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 happen almost daily. These may change, and we will make updates as promptly as possible.

 (updated 5/26/2020, Cisco Tharp)

  • Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment, along with the Governor’s Office, has just approved summer camps and outdoor programs to operate for starting June 1st. With that, look for Rockies Rock enrollment to open in the next few days.

  • GOL! has delayed the start of Rockies Rock until June 29th. We plan to offer three 2-week sessions. The later start date will help us prepare our protocols and practices to ensure our programs are as responsible as possible.

  • COVID-19 Precautions and Policies.
  • 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
    • Swimming at the Aquatic Center
    • Large or multi-group activities
    • 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.
  • Enrollment
    • Spaces will be limited this summer to ensure we can comply with group size restrictions.
    • We encourage ALL interested participants to apply once registration opens. In order to best support our community members at this time, and because we are the only formal childcare for school-aged children in Lake County, we will prioritize enrolling in-county resident campers based on the importance of childcare for the summer season.
      • On June 5th we will make enrollment selections prioritizing in-county residents and high childcare needs. If there are more applicants than available spots, we will conduct a lottery.
      • Remaining open spots will be available to remaining in-county applicants. Again, if there are more applicants than spots, we will conduct a lottery.
      • If open spots remain after the in-county lottery, we will enroll on a first-come first-serve basis to all participants, including out-of-county resident applicants.
  • Groupings
    • Groups will be within state regulations of no more than 10 participants, and no more than 12 individuals total (including staff) indoors, and no more than 25 in a group outdoors.
    • 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 not join together and mingle, such as the all-camp events in years past.
    • 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.
    • Face masks may be required for all of camp, and will definitely be required for some components. We are working with Public Health to determine which activities may allow for not wearing masks, such as biking and hiking and other activities in which we are outside and apart.
    • 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
    • What we consider “COVID-19 Symptoms” will be consistent with thos 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.
    • Lake County has capacity to test all suspected patients.
    • 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
    • Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed at camp this summer to maintain group size limits. Volunteers serving as full time staff will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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.
  • Transportation
    • We are still awaiting state and local guidance on how to offer transportation to and from camp, as well as in camp. We will strive to offer responsible transportation options to promote equity in access to camp.
    • Transportation to/from camp may have reduced capacity, so we may ask families to use bus service only if they have no other option.
    • Extra precautions will be taken for any camp transportation.
    • Masks and spacing will likely be required during transportation.
    • Transportation may be reduced for this summer, so programming will take place in fewer locations than recent years.
  • 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.
      • 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.
        • 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.
      • 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 dayif 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.