Our Response to COVID-19 This Summer
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Thurman’s leadership has looked at our summer 2020 season from every imaginable perspective, and we believe that we can still offer a safe camp experience for your children this summer. While pieces of the CT puzzle may look a little different this year, we firmly believe it is possible to offer a high-energy, fun day camp experience while allowing very limited exposure to a communicable disease.
While we cannot offer zero risk of exposure to others, we can limit exposure to your child’s group, which we plan to do through unique scheduling and creative protocols that take all precautions, including social distancing, into account. It is our intention now, and in the weeks and months to come, to submit to federal, state and local guidance as we serve your families, but we know many of you are anxious to get even a glimpse of what camp will look like this summer. That being said, here is an overview of our current initiatives:
As always, Camp Thurman will have a licensed medical professional on site at all times. These individuals are training with how to handle campers or staff who may display symptoms related to communicable diseases.
Camp Thurman pledges to stay up to date with information provided by state and local health officials and to act in accordance with or exceed government directives and recommendations.
We will be partnering with families and staff alike to identify anyone who has had relevant exposure, symptoms or un-diagnosed temperature prior to the start of their time at camp. We will rely on accurate and honest information from parents in order to evaluate the best options for everyone’s health and safety.
In an effort to limit exposure and be able to trace contact among participants, Camp Thurman will not allow access of any non-program participants into our campgrounds, including parents, families or vendors who are not pre-approved. **This summer there will be absolutely no parking available and parents will not be allowed to accompany their camper outside of their vehicles.
Upon arrival on Monday morning, Camp Thurman will use infrared thermometers to scan every incoming staff and camper for a fever (100.4 degrees or higher). If a person is found to have elevated temperature at arrival, that individual, along with any other participants who rode in the car with them, will not be allowed to attend for the day. Due to the extra time needed for screening, we will assign drop-off time slots.
To read more about our screening process, click here
In addition to their normal staff training regarding health and safety, all 2020 Camp Thurman summer staff will undergo additional training this year regarding COVID-19 specific precautions, including but not limited to enhanced sanitation procedures, proper cough etiquette, and hand hygiene. Campers will also be educated at the start of the week and throughout regarding these same practices.
Camp Thurman will reinforce the importance of and supply the materials for frequent and proper hand sanitization for all campers and staff. Hand washing stations will be available at activities, as well portable alcohol-based sanitizer will be carried with each group counselor.
Any camper or staff member who registers a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or displays symptoms related to COVID-19 will be sent home and asked to isolate or self-quarantine based on the current state/local health department recommendations. If a medical professional diagnoses a feverish or symptomatic person with something non-COVID-19 related, that individual may be able to return with a doctor’s note and based the medical recommendation received.
Camp Thurman employs numerous layers of systems and protocols to ensure that our facilities, staff, and campers stay safe, clean, and healthy. However, the most important thing we do as an organization is spend countless hours praying in advance for every camper and staff member who walks through our gates. Our prayer, and one we would covet from you as well, is that they experience an unforgettable summer of friendships, fun, and growing in a healthy and safe environment.
We understand that entrusting your child into the care of others is one of the biggest decisions you make as a parent or guardian. We appreciate your trust and will continue to work to be worthy of maintaining it. Almost every aspect of our lives involves some level of risk. Yet, we want to assure we have taken every effort to be as thorough in our consideration, analysis, practice and evaluation of our policies, procedures and activities as we’ve made steps towards preparing to open for summer 2020 at Camp Thurman. Our goal is to share relevant updates with you as details continue to emerge.
Guidelines from the local health department are continually being updated and we will communicate with you and provide you with as much information as quickly as possible.