A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
No doubt you’ve heard much in the news recently about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its continued spread. Since January of this year YMCA Camp Wakonda has been tracking the evolving COVID-19 situation and monitoring its progress as we evaluate our health and safety protocols with an eye toward summer. We continue to believe that this will be the Best. Summer. Ever., but also want to address any concerns you may have about what we are doing to maintain a safe and healthy Camp environment for your child.
As you know, the health and safety of our campers and staff is priority #1 at the Y. In cooperation with American Camping Association and the CDC guidelines, we have been adapting plans, and creating safety guidelines.
In response, we’ve identified several procedures for the health and safety of your child.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES
1.) PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
We know that you want the best for your child, and we want them to have the best experience possible at YMCA Camp Wakonda. That’s why any parent whose child has had a fever or illness within the days leading to their camp week, is asked to contact us and work together to find a new week.
2.) LET’S KEEP IT CLEAN
Every cabin at YMCA Camp Wakonda is rigorously cleaned daily by campers and staff according to our disinfectant protocol. This process is something we intentionally train our staff on, and one we oversee with daily checklists and accountability. Bathrooms are sanitized, floors are mopped, and surfaces disinfected. In addition the weekly schedule has been reworked to allow more time for daily cleaning. We have also moved camp checkout to Friday from 2-3 pm to allow the staff additional time to deep clean all program areas. Each Friday we will take the opportunity to perform a deep clean on each cabin.
We will check temperature at check-in as well as each cabin will have its own thermometer where campers and staff will have their temperature checked and documented multiple times a day. Anyone with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will be isolated and parents will be contacted to pick up their child. In addition we have a nurse on staff to accommodate camper and staff needs.
4.)CONSTANT HAND SANITATION
As part of protocol, ALL Campers and Staff will wash their hands before and after each activity and hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout camp.
5.) DINING HALL PROTOCOL
Numerous additional sanitation protocols have been added to our Dining Hall including our Dining Hall food preparation and service. This includes but is not limited to: rigorous hand sanitizing, table disinfecting, controlled food distribution. A staggered meal schedule will be implemented, and meals will be served buffet style, including the salad bar, with staff doing the serving. All tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized after each group.
6.) NO "SHARED" ITEMS
There will not be sharing of items between campers or staff. If someone did not bring an item such as a sweater, towel, water bottle they can get a clean one at the nurse’s office.
7.) SOCIAL DISTANCING
We will have staggered swim times with no more than 3 cabins at the pool at once. Open Swim time will only happen at the pool, and the lake will be used for additional activities. Songs, skits, games, and activities will be adjusted to remove physical contact such as tagging, linking arms, etc. We will eliminate times where campers and staff will be sharing items like the super spatula or costumes for skits. Clinics will be dismissed in the field by the flag pole so each cabin can keep their distance. Use of the trading post will be scheduled in order to follow social distancing guidelines.