COVID-19 Protocols at OTC
We are excited to be able to operate an in-person camp this summer! It has been such a tough year and the need for a loving and supportive community is more important than ever. Obviously, some things at camp are going to look different. The health and safety of everybody at Odyssey Teen Camp is our biggest priority and we are working in alignment with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the American Camp Association to operate as safely as possible. Here is an abbreviated version of our covid policies for summer 2021. As we know, Covid-19 is an ever-changing situation, so some of these policies may be altered before the start of camp. We will send out more detailed instructions before camp to all enrolled families.
Creating our COVID free Bubble:
- This year, we will have a closed camp for both campers and staff and there will be no new campers coming in once camp has started on June 26th. New campers will be able to come to camp on July 25th for our final week (session F).
Preparing to enter the bubble: pre-camp:
- We ask that campers and their families enter a modified quarantine for 10 days leading up to camp. This means engaging in only low-risk behaviors to limit their exposure. Families should avoid gatherings where mask-wearing and social distancing are not strictly enforced (ie graduations, parties, weddings, sleepovers, etc.)
- We ask you to symptom monitor 10 days prior to camp. We will send a “pre-camp health monitoring form” at the beginning of June.
- Demonstrate a negative COVID PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. We will send every family a test to administer to their camper from home.
Getting to Camp
- We ask that campers are driven to camp by a member of their household/someone in their covid pod. If they need to be driven to camp by someone, not in their pod, the driver, as well as the camper, must wear masks while in the car.
- If traveling by plane, campers must wear an N95 mask and maintain social distancing and frequent hand washing while traveling.
- Arrival times will be staggered between 10 am and 2 pm. We will let families know their arrival time later this spring.
- Immediately upon arrival campers will take a Rapid Antigen test.
- Families will need to attest that they have been in a modified quarantine for the previous 10 days, bring results from their at-home PCR test, and confirm that their child has not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours.
- Each camper will take a PCR test 4-5 days into camp.
- Campers will receive a total of three COVID-19 tests over a 10-12 day period, starting 6 days prior to arrival and ending 6 days into camp.
- If campers at any time during the session have COVID-19 indicating symptoms they will be tested using a rapid test onsite and/or a PCR test.
Daily Health checks
- We will conduct daily health screenings for both campers and staff, including a temperature check.
Cohorts at Camp
- As of now campers will never be unmasked and will always be socially distanced from anyone outside of their cabin of seven campers until results from all three COVID tests are received and negative.
- It is possible that if all tests come back negative after our first week at camp, (and regulations allow), we will consider foregoing the wearing of masks when outside should individuals choose to do so.
- Our core programming will not be different, except all classes will be outside.
- We will not be having full camp gatherings. Evening activities and community chill time will be done in smaller groups.
- All meals will be eaten outside in cabin groups. We are putting up tents to accommodate outdoor eating. In inclement weather, we may allow some indoor eating in the dining hall at a very limited capacity.
- Staff members will be serving all food and there will be no self-serve areas.
Face Coverings and Distancing Protocols
- Campers and Staff will be required to have face-covering with them at all times.
- We will wear face-covering when indoors with and/or interacting within six feet of anyone outside our cabin group until that time when we believe a COVID-free bubble has been created and maintained.
- The CDC has recommended guidance on the best mask choices. We ask that campers follow their guidance in choosing what masks to bring to camp.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- We will have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures in place. This includes disinfecting bathrooms, shower house, and other communal spaces at regular intervals throughout the day.
Handwashing and Sanitizing Stations
- Campers and staff will be instructed on proper handwashing techniques and will be required to wash/sanitize their hands regularly throughout the day.
- Hand washing/sanitizing will happen before and after every meal, before and after each activity, after using the restroom, as well as after sneezing, coughing, and nose-blowing.
- We are encouraging all staff to get vaccinated before the start of camp and believe that the majority will do so.
- Staff will follow all the same COVID-19 guidelines as campers, including; taking three COVID-19 tests, social distancing and masking with those that are outside of their cabin, and daily health checks.
- New staff training sessions are being created focused on COVID-19 mitigation.
Response Management of a Case or Probable Case
- If someone shows symptoms at camp, our medical team will create a multi-staged quarantine and isolation procedure to determine the best response, including whether or not the symptomatic camper will be able to rejoin the camp population.
- If someone does test positive for COVID-19 at camp they will be immediately isolated and we will call their parents to come pick them up.
- The cabin in which someone was positive for COVID-19 will be moved into a modified quarantine and have their own activities separate from the rest of the camp. These campers will be monitored daily for any signs of illness.
If you have questions, please contact the director, Adam Simon.