UPDATED MAY 30, 2021
In light of the present worldwide concern for health and safety posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19,) the staff and leadership of Damascus would like to reaffirm our organizational commitment to the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of every child, employee, and volunteer under our care. Because camp happens in the midst of a close community, Damascus, as is the practice of most camps, has always taken great care to develop and maintain cleaning and medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. These standards of care have been developed in consultation with the American Camping Association as well as our local public health authorities.
Below are measures that we have adopted to guard against unnecessary outbreaks without detracting from an impactful camp experience, and which we hopefully expect to hold for the entire summer camp season of 2021. Registered campers will receive an email 2 weeks prior to their session, confirming what to expect and noting any new developments. In summary:
- Masks will not be required.
- Most close interactions will be limited to the same small group of individuals (or ‘pod’), and distance between groups will be observed as much as possible.
- Heightened hygiene protocols will still be observed, with special attention to handwashing and sanitization of equipment between activities.
- Symptom and temperature assessments will be conducted on arrival and each morning, but will not be recorded. In accordance with our normal policy, if a camper has a fever for any reason, the parent will be asked to pick them up. If a camper exhibits other symptoms, the nurse will call the parent to determine the best course of action. If any camper is sent home for sickness, parents of their group members will be informed.