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COVID-19 Camping Protocol

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The leaders of Troop 84 are committed to bring the entire scouting program to each youth member. As one of the 8 methods of scouting, a robust outdoor program is vital to a complete scouting experience. A love of the outdoors and the values of scouting drive us to provide a safe environment. With COVID-19 now in our lives forever, nothing has changed in that commitment to our scouts. Presently the state health restrictions are beginning to ease and we are dedicated to implementing all the current health orders, guidelines, and recommendations from federal, state, and local authorities. Every scouter in the program volunteers many hours to complete all manner of safety training to ensure your scouts have a wonderful outdoor experience and return home safely. To us, COVID-19 safety is just as important as Safe-Swim Defense or Climb-on Safely, just two of the numerous courses scout leaders complete every year to ensure the safety of your scout. Our passion is to serve our scouts, to serve you, and to bring scouts to the majesty of the outdoors to let them explore... safely.

We have been in self-quarantine for more than 2 months now. We have done our part to flatten the curve and stop the spread while still holding regular meetings. We have even donated much of the PPE supplies in our trailer to Genoa Township first responders further strengthening Troop 84's bond to the local community. I and the rest of the adult leaders could not be more proud of how our scouts have responded to the challenges of self-quarantine. The Patrol Leaders Council has done a fantastic job planning a wide array of activities for our zoom meetings and the self-leadership the rest of the scouts have exhibited is exemplary.

Recently the governor reopened youth day camps and resident camps and NOW is the time to get back to the business of scouting outdoors!

Below you will find the results of hard work from our Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Committee Members over the last few weeks to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 protocol that will allow us to return to the outdoors. This protocol is based on the information we have collected from various federal, state, and local authorities as well as BSA National & Simon Kenton Council guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Protect Vulnerable Members of our Community

  • No-one that meets the following criteria should attend or bring scouts to camp
    • Over the age of 65
    • Has a current respiratory infection
    • Has any underlying medical issues
      • Blood Disorders
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • Compromised immune system
      • Current or recent pregnancy
      • Endocrine disorders
      • Metabolic disorders
      • Heart disease
      • Lung disease
      • Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions
    • Anyone who has been sick in the last 14 days
  • After camp, we ask that your scout does not visit anyone meeting the above criteria for 14 days.

Screening Questions

  • Before Camp
    • Please monitor your scout's temperature for 14 days prior to camp. If temperature is 100° or more in the 14 days prior to camp, please do not attend.
  • Upon arrival
    • Temperature taken, anyone with 100° or more will not be admitted.
    • Have you or anyone in your household flown anywhere within the last 14 days?
    • Have you or anyone in your household experienced the onset of new signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever, cough, or sore throat?
    • In the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household had any contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19 or are ill with respiratory illness?
    • Have you or anyone in your household recently lost their sense of taste and smell?
  • Each Day
    • Ask about each of the symptoms
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting

Wearing PPE

  • MASKS / PRECAUTIONS:
    • We will encourage scouts to wear masks where appropriate.
    • Please bring at least 2 masks (one that can be worn while the other washed/disinfected)
    • For activities that require scouts to be with 6 feet of another scout, we will require masks be worn.
      • We do not anticipate this to cause a problem with scouts, but repeated requests could result in asking the scout to go home.
  • Gloves for food distribution

Handwashing

Monitor Temperatures

  • Temperature will be monitored twice per day (every 12 hours - 8am & 8pm)
    • Anyone with a temperature of 100° or greater will be sent home
    • All parents will be notified

Social Distancing

  • 1 scout per tent
  • We will encourage all scouts to maintain 6' distance in all goups.
  • Scouts will be organized into groups of no more than 8 to a patrol and will travel with their patrol throughout camp.
  • When multiple patrols are brought together, 6 foot minimum distance will be enforced between patrols.
  • Barriers will be used between patrols if large gatherings indoors becomes necesary.
  • Each patrol will have their own campsite, dining area, shower schedules.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Cleaning and Disinfection 
    • Handwashing/sanitation stations will be available at all program/gathering areas
    • Post Cleaning Schedule
    • Clean every two hours
      • Handrails
      • Slides
      • Structures for climbing or playing
      • Door handles
      • Surfaces of restrooms
      • Handwashing stations
    • Clean after each use
      • Lounge chairs
      • Tabletops
      • Pool noodles
      • Kickboards
      • Kitchen/food prep areas
      • Axe, Saw, and other tools
    • Clean once per day
      • Program areas
      • Tents

Maintain Healthy Environment

  • Discouraging people from sharing items that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or that are meant to come in contact with the face (for example, goggles, nose clips, and snorkels).
  • Discouraging the sharing of items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with those they don’t live with.
  • Ensuring adequate equipment for patrons and swimmers, such as kick boards and pool noodles, to minimize sharing to the extent possible, or limiting use of equipment by one group of users at a time and cleaning and disinfecting between use.

Ensure Hygiene Supplies are Readily Available

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Soap
  • Spray Lysol
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Dishwashing Sanitizer - Quaternary Ammonia  and/or Bleach (fact sheet)
  • Biohazard Spillage Kit (example)
  • Buckets, Spray Bottles, washable cloths.

Food/Cooking Policies

  • NO Self Serve Buffets
    • Buffets are ok if staff served
      • Avoid switching tasks
      • Wear gloves & masks
    • Self Serve Beverage Stations are permitted
  • Servers/Cooks wear face masks
  • ServSafe or other approved COVID-19 Training (ServSafe is a national food safety training prior to COVID)
  • Regular Hand Washing
  • Clean High Touch areas every two hours
  • No shared condiments & other items from tables
    • provide single serving containers

Emergency Plan If Someone Gets Sick

  • Seek emergency medical attention for anyone exhibiting these symptoms
    • Trouble Breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Isolate and transport those who are sick to their home or a healthcare provider.
    • Immediately separate staff, patrons, or swimmers with COVID-19 symptoms (for example, fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
    • Establish procedures for safely transport anyone sick to their home or to a healthcare provider
  • Immediately notify parents and local health officials, staff, patrons, and swimmers of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
    • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use the areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them.
      • Wait more than 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting these areas. Ensuring safe and correct use and storage of EPA-approved List N disinfectants, including storing products securely away from children. 

    Communication

    • External
      • Daily posting on website: all clear and good
      • Notify all parents if someone is sent home sick
      • There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of recreational waters. Follow safe swimming practices along with social distancing and everyday preventative actions to protect yourself.
    • Internal (at camp)
      • Post signs about how to stop the spread
      • Frequent Announcements

    Transportation

    • Troop 84 will not provide transportation.
      • You are welcome to make car pooling arrangements privately with adult leaders or other parents who are driving to camp.
      • We recommend non-family members wear masks while riding in cars.

    Liability Release

    • We will ask parents to sign a Liability Release / Hold Harmless Agreement to release Troop 84 and Northside Fellowship Presbyterian Church from liability.