COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

We're thrilled to be back this year and the health and safety of our campers remains our number one priority!

 

The following protocols have been put in place to inform families of how our camp plans to protect our campers and staff from COVID-19. We have adapted and modified our program and will continue to do so in order to welcome our campers back to camp this summer in the safest way possible!

 

We have developed these protocols based on guidelines and best practices from the American Camp Association and the health and safety guidelines from the government of Chile.

 

While we strive to communicate the most accurate information please note that some protocols and policies may change over the summer as new government guidelines and information emerge.

 

We ask for your understanding and patience as we do our best to make this summer a happy and healthy one at Camp Makemake. 

- together is a wonderful place to be!

If you have any suggestions or questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

- Marie Curie. 

A CAMP BUBBLE

We plan to create COVID-free bubbles for each camp session. We will achieve this through testing and the following:.

  • All counselors will live on site. There will be no outside specialist counsellors. 

  • Once the campers and staff are on site, they will not leave until their end of week departure.

  • We will not host visitors.

  • Anyone who does need to leave for medical reasons for example will follow strict hygiene, distancing and masking protocols. 

PRE-ARRIVAL

Pre-camp Behaviour

Campers and staff members will be expected to :

  • Avoid any unnecessary travel in the 10 days prior to camp. 

  • Follow common sense health protocols to avoid COVID exposure while traveling to camp and in the days leading up to camp. These guidelines include:

    • Wear a face covering at all times when outside of your household.

    • Avoid close contact with those outside of your household.

    • Do not attend any large, indoor gatherings.

    • Do not participate in any sports tournaments or other large outdoor gatherings.

 

Health History screening

  • Campers and staff members will be required to fill in a health screening form before participating in the camp. This will include information about their COVID history, vaccinations and pre-camp activities. 

Testing

  • Campers will be given a rapid saliva test at the departure point.

  • We will wait for the results. Only campers that receive a negative test will be allowed to participate in Camp Makemake.

  • Campers will be given their test in their vehicle and requested to stay there until the results are in. 

  • These guidelines apply to everyone, even those who have been vaccinated or have had COVID.

Transport (UPDATED: November 10,2021)

  • Masks must be worn on the bus journey to camp. They can be removed to drink water. 

  • Campers who are not vaccinated can not join us on the bus as the current laws do not permit it. 

  • No eating will take place on the bus, so please ensure that your camper has eaten prior to leaving. 

  • Parents and campers must wait in their cars and not congregate outside the bus. 

STAFF

  • All staff members will be double or triple vaccinated.

  • All staff will be tested prior to the start of each camp session. If they are working for more than one session they will be retested. 

  • While at camp staff will receive daily health screening including temperature checks.  

  • All staff will be trained in how to recognise COVID symptoms and how to follow our COVID protocols. 

AT CAMP

Daily Health Screening

  • A visual and verbal health screening will be given to all campers and staff memberstake place each morning. This will include a temperature check. 

 

Outdoor Activities

  • All group activities will take place outside.

Hand washing 

  • Extra hand washing stations and alcohol gel stations have been put into place across the camp.

  • Campers and staff will wash their hands at regular intervals throughout the day. 

  • Hand-washing will be overseen by staff. 

Cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation 

  • All indoor facilities (the clubhouse, washrooms and kitchen) and materials that the campers use will be cleaned and disinfected by our cleaning staff regularly. 

  • All indoor spaces will be constantly ventilated. 

Modification to activities

  • We will not be employing external staff so some of our specialised programming,  such as the watercolour workshops and chef guided cooking activities will not be taking place. 

  • Limited sharing of materials. 

Masks and social distancing.

  • We hope that campers and staff (with the exception of the kitchen staff) will not have to wear masks and to social distance while at camp. Camp is all about communication, relationships and interactions. So much of what we do requires closeness. However, we will follow government guidelines and if they dictate masks and social distancing we will follow suit.

Food Service

  • All meals and snacks will be eaten outside. 

  • As always, strict hygiene protocols will be followed in the kitchens.

  • Cutlery and crockery will be ´washed´ by campers and then rewashed by the kitchen staff. 

COVID OUTBREAK 

In the unlikely, but possible, event that a camper or staff member should present with COVID symptoms and test positive while at camp the following will happen:

  • The camper or staff member with symptoms will be isolated and tested. 

  • All parents will be immediately notified.

  • The campers and staff will wear masks and socially distance from each other.

  • Extra hygiene measures will be put in place. 

  • Parents will be requested to collect their campers.

  • No refund will be given as at this point staff salaries will still have to be paid and the food and materials will have already been purchased.