WORKING WITH EXPERTS: EYC and Camp Newago have been working directly with contacts at The State of Michigan, the CDC, and the American Camp Association. We will continue to gather the best information and adjust to the evolving situation in preparation for Summer 2021.
PRIORITIZING SANITIZATION: Camp Newago has raised its already thorough sanitation standards to match and exceed recommendations from health care professionals. The housekeeping staff already work hard to keep camp clean; in 2020, they had extra help from our summer staff members. We increased the frequency with which they perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities, and deployed extra sanitation teams throughout the day. We plan to renew these procedures in 2021 and for as long as they are deemed necessary.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & MASKING MEASURES: Once all campers and staff have been screend and had a ngivitave COVID test campers and staff will nto be required to wear masks at camp. If campers must interact with someone outside of camp they will be required to wear a mask and remain 6 feet away when when possible.
CLOSED COMMUNITY: Not only do we take the health and safety of our camp community seriously, but we see ourselves as partners with our local and statewide communities. We treat camp as a closed “bubble.” Counselors quarantined before camp and campers were asked to quarantine before and after camp. Campers were required to pass a health check at drop-off on Check-In Day before they were allowed to join the camp community. Furthermore, visitors are strictly limited and must be pre-approved by the Camp Director. Any visitor must have a negative COVID rapid test (administered upon arrival at camp and before exiting their vehicle). Camp staff members will significantly limit leaving camp during their time off. We also adjusted the way we do Check-in/out (contactless drop off and pick up) to minimize interaction between camp families. Planned visitors will be required to pass a COVID test before they interact with anyone at camp.
QUICK RESPONSE PROTOCOL: EYC and Camp Newaygo are prepared to react swiftly if the need arises. We are experienced in preserving the health of our community. In the event that someone does fall ill at camp, we have established multi-staged quarantine and isolation procedures that will allow us the time to determine the best response, including whether or not the ill camper or staff member will be able to rejoin the camp population.
THOROUGH COMMUNICATION: As always, EYC endeavors to communicate with parents in a thorough, accurate, and transparent manner. We recognize the importance of sharing the best information available as quickly as possible. This summer, we aspire to be better than ever; thoughtful, detailed communication is more important than ever in keeping our community well-informed and highly-prepared..
We will monitor this rapidly evolving situation and, as we move forward with summer planning, know that we’ll be abundantly transparent on our decisions.
Again, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our campers, guests, and staff. We thank you for your trust and support.