COVID-19 Camp Updates

December 29, 2020 Update

Ijams is excited to announce that it will reconvene day camp programs in 2021 for local families with kids who are in need of meaningful outdoor experiences!

As Ijams prepares to do so, the organization continues to modify its practices to allow the ability to offer camps safely for everyone involved. As such, all parents/guardians of participants attending Ijams camps will be responsible for understanding and following the important safety guidelines concerning COVID-19 listed below. These guidelines must be followed unless new guidelines from health agencies direct otherwise. In that case, Ijams staff will update you prior to camp with new guidelines concerning COVID and your role.

1. All participants and staff will be expected to complete a health screening upon arrival each day. 


The screening will include self-screening questions for campers and/or parents to answer such as:


  • Is the participant experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, aches, chills, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath, cough, nausea?

  • Has the participant tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Has the participant been asked by a health professional to self-quarantine?


Campers, parents, or staff who have household members who are displaying symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed at camp until cleared by health officials.


2. When possible, campers and staff will maintain six feet of physical distance from one another, unless specific campers are known to be from the same family or household. 


3. All campers and staff must wear an approved facial covering when unable to maintain adequate physical distancing from others. In the camp setting with children, masks often end up being worn the majority of time, both indoors and outdoors.


  • If a camper does not come with a mask that properly fits their face and adequately covers their nose and mouth, Ijams staff will provide one for them. 

  • If any camper is struggling with wearing a mask, a staff member will assist and work with them to find a healthy solution. 

  • If extenuating medical or physical circumstances prevent your camper from wearing a mask during camp, Ijams staff will work individually with families on a case-by-case basis to determine solutions or a course of action. 

  • If Ijams staff cannot find a safe solution for a camper with the help of their family, Ijams reserves the right to unenroll a camper from a program. 


4. All camp programs will take place outside. The only exception is when participants, staff, or volunteers must use the restroom.


In the event of inclement weather (including thunderstorms), staff, volunteers, and participants will seek shelter in one of Ijams’ outdoor pavilions. 


5. Camp group sizes are limited to 12 participants and two staff members (for camps ages 6-12) or 14 participants and two staff members (for camps ages 3-5).


  • In order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 within the camp setting, groups will function as stable units that do not mix with other groups unless participant safety dictates otherwise.

  • Groups will have separate locations or times for drop-off and pick-up. Exact details will be provided in confirmations sent to registered families prior to the session.  

  • Groups will have designated staff members for the duration of the camp session.

6. Before and after eating any food, as well as after restroom use, participants will engage in hand-washing strategies that include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


Ijams staff also will provide hand sanitizer to participants if soap and water are not available in such situations.


7. Materials provided by Ijams will be distributed to participants in a way that limits handling to just one participant.


  • Prior to handing out materials for an activity, and immediately following an activity that requires handling materials, participants will use hand sanitizer provided by Ijams staff.

  • All materials used by staff, volunteers, and participants will be disinfected after use and allowed to dry prior to use by anyone else.


8. A camper or staff member who displays symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, at any time during the camp day will be isolated from other campers and staff by a distance of at least six feet, and sent home with instructions to contact their physician for further guidance and testing before they are allowed to return to camp.


Parents and staff are expected to notify Ijams of any positive COVID-19 test results within 24 hours of receiving them. Ijams will then notify the Department of Health, which will supervise contact tracing efforts.


9. It is expected that families will maintain an open line of communication with Ijams staff if there are any members of the camper’s family or “COVID bubble” (someone the camper resides with or spends majority of their time with) who are sick, exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, or is currently waiting for COVID test results.


It is expected that all families will keep a camper home if they feel sick or are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, and/or others in their family are experiencing flu-like symptoms of any kind. 

10. Ijams staff will update families enrolled in camp about any changes to policies, including COVID-19 mitigation.


11. Ijams staff also will do its best to work with all families, campers, and staff to find appropriate and healthy solutions to situations that have the potential to wear away at the integral safety net Ijams has maintained throughout the pandemic. 


Thank you in advance for your continued support and swift communication during this time so that Ijams remains able to offer meaningful outdoor experiences to all families who need them for their kids. 

Do not hesitate to contact Youth Programs Manager, Tyler Edmondson at +1865-577-4717 ext. 114 or if you have any questions or concerns.

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