Scouts BSA Summer Camp 2020 + UseLetter 8 – COVID-19 in Camp, Camp Physical Flexibility, Pre-order Deadline Extended
Camp Participant at Risk Statement
Your safety and the safety of all our campers, families, unit leaders, volunteers, and staff are the Old North State Council and Cherokee Scout Reservation’s top priority. In light of COVID-19, we are taking additional precautions at camp on top of our long-established health and safety measures.
Camp Health Supervisor Nita Grubbs is tracking information from state and local health departments, the CDC, and the BSA to ensure we are aware of and follow their guidance to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 at camp. The American Camping Association and the Association of Camp Nursing resources guide our planning.
As we prepare deliver six full weeks of summer camp, our mitigation plan includes:
These precautions are important, but they do not remove the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp. Some people with COVID-19 show no signs or symptoms of illness but can still spread the virus, and people may be contagious before their symptoms occur. These factors mean that an infected person may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into camp.
We also know the very nature of camp makes social distancing difficult in many situations and impossible in others.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, please ensure you have approval from your health care provider and support of your family prior to attending camp.
We know that each Scouting family, unit leader, staff member, and volunteer have a unique set of circumstances to consider when deciding whether to attend camp. We hope this information will be helpful as you make those choices.
Remember, should we be unable to host summer camp due to federal, state, or local guidelines or if families feel unsafe sending their Scout to camp, we will provide a full refund of fees collected at that time.
Who Should Stay at Home During a COVID-19 Environment?
Youth and adult campers with a chronic illness or co-morbidity for COVID-19 should not attend camp this summer. The risk factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
Flexibility with Annual Health and Medical Record (Camp Physical)
Swim Checks Update
Memorabilia Deadline Extended to Monday, May 25
Payment 3 Deadline – Thursday, May 28
Links to previous Summer Camp Updates