Eagle Lake Health & Safety
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Our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
We will keep all of our most up-to-date information, policies, and procedures on this page. Please check back regularly for updates. We are still waiting on the state's health mandates for summer camps, and cannot finalize many of our policies until we have these. However, you can find the decisions we have made below. And as always, please email us with any questions you have!
Please remember these are subject to change:
This page was last reviewed Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
This is the most common question we get! We will follow state, county, and host site mandates and guidelines.
Day Camp On Location
Please check your state and county’s health site to learn what these are.
For Rezident, Excursions, Day Camp at Glen Eyrie, Crew at Glen Eyrie, and Day Camp at Flying Horse programs:
As you have probably heard, the Colorado Department for Public Health has recently amended their mask mandates for Colorado, including summer camps. Per their new public health orders, campers attending our Rezident, Excursions, Day Camp at Glen Eyrie, Crew at Glen Eyrie, and Day Camp at Flying Horse programs will not be required to wear a mask at any time, indoors or outdoors. Parents are still welcome to send their campers in masks.
Crew at Overnight
Crew at Overnight campers will still be required to wear masks indoors unless sleeping or eating the first week of camp in order to ensure a healthy bubble and give our Crew campers their best chance at remaining at camp all five weeks. We will reevaluate the need for masks one week after their arrival.
Eagle Lake Staff
Eagle Lake staff on all programs will continue to wear masks in indoor settings for the time being. We will let you know if this changes.
Rezident and Excursions:
- Cohorts are the size of the cabin – typically 7 campers and 1 counselor.
- We have reorganized our programming so that most activities will be held outside to limit mask time and facilitate health.
- While outside, campers may be closer than 6 feet to other cohort groups for short periods of time when playing group games like Capture the Flag.
- Campers will participate in indoor activities only with their cabin cohorts. There will be 12 feet of space between cabin cohorts if more than one cabin cohort is indoors together.
- Cabin cohorts will also sit 12 feet apart during meals, and will eat meals outdoors when weather allows.
- Cohorts are the size of the small team – a max of 20 campers and 2 counselors. Small teams are typically divided into half for Bible study time but do the remaining activity rotations together.
- We have reorganized our programming so that many activities will be held outside to limit mask time and facilitate health.
- While outside, small teams may briefly be closer than 6 feet to other small teams for short periods of time when playing group games like the Maximus.
- Campers will participate in indoor activities only with their small teams. There will be 12 feet of space between small teams if more than one small team is indoors together.
- Small teams will also sit 12 feet apart during meals, and will eat meals outdoors when weather allows.
- This summer, our 60-camper Crew program will be divided into two 30-person cohorts.
- Cohorts will determine tent assignments, work crew shifts, free time, Bible studies, and weekend activities. Essentially, campers will only do Crew with their cohorts, not the entire program.
- Cohorts will most likely be made up of about 15 male campers and 15 female campers.
- FOR EXAMPLE: A camper in Cohort A will be in a tent and a Bible study with other Cohort A campers. S/he will work the AM shift weeks 1, 3, and 5 with other Cohort A campers and have the afternoons off with those same campers (and work the PM shift weeks 2 and 4 and have the mornings off with those same campers). On the weekend, cohorts will rotate through activities. E.g. Cohort A will do Beach Day while Cohort B does the High Ropes Course, and then they’ll switch the next weekend.
- Weekday evening programming will still happen with the entire Crew program, but will primarily take place outside, and cohorts will always be physically distanced from each other.
The American Camping Association tracked data across camps last year to compare camps who did and did not require a pre-camp quarantine, and they found no difference in COVID rates between camps who did and did not require it. Nor has the state mandated a pre-camp quarantine. Therefore, we will not require a pre-camp quarantine. We do ask that you do your best to limit your exposure as best as you can before attending camp, as the more we can limit exposure the best we can all do to protect one another from the spread!
Additionally, we ask that all campers attending an overnight program do their best to limit their exposure to large groups before attending camp.
NEGATIVE COVID TESTS:
We will not require campers to receive a negative COVID test before attending camp.
MEDICAL SCREENING AT CHECK IN:
We found these to be very helpful at keeping our campers and staff healthy over the summer, so we will continue to do a medical screening at check-in. To see what we will screen, please click here.
- Campers who exhibit one or more of the following symptoms will not be allowed to attend camp:
- New or unexplained cough
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- New loss of taste or smell
- Campers who exhibit two or more of the following symptoms will not be allowed to attend camp:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose or congestion
- Muscle or body aches
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- PLEASE NOTE: We understand that several of these symptoms can result from asthma, allergies, or other common causes. If this is the case with your child, please bring a doctor’s note! However, Eagle Lake reserves the right to allow our medical team to make the final call on if a camper is healthy enough to attend camp.
Campers (and staff) will receive daily health screenings.
Enhanced cleaning procedures implemented in 2020 will be maintained this summer and in all future summers. While the coronavirus is not known to live on surfaces, plenty of other nasty things do. By increasing the frequency and thoroughness of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, we should decrease the spread of other common communicable diseases at camp.
CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES:
- Eagle Lake will notify you by phone if your camper is experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Campers experiencing COVID-like symptoms must be picked up from OVERNIGHT camps within 4 hours and from DAY CAMPS within 1 hour. Please ensure your emergency contact is available if there is ever a window you will not be reachable by phone. If your child is attending Rezident or Excursions programs and you live out of state, you must have an emergency contact who lives within 4 hours of camp.
- Campers experiencing COVID-like symptoms will be isolated from programming and cared for by our camp nurse until they are picked up from camp.
- Campers may return to camp after remaining fever-free for 24 hours and improvement of symptoms, OR with a negative test result.
- Overnight programs: Cabins that have a camper leave camp due to COVID-like symptoms will enter into “Shadow Camp” mode, in which the cabin will still be able to experience the majority of camp programming but with a modified schedule and with heightened distance from the rest of camp.
- If there is a positive case of COVID-19 at camp, Eagle Lake will call all families who had a camper directly exposed to a positive case during their time at camp. Eagle Lake will email every family who had a camper attend the same week of the positive case but was not directly exposed.
- Eagle Lake will follow Colorado mandates for summer camps and share camper attendance information with state and local health authorities for purposes of contact tracing.
- According to Colorado mandates for summer camps:
- All confirmed cases will be reported to public health within 24 hours.
- All confirmed outbreaks will be reported to public health within 24 hours.
- Public health makes the final determination of who is a close contact and will be placed in quarantine.
- If a camper is placed in quarantine or isolation, the family must follow travel rules:
- Campers or staff who are in quarantine or isolation may not travel by air.
- Campers of staff who are in quarantine or isolation may not leave the state of Colorado without permission from public health.
- Campers or staff who are in quarantine or isolation may not travel with others unless those people will quarantine with them.
- Campers or staff who are in quarantine or isolation may only travel by car if they can reach their destination without stopping (for gas, rest stops, etc.).
- If parents would like to remove a camper in isolation or quarantine from camp, but cannot get them home while following the travel rules, the parent may choose to stay in a hotel with their child for the duration of quarantine or isolation.
- Cost for this is covered by parents/guardians, as pre-determined in written camp COVID-19 plan.
- If a camper in quarantine develops COVID-19, their parent/guardian must remain in the hotel for the duration of their quarantine (i.e., if a child gets COVID-19, their parent will need to start a 7- or 10-day quarantine after 10th day of child’s isolation).
- No one in isolation/quarantine may leave the hotel room, including to obtain food.
Due to Colorado mandates for summer camps, no visitors will be allowed on property except for drop off and pick up. For Rezident programs, this means that Wednesday Parent’s Day is cancelled. For CREW, this means that family and friends may not come visit on Sundays. (Crew parents: we sent an email with alternative options. Please contact us if you did not receive it.)
Overnight campers will have a head-to-toe assigned sleeping arrangement in cabins’ bunk beads to facilitate 6 feet of space between campers’ heads at night.
HEALTH AND SAFETY BEST PRACTICES:
- We will increase ventilation of buildings (at Day Camps and throughout our Overnight property) and cabins (at our Overnight property) through open windows and fans. (Overnight parents: please be sure to send your camper with warm [32 degree recommended] sleeping bags and warm, [non-cotton recommended] layers to wear!)
- We have increased handwashing times scheduled into the programming and have added locations for handwashing around our property.
- We’ve placed best health and safety practices signs around our property to provide visual reminders and positive encouragement for everyone to follow these.
- Your camper’s safety is our first and utmost priority each summer. We wanted to share this video with you, which we show at the beginning camp each week. Its purpose is to teach campers healthy boundaries and empower them with bodily autonomy. This video complements the rigorous training we require our staff to complete. While we’re working hard to ensure your camper’s safety at camp, we’d love for you to take time before camp to watch this video with your camper and discuss its main points. We believe our training will be most effective if it is not the first time your child learns this content, but builds on and agrees with what you’ve already taught them, so that they feel safe and confident at camp. We have also put together this list of resources if you would like to learn more about how you can equip your child in body safety measures.
If Eagle Lake needs to cancel camp for any reason, we will offer a full refund.
If you have to cancel your registration due to COVID-19 (positive test, symptoms in a camper, loss of income — even if you simply feel uncomfortable sending your child to camp), we will give you a full refund.
If your child cannot attend due to an injury, we will do our best to help you reschedule at no additional cost. However, if this is not possible, we will give you a full refund.
If you need to cancel for any other reason, our cancellation policy will remain the same.
For those of you looking for ways to help other parents who’ve been hit hard economically by the virus, you are welcome to donate to our Campership Fund, which we use to provide scholarships to campers.
We want to take a minute to acknowledge that the Coronavirus has caused many people financial hardship. We are so sorry if you are one of these.
Our heart is that no camper would every be turned away from camp because of the cost. Because of this, we offer scholarships for our Overnight camps, and most of our Host Partners offer scholarships for our Day Camps On Location. Additionally, we offer a pre-registration discount for our Overnight and Day Camp On Location programs, as well as a referral discount for our REZident and many of our Day Camp On Location programs. Feel free to reach out with questions!
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Your camper’s safety is our first and utmost priority each summer. We wanted to share this video with you, which we show at the beginning of camp each week. Its purpose is to teach campers healthy boundaries and empower them with bodily autonomy. This video complements the rigorous training we require our staff to complete. While we’re working hard to ensure your camper’s safety at camp, we’d love for you to take time before camp to watch this video with your camper and discuss its main points. We believe our training will be most effective if it is not the first time your child learns this content, but builds on and agrees with what you’ve already taught them, so that they feel safe and confident at camp.
We have also put together this list of resources if you would like to learn more about how you can equip your child in body safety measures.