2020 BB Day Camps COVID-19 Operations Manual

The following are BB Camp’s procedures and protocols, developed in response to COVID-19.

Although camp this summer will look different than in previous years, BB Camp continues to uphold the highest standards of safety and quality of programming that it has been known. In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, our campus host, our professional staff team will implement the accommodations necessary to provide safe and meaningful experiences at BB Day Camp Portland this summer.

These guidelines were written in accordance with the recommended guidelines and documents created for summer camp professionals from the American Camping Association (ACA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). For further information, please review the American Camp Association’s Field Guide for Implementation of CDC Guidelines and the Oregon Health Authority Guidance for School Aged Summertime Day Camps.

Prior to Camp

  •  BB Camp will inform families and staff, prior to the Camp season beginning, about 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 in order to minimize and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
  •  If a Camper is identified through our screening process as a higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, we will recommend to the parent/guardian that the child’s medical provider must assess their risk and determine if their attendance is acceptable.

During Camp

• As stated in the wellness section of this document, all parents/guardians will be notified of any potential exposure their child has had with suspected/confirmed cases, or if their child is experiencing symptoms.

In-Person Daily Screening for Campers, Staff and Visitors

• Screening of all campers entering camp will be completed before a parent leaves the premises.

  • Screening process will be conducted by BB Camp staff. Staff must wear PPE, including but not limited to face covering and gloves.
  • Parent/guardian must be present until Camper has completed the screening process.
  • Staff will ask the individual if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: New cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, 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 person has any of the previously stated symptoms or fails a temperature check, they will not be allowed to enter any Camp facility and must be sent home. Any sibling(s) of the individual will not be permitted to enter the facilities as well.page2image53925888

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Campers

  • Campers aged 4 and under are encouraged to wear a face mask while at Camp, however are not required to do so.
  • Campers aged 5 and over are required to wear a face mask while at Camp. If your Camper is unable to wear a face mask for whatever reason, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss your options.
  • Campers of all ages will be required to wear a face mask if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Staff

  • Staff are required to wear face masks when engaging with Campers or Staff.
  • Floating staff will wear face masks when engaging with Campers or Staff.
  • Staff will wear a face mask and gloves during check-in and check-out procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Visitors

• All visitors who enter our facilities must wear a face mask at all times.

If a Camper exhibits symptom(s) while at Camp

  • If a camper presents any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, they will be asked to wear provided PPE and be isolated immediately until a parent/guardian can pick them up.
  • Individuals should stay and remain home for at least 10 days after illness onset and until 72 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and COVID-19 symptoms are improving.
  • If a Camper from a group presents with any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, all parents within that Camper’s group will be notified.

Personal Hygiene at Camp

  • All persons at Camp will be required to wash hands regularly before and after eating, using the restroom, or encountering commonly used spaces or equipment.
  • Floating Staff will need to wash their hands before and after interacting with a group.
  • All hand-washing stations will be kept stocked with appropriate materials.
  • Each program space will have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available.

Communicable Disease Plan

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

Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling

  • BB Camp will verify the operational status of all heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) systems ventilation-related mechanical systems on the CBI campus prior to camp. The efficient functioning of these symptoms helps to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases.
  • During times when individuals on campus are occupying spaces, camp staff will create optimal ventilation, both through mechanical and natural systems.


  • BB Camp will post relevant posters and signage from the health agencies (such as CDC and OHA), to encourage behaviors surrounding handwashing, cough etiquette, physical distancing, and symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • BB Camp will create markings that are 6ft. apart in places where social distancing from other groups will be necessary.
  • Surfaces used for food-related purposes will be cleaned before and after each use.
  • Sharing food or utensils between Campers will be strictly prohibited.
  • If BB Camp is providing food, non-contact serving, and disposable dishware will be implemented.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Each room will have designated supplies to clean and disinfect surfaces and materials.

Increased Frequency of Cleaning

  • Communal spaces and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between groups.

Shared Items

  • Shared items will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.


  • All bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized more than once per day.

Schedule and Grouping

  • Due to Campers stable groups, BB Day Camp Portland will not provide extended care this summer.
  • Campers will be placed in stable groups of 10 Campers or fewer. Stable groups will remain a cohort for the duration of the week.
  • During activities, Camp Staff will encourage physical distancing.
  • Stable groups will physically distance from other groups, remaining at least 6 feet away at all times. There will be no physical intermingling between groups.

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 physical distancing on camp that could prevent these values from shining through the camp program.
  • In order to keep the number of visitors to a minimum, our Camp Shabbat will not be open to families or community members this summer.


  • All staff will be trained in how and when to use PPE correctly.
  • Staff will be trained on how to communicate to campers about COVID-19 and the pandemic.
  • Staff will be trained about 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 American Camp Association and Oregon Health Authority cleaning and disinfecting standards and practices.

Staff Supplies

• Staff will always be required to carry the following materials on them during the Camp day: Face covering, gloves, disinfectant wipes, and pens.

  • During group outings, Campers will remain 3 ft. apart while in a vehicle or bus.
  • Any group outings will be done only if physical distancing can be achieved between the group and people outside of the Camp community.