Camp Trinity Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
God did not give us a spirit of fear but of love and power and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
The Arkansas Department of Health issued the long-awaited Directive Regarding Summer Residential Camps May 21. The directive is too lengthy to post here but can be found at the health department website:
The Camp Trinity Board of Directors, committed to following Department of Health guidelines but also serving the families who registered for summer camp as faithfully as possible, set the following policy changes regarding summer camp 2020.
1. Offer refunds for all fees for families who decide for any reason not to send kids to camp.
2. Cancel on-site sessions in the first half of June.
3. Assign staff to prepare virtual activities for at-home “campers” starting June 7 and continuing until on-site sessions begin. If practical, open up some activities of on-site camps to at-home campers unable to attend.
4. Charge no fees for virtual camp.
Parents of children registered for the canceled sessions are offered four options:
1. Move their children's registration to a July session.
2. Apply the camp fees to summer camp 2021.
3. Receive a refund of fees.
4. Donate all or part of the fees to Camp Trinity.
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Parents of campers, your family and child’s safety on site is our utmost priority, second only to their spiritual well-being. We are taking extra measures to ensure a healthy, clean and sanitized environment at camp following protocols developed by the Arkansas Department of Health, the American Camp Association, and the CDC.
STAFF TESTING, TRAINING & QUARANTINE
All summer staff will be tested for COVID-19 at the Conway County Health Department. In addition, staff will be quarantined at camp for two weeks prior to the arrival of the first campers. All staff will be trained in conducting daily health checks of campers, including taking temperatures. All Staff will also be trained and certified in CPR and first aid through the American Red Cross.
CHECK-IN & PICK-UP
Parents will be asked to cancel registrations for children who have shown respiratory symptoms within two weeks of the start of camp. Check-in will take place off the main camp in the area of the RV/tent campground. Parents will be required to sign a form stating that their children have not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days prior to camp and have not knowingly come into contact within anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 during the same period. We recommend but do not require that families quarantine their children at home for 14 days prior to the start of camp, and if possible and practical, have their children tested for COVID-19. Staff will transport camper gear to the cabins. Parents and other family members not registered for camp will not be allowed inside the gate and are asked to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from members of other families. No guests will allowed inside the gate during camp sessions. Pick-up will also take place away from the main camp.
Staff and campers age 10 and above will be required to wear masks throughout the week except during swimming, bathing, sleeping and exercising, which encompasses strenuous activities such as hiking, canoeing and games. Campers may use bandanas for masks.
CLEANING & SANITIZING
We have deep cleaned and sanitized all camp buildings. While we have always had cleaning and sanitation procedures in place, we are taking additional, more stringent precautions to keep campers and staff safe. Shower stalls will be sanitized after every shower. Sinks, countertops, doorknobs and other frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized often. Bunks, mattresses and furniture will be sanitized between sessions. We have strengthened our regular procedures for cleaning and sanitizing the dining hall and kitchen. We have increased the amount of hand sanitizer placed throughout camp (every cabin has a hand sanitizing station). We will encourage frequent and thorough hand washing as the best protection against spreading all viruses. Equipment will be sanitized between uses or, when possible, assigned to individual campers for the entire session.
Signage regarding social distancing, cleanliness and sanitation will be posted throughout camp.
Recommendations for Camp Trinity staff and campers
1. Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can, and then wash your hands. Camp Trinity now provides tissues in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms.
3. Hand hygiene is the best defense against any infection. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Camp Trinity provides hand soap in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms.
4. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Camp Trinity now provides hand sanitizer in all public spaces, bathrooms, meeting rooms, and in the dining hall.
5. Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. Camp Trinity follows established cleaning and sanitization protocols when cleaning the camp and provides sanitary wipes for guest use in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms.
Camp Trinity will continue to follow directives from federal, state, and local health officials regarding coronavirus protocols.
For more information, call the camp office at 501-652-6304.