. Specific directions will be communicated in the moment by email, text, and phone.
      • Pick Up and Drop Off
          • Pick up and Drop Off will happen in individual crews at sites near and around Huck Finn Park and Pitts Elementary. Your specific location will be communicated in pre-camp emails.
          • Guardians and authorized pick up persons must wear a mask, maintain 6’ distance from others, and are encouraged to bring their own pen and hand sanitizer. 
      • Do not pick up your participant if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Please notify us if you need help picking up your camper. 

      • Equipment
        • Participants are encouraged to bring their own clean mask from home, and their own hand sanitizer.
        • Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided for participants who do not have their own.
        • Please do not bring any non-essential items from home. This is not the summer to bring toys to share, etc.
        • If your participant has a specific need (such as a comfort item), please let us know so we can make a management plan.
        • Please send your camper in clean clothing and with clean materials. Food and drink vessels should be cleaned daily!
      • Visitors and Volunteers
      • We encourage our community to keep visitations to a minimum.
      • Visitors and volunteers must follow all COVID-19 protocols, and should contact the Camp Administrator prior to visiting a group. At a minimum they must:
        • Wear a mask
        • Maintain 6’ distancing from non-household participants and staff
        • Wash or sanitize hands upon arriving, and as directed by camp staff.
      • Medical Consultation
      • GOL! Reserves the right to require a medical provider’s recommendation to start or continue participation for any reason. This would likely be related to starting camp.
      • If a participant or staff has COVID-like symptoms that are explained by another diagnosis, GOL! May require medical approval and explanation in order to continue or start participation.  

       

      • Refunds and Financial
            • GOL! continues to ask that you contribute what you can for 2020 participation. We know that many families’ financial situations have changed, so please communicate with us to make a plan if cost feels like a barrier.
            • Existing refund policies are still in effect for non-COVID related things.
              • Deposits are not refundable
              • 100% of tuition refund is available if cancellation is 2 weeks or more in advance of the start of the GOL! program (Minus the non-refundable deposit)
              • 50% refund (for the session in question) will be granted if cancellation is less than 2 weeks from the start of the GOL! program (Minus the non-refundable deposit)
              • No refund is available if cancellation is at the start or after programming has started, or if your camper does not attend the camp session without notice.

      • COVID-19 related refund policy
              • 100% per diem refund, including deposit, will be issued for any days of camp that are lost due to camp closing for COVID-19 (or any other reason).
                • If any days of camp are closed, a refund will automatically be processed for all families enrolled in closed days.
              • If a camper misses more than 4 days of programming in the summer due to symptom screening, exposure screening, or illness, a 100% per diem refund will be issued for days missed starting on the 5th missed day.
                • Individual refunds for individual missed days must be requested. It is your responsibility to keep track of the number of days missed, and request a refund by emailing, texting, or calling our Camp Administrator, Cisco Tharp. ctharp@co.lake.co.us 719-293-04445. 
                • Per diem rates will be calculated as the total tuition selected for 2020 divided by the number of program days enrolled in. For example, if a participant signs up for 2 sessions (4 weeks x 4 days/week = 16 days) and selects the $40 tuition tier for both sessions, their per diem rate is $80 / 16 days = $5 per day.
              • If camp policies about COVID-19 change in such a way that you no longer wish to participate in Rockies Rock a 50% per-diem refund will be granted for each missed day if cancellation is less than 2 weeks from the start of the GOL! program or during the program (Minus the non-refundable deposit).
              • For any refunds, a family can choose a credit to be saved for future programming. This option supports GOL! as it continues to plan awesome, fun outdoor programs for Lake County.