COVID-19 Trail Map
Our Summer Camp Covid Policy
The COVID-19 Trail Map will give you the “at a glance” look as to how things will look this summer and what will be expected of families leading up to and during your child’s stay at camp. If you would like to view our full COVID-19 Response Plan, which includes information for staff, vendors, etc., you can view it here:
Camp Waziyatah is working with the State of Maine and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to provide our campers with the safest possible summer camp experience. We have broken our COVID-19 trail map into four convenient pieces: pre-camp, arrival, the session, and emergency procedures in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. This is intended to give you the important details of your child’s summer at camp at-a-glance. Our full COVID-19 Response Plan is located on our website and goes into greater detail on the specifics of operation.
- Every camper must have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to arrival. This can be either the antigen (rapid) test or PCR test.
- Every camper must have a minimum of 7 consecutive days’ worth of documented temperature checks and sign the social distancing waiver stating they have not engaged in high-risk activity in the week prior to camp.
- Campers may only bring two bags to camp, everything must fit in these. If you are driving to camp, luggage must be in the trunk/hatchback of your car so our staff can unload it easily. Those traveling on the Newton bus can also bring their luggage with them. If you are flying to camp you must ship your luggage.
- Campers will be administered a rapid test upon arrival to Camp Waziyatah. Once a negative result is received, they can come onto camp and go to their cabin. In the event of a positive COVID test, campers will be tested again to ensure the test was not a false-positive. If the test comes back positive again, parents have the option to bring their child home with them for quarantining.
- Campers who are participating in airline travel must have NO symptoms prior to boarding the plane and MUST wear a mask the duration of their flight. Campers arriving by plane will be shuttled to camp where they will be tested upon arrival.
- Once campers are on camp, they will be divided into two groups: their family unit and their cohort. Family units consist of just cabin mates and counselors and can socialize unmasked and without social distancing. Cohorts consist of four family units and can interact with social distancing and masks. Campers outside of the cohort will not interact within the first week of camp.
- At the five day mark, campers will be tested again. If all tests come back negative, then cohorts will begin to open-up to allow for more socialization.
Remainder of the Session:
- Programming in the first week of camp will be scheduled by cohort group. Once the second wave of COVID-19 tests in completed, we will enact cohort-based camper’s choice programming and combine cohorts into larger groups.
- Campers will wear masks while traveling from activity to activity. Masks must be worn for indoor activities but are not required for outdoor or waterfront activities. All instructors will either be masked or maintain social distancing, depending on the activity type.
- Activity areas and equipment will be sanitized after each use and in between each activity period. The Dining Hall and Gym will also be regularly sanitized by our cleaning staff.
- Laundry will remain similar to previous years with the exception of extra laundry days designated for mask cleaning. It is critical that you pack enough cloth masks for your campers to lose a few, change them out as needed daily, and not run out over the course of their laundry week. We ask that you pack 12 masks.
- Evening activity will be programmed separately for each cohort in the first week of camp. After the second wave of COVID-19 tests is completed, evening activities will be opened-up to larger groups of combined cohorts, or socially distanced full camp activities (like campfires). Socials (dances) will take place outdoors and will be separated by cohorts in Week one and combined cohorts in Weeks two to four.
- Our programming schedule will change to accommodate additional meal times to limit interaction between cohorts. Two cohorts will eat at a time separated by safe distance and family units must sit together. Masks must be worn while going to the buffet line to receive food and can be removed once the camper is seated at their table.
- No off-camp trips to public areas will be permitted. Day hikes to remote locations will be offered, but campers must remain masked and only travel with their family unit (cabin).
- Otter Days (Twice weekly all-camp event days) will all be on-camp this year.
In the event of a positive COVID-19 test:
- Wazi will have a dedicated building that will act as a satellite health center if there is a suspected or confirmed COVID case on camp.
- If a case is confirmed, health center staff will be in contact with the patient’s family to decide if they will return home or stay in camp during the quarantine period.
- If our health center staff determines that a patient who tests positive needs further care, Camp Waziyatah is located 16 miles from Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine and 18 miles from Bridgton Hospital in Bridgton, Maine.
- A patient who has tested positive for COVID is required to stay quarantined for at least 5 days (subject to change) from symptom onset and 24 hours of being symptom-free.
- A patient may return to their cabin after CDC recovery guidelines have been met.
- The rest of the cabin, (or family unit), will be removed from the cohort and tested for COVID-19. They will be allowed to continue activities as a group but will not be permitted to interact with any other camper cohorts until showing negative tests 5 days after the initial positive COVID-19 test.
If a positive case is confirmed, Camp Waziyatah will notify state and local health officials as well as staff and families while maintaining confidentiality as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
As updates continue to come in, this document will be updated to reflect our current Covid-19 mitigation plan. Some issues we will be addressing in the near future are:
- Arrival day procedures for parents dropping off their campers.
- Travel procedures for campers flying to camp.
- The extent of the “bubble” in regards to vaccinations and off-camp excursions.
- Cohort sizes after the 1st week of camp and interaction between cohorts