KEEPING US SAFE
Response to Coronavirus
While the conditions of Covid-19 are always changing, we aim to keep families informed as we progress toward the summer. In 2021, we successfully implemented layered COVID protocols with no outbreaks and no positive cases within our community. As we plan for 2022 and summers ahead, we will change and adapt as needed to keep everyone safe. We are currently requiring all campers and staff to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
UPDATE - May 2022. We have recently updated our summer COVID protocols. Registered families will have received an email update with details on all protocols. In brief, we are requiring all members of the community be fully vaccinated, and are recommending "up-to-date" vaccinations; we will be using testing before camp, upon arrival, and shortly after arrival; and we will use fundamental NPI's (non-pharmaceutical interventions) including - symptom screening, ventilation, masking in certain situations, and isolation if needed to keep our community safe. We will continue to update closer to the summer.
Keeping safe at camp
Healthcare at Camp
Our health center at camp is staffed by a full team of nurses and EMT personnel. We work with our local health center in Kezar Falls to round out our team of local medical professionals should any member of our community need further care. We have an advising physician on staff, available for consultation with our staff about treatment plans. We operate our health center in accordance with our standing orders that are reviewed annually. Our policies and procedures are reviewed in collaboration with our entire team.
Ticks in Maine
We focus also on tick bite prevention, reminding our community of routine “tick checks” and proper application of tick and mosquito prevention products. We have high standards of care of our facility, keeping grassy areas short and well maintained, and regularly pre-treat our grounds prior to the season. We talk frequently with our campers and staff about tick prevention and identification.
We are an accredited camp by the American Camp Association; we have regular standards visits, and certifications. We operate with care and caution always, and with attention to our ACA standards every summer. We are constant risk assessors, who take care to evaluate our entire facility and program to keep your campers safe. We consult annually with our insurance company and state inspectors to meet and achieve high standards of care for our community.
Emotional and Mental Health and Wellness
We have strong emphasis on the importance of mental and emotional health at camp. Our day is organized to keep campers active all day and encourage healthy social interactions. We have a sleep schedule that works for teenagers, allowing for 9 hours of rest each night. We take time to work with our Food Service Manager to provide a selection of healthy food choices that provide meals for every camper. We have two licensed professional counselors on staff, one exclusively for access to our busy staff. We make every effort to keep our community physically and emotionally well.
We interview, reference check and background verify all newly hired staff and annually, we perform the same background verification on all staff. We have a 10 day staff training prior to the summer for all staff and continuously provide feedback and evaluations of staff in specialized areas. We hire more staff than we need, to retain only the best staff we can offer your campers. We have many staff who hold expertise and certifications in outdoor education, teaching and instruction, have healthcare degrees, and membership to other professional organizations. Staff must be at least 21 to drive our camp vehicles and are driver tested for safety. We keep high staff ratios to make supervision of our upmost importance.
Each summer we have a “Crisis Team” on staff, who evaluate and assess, and practice emergency procedures with rigorous drills for possibility of extreme weather events or events that would threaten the health and security of our community. We host an Emergency Preparedness Consultant, who trains our staff on situational awareness and risk assessment. We review our procedures and policies annually to keep up to date on changing conditions in our own community, but also in the larger community outside of camp. Our healthcare “standing orders” are reviewed each year by our local health center physician, and our policies and procedures are reviewed by a consulting team of physicians.