Camp Beausite Northwest is regulated by Jefferson County and the state of Washington. Before you read any further, we want to acknowledge how hard all of this is. There isn’t a simple solution. There isn’t any easy answer. There are rules, and challenges, and science, and opinions, and worry, and frustration – all rolled into every moment these days. What you are about to read, and hopefully embrace, is the culmination of regulatory guidance taken from the top authorities in our industry: the American Camp Association, the Centers for Disease Control, Jefferson County Health Department, and the state of Washington.
In an effort to completely inform our camp families on how we are going to run the safest programs and what changes everyone should be aware of – please read the CBNW COVID-19 Handbook cover to cover! We don’t want anything to be a surprise. Please be aware that we are updating policies as they become available, and that everything can change in the blink of an eye. CBNW COVID-19 Policies have been updated as of 4/25/2023.
BASIC COVID-19 POLICIES FOR 2023
- 80% of all staff and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated.
- CBNW will be ensuring that we have a minimum of 80% vaccinated at all times onsite at CBNW.
- A minimum of 80% of our campers must be vaccinated. This means there are limited spaces available for unvaccinated campers.
- We highly encourage all campers to be vaccinated upon arrival. If your camper isn’t vaccinated, they must quarantine for 72 hours prior to arrival along with proof of a negative PCR test.
- We request that all campers and families read through this COVID-19 Policies page, as well as the COVID-19 Handbook below. We want you to be completely informed before deciding to register.
- ANY OF THESE POLICIES AND PRACTICES CAN CHANGE – based on federal, state, and local mandates. Please be understanding in all of this – as much of these decisions are out of our hands.
Camp Beausite Northwest has adopted the following guiding principles in our approach to the management of COVID-19. They are:
- Vaccinated staff – 80%
- Vaccinated campers – 80%
- Increased time outdoors
- Pre-camp precautions
- Health screening
- Limiting visitors
- Following guidelines
We ask that all parents, guardians, and caregivers review this handbook in its entirety prior to registering for camp. We are attempting to prevent COVID-19 from entering the camp community in the first place by taking several precautions and limiting the risk to our camp family and beyond.
We might be a little redundant here, but we just want to make sure you are getting all of the information that you need. The CBNW COVID-19 Handbook covers all kinds of information that you are going to want to familiarize yourself and your camper with.
Communication – Who and how we are communicating everything COVID
Guiding Principles – Defining all of the principles listed above and sharing the steps we are taking
Protocols – Suspected or confirmed COVID case and how we are going to manage that
Financial Information – Deposits, Payments, Refunds, and COVID during Camp
What to Expect at Camp – Pre-camp check-in, arriving at camp, during camp, meals, and check-out
Medical Exemptions – Fill out the medical exemption form and return 15 days prior to the start of camp
Religious Exemptions – Fill out the religious exemption form and return 15 days prior to the start of camp
CBNW COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form
There are three specific resources that we want you to be aware of and have access to. These are the main resources we used to create this handbook for our camp family. The following resources are in-depth and lead to more resources – feel free to follow the links and read and read and read and read 😊.
Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance – This document was developed and created by EH&H, a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in environmental health.
Overnight Group Summer Camps and Similar Activities COVID-19 Requirements – This was developed by the state of Washington while referencing the original CDC guidelines released earlier this year. They then adjusted along with the newest revision of the CDC guidelines below.
CDC Guidance for Operating Youth Camps – This is the newest guidance released from the CDC and while comprehensive, the Washington State guidance supersedes the CDC guidance.
COVID RESPONSE TEAM
Please feel free to contact the COVID-19 Response Team about anything. We are happy to keep the communication open and going. Please call us at (360) 732-7222 or contact:
Raina Baker, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
M Adrian, Program Director, email@example.com
Please understand that all our staff that are working are not the ones to be upset or angry with for any of these policies. They are simply enforcing what they have been asked to do. If you have any challenges, issues, or items to discuss, please request to speak with a director.