Campers will need camp more than ever after a year or more of limited outdoor and social experiences with peers. Camp Echo goals of safety, community, personal growth, and FUN! will still be at the forefront of our planning, achieved through the evolving lens of COVID.
Based on Camp Echo’s Summer 2020 and many other camps’ anecdotal evidence, campers and staff will be healthier than ever due to increased hygiene and cleaning protocols.
We are hopeful that many aspects of the COVID pandemic will be improved by Summer 2021. However, we will continue to plan conservatively to be prepared for any situation that may arise.
Campers and staff will be asked to follow a set of CDC recommended behaviors prior to arrival at camp including good hand washing often, avoiding close contact with people outside your household, wearing a face covering that covers both your mouth and nose when around others, and daily monitoring of health. All members of the camper’s household should also try whenever possible to never be with others outside their household without a facial covering 14-days prior to a camper’s arrival.
We know that travel will impact the experience this summer, with families who live out of the Evanston/Chicagoland area, and families who are making other travel plans throughout the summer.
We will continue to communicate policies regarding travel guidelines for participants to enrolled families as they are finalized. We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate this uncertain time.
We will also honor any government recommended travel restrictions that impact locations that we operate (Evanston, Fremont, and any trip destinations).
We are operating at approximately 75% of our typical capacity and anticipate the most people we will have on camp at any time would be 300 people (including all staff and campers).
Group sizes will be no more than 10 people, likely 2 staff and up to 8 campers. Our wilderness teen programs that stay in platform tents (at Outpost and Birches) may have up to 12 people, since they are always outside.
These groups will have opportunities to do activities with other groups as a part of a Unit (5-6 camper groups) and all-camp activities. The extent to which these groups interact will be dependent on CDC, State of Michigan, and ACA recommendations.
For on-site programs, campers will get to participate in classic programs like campfires and large-group games within their units. We are also committed to providing opportunities for independent choice during unit activity times.
Our groups will be spending more time outside, including eating outside whenever possible.
We will implement procedures to maintain or maximize ventilation through our interior space, by keeping vents on and/or windows open.
We will assign times for groups to safely have showering time and tooth brushing time, when they are not masked.
There will not be a choice bar, but we will have a pre-meal ordering system specifically for campers and staff with dietary restrictions.
We will not have snacks available in the dining hall, but snacks will be made available to groups throughout the day.
- If they test negative, they will return to their group after their symptoms stop. If they are still symptomatic/ill after another 24 hours, they will need to be picked up from camp, as we don’t have capacity to support campers with illness indefinitely.
- If they test positive, they will be moved to an isolation cabin and parents will be notified to pick them up as soon as safely possible. Per CDC guidelines, this person must be isolated for a minimum of 10 days and until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours. We will notify the rest of the group’s families (without sharing the name of the camper) and test all of the campers and staff in that cabin. We will follow protocols for contact tracing on camp (knowing interactions with other groups/individuals will utilize NPIs). We will also environmentally deep clean the cabin.
MORE UPDATES TO COME
- Pre-camp testing
- Pre-camp COVID screening forms
- Air travel policy
- Mask guide
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS AND THOUGHTS, WHO CAN I CONTACT?!?
We are not surprised to hear it – there is a lot to process right now! The best way to share your questions and thoughts with us is by email! We look forward to hearing from you.