Camper and staff safety during the Coronavirus outbreak. Last Updated 3/31/20.
The safety of our campers and our staff is our number 1 priority, and we are committed to limiting exposure of the virus to any of our staff right now and at all of our camp locations this summer. Avid4 does not have any programs or camps happening, and so right now we do not have any students, participants, or field staff at risk of contracting the coronavirus.
We have not canceled any camps. Our team is in on-going communications with local health departments, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), and other camps to determine various proactive and preventive health and safety measures. If we need to cancel any camps, we will communicate that decision to parents as soon as possible.
Perhaps more than ever, we are excited for both kids and staff to experience Avid4 summer camps. As we know, the coronavirus (and the associated coronavirus media blitz) has created various levels of difficulty, disconnection, disempowerment, and perhaps despair in so many people. Avid4 Adventure summer camp creates a sense of safety, fun, connection (to others and the world around us), empowerment, and hope. It is what we need. Of course, we also need medical and health procedures in place.
We have always had specific communicable disease and hygiene policies and procedures at camp that aim to protect against the transmission of any disease. Of course, this is a novel virus, and so we will be revising and updating these procedures as needed based on the latest CDC and ACA recommendations. Health checks (both through pre-camp calls/screening and on-site screening), hand washing, and strict “feeling sick” policies will be in place at all camps for all campers and all staff. Read the full list of current procedures here.
Even though there are no active Avid programs happening right now, we are still concerned about the health and safety of our extended Avid family. For your own everyday lives, we encourage you to consider all of the prevention recommendations from the CDC, including:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your arm (inner elbow) to cover your mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Facemasks are not recommended to prevent the illness. They are recommended to prevent an ill person from spreading the disease to others.
You can see specific resources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) here:
Center for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus Website
World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus information
WHO answers coronavirus questions: “Myth Busters” page
NPR: Concise info in cartoon form, "What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus"
John Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu
Scientific American: Why preparation is important
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