Covid-19 Plan for 2023
Our campers are in very small groups and outdoors 99% of the time...
the best place to be enjoying childhood at any time!
Jordan Lake Boating Camp Details
Good news: the CDC says that covid-19 is not waterborne, i.e. there is no water transmission from one to another.
Each week Boating Camp is only going to have about 7 junior campers (ages 7-8) with dedicated 2 counselors and about 14 senior campers (ages 9-12) with 2-3 counselors for this group plus 2 Counselors in Leadership Training (CILTs)
This is about as small of a camp program that you could possibly find this summer. We are dedicated to making it safe and awesome!
We base from different places on shore or an island each day. Not the beach areas used by the public, but other favorite remote places, near good fishing, etc.
Every camper will have their own outdoor carpet (3'x3') to keep their backpack on and eat on. The pontoon boat will only be used by 6 children at a time for rides, learning, fishing excursions.
Each camper will have their own lifejacket for the week that will be stored away from others at the end of the day. Every Friday, we completely disinfect lifejackets and dry them out for Monday.
If your child likes to fish, then they will love the freedom and space of camp. Fish from the pontoon, fish from their kayak, fish from shore, etc. The fish are waiting for us!
For rainy days we’ll head to a large picnic shelter at the state park and base from there, like usual. We fish, paddle, swim and boat as long as lightning is not within 15+ miles on radar and is safe to do so.
Lots of hand sanitizer, lots of disinfectant wipes and lots of supervision to ensure everything goes according to plan.
If a camper shows signs/symptoms of Covid, we will contact the parent/guardian. We will monitor and isolate the camper until they can be picked up.
If there is a confirmed case of Covid with a camper or staff, we will notify families. We will coordinate with the Chatham County Health Department to determine a plan of action and next steps.
We will email parents two weeks in advance of your child’s camp week with a procedures checklist for you to follow to make it easy (i.e. what to bring / do / check-in process, etc. factoring in the most up to date CDC and local health department guidelines.
MASKS for 2023? - none required when outdoors.
After 24+ months of data, we know that outdoor covid transmission is extremely low.
We do not require masks when outdoors.
We go to/from the lake for a 5 minute drive in the van (about 1 minute to load, 3 minutes to drive, 1 minute to unload). As of now, masks are not required.
If you want your child to be masked all the times, even outdoors, we can facilitate that, please just let us know. Conversely, if your child has a medical or behavioral condition or disability that would not allow them to safely and reasonably wear a mask, please let us know.
We respect that you know your child best and that every family’s situation and comfort levels of risk is unique to them. We honor privacy and confidentiality on all matters.
As divisive as masking has become, the following article is relevant to our thought process on masks as it addresses preschools and elementary schools in particular: (written by Vinay Prasad a hematologist and oncologist, is an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UC San Francisco in the publication, “The Atlantic.”) about a 2 minute read: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/school-mask-mandates-downside/619952/
The Number One Thing you Can Do to Help…
The number one thing you can do is keep your child home if they have covid-like symptoms and consult your health care provider as soon as possible. Regular flu, RSV, and allergies have similar symptoms to COVID and can be mild, especially in children. It is essential that if your child or anyone in your home is showing symptoms that they get a PCR test immediately. Rapid tests do not accurately detect the delta variant. The PCR test is quick and accurate with results in around 24hrs.
Any child who comes to camp with symptoms or develops symptoms will be isolated and you will be called for immediate pick up. Please err on the side of extreme caution, as inconvenient as it may be. We all have a moral obligation to be as transparent and forthcoming as possible and to do all we can to limit exposure to others, should anyone in your household or close contacts become ill.
It is our belief that children thrive being outdoors and being social, we look forward to helping make this summer as joyful and fun as possible, while also making it as safe as possible. Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
Please email if you have any questions.