Your safety and the safety of all our campers, volunteers, and employees is the Grand Canyon Council’s top priority. While there is still some uncertainty regarding COVID 19, we are monitoring the information provided by health experts and government agencies to help keep safe those who choose to come to camp.
Our camp undergoes an meticulous annual accreditation process following the National Camp Accreditation Program to ensure the safety of our programs, the training of our camp staff, and to ensure that risk management is taken into account with every aspect of camp including programs, medical care, food service, trained staff and leadership, and more.
Concerning COVID-19, our staff and Health Supervisor are coordinating with state and local health departments to ensure we are informed of and comply with their guidance to maximize health and safety of all participants. In summer 2020 we successfully completed one of the few summer camp programs in the region, without a single reported case of COVID.
Our camp health plan includes:
- Pre-attendance education
- Voluntary isolation of participants for 14-days prior to arrival
- A mandatory health screening conducted by families prior to travel to our camp, including a temperature check.
- A health screening upon your arrival at camp conducted by our camp health officers, which will also include a temperature check.
- Note: should anyone in the group/family not pass the arrival screening, the entire group will not be allowed to enter camp.
- Daily health screening before breakfast.
- Limitations of visitors in camp.
- Only participants and vendors will be admitted into the camp
- All visitors are required to call the camp office to schedule an arrival time and pre-check appointment to be conducted upon arrival and before entry into camp.
- Extra hand washing/sanitizer stations throughout camp.
- Dedicated staff to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared program equipment.
- An enhanced emergency response plan that includes an isolation and quarantine protocol should a person at camp develop symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease.
These precautions are important, but these efforts cannot completely eliminate exposure to all viral or other illness-causing factors while at camp. Many people who contract viral illnesses may be asymptomatic, but can still spread their illness. It is possible that someone carrying a viral infection but exhibiting no outward symptoms could pass the required health screenings and be allowed into camp.
We also know the very nature of camp makes social distancing difficult in many situations and impossible in others. Because of this, we will be bringing back the cohort system we used in 2020.
What is a cohort?
A cohort is a set of units made up of no more than 50 individuals. A cohort will camp together, eat together, and participate in activities together. This is what the cohort system accomplishes:
- It ensures that you will never interact with more than 50 people throughout the week, decreasing your chance of contracting COVID-19 while at camp.
- It helps our staff know when they need to clean and sanitize program areas to keep you safe.
- In case someone shows symptoms of COVID-19 after returning home from Geronimo, we will be able to notify you if you were exposed to that individual.
- It gives you the opportunity to still meet new people while at Camp while reducing potential means of spread.
While individuals who contract viral infections may be asymptomatic (don’t show any signs of being sick). Some will exhibit the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and even death.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, please ensure you have approval from your healthcare provider prior to attending camp.
Every staff member, volunteer, and Scouting family has to evaluate their unique circumstances and make an informed decision before attending camp. We hope this information will be helpful as you make that choice.