Updated 11/9/2020

COVID-19 and changes to RA Programs

With restrictions imposed on gatherings due to the Coronavirus, this year is looking a bit different than usual! We are offering many different options this fall.   The team at RA is following advice from local health officials and has made programming decisions around guidelines and recommendations made by groups such as the CDC, Colorado Department of Health, and Boulder County Public Health. 

Here’s our current Fall 2020 plan: 

  • In-Person Camps in Boulder:  We are offering in-person camps and weekly programs at the Boulder Elks Lodge.  As of 11/5/20 we are following Level Orange Health Department guidelines which limit our in-person programs to be outdoors only.  Our Elks Lodge programs will run outside with use of the building limited to handwashing and bathroom use.
  • Online Camps: We are offering virtual camps this fall as well.  Our spring and summer online programs have received positive feedback from the participants and their parents!

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COVID Inspired Safety Precautions for In-Person Programs

Pre-Camp
● Parents will be contacted within 24 hours of their program beginning for health
screening questions and to be reminded of safety precautions.
● Parents will be asked to check their child’s temperature daily before arrival at camp.
● Children with a temperature of over 100 degrees will not be allowed to attend camp.
● Please provide a clean cloth mask for your child each day. If you do not have cloth masks
we can provide some, however, you will need to wash your child’s mask so they come to
camp with a clean mask each day.
● Please send your child with a cotton or surgical mask. Please do not use bandanas or
gaiters/balaclavas/neck fleeces. A recent study from Duke University has discovered
that the thin polyester spandex gaiters may be worse than going maskless. Rather than
preventing the droplets from escaping, it turns the larger droplets into a cloud of smaller
ones that hang in the air longer. We do have cloth masks we can give your children if
they need one.
● To read more about the Duke University survey, click here

Daily at the Start of Camp
Upon arrival at camp every day, during check-in, every child will have their temperature taken
and parents will be asked health screening questions including:
● Have you had any of these symptoms in the last 14 days:
○ Fever greater than 100
○ Difficulty breathing
○ Cough
● Have you been in contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has been sick with
COVID-19 or who has shown any of the above-listed symptoms?
● Have you experienced a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste in the past 14
days?
● Campers and staff that answer YES to any of these questions upon arrival will be asked
to not attend camp. See our cancellation policy for information on credits and refunds.
● All staff and campers will have their temperature taken by a temporal (no touch)
thermometer at check-in. Participants and staff who present signs of illness during the
day will have their temperature taken again. As per CDC guidelines, any child or staff
with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be sent home.
● Parents are asked to wear masks at pick-up and drop-off
● Systems have been set up to minimize contact and touching of shared items at sign in
and out times.
During Camp
● Staff carries hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, tissues, and hand soap in their packs.
● Quest Leaders will work with campers on the following:
*Washing hands frequently throughout the day for 20-seconds with soap and
water. Hands will be washed at the beginning and end of the program, before
snack and lunch, after using the restroom, and if seen sneezing or coughing into
hands.
* To sneeze and cough into their elbow
*Keeping distance from other campers
*Not sharing food, swashers, and other personal gear
● Hand Sanitizer will be readily available and used in the above-listed situations if groups
are not in close proximity to running water.
● All staff and campers will be asked to bring cotton or surgical masks to camp and will
wear their masks unless 8 feet apart from other participants. Please do not use
bandanas or gaiters/balaclavas/neck fleeces. We will have masks to give to any
person who arrives at camp without a mask. It will be your responsibility to wash your
child’s mask on the highest heat setting of the washer and dryer daily.
● Lunch will be eaten with a small group of six campers.
● Potentially once per day for up to 12 minutes, campers may quest and sword duel with
one other questing group, forming a cohort of 12 or fewer campers. Cohorts stay
consistent throughout the week. Otherwise, each camper is only with their smaller
Questing group of six campers.
● Parents may choose to opt-out of allowing their child to be a part of a cohort that is
larger than their Questing group of six, by contacting our office. If you request that your
child not be included in a cohort then your child’s whole group will not be a part of a
cohort for the week.
● We will limit child-staff and child-child interactions throughout the day
● Participants will be coached to keep six feet between them and not have direct contact
with each other. We are still planning on short duels with our Swasher foam swords
(while wearing masks). Those duels may decrease the distance between participants to
less than six feet for the duration of that battle. However, any family that is not
comfortable with this can choose to have their child opt-out of dueling.
● Campers will spend the day with their own counselor with very minimal contact with
other staff with the exceptions mentioned above.
● Social Distancing guidelines will be followed – campers and staff will maintain 6 feet
separation from each other at all possible times.
● A “sickbay” will be set up to isolate any child that shows signs of illness during the camp
session. Children will be monitored in the sickbay until they can be picked up by their
parents or guardian.
● If a camper tests positive for the Coronavirus, they will not be allowed to return to
in-person camps until at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as
resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improvement in
respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 14 days have
passed since symptoms first appeared.
● If a camper has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for the
virus, that child will not be allowed to attend camp for a minimum of 14 days.
Equipment
● Surfaces will be wiped down with CDC approved cleansers at the start and end of the
day as well as during the camp day. Bathrooms, doorknobs, and other shared surfaces
will be sanitized several times throughout the program. Staff carries isopropyl alcohol or
Clorox wipes for sanitizing.
● Equipment will be sanitized before and after use as well as before changing hands.
● Campers will be assigned their own swashers to use each day and will not share their
swasher with other campers. Campers are encouraged to bring their own RA approved
swasher if they have one. Swashers are available for purchase from our online store.

Staff
● Staff have been trained to follow our safety protocols
● All staff will be health screened each morning prior to working at the camp program.
Screening questions will continue to evolve based on CDC and health department
recommendations.
● Staff is instructed to stay home sick if showing signs of illness. RA has a system of on-call
staff lined up to cover for sick staff.
● If a staff member tests positive for the Coronavirus, they will not be allowed to return to
in-person work until at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as
resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improvement in
respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 14 days have
passed since symptoms first appeared
● If a staff member has been in direct contact with an individual who has tested positive
for the virus, that staff member will be required to not return to work for 14 days or
until they receive a negative test for Coronavirus.
● Staff will be provided referrals to support their mental health needs
On-Site
● A “sickbay” will be set up to isolate any child that shows signs of illness during the camp
session. Children will be monitored in the sickbay until they can be picked up by their
parents or guardian. Staff working with children in the sickbay will wear a mask and
gloves at all times.
● All locations will have access to running water and hand soap. There will also be hand
sanitizer readily available.
● All high-touch areas will be wiped down with CDC approved cleansers at the start and
end of the day as well as during the camp day.

 

Refunds and Credits 

We know that emergencies come up and illnesses occur.  We do our best to be accommodating in these situations.

Click here to read about our session change/cancelation policy.

 

Testimonial

As an infectious disease physician, I have been impressed to no end with Renaissance Adventures this summer. They have been extremely rigorous in devising and enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols across the board, every day. 
Because of this, I feel confident sending my children to camp, and they have attended multiple weeks this summer! Thank you, RA!
Dr. Heather Pujet, Boulder Community Hospital

As always, please reach out to us with your questions and concerns:  info@renaissanceadventures.com

 

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