COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Info

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result  Camp PARC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, Camp PARC cannot guarantee that our protocols will 100% eliminate the risk of COVID-19.

Camp PARC is a place to have fun, meet new friends, have new experiences, and spend time outdoors. This is not changing. However, Camp PARC will adapt some traditional programming elements and implement the following safety measures to do our best to minimize the risk to all participants.

    • Operate at 75% capacity as per state guidelines, which equates to no more than 128 persons on-site at any given time.
    • Modify camp activities with an increased focus on being outdoors.
    • Keep social distancing when feasible.
    • Emphasize handwashing.
    • Regularly clean, with disinfectant, items between use and commonly used areas between participants.
    • Require that campers be able to independently handle activities of daily living. This includes, but is not limited to, personal hygiene, eating, and toileting.
    • Review camper applicants on a case-by-case basis to ensure that individual medical and physical needs can be met.
    • Assign participants to cabin groups. Participants will remain together in these cabin groups throughout the session as much as possible. Mixing between cabin groups will be limited as much as possible.
    • Require that face coverings be worn by all participants, including both campers and staff, when at least 3 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained and especially when indoors. 
    • Enforce a no visitors policy during the 2021 season, which includes the cancellation of all closing programs and the Big Night Show.

Prior to Camp

Starting each session with a healthy community is a big part of Camp PARC’s success this summer. Before arriving on-site, Camp PARC will require all participants, including campers and staff,:

    • who are not fully vaccinated to provide proof of a negative viral test taken no more than 1–3 days before arriving at camp.
    • to fill out daily pre-screening information beginning 14 days prior to camp. This will include daily temperature checks and symptom reporting through the CampDoc health form system.

Camp PARC requests that unvaccinated participants engage in a 2-week pre-arrival quarantine that includes physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and refraining from large, indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.

At Registration

Upon arrival at camp, participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone exhibiting fever above 100.4 or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter the facilities.

For more details on Camp PARC’s COVID-19 mitigation plan and policies, please review the complete plan and/or the frequently asked questions below.

Our top priority is the safety and health of our campers, volunteers and staff. Should you have any additional questions, please direct all COVID-19 inquiries to Camp PARC’s Executive Director, Ted Risch at tedr@campparc.org or 814-410-5343. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unique time.

Covid-19 Policies FAQ

Yes, all campers, staff, and volunteers are required by state mandates to wear masks. 

All participants will be required to wear masks when indoors and outdoors when likely to be within 3 feet of others. Masks will not be required when eating and drinking, swimming or sleeping.

We know it’s hot in the summer. We’re sick of wearing masks, too. We want this to be over just as much as you do.

But here’s the thing. We were given permission to run by the state park with these policies in place. If we don’t follow them, we get shut down.

It’s this simple: wear masks or don’t run camp at all.

Please know we are in communication with the state park and health department and if at any point, they allow us to remove the mask mandate, we will of course adjust our policies! But until that call comes, we’re in full COVID mask mode.

While at camp there will be daily screens for campers and staff. If campers or staff show any signs of symptoms, campers or staff will go to the Nurses Station and be evaluated by the medical staff.

 

Unfortunately this year there will not be a Big Night Program on Thursday night of the Full Week Session.

We know that the Big Night Program is the highlight of the week for our campers. We are sad about it too.

But to keep our camp community protected, we are not allowing visitors on-site this year.

Camper and staff registration will be a bit different this year. 

  • Please limit the number of people coming to camp. We prefer only 1 adult/parent/guardian traveling with the camper or staff
  • All participants, including staff, will be assigned registration times by cabin group. Times will be strictly enforced.

  • COVID-19 screening will be done from the vehicle at the gate entrance. Anyone exhibiting fever above 100.4 or showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 will not be permitted to register.

  • Weather permitting, registration will be done outside in front of the dining hall area.

  • Participant’s luggage will be dropped off in a designated area and delivered to the cabin by assigned support staff. Parents/guardians/caregivers will not be permitted to enter the cabins.
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