2021 BB Overnight Camp COVID-19 Mitigating Operations and Protocols

The following are BB Camp’s procedures and protocols, developed in response to COVID-19. BB Camp continues to uphold the highest standards of safety and quality of programming. Our professional staff team will implement the accommodations necessary to provide safe and meaningful experiences at BB Camp.

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). For further information, please review the Center for Disease Control Guidance for Operating Youth and  Summer Camps, American Camp Association’s Field Guide for Implementation of CDC Guidelines and the Oregon Health Authority  Summer and Youth Programs Reopening Public Health Recommendations and Requirements. Oregon Health Authority Statewide Reopening Guidance- Youth Programs.

BB Camp continues to stay up to date with the recommendations linked above. 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 7, 2021

Prior to Camp 

  • BB Camp will inform families and staff, prior to the start of Camp season, regarding the precautions and procedures Camp has implemented/will implement to minimize 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  

Communication between parents and BB Camp  

  • BB Camp has a team of administrative and medical staff designated to answer questions regarding COVID-19. Parents will be given information on who they should contact for questions during the Camp session.
  • Camp will send out communication by email with any updates regarding COVID-19 that might affect the campers currently living on Camp.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified of any potential exposure their child has had with confirmed cases or if their child is experiencing symptoms.

Mail and Packages  

  • We always encourage parents to write to their campers at Camp. To minimize the risk of outside delivery drivers coming into Camp, this summer, we will only allow letters to be received at Camp. Letters can be sent by mail or through our camp email system. Packages will not be permitted this summer.

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.

In response to the FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 years of age and older, and with the recommendation from the Wellness Committee, the BB Camp Board of Directors has adopted the following policy regarding COVID-19 Immunization:

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Overnight Camp, effective Monday, May 24, 2021:

  • First Session, starting June 29: All Campers turning 12 years of age prior to June 4, will be required to receive both vaccination doses any time prior to the start of the Camp session.
  • Maccabee Session, starting July 20: All Campers turning 12 years of age prior to June 13, will be required to receive both vaccination doses two weeks prior to the start of their Camp session.
  • Second Session, starting July 20 (4-week session) or July 29 (2 and 3 week sessions): All Campers turning 12 years of age prior to June 13 (for the 4-week session) or June 22 (for 2 and 3 week sessions), will be required to receive both vaccination doses two weeks prior to the start of their Camp session.

As with other required immunizations to attend Camp, to apply for a medical exemption for a child, the parent or guardian, must submit a letter signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Please email Bette Amir-Brownstein, Camp Director, for details about what information is required. Requests for a medical exemption will be reviewed by the BB Camp Chief Executive Officer, or designee, and a representative from the Wellness Committee.

At this time, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has not released new guidance regarding vaccinated campers. Until we receive updated guidance, all campers will follow the most recent BB Camp COVID-19 Mitigating Protocols. As always, any changes to these protocols will be communicated to families.

Prior to Camp

  • 14 days prior to the start of the Camp session, we ask that parents/guardians self-monitor their child(ren) for any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a camper was diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 10 days before the start of Camp, they will not be permitted to attend that Camp session.
  • All unvaccinated Campers are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the first day of their Camp session. BB Camp will provide information about obtaining COVID-19 test for your child(ren).

In-Person First Day Screening for Campers

  • Screening of all campers entering Camp will be completed by a BB Camp staff member before a parent leaves their drop off location.
  • Families will be asked if the camper(s) have had any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
    • New cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Next, Staff will check the temperature of the individual. No person with a temperature of 100.4° or higher may enter any Camp facility.
    • Staff will be using a contactless thermometer.
  • If a camper has any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 or fails a temperature check, they will not be allowed on Camp prior to obtaining a new negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test. Any sibling(s) of the individual will not be allowed on Camp prior to obtaining a new negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test.

If a Camper exhibits symptoms or tests positive while at Camp

  • If a camper develops any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they will 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).

Testing at Camp

  • All unvaccinated Campers are required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the first day of their Camp session. BB Camp will provide information about obtaining COVID test for your child(ren).
  • BB Camp will be testing all unvaccinated campers  3-5 days post their arrival at Camp to identify any cases that were not caught in the first round of pre-camp testing.
  • BB Camp will administer tests as needed if a camper develops symptoms related to COVID-19.

Personal Hygiene at Camp

  • All persons at Camp will be required to wash hands regularly (and for at least 20 seconds)
  • Frequent handwashing will be consistently required and planned during the daily routine at Camp. Individuals on Camp will wash their hands before and after eating, using the restroom, or coming in contact with commonly used spaces or equipment.
  • Floating Staff will need to wash their hands before and after interacting with a cohort.
  • All handwashing stations will be kept stocked with appropriate materials.
  • Each program space will have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available.

All Campers

  • When campers are within their cohorts, they will not be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields.
  • If your Camper is unable to wear a face mask for whatever reason, please contact the BB Overnight Camp Director as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Vaccinated Campers

  • When vaccinated campers participate in activities with vaccinated campers from other cohorts, they will not be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields.
  • Vaccinated campers may be required to wear masks and/or physically distance while outdoors around other cohorts in identified high traffic and/or close contact activities.

Unvaccinated Campers

  • When unvaccinated campers participate in outdoor activities with their cohort, they will not be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields.
  • When unvaccinated campers participate in indoor activities with campers from other cohorts, they will be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields.
  • Unvaccinated campers will be required to wear masks and/or physically distance while outdoors around other cohorts.

Face Masks and Face Coverings for Staff

  • Staff will not be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields, when engaging with campers from their cohort.
  • Staff will be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields when engaging with Campers indoors who are from other cohorts.
  • Staff will not be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields when engaging with Campers outdoors who are from other cohorts, unless the activities are identified as high traffic events.

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.

Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling

  • BB Camp facilities include heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) systems and other ventilation-related mechanical systems. BB Camp 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.

Signage/Markings

  • BB Camp will post applicable posters and signage from the health authorities to encourage behaviors surrounding handwashing, cough etiquette, physical distancing, and symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Housing

  • All camper groups will live in stable cohorts throughout their time at Camp, and cabins will only be accessible to campers within the group that lives within the cabin.
  • Each camper cohort will use bathrooms within their designated cabin space.
  • Unvaccinated campers will be required to wear masks, face coverings, or face shields when using common bathrooms, unless specifically designated exclusively for their cohort during a set time.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • BB Camp will use CDC recommended cleaning and disinfectant products. Communal spaces and commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned daily.
  • BB Camp will create specific eating areas for cohorts within indoor and outdoor dining areas to maintain an appropriate distance from each other.
  • Staff members will be trained to disinfect all surfaces within dining areas using the CDC standards for disinfection of surfaces.

Campers from the Portland or Seattle Areas  

  • BB Camp will provide multiple busses to assist in distancing campers from one another.
  • BB Camp will maximize fresh air flow in vehicles to the extent possible by opening windows and using fresh (non-recirculated) air settings on ventilation systems.
  • To limit the number of individuals at each bus location, families will sign up for a time slot on their transportation form submitted through their CampinTouch Account.
  • At all drop-off/pick up locations, parents/guardians will stay in their vehicle throughout the duration of our pre-camp screening.
  • A staff member will welcome the campers to Camp, conduct the pre-camp health screening process, including a lice check, and take the luggage from the vehicle.
  • Once the camper passes the pre-camp health screening and lice check, they will be guided to their seat on the bus.
  • If a camper does not pass the pre-camp health screening and lice check, they will not be permitted on the bus. Any siblings of that camper will also not be allowed to board the bus.

Drop off/Pick Up at Camp

  • In order to limit the number of individuals entering Camp at once, families will sign up for a time slot on their transportation form submitted through their CampinTouch Account.
  • At all drop-off locations, parents/guardians will stay in their vehicle throughout the duration of our pre-camp screening. A staff member will welcome the campers to Camp, conduct the pre-camp health screening process, including a lice check, and take the luggage from the vehicle.
  • Once the camper passes the pre-camp health screening and lice check, they will be admitted to Camp.
  • If a camper does not pass the pre-camp health screening and lice check, they will not be admitted to Camp. Any siblings of that camper will also not be admitted to Camp.

Campers Coming from the Portland International Airport (PDX)

  • Campers flying into PDX will be met by an adult wearing a BB Camp staff t-shirt. Once they leave the gate, they will participate in the pre-camp health screening process before leaving for Camp.
  • BB Camp will maximize fresh air flow in vehicles to the extent possible by opening windows and using fresh (non-recirculated) air settings on ventilation systems.
  • Arrivals: Flights should arrive at Portland International Airport (PDX) between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM on the first day of your child’s session.
  • Departures: Flights should depart from Portland International Airport (PDX) between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM on the last day of your child’s session.

 

Day Trips

  • Campers will participate in a variety of Day Trips. Campers will travel only within their cohorts, wear masks, and maintain a physical distance of at least 6-feet from anyone outside their cohort.
  • BB Camp will maximize fresh air flow in vehicles to the extent possible by opening windows and using fresh (non-recirculated) air settings on ventilation systems.

Cabin Groups and Cohorts

  • Campers will be assigned to cabin groups with whom they will share sleeping and bathroom spaces and will not be required to wear masks when together.
  • Campers will also be assigned cohorts. These cohorts will always consist of the campers and staff in their cabin. Depending on cabin group sizes and vaccination status, cohorts may consist of more than one cabin group. Cohorts will participate in activities together.
  • Please see Face Masks and Face Covering section for camper and staff protocols regarding wearing face masks and coverings.

All-Camp Activities

  • Whenever possible, All-Camp activities will be conducted outdoors and with boundaries separating cohorts.
  • Creative modifications to activities such as Shabbat Services, Israeli Dancing, Maccabbiah, and Israel Day, will be made so that campers can experience the activities they love, without unnecessary risk.

Camp Ruach (Spirit)!

Ruach at BB Camp is one of the many magical parts of a Camp experience, and even when the Camp community is practicing social distancing, there will ALWAYS be spirit at Camp. The campers and staff will be creative, as always. Instead of everyone cheering in the middle of one big dining hall, the cheers will go from cabin porch to cabin porch. We will see who is the loudest!! Instead of putting arms around each other, we will send waves of ruach (spirit) from group to group. Each summer, BB Campers and Staff create brand new traditions that will continue to add to Camp’s ever-growing culture for the next 100 years.

 

Jewish Programming

All BB Camp programs are guided by at least one of our seven core Jewish values. These values are Kehila (Community), Chaverut (Friendship), Simcha (Joy), Ometz Lev (Courage), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and Dor L’dor (Heritage). There is no amount of social distancing on Camp that could prevent these values from shining through the BB Camp program.

Camp Day Trips

  • Campers will go on a variety of outdoor Day Trips within their cohorts and will follow the transportation guidance provided by OHA.

Vaccinations

  • All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.
  • Vaccinated Staff members will follow the current recommendations of the CDC for fully vaccinated individuals.

Training

  • Staff will be trained on how to communicate to campers about COVID-19 and the Pandemic.
  • Staff will be trained on how to identify symptoms associated with COVID-19 and what to do in the case that a camper is showing symptoms.
  • Staff will be trained on how and when to use PPE correctly.