Corona 19 – AMG Youth Camp Policies & Procedures

AMG Covid 19 Special Procedures for Rock
Climbing Instruction and Guiding Video

5/20/20

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Day Camps and Overnight Camps

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Supplement

The following guidelines have been developed with the best interest of protecting summer camp attendees, Acadia Mountain Guides employees and the public during summer camp operations. At the time of writing the guidelines meet or exceed the best practices outlined by the American Camp Association and the State of Maine requirements for Summer Camps and Outdoor Guiding activities. As more is learned about the transmission and management of COVID-19, the content may change and should not be considered rigid nor should they replace common sense and judgment on the part of AMG employees. 

General Principles

As outdoor leaders and climbing instructors, we manage risk 24/7 and continually evaluate the risk vs benefit of a given situation. COVID 19 simply adds to that equation.

Microbes are everywhere - some good, some not. We should not fool ourselves into believing that what we do will put an end to COVID-19. Rather, our goal is to break as many links as possible in the chain of infection.

Transmission is best controlled by following common health care practices including:

  1. Do not work or attend camp if you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms
  2. If someone becomes ill at camp with  flu-like symptoms isolate from group and mask at all times
  3. Maintaining physical distancing without forgetting that at times a hug may be the best thing to do for a camper
  4. Utilizing mouth and nose coverings when in close proximity to others
  5. Keeping hands away from face area
  6. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after activities.
  7. Frequent use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% isopropyl alcohol before and after activities.
  8. Cough / sneeze into tissue or your shoulde
  9. Continually thinking about routes of disease transmission as you would for other infective agents.

Employee Training

      Camp and administrative staff should be familiar with COVID policies along with standard policies.
Field staff should be trained in the application of these guidelines to include:

      Types and use of cleaners and sanitizers

      Train staff on hand hygiene after removing gloves.

      Types and use of PPE including correctly donning, doffing, maintaining, and disposing of PPE relevant to their respective level of protection.

      Discuss when needed / not needed to minimize waste yet provide effective measures.

Staff Leave Time

      Expect that your personal desires to travel and do things will be more limited during this pandemic.

      In as much as possible staff should remain in the staff cohorts and minimize travel to public areas. Ie. avoid socializing in town, attending public events, etc.

      If staff do leave our circles they are expected to maintain a record of outside contacts and locations visited.

Return to Work for Employee with COVID

      At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and,

      At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of anti-pyretic medications and disappearance of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

Return to Camp for Camper with COVID

      Maintain a quarantine at home and,

      At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and,

      At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of anti-pyretic medications and disappearance of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

Concept of Cohorting

Cohorting is the concept of keeping a group of people intact and minimizing contact with others outside of the group. A cohorted group lives, plays, eats, washes and travels as a unit.

Maine guidelines allow for cohorts of up to 50 persons (campers and staff) to assemble for discrete activities. AMG cohorts will max at 16 people with the majority max at 10 people.

Our day camps operate on the principle of a Maine based cohort and as of June 8th are open to Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont residents, individuals who can show a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival to camp or those who have quarantined in Maine for 14 days or longer.

Overnight camps function as a contained “bubble” within the larger local community and essentially limit their physical contact with those outside the “bubble.” This approach would assist in containing a communicable disease within cohort boundaries should one arise. Maine requires that overnight camps be at least 14 days and recommends but does not require a 14 day quarantine for people coming into the state. AMG requests but does not require teen campers to have a  COVID test within 72 hours of camp arrival.  

Our inner circle cohort is the camp group and leaders and should stay intact. Our next cohort circle includes administrators and retail staff who are also expected to follow AMG COVID practices.

Every effort should be made to maintain intact cohorts through camp. New campers should not be allowed to join an existing group part way through a session. Staff should remain with the assigned cohort in as much as possible. If it is deemed more appropriate due to social interaction, climbing skills or safety needs, AMG staff will consider moving a camper or staff member from one controlled cohort to another. This will be discouraged in the initial days of camp programs and most useful for those attending camp for more than two weeks.                                                                 

Hows and Whens of Masks, Gloves, Etc.

 When to Wear Face Covering - Campers and General Staff

      Outdoors if within 6’ of individuals outside of cohort. Ie food shopping, in town, in a store, mini golf, etc.

      Outdoors when interacting with others closer than 6’ for greater than 15 minutes.

      During indoor activities and when maintaining physical distancing is not feasible due to area limitations.

      Riding in vehicles

      When outside of cohort such as at a reservation counter, in the retail store, getting gas or food, etc.

      If an outsider, such as a guest instructor, visits cohort

When Face Coverings Not Required on Campers or Staff:

  • While in camp within a maintained cohort.
  • Climbing, hiking, paddling with reasonable effort to maintain 6’ physical distancing.
  • During mealtime and while sleeping while maintaining 6’ physical distancing.

When Employees Should Wear Gloves:

Cleaning and disinfecting an area with a possible COVID exposure.
Handling any incoming belongings or equipment prior to disinfection (ie pick ups)                     
Performing the more intensive cleaning events such as end of day or camp session cleaning of vehicles, washing dishes, doing camper laundry.

When to Wash or Disinfect Hands – Campers and General Staff

      Before eating or drinking

  • Upon entering / exiting vehicles your cabin

      After being in contact with someone who may have been sick

      After touching frequently touched surface (railings, doorknobs, counters, etc.)

      After using the restroom

      After using common items, such as sports equipment, computer keyboards and mice, craft, supplies, etc.

      Before rappelling or belaying

      After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose

      Anytime you think you should

      Recently cleaned and sanitized hands are considered equivalent to cleaned gloves for most purposes.
Gloves may be washed or sanitized while being worn to encourage reuse.

How to Wash Hands

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by running them together with the soap. Make sure to lather the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean paper towel.
  6. You may use paper towels to turn off the faucet and/or open doors of the bathrooms.

How to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

  1. Hand sanitizers should contain greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol.
  2. Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
  3. Rub your hands together. Make sure the product contacts the back of your hands, palms, between your fingers, and fingertips.
  4. Continue to rub your hands together until your hands are dry (about 20 seconds).

Standard use of basic PPE  - mask and gloves

May be put on in any order.
            Try to avoid touching mask and face
            Store mask in bag for later use.

Use of PPE in higher risk (cleaning / disinfecting closed spaces such a vehicles, doing camper laundry, or decontaminating an area with possible or actual exposure.

Donning practice:                                      

  1. Perform hand hygiene; wash hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or disinfect hands using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.                                                               
  2. Don disposable gown, one piece suit or waterproof breathable clothing                                                                      
  3. Don face mask (if just routine cleaning) or N95 mask (if cleaning post COVID exposure)
  4. Put on eye shields or goggles
  5. Perform hand hygiene again
  6. Don on gloves                                                             

Doffing (taking off) practice:                 

  1. Remove gown, one piece suit or waterproof breathable clothing while trying to minimize contact with it or other surfaces. Place disposables in red bag or non-disposables in plastic bag for laundering
  2. Remove gloves and ensure that doing so does not cause contamination of hands by using a safe removal technique.
  3. Perform hand hygiene.
  4. Remove face shield or goggles by grasping the strap and pulling it up and away from the head. Do not touch the front of the face shield or goggles.
  5. Remove N95 or face mask and dispose while avoiding touching the front of it.
  6. Perform hand hygiene.                                                               

 Cleaning procedures and PPE for staff:

      When mixing disinfecting solutions → wear mask, eye protection and gloves.

      When preparing meals → wear mask and gloves

      Monitor for signs of irritation and allergy

      Acceptable cleaning methods:

      Soap and water: may be used for anything.

      Dishes, pots and utensils: wash with soap and water, clean rinse in bleach based solution, and air dry.

      Ropes, harnesses, and climbing equipment: Isopropyl Alcohol diluted to 60 - 70%. Do not use bleach.

      Hydrogen peroxide effective on surfaces only - do not use for personal cleaning.

      Allow the disinfectant to remain on surfaces for 3 minutes or recommended time. Wipe with disposable towel or air dry.                                                  

      If gloves are unavailable, staff should perform hand hygiene immediately before and after handling campers’ belongings.

How To Clean If There Is A Confirmed Or Likely Case Of  Covid-19 Exposure

If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routine cleaning and disinfection. If less than 7 days, close off areas that were used by the person who is sick and carry out the following:

      If possible, cleaning should be done or supervised by camp owner, Jon Tierney.

      Cleaning staff should wear eye protection, multiple layered disposable gloves, facemask, and gowns for all tasks in the enhanced cleaning process, including handling trash.

      PPE donning should take place in a “clean” area.

      Open doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas, if possible. Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick.

      Wait up to 24 hours or as long as practical before you clean or disinfect the space to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting. Outdoor venues and equipment may be cleaned without delay.

      The cleaning equipment should not be used to clean other areas until containers are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

      Clean in a manner to avoid re-contaminating surfaces that have been disinfected.

      Clean visibly dirty surfaces then perform disinfection.

      Use disposable wipes/paper towels.

      Pay particular attention to high touch areas such as handrails, door handles, tent zippers, shared sports equipment or climbing equipment.

      Clean and disinfect an area extending 12’ in all directions around the camper’s sleeping quarters, focusing on all horizontal surfaces and high touch objects.

      Clean soft and porous surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes as much as possible, then do not use for three days.

      Doffing of gloves, gowns, masks should be done to avoid contamination of the wearer, nearby objects or others.

      Sanitize gloves continually during cleaning. Be sure to clean hands after removing final gloves.

      Place all cleaning or contaminated materials in sealed red bio bag and notify camp owner for proper disposal.

      Remove clothing and bag, shower as soon as possible, and launder clothing.

 

Medical Care / First Aid Supplement for COVID

All camps should have a Wilderness First Responder or higher level trained person present. Exception may be made when EMS is available within 15 minutes. This allows for shopping, travel needs, etc.

Standard PPE procedures should be followed consistent with practices taught in Wilderness Medicine courses. In addition:

Minimize the number of personnel and others involved in care.

With serious injury, unresponsiveness or potential for vomiting → utilize face (use N95 blue mask) and eye protection, wear gown or suitable fluid proof barrier such as rain shell / pants, gloves.

In the event CPR or artificial respiration is needed. Utilize either BVM system with HME filter proximal to mask or standard pocket mask with HME filter in place. Maintain tight mask to patient mouth seal with second rescuer or CPAP mask holder (do not break seal except to clear airway).

If treating lower airway restriction utilize patient’s own MDI inhaler device. Remind them how to use, wear a mask and maintain physical distance during use.

If airway restriction is serious (ie anaphylaxis) or not responding to MDI or person not capable of self- administering MDI then use 0.3 - 0.5mg Epinephrine IM or “Epipen” as taught in WFR course. 

 

Camp Operations

Camp Attendance Guidelines as of June 9th, 2020

Day camps:

  1. Campers must be residents of Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont OR
  2. Show proof of (-) COVID test within 72 hours of camp
  3. Sign affidavit indicating completion of 14 day quarantine
  4. In all cases must remain symptom free and accept daily assessment

Overnight Camps - Single session cohort

  1. If camper is not a Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont and has not quarantined in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont for 14 days prior to camp then it is recommended (not required) for them to obtain a COVID test or complete a 14 day quarantine a portion of which we believe may be completed at home and finished in Maine (not confirmed).
  2. Teen camp participants are asked to complete a 14 day pre-camp daily self assessment prior to attending.

Camp Preparation / Marketing / Registration

  1. The primary contacts for camp registrations are 1. Rob Benton, Andrew Krause with Jon Tierney as backup if needed. They are responsible for staying aware of all COVID related camp concerns as well as normal camp operations. One of the primary contact personnel should communicate with every registrant’s parent / guardian.
  2. Parents/Guardians should be made aware of COVID related guidelines and camper expectation through PDFs, on-line information and verbal communication.
  3. Parents should consent to daily testing of camper while at camp.
  4. Rob Benton is responsible for familiarizing AMG / ALP staff with COVID guidelines for camp.
  5. Andrew Krause is responsible for familiarizing AMG / ALP staff with COVID guidelines for guiding and rentals.
  6. Identify any high risk campers prior to camp and suggest physician approval prior to camp attendance. It is also suggested that individuals dropping off and picking up campers be in good health and not considered at high risk. High risk individuals include:

1.         chronic respiratory illnesses such as COPD
2.         severe asthma
3.         Cancer
4.         Immuno-compromised individuals
5.         Cancer
6.         heavy smokers
7.         organ/tissue transplant recipients                                
8.         BMI >40 
9.         renal or hepatic failure
10.       poorly controlled diabetes

Pre Camp Screening

  1. Pre-screening is encouraged for day camp participants.
  2. Pre-screening is required for overnight camp participants.

Pre-screening includes:                                                                                           Self or parental screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) within the past two weeks.                                                                    
Taking and recording their own temperature for 14 days before camp                                                 

      Reporting close contact with a COVID + person

      Recording the above information on the AMG COVID Pre-screening health form.

      If any red flags are identified during pre-screening, the camper should be evaluated by a clinician prior to camp attendance.   

Post-Camp

      Parents of campers should be informed to report any COVID related illness following camp

All Camper Covid Briefing

      A briefing at the start of a camp sessions along with frequent reminders should be held to discuss behaviors and precautions campers should follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

     How and when to effectively wash and sanitize hands

     How to practice physical distancing in various settings (vans, activities, meals, etc.)

     Which symptoms to look out for and when to report them and to whom

     When to stay home

     Coughing etiquette

      Campers should be encouraged to talk about how they are feeling. Make yourself available to talk and listen.

      Be calm and reassuring; be careful not only about what you say but how you say it.

      Listen for underlying fears or concerns. Ask questions to find out what a concerned camper knows about COVID-19.

      Be a source of comfort. Let campers know that fear is a normal and acceptable reaction.

      Provide only honest and accurate information. Correct any false information they may have heard yet be considerate with campers when correcting any information.

      Talk about what the camp is doing to protect campers from getting sick.

      Tell campers that even though the COVID-19 pandemic is serious, hospitalizations and death are rare, especially in young healthy individuals.

      Let campers know that teens and children seem to get a milder illness when compared to adults.           

      If you do not know the answer to a question, say so. Do not speculate

Camp Activities

All activities we do have certain risks just like everything in life. We should consider reducing the intensity and remoteness of certain activities in order to better control and maintain COVID guidelines.

Shared Activity Gear

Assigning items where possible to reduce the quantity of items shared. Also, cleaning and disinfecting of shared items must occur between uses by different campers.  

Outdoor Structures

      Use of outdoor structures such as swings, tables, training devices (pull up bars, Rock Rings) - hands should be sanitized before and after use.

      Shoes should be worn on slacklines.

Climbing/Rappelling

      The climbing area should be outdoors and have a clearly defined area with space for campers to have their bag, remove their face covering and have snacks as well as rest between climbs.

      While climbing and interacting with other campers all participants and staff should be masked.

      Staff should be designated to monitor hand sanitization at regular intervals and in between climbs.

      Ropes and other climbing equipment should be used only for the camp and stored in the van for the entire week of camp.

      Upon completion of camp or if equipment is transitioned to another cohort (group) it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with soap and water, dried and sprayed with alcohol based solution prior to use by another camper. 

      Be familiar with and follow climbing specific guidelines

      Helmets, harnesses, and shoes should be labeled with removable name        

      Carabiners, belay tools, etc should be washed washed daily

Canoeing/Water Sports

      Currently the CDC finds no evidence of transmission of covid through water activities when guidelines are observed

      Campers should receive their own PFD and paddle, if they are paddling for multiple days they should have their equipment labeled outside when appropriate and the same equipment should be used by the same person(s) used each day.

      Swimming should be overseen by a certified lifeguard and physical distancing should still be maintained in the water. Continue to use the standard “buddy” system for safety.

      Hand sanitation and hygiene precautions should still be observed.

      Upon completion of camp or if equipment is transitioned to another cohort (group) it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with soap and water, dried and sprayed with alcohol based solution prior to use by another camper. 

Hiking

      We should choose less traveled trails and have backup options for hiking if trailheads are full.

      Off trail travel / orienteering should also be considered.

      Masks should be available on each person.

      Campers should maintain physical distancing or mask while hiking and rest stops should be limited to areas where physical distancing is possible.

      Trail etiquette should still be followed and campers should be instructed on what to do if passing other hikers - maintain physical distance or mask.

      Hand sanitation and hygiene precautions should still be observed

Indoor Activities                                                                                            

      Limit indoor activities as much as possible

      Staff members and campers should wear cloth face coverings during activities indoors when physical distancing is not maintained.

  • Ensure that there is proper ventilation within the space by maximizing natural ventilation via screened windows and doors.

Camper Illness

      If camper or staff member is suspected to have COVID-19 based on assessment, place a face mask or cloth face covering on the individual. Isolate the individual by separating symptomatic individuals by at least 6 feet.

      If camper or staff is unable to return home then an isolation tent may be set up while in the field.

      If in Orono, ideally utilize an isolation tent with leader tent nearby and utilize east most bathroom which will need to be deconned after use. The east bedroom is plan B if needed and the door to the middle room will remain closed.

      Initiate close contact tracing coordinated with health officials. It is crucial to carry out “contact tracing” immediately to determine the potential or confirmed case’s contacts with other campers or staff members over the previous days. Close contact is defined as interactions within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.

      Identify close contacts and record on close-contact data sheet.

      Notify camp management, parents/guardians, and appropriate healthcare providers in accordance with guidance from your local health officials.

      Maintain confidentiality

      Inform those with potential exposure.

Day Camp Procedures

Drop off Procedures

First Day

  1. A staff member should set-up a camp table or a registration/transfer area at each drop off to check in campers. Set up the registration area with clipboards, bleach disinfectant, paper towels, lined trash container, masks, gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer and table (if necessary).
  2. Ask parent/guardian to consider having the same person drop the camper off each day.
  3. A staff member wearing AMG clothing should greet the parent/guardian in their car with a mask on. We would ask that parents also wear masks if not staying in their own vehicle.
  4. Registration area or objects (pens, clip boards) should be wiped down/sanitized before/after each separate interaction unless parent has sanitized prior to utilizing objects.
  5. Camper and parent (if masked) can come out to registration one at a time while camper is assessed and gear checked.
  6. Make sure camper forms are complete at check-in.
  7. Staff should confirm who the parent/guardian picking up the camper will be.
  8. Any questions or interactions should be done via phone or with appropriate physical distancing.
  9. Instructor should ask each camper the following questions and take their forehead temperature. Oral temperatures may be taken by staff who are certified as a WFR or above.

1.     Known contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days?
2.     Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days?
3.     Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days?
If any of the above, client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.

4.     Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F), recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache, sore  throat, new loss of taste or smell.
If 2 or more of above client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.

  1. Hand sanitizer and a face covering should be provided to each camper at check-in if they do not come with it.
  2. Camper should be given disinfecting wipes and directed to disinfect their pack or duffel or it should be done by staff with gloves and mask.
  3. Campers should then be assigned a seat in the van and given instruction on physical distancing and proper cough etiquette. Each camper should sanitize hands upon entering / exiting camp vehicle. A taped X should be placed on every other seat.
  4. All occupants should wear a face mask while in AMG vehicles and campers should minimize touching surfaces.
  5. Food, Snacks and water should not be allowed to be consumed in the van.
  6. Hands should be sanitized between actions.

Consecutive Day Camp Drop Off

      On a daily basis, each camper should be assessed for signs and symptoms including temperature. This information should be recorded on a daily check sheet. 

Pick up Procedures

      Emphasize the importance of being on time for pick up both for staff and leaders.

      If several parents are coming to one location, ensure that masking and physical distancing occur.

      Ideally, create a system in which campers are simply escorted to their parent’s/guardian’s vehicle.

      Parents should be asked to not exit their vehicle and camp leader should check that proper Parent/ Guardian is present for pick-up prior to a camper entering the private vehicle.

      Camper should sanitize hands upon exiting the camp vehicle.

      Any interaction should be done through a passenger window allowing safe distancing measures.

      Outdoor gear should be bagged and labeled to be left in AMG possession during the duration of camp.

Camper Transport

      Signage should be placed in the vehicle reminding campers to wash hands, sanitize, wear a mask and distance. Signage should be cartoon like so as to not create additional anxiety.

      Use the largest vehicle available to maximize physical distancing.

      Provide a quick briefing of guidelines for when in a vehicle, always stay in their assigned seat and wear a seatbelt.

      Staff and campers should wear face covering at all times while in the van.

      No food or drink consumption while in the vehicle

      Be aware of yourself and others while in the vehicle (point out commonly touched surfaces)

      Stops for bathroom or snack breaks should be limited and preferentially made to areas lesser used public locations such as the Thompson Island Picnic area bathroom area rather than the Thompson Island Visitor Center bathroom. 

      In as much as possible luggage should be isolated from passengers. A clear plastic barrier may be attached to the interior of vehicle to aid this. This is especially important in day camps where campers will be coming and going daily with personal items.  If it cannot be separated, it should be placed in a plastic bag for travel.

      Disposable gloves, facemasks, eye protection, gown and cleaning supplies should be available in the vehicle kits. supply and is to be maintained by camp manager.                                     

Decontamination of Vehicle Before and During Camp

      Each transport vehicle should be thoroughly cleaned (to include floors, walls, windows) and disinfected prior to a camp session. A daily cleaning should be done at the end of each day to include seats, door handles, radio, steering and shift levers, etc.

      Vehicle cleaning should be done in a back to front format working from already cleaned area back out through “dirty” areas

      Mask, gloves, gown or impermeable fabric and eye protection should be worn while cleaning. 

On Locations

      Upon arrival to the activity area campers should be issued any needed gear. Gear that is assigned should be used by the same person for the duration of session if possible.

      Issued gear that is not in use should be bagged and kept in the van or in open air.

      While sizing gear participants and instructors should maintain proper physical distance of six feet.

          One size fits all harnesses should be used to ensure proper fitting.

          While sizing climbing shoes if multiple shoes are tried on then the shoes that are not being used

            by the participants should be placed in a plastic bag and sanitized as per the climbing procedures.

Lunch

      Campers are expected to bring their own lunch and drinks

      Sharing of food is not allowed

      AMG will provide individually delivered snacks and drink supplements.

      There should be a pre-set kitchen lunch area established at meal time.

      Meal area should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use. Due to availability and cost, diluted bleach solution should be used over diluted alcohol solution. Add 4 teaspoons of bleach to a quart of water. Bleach solution should be mixed daily.

      Complete hand washing should precede all meals

      The participants should be physically distanced from each other during meals. If at tables, campers should utilize same seat throughout meal.

      Campers should bring their own plate and bowl and eating utensils to camp. 

      Standard methods of preventing cross contamination to be maintained - no community bowls, bags, etc. Utilize individual servings of GORP, chips, salad, etc.

      Maintain the concept of community meal while maintaining separation.

      Water bottles refilling should be carefully supervised to prevent cross contamination. Drink mixes should be provided in such a way to prevent cross contamination. ie hand sanitize before spooning out mix.

Bathroom Use

      The instructors should inform the participants of the nearest bathroom if one is available.

      When possible use forested areas for urination following good LNT practices to minimize cross exposure

      Personal supplies – hairbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, caps, contact lens solutions, etc –belong to the owner and should not be shared with others.

      All campers should be instructed on hygiene for public bathrooms

a.     Masks should be worn and physical distancing maintained

b.     Provided 2 - 3 sanitizing wipes to clean door handles and toilet seat, toilet handle etc. before use. Discard in waste receptacle not toilet

c.     Wash and sanitize hands, use paper towel to turn off faucet and exit

d.     Resanitize after exiting if other people have come into room since cleaning knobs and handles

      When using public bathrooms including our shop bathroom with younger youth camps

a.     Schedule bathroom breaks as much as possible to minimize back and forth to bathrooms

b.     Instructor should accompany children to bath area to insure procedures are followed 

 

      When using natural environments, the instructors should inform the campers of proper LNT practices in the disposal of waste to include carry in / carry out, personal hygiene, and cat hole use.

  

Overnight Camp Procedures

 

All of the day camps procedures should be observed by overnight camps as well. Additionally, overnight camps should observe the precautions below including food prep and handling, campsite guidelines, sleeping guidelines, intracamp guidelines.

For these camps, counselors and campers should act as a single family-like cohort quarantining in a wilderness outdoor environment. For the first few days, campers should be most cautious around each other and watching for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Drop off Procedures

A staff member should set-up a camp table or a registration/transfer area at each drop off to check in campers. Set up the registration area with clipboards, bleach disinfectant, paper towels, lined trash container, masks, gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer and table (if necessary).

Ask parent/guardian to consider having the same person drop the camper off each day.

A staff member wearing AMG clothing should greet the parent/guardian in their car with a mask on. We would ask that parents also wear masks if not staying in own vehicle.

Registration area or objects (pens, clip boards) should be wiped down/sanitized before/after each separate interaction unless parent has sanitized prior to utilizing objects.

Camper and parent (if masked) can come out to registration one at a time while camper is assessed and gear checked.

Make sure camper forms are complete at check-in.

Staff should confirm who the parent/guardian picking up the camper will be.

Any questions or interactions should be done via phone or with appropriate physical distancing.

Instructor should ask each camper the following questions and take their forehead temperature. Oral temperatures may be taken by staff who are certified as a WFR or above.

1.     Known contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days?
2.     Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days?
3.     Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days?
If any of the above
→ client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.

4.     Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F), recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache, sore  throat, new loss of taste or smell.
If 2 or more of above --> client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.

Hand sanitizer and a face covering should be provided to each camper at check-in if they do not come with it.

Camper should be given disinfecting wipes and directed to disinfect their pack or duffel or it should be done by staff with gloves and mask.

Campers should then be assigned a seat in the van and given instruction on physical distancing and proper cough etiquette. Each camper should sanitize hands upon entering / exiting camp vehicle. A taped X should be placed on every other seat.

All occupants should wear a face mask while in AMG vehicles and campers should minimize touching surfaces.

Food, Snacks and water should not be allowed to be consumed in the van.

Hands should be sanitized between actions.

Pick up Procedures

      Emphasize the importance of being on time for pick up both for staff and leaders.

      If several parents are coming to one location, ensure that masking and physical distancing occur.

      Ideally, create a system in which campers are simply escorted to their parent’s/guardian’s vehicle.

      Parents should be asked to not exit their vehicle and camp leader should check that proper Parent/ Guardian is present for pick-up prior to a camper entering the private vehicle.

      Camper should sanitize hands upon exiting the camp vehicle.

      Any interaction should be done through a passenger window allowing safe distancing measures.

      Outdoor gear should be bagged and labeled to be left in AMG possession during the duration of camp.

Camper Transport

      Signage should be placed in the vehicle reminding campers to wash hands, sanitize, wear a mask and distance. Signage should be cartoon like so as to not create additional anxiety.

      Use the largest vehicle available to maximize physical distancing.

      Provide a quick briefing of guidelines for when in a vehicle, always stay in their assigned seat and wear a seatbelt.

      Staff and campers should wear face covering at all times while in the vehicle.

      No food or drink consumption while in the vehicle

      Be aware of yourself and others while in the vehicle (point out commonly touched surfaces)

      Stops for bathroom or snack breaks should be limited and preferentially made to lesser used public locations such as the Thompson Island Picnic area bathroom area rather than the Thompson Island Visitor Center bathroom. 

      In as much as possible luggage should be isolated from passengers. A clear plastic barrier may be attached to the interior of vehicle to aid this. This is especially important in day camps where campers will be coming and going daily with personal items.  If it cannot be separated, it should be placed in a plastic bag for travel.

      Disposable gloves, facemasks, eye protection, gown and cleaning supplies should be available in the vehicle kits. supply and is to be maintained by camp manager.

                                     

Decontamination of Vehicle Before and During Camp

      Each transport vehicle should be thoroughly cleaned (to include floors, walls, windows) and disinfected prior to a camp session. A daily cleaning should be done at the end of each day to include seats, door handles, radio, steering and shift levers, etc.

      Vehicle cleaning should be done in a back to front format working from already cleaned area back out through “dirty” areas

      Mask, gloves, gown or impermeable fabric and eye protection should be worn while cleaning. 

 

On Locations

      Upon arrival to the activity area campers should be issued any needed gear. Gear that is assigned should be used by the same person for the duration of session if possible.

      Issued gear that is not in use should be bagged and kept in the van or in open air.

      While sizing gear participants and instructors should maintain proper physical distance of six feet.

          One size fits all harnesses should be used to ensure proper fitting.

          While sizing climbing shoes if multiple shoes are tried on then the shoes that are not being used

            by the participants should be placed in a plastic bag and sanitized as per the climbing procedures.

 

Bathroom Use

      The instructors should inform the participants of the nearest bathroom if one is available.

      When possible use forested areas for urination following good LNT practices to minimize cross exposure

      Personal supplies – hairbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, caps, contact lens solutions, etc –belong to the owner and should not be shared with others.

      All campers should be instructed on hygiene for public bathrooms

a.     Masks should be worn and physical distancing maintained

b.     Provided 2 - 3 sanitizing wipes to clean door handles and toilet seat, toilet handle etc. before use. Discard in waste receptacle not toilet

c.     Wash and sanitize hands, use paper towel to turn off faucet and exit

d.     Resanitize after exiting if other people have come into room since cleaning knobs and handles

      When using public bathrooms including our shop bathroom with for teen camps

a.     Use closest available bathroom preferably with sight and sound of leaders.

b.     The participant should inform a leader when they are using the bathroom or shower and go with partner.

c.     Follow same cleaning procedure as younger camps.

      When using natural environments, the instructors should inform the campers of proper LNT practices in the disposal of waste to include carry in / carry out, personal hygiene, and cat hole use.

Food Prep and Handling

      In as much as possible, food should be prepped by support staff before camp and ready for the session to pick up to minimize time at the Orono location and travel to populated areas. Combine bulk items, remove packaging, and prepare meals so preparation in the field is limited.

      Normal procedures for food safety to be followed such as cooler temp monitor, and three step cleaning, ect.

      Fresh, locally sourced food should continue to be preferred when possible

      Food shopping should be done by a single staff member or ideally, a logistical support person and delivered to camp location

      There should be a pre-set kitchen area established upon arrival at campsite.

      Meal preparation should involve at least one leader overseeing.

      Meal prep area should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use. Due to availability and cost, diluted bleach solution should be used over diluted alcohol solution. Add 4 teaspoons of bleach to a quart of water. Bleach solution should be mixed daily.

      Meal preparation should be done by persons wearing masks and gloves and portioned out by them as well.

      Complete hand washing should precede all meal preparation and frequent hand sanitization during preparation.

      The participants should be physically distanced from the kitchen and from each other during meals. If at tables, campers should utilize same seating area throughout meal.

      Campers should bring their own plate and bowl and eating utensils to camp. 

      Buffet style eating should not be used. Campers should pick up meal from server. Seconds should be available via paper plates.

      Make it regular practice that one drinks only from one’s personal drinking cup or bottle; no sharing, even “to be nice.”

      Standard methods of preventing cross contamination to be maintained - no community bowls, bags, etc. Utilize individual servings of GORP, chips, salad, etc.

      Food should be handed out using utensils (preferred) or gloved hands.

      Maintain the concept of community meal while maintaining separation. All personal plates, bowls should be kept by staff, not campers, between meals.

      Campers and staff should wash and sanitize prior to eating.

      Condiments should be provided in individually wrapped containers.

      Water bottles refilling should be carefully supervised to prevent cross contamination. Drink mixes should be provided in such a way to prevent cross contamination. ie hand sanitize before spooning out mix.

      A staff member or supervised camper should be designated to wash all pots, pans and eating utensils to minimize traffic in the kitchen area. Gloves and mask should be worn.

      Dining area should be cleaned after each meal.   

Campsite Guidelines

      These are general guidelines for in camp and relaxing time procedures. Campers should sanitize their hands frequently.

      During down time campers should maintain social distance or wear a face mask when not possible.

      Instructors should facilitate activities that do not require physical touch or close contact with other participants.

Sleeping Guidelines

      Campers should be provided a plastic tarp (treated w Permethrin) for placing their sleeping pad and bag on. They should maintain the same tarp and pad throughout session.

      Ideal: When weather is appropriate, campers should sleeping under the stars in open air separated by at least 6’ and placed head to toe. Staff should position themselves on ends of sleeping area.

      Good: During precipitation, campers should sleeping under tarps in open air separated by at least 6’ and placed head to toe. Tarps should be set up in advance in anticipation of poor weather. Staff should position themselves on ends of sleeping area.

      Campers may also use personal tents or hammocks if they have their own if allowed by campground.

 

Intra Camp Guidelines (Between Sessions and Rest Day in the middle of the Session)

      All 2 week camp sessions should have a mid session rest day to check in with parents, do laundry and re supply food. This should occur at our base in Orono.

      Intra camp leaders should be the leaders that have spent the past the majority of time with campers in past 14 days.

 

Arrival of new campers

 

Essentially the process starts over with a new cohort. Be careful not to intermix campers leaving camp with campers arriving camp.

 

Laundry

      Campers should place soiled clothing in assigned plastic garbage bag including soiled cloth face coverings.

      Laundry may be done at 92 Main or at public laundry

      In as much as possible, staff and campers should handle their own laundry. Otherwise gloves, mask and gown should be worn.

      Laundering should be supervised appropriately

      Place laundry immediately into washer from personal bag. Be sure to wash personal bag. Do not shake laundry prior to washing.   

 

References:

COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance,
https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/overnight-summer-camps

Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020,
https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020

COVID-19 Considerations For Camp, Gaslin, https://campnurse.org/education-and-resources/covid-19-considerations-for-camp/

Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps,
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html?fbclid=IwAR3lR2qUfEIkr1BSBtNscUVmpdsXL5T65JYeQFHOSKTu7BZ3J1YjvSmAhB8#anchor_1589933279516                                                                                                                                                          

Below are our internal COVID related procedures we have implemented to help insure a safe experience with minimal risk of exposure to COVID -19 or other infectious organisms. It is shared here to help put you at ease if you are considering joining a camp program as well as to provide a model for other guide services and camps to utilize. The procedures resulted from a collaborative effort among the AMG senior guide staff and health care professionals.  Due to my work in critical care transport medicine, many of the practices also mimic those being utilized in hospitals and emergency medical services. I hope that by paying attention to these details you can feel better protected if you choose to climb with us. We will continue to refine these procedures as we learn more.

                                                                                                                 - Jon

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Day Camps and Overnight Camps

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Supplement

The following guidelines have been developed with the best interest of protecting summer camp attendees, Acadia Mountain Guides employees and the public during summer camp operations. At the time of writing the guidelines meet or exceed the best practices outlined by the American Camp Association and the State of Maine requirements for Summer Camps and Outdoor Guiding activities. As more is learned about the transmission and management of COVID-19, the content may change and should not be considered rigid nor should they replace common sense and judgment on the part of AMG employees. 

General Principles

As outdoor leaders and climbing instructors, we manage risk 24/7 and continually evaluate the risk vs benefit of a given situation. COVID 19 simply adds to that equation.

Microbes are everywhere - some good, some not. We should not fool ourselves into believing that what we do will put an end to COVID-19. Rather, our goal is to break as many links as possible in the chain of infection.

Transmission is best controlled by following common health care practices including:

  1. Do not work or attend camp if you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms
  2. If someone becomes ill at camp with  flu-like symptoms isolate from group and mask at all times
  3. Maintaining physical distancing without forgetting that at times a hug may be the best thing to do for a camper
  4. Utilizing mouth and nose coverings when in close proximity to others
  5. Keeping hands away from face area
  6. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after activities.
  7. Frequent use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% isopropyl alcohol before and after activities.
  8. Cough / sneeze into tissue or your shoulder
  9. Continually thinking about routes of disease transmission as you would for other infective agents.

Employee Training

  • Camp and administrative staff should be familiar with COVID policies along with standard policies.
    Field staff should be trained in the application of these guidelines to include:
    • Types and use of cleaners and sanitizers
    • Train staff on hand hygiene after removing gloves.
    • Types and use of PPE including correctly donning, doffing, maintaining, and disposing of PPE relevant to their respective level of protection.
    • Discuss when needed / not needed to minimize waste yet provide effective measures.

Staff Leave Time

  • Expect that your personal desires to travel and do things will be more limited during this pandemic.
  • In as much as possible staff should remain in the staff cohorts and minimize travel to public areas. Ie. avoid socializing in town, attending public events, etc.
  • If staff do leave our circles they are expected to maintain a record of outside contacts and locations visited.

Return to Work for Employee with COVID

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and,
  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of anti-pyretic medications and disappearance of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

Return to Camp for Camper with COVID

  • Maintain a quarantine at home and,
  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and,
  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of anti-pyretic medications and disappearance of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

Concept of Cohorting

Cohorting is the concept of keeping a group of people intact and minimizing contact with others outside of the group. A cohorted group lives, plays, eats, washes and travels as a unit.

Maine guidelines allow for cohorts of up to 50 persons (campers and staff) to assemble for discrete activities. AMG cohorts will max at 16 people with the majority max at 10 people.

Our day camps operate on the principle of a Maine based cohort and as of June 8th are open to Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont residents, individuals who can show a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival to camp or those who have quarantined in Maine for 14 days or longer.

Overnight camps function as a contained “bubble” within the larger local community and essentially limit their physical contact with those outside the “bubble.” This approach would assist in containing a communicable disease within cohort boundaries should one arise. Maine requires that overnight camps be at least 14 days and recommends but does not require a 14 day quarantine for people coming into the state. AMG requests but does not require teen campers to have a  COVID test within 72 hours of camp arrival.  

Our inner circle cohort is the camp group and leaders and should stay intact. Our next cohort circle includes administrators and retail staff who are also expected to follow AMG COVID practices.

Every effort should be made to maintain intact cohorts through camp. New campers should not be allowed to join an existing group part way through a session. Staff should remain with the assigned cohort in as much as possible. If it is deemed more appropriate due to social interaction, climbing skills or safety needs, AMG staff will consider moving a camper or staff member from one controlled cohort to another. This will be discouraged in the initial days of camp programs and most useful for those attending camp for more than two weeks.                                                                 

 

Hows and Whens of Masks, Gloves, Etc.

 

When to Wear Face Covering - Campers and General Staff

  • Outdoors if within 6’ of individuals outside of cohort. Ie food shopping, in town, in a store, mini golf, etc.
  • Outdoors when interacting with others closer than 6’ for greater than 15 minutes.
  • During indoor activities and when maintaining physical distancing is not feasible due to area limitations.
  • Riding in vehicles
  • When outside of cohort such as at a reservation counter, in the retail store, getting gas or food, etc.
  • If an outsider, such as a guest instructor, visits cohort

When Face Coverings Not Required on Campers or Staff:

While in camp within a maintained cohort.
Climbing, hiking, paddling with reasonable effort to maintain 6’ physical distancing.
During mealtime and while sleeping while maintaining 6’ physical distancing.

 

When Employees Should Wear Gloves:

Cleaning and disinfecting an area with a possible COVID exposure.
Handling any incoming belongings or equipment prior to disinfection (ie pick ups)                     
Performing the more intensive cleaning events such as end of day or camp session cleaning of vehicles, washing dishes, doing camper laundry.

When to Wash or Disinfect Hands – Campers and General Staff

  • Before eating or drinking
  • Upon entering / exiting vehicles your cabin
  • After being in contact with someone who may have been sick
  • After touching frequently touched surface (railings, doorknobs, counters, etc.)
  • After using the restroom
  • After using common items, such as sports equipment, computer keyboards and mice, craft, supplies, etc.
  • Before rappelling or belaying
  • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
  • Anytime you think you should
  • Recently cleaned and sanitized hands are considered equivalent to cleaned gloves for most purposes.
    Gloves may be washed or sanitized while being worn to encourage reuse.

How to Wash Hands

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by running them together with the soap. Make sure to lather the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean paper towel.
  6. You may use paper towels to turn off the faucet and/or open doors of the bathrooms.

How to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

  1. Hand sanitizers should contain greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol.
  2. Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
  3. Rub your hands together. Make sure the product contacts the back of your hands, palms, between your fingers, and fingertips.
  4. Continue to rub your hands together until your hands are dry (about 20 seconds).

Standard use of basic PPE  - mask and gloves

May be put on in any order.
            Try to avoid touching mask and face
            Store mask in bag for later use.

Use of PPE in higher risk (cleaning / disinfecting closed spaces such a vehicles, doing camper laundry, or decontaminating an area with possible or actual exposure.

Donning practice:                                      

  1. Perform hand hygiene; wash hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or disinfect hands using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.                                                                
  2. Don disposable gown, one piece suit or waterproof breathable clothing                                                                      
  3. Don face mask (if just routine cleaning) or N95 mask (if cleaning post COVID exposure)
  4. Put on eye shields or goggles
  5. Perform hand hygiene again
  6. Don on gloves                                                             

Doffing (taking off) practice:                 

  1. Remove gown, one piece suit or waterproof breathable clothing while trying to minimize contact with it or other surfaces. Place disposables in red bag or non-disposables in plastic bag for laundering
  2. Remove gloves and ensure that doing so does not cause contamination of hands by using a safe removal technique.
  3. Perform hand hygiene.
  4. Remove face shield or goggles by grasping the strap and pulling it up and away from the head. Do not touch the front of the face shield or goggles.
  5. Remove N95 or face mask and dispose while avoiding touching the front of it.
  6. Perform hand hygiene.                                                                                                                       

Cleaning procedures and PPE for staff:

  • When mixing disinfecting solutions → wear mask, eye protection and gloves.
  • When preparing meals → wear mask and gloves
  • Monitor for signs of irritation and allergy
  • Acceptable cleaning methods:
    • Soap and water: may be used for anything.
    • Dishes, pots and utensils: wash with soap and water, clean rinse in bleach based solution, and air dry.
    • Ropes, harnesses, and climbing equipment: Isopropyl Alcohol diluted to 60 - 70%. Do not use bleach.
    • Hydrogen peroxide effective on surfaces only - do not use for personal cleaning.
  • Allow the disinfectant to remain on surfaces for 3 minutes or recommended time. Wipe with disposable towel or air dry.
  • If gloves are unavailable, staff should perform hand hygiene immediately before and after handling campers’ belongings.

How To Clean If There Is A Confirmed Or Likely Case Of  Covid-19 Exposure

If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routine cleaning and disinfection. If less than 7 days, close off areas that were used by the person who is sick and carry out the following:

  • If possible, cleaning should be done or supervised by camp owner, Jon Tierney.
  • Cleaning staff should wear eye protection, multiple layered disposable gloves, facemask, and gowns for all tasks in the enhanced cleaning process, including handling trash.
  • PPE donning should take place in a “clean” area.
  • Open doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas, if possible. Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick.
  • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as practical before you clean or disinfect the space to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting. Outdoor venues and equipment may be cleaned without delay.
  • The cleaning equipment should not be used to clean other areas until containers are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Clean in a manner to avoid re-contaminating surfaces that have been disinfected.
  • Clean visibly dirty surfaces then perform disinfection.
  • Use disposable wipes/paper towels.
  • Pay particular attention to high touch areas such as handrails, door handles, tent zippers, shared sports equipment or climbing equipment.
  • Clean and disinfect an area extending 12’ in all directions around the camper’s sleeping quarters, focusing on all horizontal surfaces and high touch objects.
  • Clean soft and porous surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes as much as possible, then do not use for three days.
  • Doffing of gloves, gowns, masks should be done to avoid contamination of the wearer, nearby objects or others.
  • Sanitize gloves continually during cleaning. Be sure to clean hands after removing final gloves.
  • Place all cleaning or contaminated materials in sealed red bio bag and notify camp owner for proper disposal.
  • Remove clothing and bag, shower as soon as possible, and launder clothing.

 

 

 

Medical Care / First Aid Supplement for COVID

All camps should have a Wilderness First Responder or higher level trained person present. Exception may be made when EMS is available within 15 minutes. This allows for shopping, travel needs, etc.

Standard PPE procedures should be followed consistent with practices taught in Wilderness Medicine courses. In addition:

Minimize the number of personnel and others involved in care.

With serious injury, unresponsiveness or potential for vomiting → utilize face (use N95 blue mask) and eye protection, wear gown or suitable fluid proof barrier such as rain shell / pants, gloves.

In the event CPR or artificial respiration is needed. Utilize either BVM system with HME filter proximal to mask or standard pocket mask with HME filter in place. Maintain tight mask to patient mouth seal with second rescuer or CPAP mask holder (do not break seal except to clear airway).

If treating lower airway restriction utilize patient’s own MDI inhaler device. Remind them how to use, wear a mask and maintain physical distance during use.

If airway restriction is serious (ie anaphylaxis) or not responding to MDI or person not capable of self- administering MDI then use 0.3 - 0.5mg Epinephrine IM or “Epipen” as taught in WFR course. 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Operations

Camp Attendance Guidelines as of June 9th, 2020

Day camps:

  1. Campers must be residents of Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont OR
  2. Show proof of (-) COVID test within 72 hours of camp
  3. Sign affidavit indicating completion of 14 day quarantine
  4. In all cases must remain symptom free and accept daily assessment

Overnight Camps - Single session cohort

  1. If camper is not a Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont and has not quarantined in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont for 14 days prior to camp then it is recommended (not required) for them to obtain a COVID test or complete a 14 day quarantine a portion of which we believe may be completed at home and finished in Maine (not confirmed).

Camp Preparation / Marketing / Registration

  1. The primary contacts for camp registrations are 1. Rob Benton, Andrew Krause with Jon Tierney as backup if needed. They are responsible for staying aware of all COVID related camp concerns as well as normal camp operations. One of the primary contact personnel should communicate with every registrant’s parent / guardian.
  2. Parents/Guardians should be made aware of COVID related guidelines and camper expectation through PDFs, on-line information and verbal communication.
  3. Parents should consent to daily testing of camper while at camp.
  4. Rob Benton is responsible for familiarizing AMG / ALP staff with COVID guidelines for camp.
  5. Andrew Krause is responsible for familiarizing AMG / ALP staff with COVID guidelines for guiding and rentals.
  6. Identify any high risk campers prior to camp and suggest physician approval prior to camp attendance. It is also suggested that individuals dropping off and picking up campers be in good health and not considered at high risk. High risk individuals include:
  1. chronic respiratory illnesses such as COPD
    2. severe asthma
    3.         Cancer
    4.         Immuno-compromised individuals
    5.         Cancer
    6.         heavy smokers
    7.         organ/tissue transplant recipients                                
    8.         BMI >40 
    9.         renal or hepatic failure
    10.       poorly controlled diabetes

Pre Camp Screening

  1. Pre-screening is encouraged for day camp participants.
  2. Pre-screening is required for overnight camp participants.

Pre-screening includes:                                                                                                                                               

  • Self or parental screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) within the past two weeks.
    Taking and recording their own temperature for 14 days before camp                                                 
  • Reporting close contact with a COVID + person
  • Recording the above information on the AMG COVID Pre-screening health form.
  • If any red flags are identified during pre-screening, the camper should be evaluated by a clinician prior to camp attendance.

Post-Camp

  • Parents of campers should be informed to report any COVID related illness following camp

All Camper Covid Briefing

  • A briefing at the start of a camp sessions along with frequent reminders should be held to discuss behaviors and precautions campers should follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
  • How and when to effectively wash and sanitize hands
  • How to practice physical distancing in various settings (vans, activities, meals, etc.)
  • Which symptoms to look out for and when to report them and to whom
  • When to stay home
  • Coughing etiquette
  • Campers should be encouraged to talk about how they are feeling. Make yourself available to talk and listen.
  • Be calm and reassuring; be careful not only about what you say but how you say it.
  • Listen for underlying fears or concerns. Ask questions to find out what a concerned camper knows about COVID-19.
  • Be a source of comfort. Let campers know that fear is a normal and acceptable reaction.
  • Provide only honest and accurate information. Correct any false information they may have heard yet be considerate with campers when correcting any information.
  • Talk about what the camp is doing to protect campers from getting sick.
  • Tell campers that even though the COVID-19 pandemic is serious, hospitalizations and death are rare, especially in young healthy individuals.
  • Let campers know that teens and children seem to get a milder illness when compared to adults.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, say so. Do not speculate

 

 

Camp Activities

All activities we do have certain risks just like everything in life. We should consider reducing the intensity and remoteness of certain activities in order to better control and maintain COVID guidelines.

Shared Activity Gear

Assigning items where possible to reduce the quantity of items shared. Also, cleaning and disinfecting of shared items must occur between uses by different campers.  

Outdoor Structures

  • Use of outdoor structures such as swings, tables, training devices (pull up bars, Rock Rings) - hands should be sanitized before and after use.
  • Shoes should be worn on slacklines.

Climbing/Rappelling

  • The climbing area should be outdoors and have a clearly defined area with space for campers to have their bag, remove their face covering and have snacks as well as rest between climbs.
  • While climbing and interacting with other campers all participants and staff should be masked.
  • Staff should be designated to monitor hand sanitization at regular intervals and in between climbs.
  • Ropes and other climbing equipment should be used only for the camp and stored in the van for the entire week of camp.
  • Upon completion of camp or if equipment is transitioned to another cohort (group) it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with soap and water, dried and sprayed with alcohol based solution prior to use by another camper.
  • Be familiar with and follow climbing specific guidelines
  • Helmets, harnesses, and shoes should be labeled with removable name
  • Carabiners, belay tools, etc should be washed washed daily

Canoeing/Water Sports

  • Currently the CDC finds no evidence of transmission of covid through water activities when guidelines are observed
  • Campers should receive their own PFD and paddle, if they are paddling for multiple days they should have their equipment labeled outside when appropriate and the same equipment should be used by the same person(s) used each day.
  • Swimming should be overseen by a certified lifeguard and physical distancing should still be maintained in the water. Continue to use the standard “buddy” system for safety.
  • Hand sanitation and hygiene precautions should still be observed.
  • Upon completion of camp or if equipment is transitioned to another cohort (group) it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with soap and water, dried and sprayed with alcohol based solution prior to use by another camper.

Hiking

  • We should choose less traveled trails and have backup options for hiking if trailheads are full.
  • Off trail travel / orienteering should also be considered.
  • Masks should be available on each person.
  • Campers should maintain physical distancing or mask while hiking and rest stops should be limited to areas where physical distancing is possible.
  • Trail etiquette should still be followed and campers should be instructed on what to do if passing other hikers - maintain physical distance or mask.
  • Hand sanitation and hygiene precautions should still be observed

Indoor Activities                                                                                            

  • Limit indoor activities as much as possible
  • Staff members and campers should wear cloth face coverings during activities indoors when physical distancing is not maintained.
    Ensure that there is proper ventilation within the space by maximizing natural ventilation via screened windows and doors.

 

Camper Illness

  • If camper or staff member is suspected to have COVID-19 based on assessment, place a face mask or cloth face covering on the individual. Isolate the individual by separating symptomatic individuals by at least 6 feet.
  • If camper or staff is unable to return home then an isolation tent may be set up while in the field.
  • If in Orono, ideally utilize an isolation tent with leader tent nearby and utilize east most bathroom which will need to be deconned after use. The east bedroom is plan B if needed and the door to the middle room will remain closed.
  • Initiate close contact tracing coordinated with health officials. It is crucial to carry out “contact tracing” immediately to determine the potential or confirmed case’s contacts with other campers or staff members over the previous days. Close contact is defined as interactions within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.
  • Identify close contacts and record on close-contact data sheet.
  • Notify camp management, parents/guardians, and appropriate healthcare providers in accordance with guidance from your local health officials.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Inform those with potential exposure.

 

Day Camp Procedures

Drop off Procedures

First Day

  1. A staff member should set-up a camp table or a registration/transfer area at each drop off to check in campers. Set up the registration area with clipboards, bleach disinfectant, paper towels, lined trash container, masks, gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer and table (if necessary).
  2. Ask parent/guardian to consider having the same person drop the camper off each day.
  3. A staff member wearing AMG clothing should greet the parent/guardian in their car with a mask on. We would ask that parents also wear masks if not staying in their own vehicle.
  4. Registration area or objects (pens, clip boards) should be wiped down/sanitized before/after each separate interaction unless parent has sanitized prior to utilizing objects.
  5. Camper and parent (if masked) can come out to registration one at a time while camper is assessed and gear checked.
  6. Make sure camper forms are complete at check-in.
  7. Staff should confirm who the parent/guardian picking up the camper will be.
  8. Any questions or interactions should be done via phone or with appropriate physical distancing.
  9. Instructor should ask each camper the following questions and take their forehead temperature. Oral temperatures may be taken by staff who are certified as a WFR or above.
  1. Known contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days?
    2. Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days?
    3.     Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days?
    If any of the above, client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.
  2. Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F), recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    If 2 or more of above client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.
  1. Hand sanitizer and a face covering should be provided to each camper at check-in if they do not come with it.
  2. Camper should be given disinfecting wipes and directed to disinfect their pack or duffel or it should be done by staff with gloves and mask.
  3. Campers should then be assigned a seat in the van and given instruction on physical distancing and proper cough etiquette. Each camper should sanitize hands upon entering / exiting camp vehicle. A taped X should be placed on every other seat.
  4. All occupants should wear a face mask while in AMG vehicles and campers should minimize touching surfaces.
  5. Food, Snacks and water should not be allowed to be consumed in the van.
  6. Hands should be sanitized between actions.

Consecutive Day Camp Drop Off

  • On a daily basis, each camper should be assessed for signs and symptoms including temperature. This information should be recorded on a daily check sheet.

Pick up Procedures

  • Emphasize the importance of being on time for pick up both for staff and leaders.
  • If several parents are coming to one location, ensure that masking and physical distancing occur.
  • Ideally, create a system in which campers are simply escorted to their parent’s/guardian’s vehicle.
  • Parents should be asked to not exit their vehicle and camp leader should check that proper Parent/ Guardian is present for pick-up prior to a camper entering the private vehicle.
  • Camper should sanitize hands upon exiting the camp vehicle.
  • Any interaction should be done through a passenger window allowing safe distancing measures.
  • Outdoor gear should be bagged and labeled to be left in AMG possession during the duration of camp.

Camper Transport

  • Signage should be placed in the vehicle reminding campers to wash hands, sanitize, wear a mask and distance. Signage should be cartoon like so as to not create additional anxiety.
  • Use the largest vehicle available to maximize physical distancing.
  • Provide a quick briefing of guidelines for when in a vehicle, always stay in their assigned seat and wear a seatbelt.
  • Staff and campers should wear face covering at all times while in the van.
  • No food or drink consumption while in the vehicle
  • Be aware of yourself and others while in the vehicle (point out commonly touched surfaces)
  • Stops for bathroom or snack breaks should be limited and preferentially made to areas lesser used public locations such as the Thompson Island Picnic area bathroom area rather than the Thompson Island Visitor Center bathroom.
  • In as much as possible luggage should be isolated from passengers. A clear plastic barrier may be attached to the interior of vehicle to aid this. This is especially important in day camps where campers will be coming and going daily with personal items. If it cannot be separated, it should be placed in a plastic bag for travel.
  • Disposable gloves, facemasks, eye protection, gown and cleaning supplies should be available in the vehicle kits. supply and is to be maintained by camp manager.

Decontamination of Vehicle Before and During Camp

  • Each transport vehicle should be thoroughly cleaned (to include floors, walls, windows) and disinfected prior to a camp session. A daily cleaning should be done at the end of each day to include seats, door handles, radio, steering and shift levers, etc.
  • Vehicle cleaning should be done in a back to front format working from already cleaned area back out through “dirty” areas
  • Mask, gloves, gown or impermeable fabric and eye protection should be worn while cleaning.

 

On Locations

  • Upon arrival to the activity area campers should be issued any needed gear. Gear that is assigned should be used by the same person for the duration of session if possible.
  • Issued gear that is not in use should be bagged and kept in the van or in open air.
  • While sizing gear participants and instructors should maintain proper physical distance of six feet.

○          One size fits all harnesses should be used to ensure proper fitting.

○          While sizing climbing shoes if multiple shoes are tried on then the shoes that are not being used

            by the participants should be placed in a plastic bag and sanitized as per the climbing procedures.

 

Lunch

  • Campers are expected to bring their own lunch and drinks
  • Sharing of food is not allowed
  • AMG will provide individually delivered snacks and drink supplements.
  • There should be a pre-set kitchen lunch area established at meal time.
  • Meal area should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use. Due to availability and cost, diluted bleach solution should be used over diluted alcohol solution. Add 4 teaspoons of bleach to a quart of water. Bleach solution should be mixed daily.
  • Complete hand washing should precede all meals
  • The participants should be physically distanced from each other during meals. If at tables, campers should utilize same seat throughout meal.
  • Campers should bring their own plate and bowl and eating utensils to camp.
  • Standard methods of preventing cross contamination to be maintained - no community bowls, bags, etc. Utilize individual servings of GORP, chips, salad, etc.
  • Maintain the concept of community meal while maintaining separation.
  • Water bottles refilling should be carefully supervised to prevent cross contamination. Drink mixes should be provided in such a way to prevent cross contamination. ie hand sanitize before spooning out mix.

Bathroom Use

  • The instructors should inform the participants of the nearest bathroom if one is available.
  • When possible use forested areas for urination following good LNT practices to minimize cross exposure
  • Personal supplies – hairbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, caps, contact lens solutions, etc –belong to the owner and should not be shared with others.
  • All campers should be instructed on hygiene for public bathrooms
    1. Masks should be worn and physical distancing maintained
    2. Provided 2 - 3 sanitizing wipes to clean door handles and toilet seat, toilet handle etc. before use. Discard in waste receptacle not toilet
    3. Wash and sanitize hands, use paper towel to turn off faucet and exit
    4. Resanitize after exiting if other people have come into room since cleaning knobs and handles
  • When using public bathrooms including our shop bathroom with younger youth camps
    1. Schedule bathroom breaks as much as possible to minimize back and forth to bathrooms
    2. Instructor should accompany children to bath area to insure procedures are followed
  • When using natural environments, the instructors should inform the campers of proper LNT practices in the disposal of waste to include carry in / carry out, personal hygiene, and cat hole use.

Implement practices that minimize potential for communicable disease once camp is in session:

Appropriate hand-washing and/or hand sanitizing. This assumes adequate wash basins and/or sanitizing pumps are at key locations. Cough/sneeze“into your sleeve.”

Covering coughs/sneezes with one’s hands is no longer desired behavior; bury coughs/sneezes in one’s shoulder. Note: view “Why Don’t We Do It in Our Sleeves?” on YouTube.

Keep peoples’ hands away from their faces.

Make it a camp rule that personal supplies –hairbrushes, pillows, caps, contact lens solutions, make-up –belong to the owner and should not be shared with others.

Make it regular practice that one drinks only from one’s personal drinking cup; no sharing, even “to be nice.”

Sleephead-to-toe rather than nose-to-nose–in bunks, tents & so forth.

Go for the greatest distance between sleeping heads.

for resident camps: maintain at least 30” between beds and sleep head-to-toe (top bunk has the person’s head at one end, the bottom bunk has the person’s head at the other end).

If a person is feeling nauseous isolate from others before they vomit.

 

 

 

Overnight Camp Procedures

 

All of the day camps procedures should be observed by overnight camps as well. Additionally, overnight camps should observe the precautions below including food prep and handling, campsite guidelines, sleeping guidelines, intracamp guidelines.

For these camps, counselors and campers should act as a single family-like cohort quarantining in a wilderness outdoor environment. For the first few days, campers should be most cautious around each other and watching for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Drop off Procedures

  1. A staff member should set-up a camp table or a registration/transfer area at each drop off to check in campers. Set up the registration area with clipboards, bleach disinfectant, paper towels, lined trash container, masks, gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer and table (if necessary).
  2. Ask parent/guardian to consider having the same person drop the camper off each day.
  3. A staff member wearing AMG clothing should greet the parent/guardian in their car with a mask on. We would ask that parents also wear masks if not staying in own vehicle.
  4. Registration area or objects (pens, clip boards) should be wiped down/sanitized before/after each separate interaction unless parent has sanitized prior to utilizing objects.
  5. Camper and parent (if masked) can come out to registration one at a time while camper is assessed and gear checked.
  6. Make sure camper forms are complete at check-in.
  7. Staff should confirm who the parent/guardian picking up the camper will be.
  8. Any questions or interactions should be done via phone or with appropriate physical distancing.
  9. Instructor should ask each camper the following questions and take their forehead temperature. Oral temperatures may be taken by staff who are certified as a WFR or above.
  1. Known contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days?
    2. Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days?
    3.     Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days?
    If any of the above → client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.
  2. Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F), recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    If 2 or more of above --> client may not participate until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps.
  1. Hand sanitizer and a face covering should be provided to each camper at check-in if they do not come with it.
  2. Camper should be given disinfecting wipes and directed to disinfect their pack or duffel or it should be done by staff with gloves and mask.
  3. Campers should then be assigned a seat in the van and given instruction on physical distancing and proper cough etiquette. Each camper should sanitize hands upon entering / exiting camp vehicle. A taped X should be placed on every other seat.
  4. All occupants should wear a face mask while in AMG vehicles and campers should minimize touching surfaces.
  5. Food, Snacks and water should not be allowed to be consumed in the van.
  6. Hands should be sanitized between actions.

Pick up Procedures

  • Emphasize the importance of being on time for pick up both for staff and leaders.
  • If several parents are coming to one location, ensure that masking and physical distancing occur.
  • Ideally, create a system in which campers are simply escorted to their parent’s/guardian’s vehicle.
  • Parents should be asked to not exit their vehicle and camp leader should check that proper Parent/ Guardian is present for pick-up prior to a camper entering the private vehicle.
  • Camper should sanitize hands upon exiting the camp vehicle.
  • Any interaction should be done through a passenger window allowing safe distancing measures.
  • Outdoor gear should be bagged and labeled to be left in AMG possession during the duration of camp.

Camper Transport

  • Signage should be placed in the vehicle reminding campers to wash hands, sanitize, wear a mask and distance. Signage should be cartoon like so as to not create additional anxiety.
  • Use the largest vehicle available to maximize physical distancing.
  • Provide a quick briefing of guidelines for when in a vehicle, always stay in their assigned seat and wear a seatbelt.
  • Staff and campers should wear face covering at all times while in the vehicle.
  • No food or drink consumption while in the vehicle
  • Be aware of yourself and others while in the vehicle (point out commonly touched surfaces)
  • Stops for bathroom or snack breaks should be limited and preferentially made to lesser used public locations such as the Thompson Island Picnic area bathroom area rather than the Thompson Island Visitor Center bathroom.
  • In as much as possible luggage should be isolated from passengers. A clear plastic barrier may be attached to the interior of vehicle to aid this. This is especially important in day camps where campers will be coming and going daily with personal items. If it cannot be separated, it should be placed in a plastic bag for travel.
  • Disposable gloves, facemasks, eye protection, gown and cleaning supplies should be available in the vehicle kits. supply and is to be maintained by camp manager.

Decontamination of Vehicle Before and During Camp

  • Each transport vehicle should be thoroughly cleaned (to include floors, walls, windows) and disinfected prior to a camp session. A daily cleaning should be done at the end of each day to include seats, door handles, radio, steering and shift levers, etc.
  • Vehicle cleaning should be done in a back to front format working from already cleaned area back out through “dirty” areas
  • Mask, gloves, gown or impermeable fabric and eye protection should be worn while cleaning.

On Locations

  • Upon arrival to the activity area campers should be issued any needed gear. Gear that is assigned should be used by the same person for the duration of session if possible.
  • Issued gear that is not in use should be bagged and kept in the van or in open air.
  • While sizing gear participants and instructors should maintain proper physical distance of six feet.

○          One size fits all harnesses should be used to ensure proper fitting.

○          While sizing climbing shoes if multiple shoes are tried on then the shoes that are not being used

            by the participants should be placed in a plastic bag and sanitized as per the climbing procedures.

 

Bathroom Use

  • The instructors should inform the participants of the nearest bathroom if one is available.
  • When possible use forested areas for urination following good LNT practices to minimize cross exposure
  • Personal supplies – hairbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, caps, contact lens solutions, etc –belong to the owner and should not be shared with others.
  • All campers should be instructed on hygiene for public bathrooms
    1. Masks should be worn and physical distancing maintained
    2. Provided 2 - 3 sanitizing wipes to clean door handles and toilet seat, toilet handle etc. before use. Discard in waste receptacle not toilet
    3. Wash and sanitize hands, use paper towel to turn off faucet and exit
    4. Resanitize after exiting if other people have come into room since cleaning knobs and handles
  • When using public bathrooms including our shop bathroom with for teen camps
    1. Use closest available bathroom preferably with sight and sound of leaders.
    2. The participant should inform a leader when they are using the bathroom or shower and go with partner.
    3. Follow same cleaning procedure as younger camps.
  • When using natural environments, the instructors should inform the campers of proper LNT practices in the disposal of waste to include carry in / carry out, personal hygiene, and cat hole use.

Food Prep and Handling

  • In as much as possible, food should be prepped by support staff before camp and ready for the session to pick up to minimize time at the Orono location and travel to populated areas. Combine bulk items, remove packaging, and prepare meals so preparation in the field is limited.
  • Normal procedures for food safety to be followed such as cooler temp monitor, and three step cleaning, ect.
  • Fresh, locally sourced food should continue to be preferred when possible
  • Food shopping should be done by a single staff member or ideally, a logistical support person and delivered to camp location
  • There should be a pre-set kitchen area established upon arrival at campsite.
  • Meal preparation should involve at least one leader overseeing.
  • Meal prep area should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use. Due to availability and cost, diluted bleach solution should be used over diluted alcohol solution. Add 4 teaspoons of bleach to a quart of water. Bleach solution should be mixed daily.
  • Meal preparation should be done by persons wearing masks and gloves and portioned out by them as well.
  • Complete hand washing should precede all meal preparation and frequent hand sanitization during preparation.
  • The participants should be physically distanced from the kitchen and from each other during meals. If at tables, campers should utilize same seating area throughout meal.
  • Campers should bring their own plate and bowl and eating utensils to camp.
  • Buffet style eating should not be used. Campers should pick up meal from server. Seconds should be available via paper plates.
  • Make it regular practice that one drinks only from one’s personal drinking cup or bottle; no sharing, even “to be nice.”
  • Standard methods of preventing cross contamination to be maintained - no community bowls, bags, etc. Utilize individual servings of GORP, chips, salad, etc.
  • Food should be handed out using utensils (preferred) or gloved hands.
  • Maintain the concept of community meal while maintaining separation. All personal plates, bowls should be kept by staff, not campers, between meals.
  • Campers and staff should wash and sanitize prior to eating.
  • Condiments should be provided in individually wrapped containers.
  • Water bottles refilling should be carefully supervised to prevent cross contamination. Drink mixes should be provided in such a way to prevent cross contamination. ie hand sanitize before spooning out mix.
  • A staff member or supervised camper should be designated to wash all pots, pans and eating utensils to minimize traffic in the kitchen area. Gloves and mask should be worn.
  • Dining area should be cleaned after each meal.

Campsite Guidelines

  • These are general guidelines for in camp and relaxing time procedures. Campers should sanitize their hands frequently.
  • During down time campers should maintain social distance or wear a face mask when not possible.
  • Instructors should facilitate activities that do not require physical touch or close contact with other participants.

Sleeping Guidelines

  • Campers should be provided a plastic tarp (treated w Permethrin) for placing their sleeping pad and bag on. They should maintain the same tarp and pad throughout session.
  • Ideal: When weather is appropriate, campers should sleeping under the stars in open air separated by at least 6’ and placed head to toe. Staff should position themselves on ends of sleeping area.
  • Good: During precipitation, campers should sleeping under tarps in open air separated by at least 6’ and placed head to toe. Tarps should be set up in advance in anticipation of poor weather. Staff should position themselves on ends of sleeping area.
  • Campers may also use personal tents or hammocks if they have their own if allowed by campground.

 

Intra Camp Guidelines (Between Sessions and Rest Day in the middle of the Session)

  • All 2 week camp sessions should have a mid session rest day to check in with parents, do laundry and re supply food. This should occur at our base in Orono.
  • Intra camp leaders should be the leaders that have spent the past the majority of time with campers in past 14 days.

Arrival of new campers

Essentially the process starts over with a new cohort. Be careful not to intermix campers leaving camp with campers arriving camp.

Laundry

  • Campers should place soiled clothing in assigned plastic garbage bag including soiled cloth face coverings.
  • Laundry may be done at 92 Main or at public laundry
  • In as much as possible, staff and campers should handle their own laundry. Otherwise gloves, mask and gown should be worn.
  • Laundering should be supervised appropriately
  • Place laundry immediately into washer from personal bag. Be sure to wash personal bag. Do not shake laundry prior to washing.
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References:

COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance,
https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/overnight-summer-camps

Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020,
https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020

COVID-19 Considerations For Camp, Gaslin, https://campnurse.org/education-and-resources/covid-19-considerations-for-camp/

Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps,
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html?fbclid=IwAR3lR2qUfEIkr1BSBtNscUVmpdsXL5T65JYeQFHOSKTu7BZ3J1YjvSmAhB8#anchor_1589933279516                                                                                                                                                          

Climbing/Rappelling

      The climbing area should be outdoors and have a clearly defined area with space for campers to have their bag, remove their face covering and have snacks as well as rest between climbs.

      Masks are not required while actually climbing as long as physical distancing is maintained. When in close proximity to buddy belayers, other participants or staff all participants and staff should again be masked.

      Staff should be designated to monitor hand sanitization at regular intervals and in between climbs.

      Ropes and other climbing equipment should be used only for the camp and stored in the van for the entire week of camp.

      Upon completion of camp or if equipment is transitioned to another cohort (group) it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with soap and water, dried and sprayed with alcohol based solution prior to use by another camper. 

      Be familiar with and follow climbing specific guidelines

      Helmets, harnesses, and shoes should be labeled with removable name        

      Carabiners, belay tools, etc should be washed daily