Since successfully operating all Deerfoot programs last summer, we have continually monitored best practices and guidelines for camps. Based on that guidance we are implementing a plan that is less cumbersome than last year and keeps campers safe. However, our best preventative tools are the steps you take prior to arrival at Deerfoot.
1. All campers must provide one of the following three documents:
A. Proof of full vaccination (One is fully vaccinated when they have received all doses in the primary series and one booster; when/if eligible). You can upload your campers vaccination card under the forms and documents section in your CampInTouch account.
B. If your camper is not “fully vaccinated”, they will need to take a COVID test within 3 days of arrival at camp.
i. This must be a PCR test. Antigen tests are not sufficient.
ii. Deerfoot has partnered with Heed Health to assist in making testing as simple and accessible as possible. Heed Health provides $30 home testing kits that come with a prepaid overnight FedEx envelope. They have set up a website just for Deerfoot families to order a test kit around your camper’s session dates. See the attachment for more information. You can place your order here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/221207766828159
iii. We also accept PCR test results from your home pediatrician, local health department, pharmacy or any other source that provides PCR Testing.
C. Proof of a laboratory-confirmed positive test in the 3 months prior to starting camp.
i. Campers who have had a laboratory-confirmed positive test in the 3 months prior to starting camp and have met the criteria to end isolation should have a letter from their healthcare provider documenting the positive test date and stating the individual is cleared to end isolation. Campers more than 3 months removed from recovery should undergo the normal testing process.
2. While not required for vaccinated campers, we encourage all campers, whether vaccinated or not, to take a COVID test prior to arriving at camp.
3. Please avoid unnecessary travel and/or large group gatherings in the two weeks before camp.
4. It is critical that all camper forms be completed online or mailed in 4 weeks before the start of camp. You can access camper forms in your CampInTouch Account.
Check in day:
1. Drop off will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Sunday your camper’s session starts.
2. We will not be assigning staggered arrival windows as we did in 2021.
3. After parking, you will proceed to the office for your camper’s cabin assignment and a health check. Staff will be available to help with luggage.
4. While the camp store will be open, we ask that you fund your son’s camp store account online before you arrive. You can do that in your CampInTouch account. Once you’ve logged in, look for the “View Trading Post/Camp Store Account” button and follow the on-screen prompts.
5. We will not be requiring masks or specific distancing at check-in, but we ask you to join us in taking reasonable steps to prevent the spread of COVID and any other illness at check-in by holding conversations outdoors when possible and taking basic sanitary precautions.
1. Once on site, we will be testing campers for the following reason:
A. Random spot checking of both vaccinated and unvaccinated campers throughout the session. Our goal each session is to test one camper in every cabin and 10% of staff during the 2-week session.
B. Showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19.
C. A specific concern based on close contact.
2. In the event your son demonstrates symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp:
A. They will be tested on site.
i. If the test is negative, they would be treated at our Health Center as they would in any other summer.
ii. If the test is positive
a. We will inform you, the parent/guardian.
b. We will confirm the results using a second test (PCR).
c. If your camper’s PCR test is positive we will ask you to pick-up your son within 24 hours.
B. Deerfoot, likely with the oversight of our local Department of Health, would determine who the close contacts were for any camper who has tested positive for COVID-19.
i. Asymptomatic, close contact campers will be monitored for COVID, and separated from the general camp population. They can remain at camp and participate in all the regular Deerfoot activities. If, after 5 days they have not exhibited symptoms, the close contact group will be allowed to participate in all-camp activities.
Camper pick-up will operate normally on the last Saturday of your camper’s session. See your camper handbook for details.
I appreciate your help with these precautions. We look forward to having your son at camp this summer!