PINE BUSH BIBLE CAMP COVID-19 GUIDELINES

This document will be constantly updated with any of the changing regulations from NYS and the CDC as of JUNE 16th*

BEFORE CAMP

  • We STRONGLY encourage staff and families to get fully vaccinated 2 weeks before your child’s camp session.
  • All Counselors assigned to a cabin will be vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • Campers will only need to wear mask during shouting and singing while at chapel.
  • All unvaccinated campers and staff received a negative molecular diagnostic test result for COVID-19 using a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or DOH authorized polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or other nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs) of comparable analytical sensitivity performance that was performed on a specimen (e.g., swab) collected within 72 hours prior to arrival at the camp.
    • In lieu of PCR testing, camps may choose to require rapid antigen testing collected within six hours prior to arrival at camp or boarding buses for transportation to camp. Camps should note that rapid antigen testing is not as accurate as PCR; positive rapid tests will be considered positive tests and require a camper to be isolated individually per local health department orders, currently 10 days. Camps using this option should have availability of PCR testing nearby to further evaluate the antigen positive individuals.
    • Camps choosing to conduct rapid testing onsite must ensure social distancing and face coverings are implemented prior to and during the testing process, until negative results are received.
    • As an alternative to the testing requirement, campers and staff may provide proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of arrival at camp or documentation of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 in the previous 3 months.

Do NOT send your child to camp if any of the following apply:

• Excessive Coughing
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
Muscle pain
Excessive Headache
Sore throat
Loss of taste or smell
Diarrhea
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

If your child has any of the above symptoms, exposures, or is currently running a fever greater than 100°F, they will not be admitted onto our campus.

ARRIVAL AT CAMP

We apologize in advance but No parents or guardians visiting the camp during or between camp sessions, except to drop-off and pick-up campers. 

  • No visitors to the camp unless necessary for camp operations, such as food delivery. Visitors should maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals while at camp, and should follow camp protocols for symptom screening and hand washing or sanitizing. 

DROP OFF / PICK UP

  • Each child will have their temperature checked before unloading luggage and checking-in.
  • It is highly recommended that all visitors WEAR MASK during pick up and drop off.
  • Families must remain six feet apart from each other during pick up and drop off.
  • We kindly ask all families with remain within the drop off boundaries.
  • The Dinning Room restroom will be accessible to all families during drop off / pick up, and will be routinely cleaned and sanitized.

DURING CAMP

At the beginning of camp, we will hold small group trainings and demonstrations on behaviors and precautions campers should abide by to prevent the spread of COVID- 19, including:

  • How and when to effectively wash and sanitize hands
  • Which symptoms to look out for and when to report them and to whom
  • Coughing etiquette
  • Other camp-specific policies or guidelines

SCREENING

  • We will conduct daily symptom checking to monitor the health and well-being of camp staff and campers during the camp session.
  • We ensure that staff or campers who develop symptoms of COVID-19 are isolated immediately, and referred for testing, until it is safe to be around others.

MASK

  • Parents we ask that you make sure that campers have more than one mask on hand so that they can easily replace a dirty mask with a clean one.
    • We will have disposable face mask on hand.  (Both adult and pediatric size) 
    • We ask families to please provide either 10 disposable or 7 fabric mask. 
    • Mask will only be required during shouting and singing while at chapel.

MEALS

  • Masks and gloves will be worn during table setting and food services.
  • Table setters will wear masks and gloves when performing the end of meal table clearing.
  • Kitchen staff will wear masks and gloves while serving and preparing meals.
  • Windows will remain open at all times to increase airflow and ventilation.

SANITATION

  • We have develop, and implement increased daily sanitization protocols for common surfaces, restrooms, dining halls, cabins, recreational equipment, and camp facilities. 
  • We have increased ventilation in buildings, such as cabins and dining halls to increase air exchange and air filtration.
  • We will deep clean and sanitize the camp prior to the start of a new camp session. We kindly ask all parents to be prompt when picking up their child at the end of each session, so we can begin the deep cleaning process.
  • Sanitization protocols
    • Washing hands with soap and water.
    • Sanitization of common/shared surfaces. 
    • Sanitization stations added to each cabin.
    • Campers will sleep head to toe. 
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant are readily available throughout the camp. 
  • We have an individual dedicated to ensuring the health protocols adopted by the camp are being successfully implemented and followed. 
  • Camp health policies and protocols include communicating and coordinating with the local health department, local emergency services, and local health care providers before the start of a camp session. This coordination should include ensuring prompt and coordinated response to COVID- 19 and other emergencies, including the ability to have symptomatic staff tested for COVID-19. Our policies will be UPDATED when NYS DOH releases it’s sleep-away camp guidelines
  • At least daily while at camp, all staff and campers will be screened for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19.
  • Access to on-site medical personnel for the duration of a camp session. 
  • After each activity one Group Leader will remain to clean the space and surfaces used during their group’s time at the activity/space. Once per day, the space will be cleaned with the appropriate cleaning supplies and protection.