Last Updated 9/10/20
Through this unprecedented time, the health and safety of all of our campers, camp families, and staff remains our top priority.
While everything remains fluid and is subject to change (beyond our control), we are already planning for a wonderful Camp Backcountry summer full of adventure for your camper in 2021. We do realize that a "normal" version of Camp Backcountry may still not be possible next summer, so we are working on contingency plans to ensure we have a safe place for your camper to spend their summer and to fit whatever restrictions are in place.
We continue to closely monitor the latest information and guidelines from the CDC and CDPHE, and are following their guidelines for childcare facilities in order to make proactive contingency plans. We are not yet committing to a specific plan, but we wanted to share our current plan for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. We will update this information regularly. As of now, we have the following procedures in place (these may change as necessary):
Group Size: Group sizes will be limited to 20 children. Children will spend most of the day split into cohorts of only 10 children. Children and instructors will not switch between groups unless necessary due to unforeseen reasons.
Physical Distancing: We will ensure all campers, staff, and families are taught and follow our physical distancing guidelines. Throughout the camp day, campers will be kept engaged in games and activities that do not require any physical contact with others. This is easy ... there is no shortage of space out there!
Wearing Masks: Campers and staff will be required to wear a non-medical mask for much of the camp day, from drop-off to pick-up. Please arrive at camp with your mask on. Parents will be required to wear a non-medical mask during drop-off and pickup. Masks must be supplied by the camper's family. We recommend masks with elastic for easy take on and take-off, especially for younger campers. Campers must be able to put their mask on and take it off without any assistance. Masks must be washed every day, so we recommend having at least two masks in order to give yourself time to launder them between uses.
Equipment Use: Shared equipment and supplies will be utilized only where necessary. Equipment or supplies that must be shared will be disinfected between campers and also at the end of every camp day. If using shared equipment, campers will be required to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before and after use of the equipment.
Common Areas: Use of common areas will be limited. The picnic tables at Base Camp have been removed to avoid groups mingling there and to lessen surfaces being shared between campers. If a group does use a common area, the area will be properly disinfected after the group’s use.
Indoor Classroom: Use of the indoor classroom will be limited strictly to emergencies including severe weather. When indoors, all groups will share a common space, but groups will remain entirely separate from other groups, and physical distancing will still be enforced. When indoors, campers and staff will be required to keep their masks on at all times. The indoor space will be disinfected after each use. Camp days or parts of days may be subject to short notice cancellation or early pick-up due to weather to avoid having campers indoors for an extended period of time.
Check-in and Check-out: We encourage parents to utilize our entire 30-minute drop-off and pick-up windows to lessen the number of people on-site at any one time. Drop-off runs from 9:00-9:30 a.m. and pick-up from 3:30-4:00 p.m. Where possible, the same parent/guardian should be the one completing drop-off and pick-up each day to minimize the number of different people on site each week. Check-in and check-out will be completed without the need to touch clipboards or pens.
Health Checks: Health checks will be done each day during check-in. Health checks will include taking each camper’s temperature, checking for visual signs of sickness, and asking the camper and parent brief health questions. If a camper does not pass the health check, they will not be allowed to stay at camp. We will work with parents on use of a transferable credit, should a camper be sent home at the health check.
Sickness Policy: A camper with any signs or symptoms of any sickness will not be allowed to stay at camp. If a camper becomes ill during the camp day, they will be isolated and will be required to be picked up immediately (within 30 minutes) from camp. We ask that you do not send your camper to camp if they have signs or symptoms of any sickness including, but not limited to: sore throat, cough, congestion, sneezing, runny nose, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue.
Hand Washing: All campers and staff will be required to properly wash their hands with soap and water: when arriving at camp, before and after lunch and snacks, and after using the restroom. Because of the nature of Camp Backcountry, there may be times it is necessary for staff and campers to use hand sanitizer instead of soap and water.
Below is a list of Camp Backcountry programs that we are not yet sure if we will be able to run during the summer of 2021, based on the ability, or lack thereof, to properly follow all of the procedures listed above.
- Expedition Camps (ages 11-13)
- High Adventure Camps (ages 14-17)
- Camp Shuttle to and from Southridge
- Before and After Care for Horse Camp Only (all other Before and After care options remain unaffected)
Beyond this information on preparations for restrictions, we anticipate questions from you and encourage you to send them our way. Contact the Camp Director. We will do our best to give out information, but due to the current situation, we appreciate your patience as the guidance is ever-changing. Here are a few answers to questions we've already received:
Why should I send my child to Camp Backcountry next summer? Camp Backcountry is inherently safer than many other places a child could spend time right now simply because it is outdoors. We will provide a safe space for your child to be while you are at work, or simply to get them out of the house for a little bit. At Camp Backcountry, kids are outside for the entirety of the day, kept in small groups as required by CDHS, will rarely use or touch shared supplies or equipment, and will be with staff trained on physical distancing and current health practices. Plus, as many of our returning campers can attest to, Camp Backcountry is like home in the summer. And in these uncertain times, we can't wait to offer your kids something to look forward to!
Relaxed Cancellation Policy
We recognize that this entire situation is full of uncertainty and worry. To help alleviate any additional stress, we are relaxing our refund policy so that you can sign up for camp without any worry. Under these circumstances, we will be accepting refund requests for full refunds, so long as they are requested more than two weeks prior to the particular camp session. Should you need to cancel less than two weeks prior to a session, we will issue you a full, transferable credit that can be used towards any other Camp Backcountry session.
Please reach out to us if your family needs anything or you have any questions or concerns! Our team is working to mold another amazing summer around these circumstances and we can't wait to see your camper and family back at Camp Backcountry soon! In the meantime, stay healthy and stay wild!
AnnaKate Hein | Email
Camp Backcountry Director