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June 16th, 2021 Update
With regards to Covid-19, we are continuing to collect and monitor information from many resources: federal, state and local public health officials, the American Camp Association (ACA), local doctors and medical professionals, and more. We use this input to guide us in determining our policies and practices and we will be updating our policies and practices as conditions and guidelines change. As with most guidelines, recommendations, and mandates during this time, they seem to come out at random, sporadic intervals. With that said, we will continue to adjust our program, even possibly mid session/mid summer, should new information and guidelines come to light.
From your end, please help to make this a fantastic and healthy summer. Per the CDC: parents/caregivers will be expected to monitor their camper’s health daily at home for signs of infectious illnesses. Campers are expected NOT to come to camp if they exhibit signs or symptoms of infectious illness. Symptoms that would warrant staying at home include but are not limited to:
fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting. Please take this responsibility seriously and help us keep our campers collectively safe!
From our end, here is what you can expect from us to help mitigate Covid risk at camp:
* Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles during both morning drop off and afternoon pick up processes. We’re being asked to keep visitors off campus. Please call our camp phone if you need to pick up a camper early or if you need anything else from us. Our camp phone number is in the signature line on all email correspondence as well as on all your registration confirmations and summaries.
* Stable and limited camp groups will stay together throughout the camp day, keeping a distance of 6 feet or more from other camp group/cohorts. Staff members will also be with the same cohort throughout the duration of each camp session.
* Campers and staff will remain masked with the exceptions of distanced water breaks, mask breaks, and while eating. Because we are a sports camp and campers will be active for a substantial portion of each day, we ask that each camper have a back-up mask or two with them each day.
* We will provide enhanced sanitation and hand cleaning throughout the camp day.
* Camp will be predominantly outdoors. For the very little time campers will spend indoors, they will be fully masked.
* There will be no field trips, extended care, nor free play this year. This is because these programs cannot be done without intermingling cohorts.
* Every camper MUST have his/her own water bottle at camp. Please try to send your camper to camp with a full bottle to help minimize having to refill too often at camp.
April 19, 2021 Update
We are now about two months away from our long awaited 2021 Decathlon “re-opening.” To say that we are excited would likely be the understatement of the year. We hope you are all excited as well. With opening day as well as payment deadlines approaching, we wanted to do our best to update you on how we view the summer unfolding. Keep in mind that while a lot can change in the next 60 days (if we’ve learned nothing else…), if we had to run camp TOMORROW, this is what you could expect to see:
*Campers and staff in masks throughout the camp day. Exceptions would be during snack, lunch, and water breaks. These snack. lunch, and water breaks will be socially distanced breaks.
*Stable camp groups of roughly 14 campers that do not intermingle with or come within 6 feet of other camp groups per state health department guidelines. Each camp group will be staffed by the same staff members during the entire session.
*Increased focus on health and hygiene including hand washing and sanitizing at the camper and staff level as well as enhanced cleaning throughout the site.
*Daily Covid health screening of campers and staff. Plan for quarantine and reporting should a positive case of Covid be reported at camp.
*Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles for camper drop off and pick up. Similarly, only campers (and our camp staff) will be allowed on camp grounds to mitigate risk.
*Sadly, we do not see a current path forward (again, at least at this time) for our usual Friday trips, extended care, or mixed-group free play following lunch.
We believe that both California and San Mateo County are on an encouraging trajectory in terms of Covid numbers in the community overall. As such, we are feeling very optimistic about camp this summer. And while it may look and feel a bit different in some ways, the ability for our staff and campers to connect, compete, laugh, and play together will be as meaningful and as important as ever.
While we feel that with the precautions mentioned above combined with current trends make the odds of an exposure at camp quite low, we cannot guarantee in any way that Covid won’t somehow find its way into our camp setting. If any camp group is forced to close down for any period of time due to Covid, our refund options can be found below:
Should any camp group be required to close or quarantine for any period of time, families will have three options regarding their enrollment fees for these unused/missed camp days. Families may either: (1) forward these fees at 100% value as credit toward the summer of 2022 (2) receive 75% of their fees back in the form of a cash refund (3) make a donation to camp. Any part of your camp enrollment fees can be donated to help us sustain our program. We are grateful for your support.
We will continue to update you as we get closer to opening day with any substantial changes to camp operations. We’ll be sending Session One payment reminders soon as well. Thanks again for your support and flexibility as we make our way through this unique time. As always, please call or email us anytime with questions about summer or if we can further clarify any of our summer policies and planning.