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HEALTH AND SAFETY: COVID-19

Updated February 26, 2021

We are so excited for everything that this summer has in store and cannot thank you enough for your support and patience as we prepare camp for your family. We truly cannot wait to have campers back on our property enjoying life on the mountain, hiking into the backcountry, and getting dropped off at our Day Camp sites each week. Because of the presence of Covid-19 and to ensure a safer environment this summer, we recognize that camp must look different. Most importantly, even if camp looks different this year, it will still be the Camp Timberline we have all known and loved the last 25 years!

 

As we continue planning for Summer 2021, all health decisions are being made under the guidance of CDC resources, the Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE) Guidebook, the American Camping Association (ACA) and the Association of Camp Nursing (ACN) recommendations, as well as our state and local health department guidelines.

 

We are diligently planning the best camp experience for your campers. Please know the safety of campers, staff, and the larger camp community is at the forefront of our minds. That being said, we wanted to update you on our plan to prevent the spread and/or entry of Covid-19 at Camp Timberline this summer. These safety policies are to help ensure that camp is conducted in the best possible way given the current state of the virus and within the guidelines of the county and state. We do anticipate changes as the summer approaches and will be communicating those as they become available. 

 

We have broken our policies up into four categories: Before Camp, Opening and Closing Day, During Camp, and Facilities:

 

Before Camp: 

  • We are asking that your camper quarantine as best they can (keeping interactions to a minimum) seven days prior to their first day at camp.

  • Travel Policy: We ask that all campers abide by all travel restrictions, and trust that by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing in the airports we can keep camp as safe as possible.

  • Heightened Health Screenings: We will be asking for a 24-Hour health screening to be submitted online prior to arrival. This form will be sent to you the week prior to your camper’s session.

  • Physical Form: A signed Doctor's Statement of Participation is required for your child to attend camp. If your child has not been seen by a physician within the past 12 months, please be sure to schedule an appointment to have this form completed. 

    • Click here for the Doctor's Statement of Participation for base camp programs.

* You will be asked to present this form upon check-in, together with an immunization record and Doctor Orders for medication.

 

Opening and Closing Day:

  • We will be implementing a drop off/pick up system where we ask parents to stay in their vehicles while on camp property. Exact details as to how this will look will be provided prior to your camper’s session. We feel confident that this procedure will help to limit exposure to all campers and staff while on camp property.

 

During Camp: 

  • Cohorting: In an effort to keep group sizes and exposure down, camp will be treating each cabin as a separate cohort. By implementing this, we hope to dramatically limit exposure to everyone at camp, while still providing the opportunity for relationships to occur in a safe environment. 

  • Masks: We will be requiring masks whenever physical distancing between multiple cabins/cohorts isn't possible. We will not require masks to be worn within individual cabins/cohorts. We are intentionally planning time throughout the day where campers can safely remove their masks.

  • Daily temperature and symptom checks will be performed on both campers and staff.

  • Hand Hygiene: We will be stressing a high level of hand hygiene and will have increased hand washing and sanitizing procedures throughout the day.

 

Facilities: 

  • Get campers outside: Our main goal this summer (and every summer) is to keep campers outside as much as possible. 

  • Meal Time: Meals will be outside whenever possible. In inclement weather, we will rotate meal times to allow for adequate social distancing in the Lodge. 

  • Ventilation: We will increase ventilation in each cabin by using fans and leaving windows open. We will also be implementing head to toe sleeping arrangements to minimize exposure within cabin/cohort groups.

  • Greater emphasis on cleaning all shared surfaces and equipment: We are increasing our Cabin Clean-Up time to allow for a deeper cleaning each day at camp.

 

We are in continual contact with our local health departments, and are anticipating updated guidelines over the next month; but please keep in mind that much can change over the next three months - and even through the summer. We have appreciated your flexibility and commitment to camp throughout this past year. We can't wait for Summer 2021 - it is going to be the best one yet!

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Estes Park, CO 80517

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Fort Collins, CO 80521

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