Continuing to Monitor for 2022
We are continuing to keep track of all the latest in COVID related rules, regulations and guidance from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. With sometimes weekly changing landscape. We have updated some of our protocols however these are dynamic and may change as we get closer to summer. Of course our primary concern is with the health and safety of our campers and staff as well as providing a quality experience!
Things to consider:
- Vaccination: If your child is 7 years of age and older, talk to your health care providers and consider having your child fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to camp. Every vaccinated member of our camp community is another layer of protection. We are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING our campers and staff be vaccinated (including boosters if applicable).
- Testing: Parents will need to sign off that they have tested their child within one day of the start of camp (using any FDA approved test – rapid, antigen or PCR) AND received a negative result. All campers may be tested 5 days in to camp (waiting on Minnesota Department of Health recommendations). Parents may choose to have their child tested before they go home (optional). We will have test kits on site to use with symptomatic campers or staff.
- Isolation and Quarantine: We will be following the guidance from the state of MN for any participants that test positive to COVID-19 while on site or are a close contact to a positive case. How exposures are handled may vary due to vaccination status.
- Isolation: Positive Cases – If your child tests positive, they will be isolated for 5 days or until symptoms subside, whichever is longer, either at home or at camp. They will also be required to be masked for an additional 5 days (indoors and outdoors). Parents will be notified and we may require you to pick your child up depending on the symptoms, camp personnel and time of infection. Arrangements to bring your child back to camp can be made depending on how much time is left in the session.
- Quarantine: Close Contacts – Close contacts may be handled differently depending on vaccination status. All campers living in a cabin with someone who tests positive will be tested, regardless of whether they are exhibiting symptoms. Vaccinated campers that test negative can return to normal camp and may be asked to wear masks around those that are not in their cabin (especially when indoors). They will be re-tested 5 days later or if they present with any symptoms. Those that are unvaccinated will be required to be quarantined away from other campers and staff – either at home or in the health center – for 5 days. They will be retested after 5 days – if negative they can return to camp activities but will be required to wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
- More information about Minnesota’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for camps can be found here.
- Be patient with us – we are trying hard to think through every scenario that is being thrown at us and will continue to do so for the entirety of the summer – just like we did in 2021!
We are excited to continue the partnership we have with you and are hopeful for a great summer. Please let us know if you have questions and watch for more emails from us soon. Thank you for your trust. We will continue to work hard for your kids!
Pre Camp FAQs: May Change
What does Camp Ready mean?
Camp Ready means that the camper and their family have taken reasonable measures to ensure that the camper arrives at camp healthy by self monitoring their health, reducing risky activities like weddings, neighborhood BBQs and nonessential travel, completing a COVID-19 test, and being vaccinated if possible.
What happens if my camper tests positive for COVID-19 prior to camp or has not completed his/her quarantine after being exposed?
Sadly, anyone under quarantine or isolation from exposure, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or having a positive COVID-19 test the day before arrival will not be allowed to arrive with the other campers. Please contact camp for options to come in after the minimum quarantine is completed. We will do the best we can to safely welcome late campers.
What pre-camp testing is needed?
Parents will need to sign off that they have tested their child within one day prior to their arrival at camp (using any FDA approved test – rapid, antigen or PCR) AND received a negative result.
Does my camper have to be vaccinated for COVID-19?
We are strongly encouraging campers to be fully vaccinated (two shots and boosted if applicable) as another layer of protection. We are anticipating that the majority, if not all, of our camp staff will be vaccinated.
If my camper has been vaccinated will they have to have a COVID-19 test?
Yes. All children will need to test prior to arrival at camp. Parents will need to sign off that they have tested their child one day prior to their arrival at camp (using any FDA approved test – rapid, antigen or PCR) AND received a negative result.
All campers may be tested 5 days in to camp (waiting on Minnesota Department of Health recommendations). Parents may choose to have their child tested before they go home (optional). We will have test kits on site to use with symptomatic campers or staff.
Has the packing list changed?
Yes to accommodate a longer camping term and some additional items like face masks, a Crazy Creek like camp chair, and 2 water bottles.
How can parents help prepare their camper for camp?
- Discussion on empathy as every camper and counselor has had a different COVID-19 experience and we all need to be understanding and empathetic to others and their experiences.
- Be open to new experiences knowing that you are outside, active, seeing and interacting with so many others. It takes cooperation and collaboration to make it successful for everyone.
- Review and practice everything on the Tips for New Families page.
What type of masks should campers pack? Do you wash them?
Campers should bring a few masks with them just in case they need to go in to town, travel, or if they are symptomatic. We do not anticipate needing to wear them on a daily basis. If your camper would like to wear a mask, we will support that, please make sure they have enough for 20 days. We will have some on hand as well in case they lose them or don’t have them when needed!
During Camp FAQs: May Change
What will be the process to ensure each child is healthy?
There will be daily monitoring of each camper by cabin counselors with a report being submitted to our camp nurse. Designated individuals including our camp nurse will do the traditional screening of campers, plus COVID-19 protocols upon arrival. Additional Wellness Checks on Day 10 or 11 of the camp session and prior to camper departing by our health care team will be conducted. 2021 was one of our healthiest in a long time – we want to continue that trend.
Will handwashing and hand sanitizing be more frequent throughout the day?
Yes. Over a dozen outside handwashing stations are set up around the facility (they worked great in 2021 and we are excited to have them for 2022). These will be located in areas where we see the most need. Hand washing or hand sanitizing will be frequently worked into the schedule.
Will campers be wearing masks?
We are still finalizing this plan however we will not be requiring mask wearing outside at all unless a cabin has a positive case and are in the Quarantine or Isolation protocols.
Masks may need to be worn in indoor spaces with mixed groups.
Will campers be required to wear masks when in their cabins?
Campers will not have to wear their masks in their cabins.
Will campers be required to wear masks when outside?
Campers will not have to wear their masks when they are outside. Campers will be spread out more in their activities and programming.
Will campers be leaving camp for three-day camping trips, racing, or for local volunteer programs?
Yes! We will have one 3-Day canoe trip each session led by Aaron Briggs, a past counselor and experienced trip leader. Campers can put their names on the list by emailing Joe@campfoley.com. More information will be coming soon!
We will also be doing Community Service with our Leadership program in our local area.
Will you be moving more programming, eating and other parts of the camp day outside?
During the summer of 2021, we ate outside nearly every meal. Our goal is to get back to eating inside a more, however the campers and staff really enjoyed their time eating outside so we most likely will still work this experience in to our day to day routine. Each cabin will have a designated, shaded outside area for gathering times to keep us outside as much as possible.
What about the ventilation and spacing in the cabins?
All of our cabins have numerous windows and screens and exhaust fans (pulling air out of the cabins and drawing fresh air in). Opening windows has always been encouraged, and for windows to remain open (unless inclement weather) and fans to be left on continuously. We will continue to encourage this and our campers will sleep head to toe to ensure more than 6 feet of space between heads while sleeping.