2021 COVID-19 PLAN
The safety and well-being of our campers, staff, and families is at the forefront of our minds each year. With guidance from the ACA and the state of Maine, as well as the ongoing support of our camp nurses and consulting physician, the following protocols and plans are in place for 2021. These plans remain fluid allowing us to adapt to updated guidance, restrictions, and changes with the pandemic. We will remain in contact with families about our plans and work to support you so that each camper can return to camp safely.
Guiding Principles of Our Protocols
- Prevention: Working with families to bring campers to camp safely
- Mitigation: In camp policies to heighten safety
- Management: Preparing to take action in response to symptoms and cases
The following precautions and protocols apply to all campers attending Ghostlight including those who are fully vaccinated and those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
Campers: Your choices prior to camp impact our entire camp community. Families will complete a mandatory 7-day pre-camp screening at home which includes daily symptoms and contact disclosure. No camper will be permitted on our bus/van or at camp without this screening record.
During this 7-day screening period, campers need to take additional precautions:
- Wear a mask when indoors (except when in your own home).
- Avoid gathering indoors with people outside your immediate household (i.e. no indoor visits with friends or indoor gatherings with extended family members.)
- Avoid eating at a restaurant or cafe. If eating out is necessary, eat only outside.
- Avoid unnecessary use of public transportation and sharing vehicles with people outside your immediate household. If the subway, taxi or Uber is necessary, wear a mask.
- If mitigation strategies are utilized - specifically, reduced-occupancy, physical-distancing, and masks - it is okay to attend in-person religious services.
- If required school protocols are followed, it is okay to attend in-person school and in-person school activities during this time.
Four days prior to camp arrival, campers need a molecular/PCR COVID-19 test. Choose one of the following ways to test:
- Get tested at a pharmacy or test site in your local area (you may need to schedule an appointment ahead of time). YOU MUST GET A MOLECULAR/PCR COVID TEST.
- Or, order a COVID-19 PCR (saliva) test to be delivered to your home from Vault Health.
Only those with a negative PCR test result within the past 96 hours will be admitted onto our camp bus/van and onto camp grounds.
Travel via Ghostlight Chartered Bus/Van (not applicable for second session)
- Camp will provide a rapid antigen self-test that will be required before boarding the bus/van on travel day. The antigen self-test, along with instructions, will be mailed to campers who are taking our chartered bus/van in mid-June.
- Masks will be required on the bus/van.
- Seating on the bus/van will be assigned by camp cohort.
- Masks are required during travel and airport layovers.
- Rapid Antigen tests will be used upon arrival.
Drop-Off at Camp
- When making travel plans, please be familiar with Maine’s policies for visitors traveling from out-of-state.
- Campers will arrive on a staggered basis. We will inform families in advance of your designated arrival time.
- Masks must be worn throughout the arrival process and family members are asked to remain inside their vehicles.
- Staff (including directors and nurses) will be on-site to direct traffic, greet, and speak with families. Please wait in your vehicle in the designated area until your camper has been checked in.
- A designated restroom will be available for family members.
- Rapid antigen tests will be used for campers upon arrival at camp.
Camp sessions will operate in three phases. The timing of each phase is dependent on negative test results, minimal symptoms reported, and compliance with healthy hygiene practices.
- Campers and staff will be monitored for symptoms and have a daily health check.
- We will primarily use outdoor spaces and our well-ventilated pavilion.
- Dining will be by cabin cohort with most cohorts dining outdoors under our tent.
- Masks required by everyone whenever indoors (not inside your own cabin), except when sitting at a table (only with cabinmates) for meals in the Pav.
- Singing will require masks and physical distancing when indoors, and masks when outdoors.
- All-camp meetings and activities (both outdoor and indoor) will be seated by cohort with space between cohorts.
- Adherence to room capacities (adjusted for COVID-19) is required.
- Campers will be tested for COVID-19 (PCR saliva test) twice (Day 1 and Day 5) prior to moving to the next phase.
- Campers and staff will continue to be monitored for symptoms and have a daily health check.
- Many activities, classes, and rehearsals will continue to be held outdoors.
- Outdoor dining will continue to be available.
- Adherence to room capacities (adjusted for COVID-19) is required.
- Near-normal operations at camp!
- Dining will take place outdoors and indoors.
- Outdoor activities will be permitted without physical distancing or masking.
- Indoor activities will be permitted without physical distancing or masking.
- Wash In & Wash Out
- Additional ventilation in cabins (fans)
- Sleeping head-to-toe inside cabins
- Daily health checks
- Antigen (and PCR) testing for anyone who is symptomatic
- Dining outdoors available
While we will take every necessary precaution and steps to mitigate risk, it is important to acknowledge that no camp can guarantee the absence of COVID-19 this summer. If COVID-19 enters our community, we have plans in place to adequately provide a quarantine location, the best medical care, and timely and transparent communication with our families.
- Campers or staff members who are unwell will be evaluated for symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection, such as fever, loss of smell, cough, runny nose, nausea, fatigue, etc.
- Campers or staff members who have a fever and/or exhibit other symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be placed in a separate isolation area outside the main health center immediately.
- Separate restroom facilities will be designated for suspected COVID-19 patients.
- If the camper or staff member has a fever only and tests negative for COVID-19, they will be monitored for symptoms and returned to the general camp population upon recovery once being fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours.
- If clinical suspicion for COVID-19 persists, repeat testing will be necessary.
- If the patient has a fever, all members of the cabin (campers and staff) will be checked for fever and/or other symptoms.
- Campers or staff members who have allergies or those who may have other illnesses unrelated to COVID-19 will be monitored and evaluated.
- If a camper or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be moved to the isolation area immediately if they are not already there.
- The camper/staff member's entire cabin and any other contacts (ie, cast mates or others who have been in contact less than six (6) feet from the individual) will be re-screened and tested.
- Campers and staff who are exposed to someone who tests positive will be quarantined and monitored for symptoms in accordance with CDC guidance.
- In the case of a camper who tests positive, our medical staff will confer with the camper's family to determine plans for a return home, care locally, or potentially care at camp.
- A PCR negative camper may rejoin their cabin when all quarantine/recovery guidelines have been met.
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, all families involved will be notified while maintaining confidentiality. We are not able to share any names or identifying information regarding medical information for any person.
- The cabin of the affected camper and any buildings that may have been contaminated will be thoroughly sterilized/sanitized before anyone is able to return.