The following information is based on guidance we have received from various agencies, including the ACA, CDC, and local and state health departments. The situation is fluid and therefore, procedures and processes are subject to change as we receive advice based on the latest information available from federal and state agencies. Transylvania County maintains one of the lowest COVID positive rates in the state of North Carolina. Our exposure to the public in our surrounding community is very limited, if at all.
Each family should assess their camper’s and household’s risk in light of the CDC’s list of vulnerable populations. We will require campers to perform daily health checks 14 days before arrival. This form will include:
It is likely that we will ask for each camper to have a PCR COVID test 3-5 days before coming to camp. We would require a negative test result in hand or on device on opening day.
Children of families who are not comfortable with an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Campers from vulnerable groups, or those living with people from vulnerable groups We cannot accommodate campers who are flying alone this year. If at all possible, we encourage driving to camp. Flying with a parent is acceptable if both parent and child take every precaution during travel, including sanitizing, social distance, and the wearing of face masks. We understand this may be difficult for some, but we are unable to provide shuttle service, due to the risk of our staff entering airports. Families who cannot be available to pick up their campers within 24 hours of receiving a call from camp.
We will have scheduled drop off times by age group. Families with multiple children may come at either drop off time. Please adhere to your scheduled drop off time to avoid a back up in traffic. Parents will not exit vehicles so you will want to give your hugs before you arrive at camp. All medications should be in its original packaging with clear instructions. See separate section on medication for instructions.
Cars will pull through our main entrance where you will be greeted by one of our administrative staff. You will then be directed to park in the Gym Parking Lot. We will have several nurses on staff who will perform the health screening right outside the car.
We will handle your camper’s luggage for you and transport it to their cabins. PLEASE LIMIT LUGGAGE TO:
We plan to have one of your child’s counselors in the vicinity of the car so you can meet her. The counselor will then take your child to the cabin and help her get settled. Our staff are great at making younger girls feel comfortable and older girls feel welcome.
We know how much you want to meet both of your daughter’s counselors and cabin-mates, or perhaps just get a camp tour. We are planning on sending a short video after opening to give you a tour of your daughters cabin so you can meet her counselors and cabinmates.
We have updated our packing list to include
Camp will look somewhat different this summer, but the friendships, mission, and heart of Keystone will remain the same.
Masks are one very useful tool for protecting against the spread of COVID-19. Masks will be worn in the following situations:
We will conduct daily health screenings for both campers and staff. These will be similar to those you will conduct at home before campers arrive. These checks will include temperature and symptom screening and any campers noting the following will be taken to the infirmary: cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, feeling feverish or a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
No one thing we do will protect our campers, but each adds a layer of protection. We also understand that none of these layers can be done perfectly, which is why having multiple layers is important. We think that a relatively closed community will be an especially important layer, and it is something that we think makes camp better, too. We will continue to take trips to forests and rivers where public interaction is minimal. This year we will not allow visitors to camp
A camper or staff member identified as having a potential case of COVID-19 will remain in an isolation room as part of camp’s Communicable Disease Plan.
The Inn will have two distinct rooms, a standard room and an isolation room for campers with convincing symptoms of COVID-19 that has its own bathroom.
If a camper is suspect of COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 and symptoms):
If a staff member has convincing symptoms
At the beginning of each session, staff members will train campers on behaviors and precautions they should abide by to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other common illnesses, including:
There will be a pick up schedule in which campers are picked up from camp in staggered timeframes by age groups. We will send this information to you.
If your child will be taking any medications while at camp, please follow the directions below for turning them in on opening day. Opening day will look a little different this year and we want to make sure your daughter is well cared for at camp.
If you are filling medications through Gordon’s pharmacy we will pick those up before opening day. Please make sure they receive all prescriptions one week prior to camp arrival to be able to process and package.
If you are not filling with Gordon’s, ask your pharmacy if they can blister package medications. If not, just be sure that all medications arrive in original containers that include the prescription or note from a physician/licensed provider for anything over-the-counter, vitamin or supplement. If medications are not properly labeled we will not be able to accept and administer at camp.
Quick links for Gordon’s pharmacy:
Please keep in mind that our Infirmary is well stocked with common over-the-counter medications for our campers.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any medications or allergies prior to opening day please feel free to email our Nursing Director, Eleanor Mathews, at firstname.lastname@example.org.