Status of Camp Thunderbird - June 22, 2021

On May 27th Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that overnight camp programs for children and youth will be permitted this summer.  While this was very welcome news, Camp Thunderbird programs for summer 2021 were already fully planned based on the prior restrictions.

We have now evaluated the PHO-approved operating procedures and carefully considered the possibilities for additional programming options.  OUR DECISION – It’s too late for Camp Thunderbird to offer new programming for 2021 that would require food service and accommodations.

We’re excited to follow through with our plans for Day Camp and LD Programs. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

How will bussing work?

  • Mask wearing will be required for campers and staff. Please send a mask with your camper (extra masks will be available if one is forgotten or lost).
  • Bus seats and handrails will be disinfected before anyone gets on the bus.
  • All passengers will sanitize their hands before getting on the bus and will wash their hands when they arrive at camp.
  • Campers and one caregiver will be asked to arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes before the scheduled bus departure times, this will give staff enough time to review the pre-screening forms.

How many people will be in each activity group?

  • All camp activities will take place in small groups of 2 staff and up to 10 campers.
  • There will not be any large group gatherings or activities.
  • None of the camp counsellors will be living at camp.

When will everyone need to wear masks?

  • Activities will take place primarily outdoors, but if campers or staff need to be indoors (e.g., to use the bathrooms), they will need to wear their masks
  • In circumstances where 2m distancing cannot be maintained, masks will be worn.

When will campers be required to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer?

  • Upon arrival at camp.
  • Before and after eating snacks and lunch
  • Before and after using the bathroom or outhouse.
  • Before getting back on the bus at the end of the day.

Will hand sanitizer be available?

  • We will provide hand sanitizer throughout the camp area.
  • Campers and staff will be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.

Will equipment be cleaned between every use?

  • Yes. All hard equipment will be disinfected by camp staff following Health Canada’s cleaning guidelines and recommended products between each use.
  • Door handles, taps, toilet seats, flush levers will be sanitized at least 4 times per day.

How will lunch time be managed?

  • Campers will only be allowed to consume food and beverages that came in their personal backpack (no food-sharing).
  • Eating will take place outdoors.
  • Activity groups will be eating in separate spaces (no lunch-time gatherings).
  • A reminder that camp is nut-safe, so please pack nut-free lunches only.

Will children and staff be screened for Covid-19 daily?

  • All staff, volunteers, campers and caregivers will complete a daily COVID-19 symptom screening before being allowed to board the camp busses or exit their personal vehicles (if camper is driven to the camp).

How will physical distancing be managed?

  • We will be instructing all campers and staff to maintain a personal distance of 2m, whenever possible. We understand that maintaining this distance is continually challenging for children, and we will support them in doing their best.
  • Tag games, high fives, handshakes will not be part of our program.
  • Many activities are easy to do with 2m distance between people (archery, paddling, swimming, hiking)
  • Activity groups (cohorts) will be able to keep 5m of space between groups as they move around camp.

What will happen if a student or staff member develops possible Covid-19 symptoms while at camp?

  • The individual, any equipment that they were using and their belongings, will be isolated in one of our yurts or cabins. 2 staff members will be assigned to care for the camper, from a safe distance.
  • The caregivers will be contacted and be required to collect the sick person from camp, ASAP, and contact their primary healthcare provider or 8-1-1. This person will not be allowed to ride the bus.
  • This person will not be allowed to return to camp until:
    • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started, AND
    • Their fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g., Tylenol, Advil), AND
    • They are feeling better (e.g., improvement in runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue), OR
    • They can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was completed after their symptoms began and the symptoms are completely gone.

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