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COVID-19 General Information - Staff

We want to be sure to answer your questions about COVID-19 and how we are preparing as an employer.

(last updated 6/4/2020)

The safety of our campers and our staff is our number 1 priority, and we are committed to limiting exposure to the virus at all of our camp locations. We will continue to update this page as developments happen.  We are also keeping in close communication with our camper families. 

  • Key Updates (please scroll to each section on this page for more details)
      • On 6/1, it was announced that our Small Group Adventure and Expedition programs in California have been canceled due to county restrictions. We are still running our Camp At Home programs in California.
      • Programs in Minnesota and Seattle have been fully canceled for summer 2020. 
      • Our resident camp programs have been canceled for summer 2020 as of 5/7/2020. Our Expedition programs will still run with training starting in mid-June. 
      • On 4/15, we canceled our traditional day camp programs and have replaced them with 3 new programs that we are able to operate with COVID-19 considerations in place. We also delayed the start of our resident camp and expedition programs by two weeks. See more details on all of this below. 
      • Applications for our Emergency Assistance Fund are now open. Learn more and apply here
      • Our pre-season staff trip to Moab, UT & our Train the Trainers weekend have been canceled. 

Status of Programs for Summer 2020

  • Day Camps: After much thought and discussion as a team, we have canceled all day camp programming as we know it this summer. We want to be responsible and ensure the safety of our staff and campers.  We have created 3 alternative programs that we will be offering to families (Small Group Adventures, Camp @ Home and Online Camp). If you were scheduled to work in 2020, your job will be affected. An email was sent to all staff on 4/16/2020 with more details on alternative programming and a survey for staff to list their preferences on alternative positions. We will be making offers to the reduced staff by the first week of May. If you did not receive the email, please contact mindy@avid4.com for a copy.  
  • Resident Camp/Expeditions: Our resident camps at Mount Evans and Windy Peak have been canceled for summer 2020. We will still run the expedition programs with a start date of June 28th. Staff training will also be delayed by 2 weeks, starting on 6/17/2020.  

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 or adjust employment dates, we will communicate that decision to staff as soon as possible via various channels (email, text, calls, social media). 

Of course, we also need medical and health procedures in place. We have significant plans and procedures in place to support your physical, emotional, and financial needs.

 

Status of our staff pre-season trip to Moab, UT in April

In accordance with the CDC guidance for large events and mass gatherings of 50+ people or more, we are canceling our staff trip to Moab.  We know that this is something we all look forward to and we are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to adventure together in the desert. However, safety for our community is our number one priority. If you have already signed up for the trip, we are working to get your money refunded back to you by 3/18/2020. If you do not receive the refund by that time, please email staffquestions@avid4.com. 

 

Amended Sick Leave Policy for All Staff

In order to help remove the financial burdens that may come with being sick and missing work, we will be amending our current sick leave policy for any staff member who is displaying flu-like symptoms until you are symptom-free and can return to work. We have your back. More details coming.

 

Additional Precautions Being Taken at Camp

We have always had specific communicable disease and hygiene policies and procedures at camp that aim to protect against the transmission of any disease. 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.  In addition, as we track the spread of the virus and learn more from health experts, we will determine any programmatic changes that are needed, and will keep camp families updated.

Based on the advice we receive from various experts in the coming weeks, we will finalize our plans regarding prevention and protection. At this time, here is a description of our plan for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Avid4 Adventure Camps.

 

What You Can Do To Minimize Risk of Exposure

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 the following prevention recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • 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 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.

Honestly, one of the best things that we can all do right now is… go outside, go for an adventure, go be active and healthy in the outdoors. We are all hearing about travel restrictions, concerts beings canceled, restaurants closing - it seems like the right time to head out for a camping trip or a bike ride or a multi-day float down a river.  

 

Additional Resources

 

For any additional questions or thoughts, please email staffquestions@avid4.com.