9 Things Parents Should Know About Summer Camp During COVID-19

Well friends, summer is finally here! And as more and more states move toward reopening, parents everywhere are seeking relief from the months of being cooped up together, by way of summer camp.

But with coronavirus cases rising by the day, and a very real, and very contagious pandemic still at large, is it safe to send your kids to summer camp in the age of COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers suggestions of things to be mindful of should you choose to send your child to camp this summer.

1. Social Distancing

Camps should take extra precautions this summer to keep kids the recommended six feet apart at all times. Many camps will follow the lead of other public businesses with plexiglass barriers, and personal spaces identified with tape to ensure campers and staffers alike have clear guidelines for practicing social distancing.

Team sports and games like tag, which require physical contact, will likely be replaced with different activities this summer, as kids are encouraged to avoid contact with other campers. Outdoor activities should be prioritized, as social distancing can be maintained better. If campers are indoors, it’s important that adequate spacing is set designated for each individual child.

In addition to social distancing measures, most camps will limit both group sizes and group mixing to reduce the risk of spreading.

2. Hand Sanitizer

This handy little germ-killer is crucial for kiddos headed to summer camp this year. In addition to frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with warm water, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used when sinks aren’t as convenient.

Staff and campers are encouraged to sanitize upon camp entry, following use of the bathroom, before and after meals, and any time they come into contact with another person.

3. Masks

As controversial as they have been, masks are still believed to help slow the spread of viruses, and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Depending on your state and local guidelines, masks may or may not be required for campers.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Babies or children younger than 2 years old
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without help

Data shows that children are less likely to contract the coronavirus, but precautionary measures should still be followed. Many camps are requiring staff members to wear masks while indoors, or when social distancing is difficult.

4. Drop-off and Pick-Up

Camp procedures will look different this year when it comes to dropping off and picking up your campers. Many summer camps are not allowing parents inside the facility in order to minimize traffic going in and coming out. Carpool lines should be expected.

If your child’s summer camp does not have a drive-up plan in place, be sure to ask about expectations regarding masks upon entering the facility.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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