Alongside all of you, we have been following the COVID-19 situation quite closely. We understand the dilemma that the school closures and the "stay at home" order poses to working parents and have been pondering how best to help our community with child care in the current situation.
Camp is Open!
Washington State allows youth camps to open in all stages of the Safe Start program with limited capacities and extra precautions.
We have revised our refund policy for the year to allow for refunds to be given at any time for COVID related circumstances. If your camper or anyone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, believes they have COVID-19 symptoms, or has been in close proximity of any confirmed cases without proper PPE, they must not attend camp and will receive a FULL refund for days missed. We understand that finances at this time can be uncertain or strained. If your family has been financially affected by COVID-19, please let us know and we can work out a plan for payment together.
How We Are Keeping Campers Safe
We understand that children have been home since the end of March and many families have had no childcare during this time. Kids need social interaction and time outdoor and while we are eager to meet this need, we need to do so with safety measures in place.
This summer and fall we are limiting enrollment to 30 kids per week. We are further splitting each week into 3 groups of 10, moving each group through activities as independently as possible. We will be eliminating “all camp” free time such as campfire time and large group games and moving them into our rotation of activities for groups to experience on their own to aid in social distancing.
We will be performing fever checks upon arrival, any child with a temperature above 100°F will be asked to return home and will be refunded their camp tuition.
As for sanitation policies, we are following the American Camp Association’s guide as closely as possible. We have two hand washing stations and will require everyone to wash hands upon arrival, between activities, and before/after lunch and snacks (in addition to the usual washing after bathroom use and touching animals). Gates and doors will be sanitized every morning and evening, and will be left open where possible so that campers are not touching them unless absolutely necessary.
Since most campers are above the minimum recommended mask-wearing age of 5 and will not be able to consistently keep a 6 ft distance from all other campers, we will be wearing masks at Wildwood Ranch.
All campers and staff wore masks in our summer sessions and we rarely had to remind campers to put them on. We are working hard to incorporate times each day when masks can be off and campers can still be having fun. Think noodle tag, parachute games, group games like mafia, and of course lunch and snacks.
Below you will find links to blog posts that look at the social effects of wearing masks, how to make your own masks/face coverings, and how to talk to your child about them and normalize the behavior among other things.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adapt as necessary. There may be a time at which we decide it is necessary to cancel sessions or close our doors for the remainder of the season.
This is a very uncertain and unsettled time for us all. We thank you for supporting us.
We wish you safety and happiness amidst the chaos.