2023 Coronavirus Information
** UPDATED 10/12/2022 - Please stay tuned for more information on our COVID policies for the 2023 Summer Season. We will make an informed decision based on CDC guidelines as the season approaches. We expect our policies to be in place by March 31st, 2023. Below you will find information we used for our campers last year.
2022 Summer Season
We are planning to host a full summer of adventure programs for ages 9-17. Due to the nature of our camp programs, we feel we offer one of the best options for children to be themselves, make lasting memories, and break the tether of technology that has bound us all for months on end. Safety, however, is our number one concern and we will act in compliance with any state or federal mandates as they arise or loosen, depending on the state of our country at the time of the summer season. Please help us help our campers have the most “normal” camp experience possible by having them tested prior to their arrival.
WHAT TYPES OF TEST ARE AVAILABLE?
There are essentially two broad categories of testing:
Antigen test (frequently referred to as a rapid test). This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. It can be done in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. Turnaround time for results is usually very quick and in some cases, results can be reported within 15 minutes.
PCR test (Recommended). PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. The test can be done in a clinic, hospital, or even in your car. Turnaround time is longer, generally in the 2-3 day range but results can be in as little as 24 hours. When demand is high, results can take a week or longer.
WHO SHOULD GET A RAPID TEST?
Rapid tests are considered most accurate in a patient who is having symptoms of COVID-19. While the rapid test can get you results very quickly, the results may not always be accurate.
WHAT DOES A FALSE NEGATIVE OR FALSE POSITIVE MEAN?
In those who don’t have symptoms, the false negative rate — meaning my test is negative but I actually have the disease — can be as high as 50%. This can have tremendous consequences as we try to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The false positive rate — meaning I test positive but I do not really have the disease — is quite low. So, if you test positive from a rapid test it is more likely you do have the disease.
WHAT IF I HAVE A NEGATIVE RAPID TEST BUT STILL HAVE SYMPTOMS?
Current recommendation is to have a confirmation test performed (the PCR test) if you still have symptoms and have had a negative rapid test. This is especially true if you’ve had a high-risk exposure. A high risk exposure is considered more than 15 minutes of contact with a COVID-positive individual in a 24-hour period and you have been within 6 feet of this individual.
masking & additional precautions
Though the safety of our campers and staff is our ultimate priority on all levels, we also want them to have the most “normal” experience possible while they’re with us. Because each session is outside 100% of the time, we will NOT require campers to wear masks except when traveling in our vehicles. See details below:
Masks will be worn in vehicles at all times.
Activities requiring exceptionally close physical contact will be altered or omitted from the program.