Update: Last week, Kansas Dept of Health and Environment reported that 4 Covid hot-spots had been identified in youth camps throughout the state.
Due to this identified issue in our state, we are increasing our testing protocol at Wildwood overnight camps beginning 7/12/21. We will test all incoming campers and staff for Covid-19 upon arrival at Wildwood.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated people will be tested.
Testing will be done in partnership with Kansas Dept of Health and Environment and Miami County Emergency Services and Public Health.
Campers who arrive by bus will be tested upon arrival at camp. Mask wearing is required by all staff and campers on the camp bus at all times. Campers who arrive by car will be tested while parents are still present as a part of the check-in process.
We use a rapid antigen test that requires a simple nasal swab in both nostrils. The test is not painful or invasive. Campers can collect their own test samples and then pass them to staff for processing. Upon completion of all camper tests for a session, test results will be emailed to Wildwood’s Executive Director for entry into labxchange site. If a positive case is identified, staff will immediately contact camper parent(s), Wildwood’s Executive Director, and the Miami County Health Dept.
This additional testing will strengthen our multi-layered prevention practices already in place.
The health and safety of both campers and staff is our number one priority.
To best ensure everyone’s safety, Wildwood is closely monitoring information and implementing recommendations from national, state, and local health authorities. We are also drawing from other camps’ successful strategies in 2020. Several of our sources are linked below.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Guidelines for Camps
- American Camp Association’s Field Guide
- Kansas COVID-19 Child Care Guidance
- Miami County, KS COVID-19 Alerts
Camp 2021 looks a little different. Here’s how:
1. Campers stay with their cabin groups for the duration of camp. This is called a cohort and minimizes any potential disease spread.
2. Camp sessions are capped at 50 campers (rather than 90).
3. Most activities take place outdoors, where potential disease spread is lowest. In case of rain or prohibitory weather, campers will wear masks when indoors with other cohorts.
3. Campers dine and swim in shifts so that no more than 3 cabin cohorts are present. In addition, social distancing is maintained while eating and swimming. Masks are worn in the dining hall unless campers and staff are seated and actively drinking or eating.
4. Increased sanitation protocols.
5. Masks are to be worn when indoors when campers are with other cohorts, AND campers are actively not eating or drinking (i.e. when weather conditions require campers be indoors).
6. Staff and campers who are of age are encouraged to get vaccinated if possible.
As summer continues, we will update this page. Health and safety measures will be based on evidence and the most up-to-date recommendations.
Updated July 8, 2021