What will the health screening process look like?
Prior to camp: Immediately before your camper’s arrival at Camp Ton-A-Wandah, we will ask that campers complete a 14 day self-quarantine to reduce exposure to COVID-19. By self-quarantine, we mean limiting exposure to non-family members, wearing a face mask around non-family members, avoiding large crowds/gatherings and limiting unnecessary travel. In addition, parents must document their camper’s temperatures and general health conditions for these same 14 days and report any fevers to the Camp Administrative Team. Studies have shown that people who have contracted COVID-19 will often have a fever within a ten-day period. Monitoring your camper’s temperature is just one simple way of making sure we all come to camp as healthy as possible.
Opening Day: Opening day arrival will definitely be different at Camp Ton-A-Wandah this summer! Specific arrival times for campers will be scheduled according to your camper’s rising grade. It will be important that our families follow these times to ensure a smooth opening day! Only one adult will be allowed to accompany their camper(s) during the check in process. Parents and campers will remain in their car until temperatures are checked, oxygen levels conducted (non-invasive and simply placed on the finger of a camper!), and lack of symptoms confirmed. Our Infirmary Team will meet with one parent and their camper to discuss medical needs, accept medications, ask additional health screening questions and review pre-camp temperature logs. Like every year, lice checks will be performed.
Daily Screenings: Every morning, our head staff will visit each cabin and take daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms. If any symptoms are detected, the camper will head to the infirmary to talk with our Infirmary Team. The following symptoms will initiate a visit to the Infirmary: Fever (above 100.4), Wet or Dry Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Body Aches/Muscle Pains, New Loss of Taste or Smell, Change in Appetite, Vomiting or Diarrhea, Generally Not Feeling Well.
What health forms are required for camp this summer?
All the health forms that are typically required for any camp session will still need to be completed for camp this summer. These include the Health History (online), Physical Exam, Immunizations, Parent Authorization, and a copy of your Insurance Card. In addition, for this summer, a Pre-Screening Tool Form will be completed on each camper as well as a COVID Waiver form.
VERY IMPORTANT: All forms must be completed and turned in prior to your camper arriving at camp. If these forms are not complete, your camper will not be allowed to stay on camp property. Also, please confirm that all medications you bring with you are indicated on your camper’s health history. In years past, we have been able to allow your camper to stay on site until you entered the information later that day. This year we will not be able to accommodate any camper who does not have all of their health forms completed.
The Pre-Screening Tool must be completed during your camper’s self-quarantine and brought with you to camp. It will be given to the Infirmary Team upon arrival. This form is mandatory and you will not be able to leave your camper at camp without it.
How will you differentiate non-COVID health issues from possible COVID cases?
Being in the great outdoors of the mountains comes with many blessings, along with many allergens. These allergens can cause symptoms such as red eyes, coughing, sneezing, and sore throat. If your camper is prone to exhibit these symptoms, please make sure you identify these in your camper’s health history. Describe how your camper reacts to allergens and how you treat them at home. When a camper has these symptoms, the Infirmary Team will review the camper’s health history and take this into account as they treat your camper.
Being away from home may cause anxiety and homesickness for your camper, especially after spending many months with you! If your camper experiences stomach aches, headaches or other symptoms when she is upset, please also provide details in your health history on this!
COVID-19 symptoms in children can present themselves in many different ways. Providing individualized care for your camper will be our utmost priority!
Will I be able to communicate directly with the infirmary about my camper’s health?
While we wish we could call parents each day and give an update on how their camper is doing, it is just not possible. The Infirmary Team is busy providing hands on TLC to the campers who are injured or are not feeling well. If your camper is showing symptoms that fall into the COVID-19 screening -- which include: 1) 100.4 fever or higher, 2) Difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle pain chills, fever, 3) Loss of taste or smell -- has had to stay in the infirmary overnight, needs to be seen by our on-site physician, or by a medical provider, we will call you directly! At any time, you may call the office to get an update on your camper’s general well-being.
How many infirmary staff will be at camp this summer?
TAW will have three RNs as our Infirmary Team this summer. Our Infirmary Team will live on-site 24/7. In addition (NEW THIS YEAR!), TAW will have a Physician on call 24/7 with a Telehealth machine onsite in our Infirmary! This will allow your camper to have quick and efficient medical care should the need arise.
What precautions are TAW and the Infirmary Team taking to treat campers and staff? How will the Infirmary handle sick campers vs campers that are injured or just need TLC?
TAW will be splitting our medical services into two buildings this summer. Camp will have a wellness clinic and a sick clinic. This allows campers who need to see a health provider (but are not showing symptoms of a communicable disease) to get the care they need without taking a chance of exposure to other potentially sick campers! And sometimes our campers just need a little love by our Infirmary Team!
The infirmary is a full functioning clinic that will follow the CDC best practice guidelines for care of a camper or staff who potentially has a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. This will include utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE’s) such as gowns, masks, face shields and gloves.
What is the availability of testing for COVID-19 in our area?
At this time, our Medical Director, in collaboration with Blue Ridge Health, has made it possible to have COVID-19 testing available if a camper or staff is showing symptoms that warrants being tested. Our Medical Director or his assigned physician will make the final decision on the needs for testing and/or placing a camper or staff in quarantine. TAW has also been working directly with Henderson County Health Department, who has stated that they would be a resource for testing if our Medical Provider is unable to meet the needs of testing for campers and staff.
Is my camper required to have a COVID test prior to coming to camp this summer?
Not at this time. The CDC nor NCDHHS have COVID testing as a guideline. After discussion with our Medical Director, our pre-screening tool seems to be the best option to use at this time to ensure all campers arrive healthy!
What is the plan for infection control at camp?
Good infection control is key to keeping the rate of spread for any germ or virus to a minimum. TAW is training their staff and campers in the following areas to help keep our TAW family safe and healthy:
- How to properly wash their hands (fun charts will be placed at all sinks throughout camp to guide our campers and staff and remind them of the importance of clean hands!)
- Proper technique of using hand sanitizer
- Why physical distancing is important and how to maintain relationships while practicing
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Scheduled daily health screenings
- Multiple cleaning schedules of common use areas and cabins
- New hand washing and hand sanitizing stations being place throughout camp and how to access them
- When it is important to talk about their symptoms and when to see the nurse
- TAW will be following a concentric circle system to create smaller contact groups amongst our campers
Will handwashing be required at certain times?
The simple answer is this - ALL THE TIME! TAW has added hand sanitizers to the outside of all our cabins and in all activity areas. In addition, camp has built 6 new handwashing stations throughout camp for our campers to wash their hands as frequently as possible. Our new motto this year - clean hands in, clean hands out!
How will camp address sanitation?
TAW already has an amazing housekeeping staff who’s only focus is keeping our beautiful, rustic camp as clean as possible. But we have raised our standards this summer! Everyone is participating in keeping camp clean! We are increasing the frequency of cleaning public areas and high touch areas throughout camps. Public bathrooms will be cleaned during every meal. Showerhouses will be sprayed down between each cabin/household usage with a thorough clean once a day. The Dining Hall will be disinfected between staggered meals (6 times a day!) and one deep cleaning every night. Activity equipment will be wiped down between household activity times. Honor cabin will never be as competitive as this year as our head/program staff will require our campers to be on top of their game!
What happens if my camper has COVID? If it is in my camper’s cabin?
Despite screening and careful measures to prevent COVID-19 from entering camp, it is impossible to guarantee that campers and staff will not contract COVID-19 while at camp.
If your camper is presumed positive for COVID-19, your camper will be placed in quarantine while a COVID test is being administered (24 hours unless on a weekend). Your camper will be quarantined in our “sick” clinic or an assigned Infirmary-maintained cabin. A nurse will be attending to your camper’s healthcare needs, monitoring and planning care 24/7. In-room activities will be provided for your camper while they are awaiting their test results. A member of the Infirmary Team will call you if your camper is placed in quarantine.
In addition, if a suspected case of COVID arises in your camper’s cabin, the entire cabin will also be quarantined in their own cabin while the potential COVID camper is awaiting results for her test. The counselors will create an atmosphere of fun, providing a multitude of activities and special delivery of camp meals while they wait!
If a camper tests positive for COVID, parents will have 24 hours to pick their camper up. The entire cabin will be tested and parents of the cabin affected will be called.