SUMMARY: As the school year comes to a close, many parents are wondering if it is safe to send their kids to summer camp during the pandemic. Find out here.
Summer vacation is upon us. If you have kids, now’s the time to start preparing for summer camps and other activities for your kids, if you haven’t already done so.
But this summer is a bit different than others. After all, we’re still dealing with the pandemic. You may be wondering if it’s even safe to send your kids to camp at all.
Not to worry. Camps are run by professionals who are taking every precaution to ensure that all campers and staffers are kept safe at all times. While that may require campers to keep a few extra things in mind, it shouldn’t deter them from the fun they can have all summer long!
Here are some of the things that will make summer camps safe for your kids.
Kids Will Be Divided Into Small Groups
Wherever possible, kids will be grouped into smaller cohorts with staffers to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This safety measure will be compounded by staggered pick-up and drop-off times to help minimize any contact between cohorts.
Campers Are Encouraged to Bring Their Own Meals
For the ultimate safety, campers may want to bring their own meals and water bottles rather than congregating in a cafeteria. They will be encouraged to either eat on their own separately or within their small groups.
Safety Practices Will Be Encouraged
Children will be encouraged to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and they may be asked to wear face masks when possible. While this may not be much of a problem for older campers, younger kids might need to be frequently reminded and assisted throughout the day.
Most Activities Will Be Held Outdoors as Weather Permits
The chances of viral transmission are much lower in an outdoor setting, so summer camp activities will likely take place outside, for the most part. Being outdoors will also allow the kids to get some fresh air and much-needed vitamin D to help maintain good health while connecting with nature.
That said, kids will still be reminded to be vigilant to ensure they don’t put themselves or others at risk for infection. Further, all shared equipment will be frequently sanitized.
Plans Will Be In Place in the Event That Someone Falls Ill
There will be protocols in place if a staffer or camper shows any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness. The plan will be based on public health guidelines about how to appropriately deal with potential cases. All families should be notified of an incident and whether or not their child had close contact with the individual.
Be sure to verify that the above steps are being taken before enrolling your child in a summer camp. While most organizations will follow these steps, not all will have the exact same protocol.
If you or anyone in your household requires medical attention, having a comprehensive plan in place to cover the costs of medical expenses can be helpful. At UHSM, we offer a variety of programs as part of our health sharing ministry to suit different budgets and needs. Get in touch with a representative today to discuss how to share the health.