2022 BB Overnight and Day Camps COVID-19 Mitigating Operations and Protocols

The following are BB Camp’s procedures and protocols developed in response to COVID-19.  BB Camp upholds the highest standards of safety and quality of programming by providing safe and meaningful experiences.

These guidelines were written in accordance with the recommended guidelines and documents created for summer camp professionals from the American Camp Association (ACA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Protocols and procedures may change at any time in accordance with updates to the recommended guidelines from OHA, CDC, or ACA.

Updated as of: July 3, 2022

Prior to Camp

  • BB Camp will inform families and staff, prior to the start of the Camp season, regarding procedures Camp has implemented/will implement to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
  • Parents will be asked to indicate that they have read and understand the policies and procedures that BB Camp is implementing to minimize and mitigate the risks of COVID-19 exposure.

During Camp 

  • Camp will send out communication via email with any updates regarding COVID-19 that might affect the camper(s) current session.
  • For Overnight Camp, Parents/guardians will be notified if their child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Communication with campers regarding COVID-19 

  • Camp staff will be trained on ways to talk to campers in an age-appropriate manner about COVID-19, and to respond to the potential fear and anxiety that living as a child during the Pandemic has caused.
  • All eligible program and event participants must be fully up-to-date vaccinated against COVID-19 and may be required to attest to or show proof of vaccination.
  • Up-to-date vaccinations refer to the CDC’s current recommendation and eligibility.
  • Parents will upload a copy of Camper(s) COVID-19 vaccination card through their Campintouch
  • Any camper seeking a medical exemption must be in touch with Camp staff to receive further instruction. A letter signed by an allopathic or osteopathic physician, advanced practice registered nurse (e.g., nurse practitioner), or physician’s assistant supporting this request must be submitted with the Medical Exemption Request Form.
  • Requests for a medical exemption will be reviewed by the BB Camp Chief Executive Officer, or designee, and a representative from the Wellness Committee.

Testing prior to arrival is one of the best ways to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Camp.  This summer, we will be utilizing COVID-19 testing prior to and/or during the Camp session.

  • All BB Overnight Campers will be required to take a COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) 72 hours prior to the start of their session.
  • All BB Overnight Campers will be administered a rapid antigen test upon arrival at Camp drop-off. Campers arriving at the airport will need to submit a picture of a rapid antigen test administered by a parent within a few hours of their plane departure.
  • All BB Overnight Campers will be administered a rapid antigen test 72 hours into their overnight camp session.
  • During the Camp Session, any campers who experience symptoms consistent with those associated with COVID-19 will be administered a rapid antigen test.
  • If a Camper or Staff tests positive for COVID-19, all campers and staff sharing a living space with them will be tested.
  • Overnight Camp staff will be routinely tested. Staff will be tested at least once a week, including session start dates and 72 hours into the start of a new session.

BB Day Campers will be administered a rapid antigen test upon arrival at Camp drop-off on the first day of each camp week session.

For Overnight Camp:

  • If a camper develops any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they will be evaluated by the Camp Wellness staff. In some cases, they might receive a rapid antigen COVID-19 test.
  • If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, they will be isolated immediately until a parent/guardian can pick them up.
  • During any isolation period, campers will be cared for by designated staff and will continue to be supervised until they are picked up.
  • Parents sending their campers to any camp session must be available to get to Camp within 24 hours to pick up their child(ren).
  • Camper may return to Camp following the CDC recommendations for isolation periods for vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

For Day Camps:

  • If a camper develops any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they will be evaluated by the Camp staff. A Parent / Guardian will be called to pick up the camper.
  • The camper will be separated from the group and cared for by designated staff. The camper will continue to be supervised until a parent/ guardian picks them up.
  • Parents sending their campers to any camp session must be available to get to Camp within 2 hours to pick up their child(ren).
  • Camper may return to Camp following the CDC recommendations for isolation periods for vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

According to the CDC, the risks associated with COVID-19 spread change based on a number of factors, including the number of cases and hospitalizations in any given area.  Click here to see the CDC’s criteria to assess the COVID-19 community levels. Depending on the CDC’s community risk level measurements and current State guidelines, BB Camp may follow the following protocols regarding cohorting and masking:

  • For Overnight Camp: Campers may be required to wear masks around campers outside of their cabin groups and may participate in camp activities within an assigned cohort.
  • For Day Camps: Campers may be required to wear masks.

Pre-Camp Screening 

We ask that parents monitor their child’s health leading up to Camp and not send them to Camp if they are experiencing unusual symptoms.  Consistent with our other pre-camp screenings, we aim to start the session with campers feeling healthy and ready for a Camp experience.

Personal Hygiene at Camp

  • Frequent handwashing is encouraged at Camp during transition times and prior to meals.
  • All handwashing stations will be stocked with appropriate materials, and each program space has alcohol-based hand sanitizer available.

Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling

  • Facilities include heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) systems and other ventilation-related mechanical systems. Facilities staff will ensure the efficient functioning of these systems.
  • When individuals on Camp are occupying spaces, Camp staff will create optimal ventilation, both through mechanical and natural systems.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • BB Camp uses CDC-recommended cleaning and disinfectant products. Communal spaces and commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned daily.

High-Risk Individuals

  • High-Risk Individuals or campers/staff who live with high-risk individuals should consult their healthcare provider before deciding to come to Camp.

Communicable Disease Plan

  • BB Camp has an extensive communicable disease plan that outlines the steps that must be taken if there is a case of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease at Camp.