BEYOND TIMBERLINE
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 and hiking into the backcountry. 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 this 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 BT group 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. For Beyond Timberline, this will mean keeping groups separate on Sunday and Friday nights. 

  • Masks: Masks are to be worn when around people outside of the trip cohort. When hiking a face covering does not need to be worn unless there are other hikers passing by on the trail.

  • 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 sanitizing procedures throughout the day.

 

Facilities: 

  • Meal Time: Meals will be served by guides, one camper at a time, in an effort to control safe serving practices. 

  • Ventilation - Thankfully our BT program operates almost solely in outdoor environments. Campers will sleep head to toe in order to create a space in tents where there is less direct face-to-face contact. Sleeping with only screens zipped and tent doors down will be encouraged to create a “screen door” effect and allow for airflow. 

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


 

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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