Things To Know Before Your First Day Of Camp
BUT FIRST–REALLY IMPORTANT SITE INFORMATION
Check out the links below for important dates, site details, and drop off and pick up procedures.
Every family will need to use Express Check In before they arrive at camp each day (find this in your S&K online account). You’ll also need to bring your campers QR code, similar to a boarding pass for a plane. You can print this from your account and bring a paper copy each day or snap a photo and bring it to camp on your phone each morning. You’ll see this code after you answer the required screening questions each day before arriving. Upon arrival, staff will scan your camper code, and take camper temps. As long as they are under 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they can cruise into camp.
In order to make sure any sick campers have someone to take them home, campers will need an adult over the age of 18 to drop them off each morning. They can check themselves out at the end of the day though, with adult permission.
Staff and directors are trained to recognize COVID-19 signs and symptoms. If, at any point, campers exhibit symptoms throughout the day, they will be removed from the group and isolated following CDC guidelines until an adult can pick them up. Other families present at camp will be notified and encouraged to watch for symptoms, but will not be required to go home since we’re cleaning and distancing like pros. Campers can return after 24 hours, if they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications (see above).
In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case (of a camper or staff member on site) the director will immediately notify local health officials and S&K Headquarters (HQ). HQ will help determine a course of action for the program. In the event of a positive camper, all parents/guardians will be notified of the case and asked to monitor their campers. Depending on local regulations, campers who are not symptomatic will be able to attend camp.
Camp will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly, and HQ will asses all health and safety procedures, site operations, and any need for increased monitoring and/or training.
Plan for Care of Mildly Ill Campers
All camp staff are trained in first aid and CPR. Staff will assess each mildly ill or injured camper. Parent/Guardians will be notified if symptoms or complaints warrant, or if the camper desires them to do so. The camper will be able to rejoin activities if symptoms/complaints and medical assessment allows.
Any injury to the head, face or neck will result in an immediate call to parents as a precaution. Staff are trained in concussion signs and symptoms and will monitor campers closely.
Procedure for Emergency Care
All camp staff are trained in first aid and CPR. The closest staff member to the injured camper will ensure the child is safe and not in any immediate harm, offering basic first aid if needed, and call the Camp Director. The Director will assess the injured camper and make a plan for emergency care treatment. If needed, they will designate a staff member to call 911 immediately and the Director or the Assistant Director will notify the parent/guardian of the emergency. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached the emergency contact person(s) listed by the parent/guardian on the camper’s registration will be called in order. If the situation does not indicate an immediate 911 call, the camp director or assistant director will call the child’s parents/guardians and emergency contacts until someone can be reached or until such a time as emergency transport is deemed necessary. The director or assistant director will accompany the camper to the hospital until a parent, guardian or care taker arrives.
Based on current COVID guidelines and recommendations across the country, masks will be optional for staff and campers at all camp locations. Depending on local regulations, if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at camp, staff and children may be required to wear a mask for the exposure period following the positive case. Please be sure and have a mask on-hand in anticipation of this.
Campers will choose daily from cheese pizza as well as rotating local options. You can find your location’s menu when you complete Express Check In for that day of camp. A vegan or gluten free option can also be available upon request if coordinated with your local director in advance.
If you decide, for whatever reason, to pack a lunch or additional snacks, please leave out any products containing nuts or shellfish for the safety of other children who may have severe allergies. Each morning our check-in staff will check any foods brought from home for products containing nuts or shellfish. Any products or food items containing these ingredients will be sent back home.
Children with moderate or severe food allergies will receive their food items from a designated table, with an assigned staff member known as the ‘Allergy Expert’. Campers with severe allergies will be required to eat lunch at this designated table with the Allergy Expert, in order to help ensure the safety of our children with allergies. Campers with severe allergies are welcome to invite a friend to join them at the designated table.
For campers to leave, they need to be picked up by someone who has been pre-authorized by you to do so. You can add pick up peeps by logging into your account or the primary account holder can call us at camp. To keep your kids the safest, we will be asking every individual to show ID when they pick up.
We HIGHLY recommend that you text camp when you are about 5-10 minutes away for a quick and painless pick up (and to reduce those pesky lines). Where it’s possible, staff might even approach your vehicle and ask for ID through the window—a truly contactless pick up. You can find more details on your site’s specific drop-off & pick-up procedures linked at the top of this page.
We’ve got most things covered – lunch, snacks, water, limitless fun, and so on. We’d love if you could send a labeled water bottle with your child, since it means less wasted plastic and a generally happier planet. Optionally, campers can bring a face covering to wear whenever wanted. If you decide to bring lunch, please label it with your child’s name. Keep an eye out for announcements at camp to see when we’re doing special activities, since they might call for special things to bring.
If you’d like to pack extra layers of clothing, you’re welcome to do so, and we’ll have shelving available for storage. Please just add your child’s name to the tag so we can return anything that gets lost. We generally encourage kids not to bring any personal items to camp (other than the ones mentioned above) so that they don’t get used or damaged by others who may think they are a camp item. We also don’t allow weapons, alcohol, illegal substances or animals on campus at any time (unless a service animal or part of a featured show). Want more info about our policy around camper belongings? You can find that here.
Have medications? Be sure to bring these in a labeled box or bag and in the original packaging. You’ll be asked to fill out a Medication Authorization form when checking in on Day 1 (if you haven’t already). Meds will be kept in HQ and given by directors when needed. Make sure you complete the Medication Authorization form for any meds you are sending to camp.
Lost and found items are kept on a clearly-marked shelf at camp. If you notice that your child has come home without a precious item, please contact your camp location immediately. To make it easier for everyone to find your kid’s stuff, be sure to label it. Items that have not been claimed by the end of the week are donated to a worthy cause the following Friday.
At Steve & Kate’s, we want to support all of our campers and create an environment where campers feel safe and respected. As such, we stand behind and support the ability of campers to use bathroom facilities and pronouns that align with their Gender Identity. And since we have campers that attend Steve & Kate’s that don’t identify as either a girl or boy, we strive to provide gender neutral or private restroom options. If gender neutral bathrooms are not possible at some locations due to the physical limitations, we will work with campers and parents/guardians to determine a safe and comfortable bathroom option.
Your online account is a hub for all things camp. In addition to updating your information, your account is also where you’ll find all of your child’s creations. All finished recordings, camper-created films, stop-motion animations, and images will be uploaded into your account for your viewing (and sharing!) pleasure. We also upload any action shots that were taken of your kid throughout the day. Grab a sneak peek while you are taking a break during the day, or wait until the evening for a grand viewing with the whole family.