Communicable Disease Plan*
Higher Ground Adventures remains fully committed to the health and safety of every individual who comes to camp this summer. It is with prayer for wisdom, discernment, and guidance from the CDC, ACA and NCDHHS that we have planned for camp in 2020.
Thanks to our spacious facilities, screened cabins and sustained outdoor activities, Higher Ground Adventures has the distinctive ability to provide a wonderful healthy and safe environment.
As your family considers your summer plans, please review Higher Ground Adventure’s action plan for screening and preventing communicable disease at camp.
We acknowledge that those with preexisting conditions and/or weakened immune systems should follow the guidance of their physicians. Every family should decide about attending camp this summer based on their own situation and wisdom. If you have any COVID symptoms in the 10 days prior to camp or you are in a high risk category we ask that you refrain from attending.
Prevention Actions Prior to Camp
▫ Require the completion of pre-arrival screening medical questionnaires
▫ Sleep in cabins at 50% capacity and sleeping in head to toe formation so there is more than the recommended distance of separation.
▫ Enhanced arrival screening process to include a temperature check and COVID-19 specific questions.
▫ Scheduled time between camper activities to wipe down surfaces.
▫ Added bathroom breaks and handwashing breaks into camper schedules.
▫ Added hand sanitizer “stations” at building entrances
▫ Educate counselor staff on identification of COVID symptoms
▫ Staff will wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible when interacting with others outside of their cabin. Campers are strongly encouraged to do the same and will be required to wear masks in some settings.
▫ No “self-serve” option in the dining hall. All food and drinks will be served by staff.
▫ Tables will be staggered with 50% capacity, and cabin tables will be cleaned & disinfected between use. Outdoor dining will be utilized depending on the weather.
▫ Reduced group sizes for activities
▫ Infirmary staff conduct temperature checks daily
▫ Will use open air settings for camp assemblies and use spread out seating arrangement
▫ Equipment cleaned between use by different households.
▫ Instruct campers on “no sharing” personal belongings (pillows, toothpaste, hairbrushes, etc.) policy – if a camper forgets an item, Higher Ground Adventures will do our best to secure any missing item for a camper
▫ Frequent and routine cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas throughout each day.
▫ If a camper shows any sign of illness during camp, we will ask you to pick them up as soon as possible.
▫ If a camper or staff has a fever of 100.4°F or greater, he/she will be isolated in the sick room (bed and bathroom) for further inspection by the camp nurse.
▫ If a camper or staff is suspected to have COVID-19 based on symptoms, the local health department will be notified and assist us in the appropriate next steps. It is likely that parents will need to make arrangements for pick up as soon as possible.
▫ Buildings where symptomatic person was present will be disinfected per the CDC guidelines
▫ The cabin with a suspected case of COVID-19 will be isolated away from the other cabins.
• NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Overnight Camp Settings: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/Interim-Guidance-for-Overnight-CampsPHASE-2.pdf
• ACA Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance: https://acacamps.app.box.com/s/7gkh9buu3ntssx2v38gajg4z94631lag
• CDC Consideration for Youth and Summer Camps: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html
*We continue to closely monitor new information and guidance. As the situation changes, we will make adjustments to adhere to the latest recommendations.