HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATES IN REGARD TO COVID-19
This is a time when we are readily reminded that Jesus is our only certain peace and resting place. During these unique, temporary circumstances in which we live, we wanted to take this opportunity to keep you in the loop as to what has and will be done to protect our campers and their experience this summer. This page will be updated as updates take place while we work towards returning to normal operations.
As we continue to prepare for an amazing summer at Camp ROYAL, we are taking every measure possible to protect every child’s health, safety and well-being. We are following all CDC Guidelines and Protocols as they pertain to Camp ROYAL. With the added safety measures in place, we are fully committed and excited to deliver an unforgettable, action-packed summer.
- Brandon Heidemann Founder | President | 2nd In Command
WE HOLD THE WELL-BEING AND SAFETY OF OUR CAMPERS IN THE HIGHEST PRIORITY
What Adjustments and Increased Safety Steps Have We Implemented for The Health of Our Campers?
Infrastructure & Support Services
EQUIPPED, ON-SITE MEDICAL ROOM
We have an on-site medical room dedicated to routinely checking for any signs of illness, and we are prepared to handle any possible need for response if a camper or staff member’s health becomes symptomatic. If there were a need to quarantine any camper or staff, we are equipped to handle a temporary quarantine until they are moved to the best possible environment for both their personal healing and the health of everyone at Camp ROYAL.
CPR & FIRST AID TRAINED STAFF
All of our full-time ROYAL staff on Camp grounds are certified in CPR and First Aid.
QUICK-ACCESS HOSPITALS & CLINICS
New River Health Clinic is 2 minutes from Camp. The nearest hospital is Plateau Medical Center, 10 minutes from Camp.
SPACIOUS LIVING QUARTERS (*only applies to overnight camp)
In an effort to offer the best and most sanitary experience possible, our campers’ bunks are well spaced, and each dorm is equipped with access to hand sanitizer at all times.
Our dorms and bathrooms will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes and spray daily. Bathrooms will receive additional cleaning after field trips, to ensure the healthiest environment for our campers.
Clean hands are our first line of defense against the spread of germs. As such, we will require hand sanitization or washing at the beginning and conclusion of each activity; before all meals; upon waking and before bed. Our hand sanitizers will contain at least 62% alcohol, per the CDC Guidelines.
CLEANED BEFORE AND AFTER EVERY MEAL
Our staff are taking strict measures to ensure that our campers are in a healthy and safe environment during meals. All chairs and tables will be disinfected before and after every meal. We will follow the most up-to-date CDC guidelines for food safety and serving. As stated, in “Hand Washing,” we require all staff and campers to wash their hands before every meal. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations are available in the cafeteria.
All food and beverages will be handled and served by staff only. Staff in charge of serving food or beverages will wear gloves and hairnets at all times. If they come into contact with someone or handle any used dish ware, they will change their gloves before continuing food service.
HOW ARE ROYAL STAFF & CAMPERS SCREENED?
Screening Before Arrival
ROYAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE
One week before camp, we will send all parents our Camper Health Questionnaire inquiring about their recent and past month’s health. We ask each of these questions for the sake of protecting ROYAL staff, other campers and campers families, as well as to inhibit any further spread of germs.
Screening Upon Arrival
All campers and staff members are checked upon arrival with a non-contact, forehead thermometer. Any camper or staff member with an elevated temperature, according to CDC guidelines, will not be admitted in camp. If your camper is attending day camp or after school programs, they may resume attendance when they have returned to a normal body temperature for a full 24-hours AND if they do not present with any secondary symptoms.
HEALTH SCREENING (In Response to COVID-19)
Upon arrival, all campers and staff are screened for recent changes and/or updates to their health status. If a camper or staff member has experienced symptoms (i.e. fever, runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) within the 14 days prior to the start of programming, they will not be allowed at Camp without [negative/antibody] results of a diagnostic COVID-19 test. We understand that this testing has been limited, but want to take the best measures we can to protect our campers and staff.
Ongoing Screening During Camp
TEMPERATURE CHECKS & SYMPTOM RECOGNITION (*only applies to overnight camp)
During overnight Camp weeks, ROYAL staff will also take camper temperatures mid-week. For our Day Campers, ROYAL Staff will take each child’s temperature upon check-in, daily, before entering camp. ROYAL staff are also trained to recognize any additional symptoms of communicable diseases, forwarding campers with elevated temperatures or other symptoms to one of our two Health Centers immediately for further evaluation with a medical professional. If your Day camper presents with an elevated body temperature and/or additional symptoms of illness, a ROYAL staff member will contact you to pick them up immediately. They may resume camp attendance when he or she has returned to a normal body temperature for a full 24-hours AND if they do not have any secondary symptoms.
DAILY HYGIENE CARE
Staff will encourage campers to employ daily cleaning of hair, skin and nails. They will continue to encourage them to keep their hands washed, even outside of the required hand washing and hand sanitizing times.
What Happens if My Camper Gets Sick During their Camp Week or After School Session?
INTENSIVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS ORIENTATION DURING STAFF TRAINING
Our staff has been taught how to recognize signs and symptoms of communicable disease and other common illnesses. When appropriate, campers will be forwarded to a Health Center for follow up with a medical professional.
If a camper becomes ill and is exhibiting symptoms similar to COVID-19, the camper will be placed in supervised quarantine for 24-hours with our designated, specially trained staff member. If the camper is attending day camp, they will be placed in supervised quarantine with our designated staff member, until their parent arrives. In both instances, the camper’s parent or guardian will be notified immediately.