Safety is always number one at Camp St. Charles and we are adding a number of covid 19 mitigation strategies to our summer operating plans.
First, we have reorganized our camp schedule so that we will be hosting 8 shorter camp sessions in place of our typical schedule of two week camp sessions. The change will allow us to host all of our enrolled campers and to reduce the number of campers who are present at the same time.
Each cabin group will be a team and will stick together for activities this summer. Keeping our cabin groups together as little bubbles within the camp is another significant piece of our strategy.
During our 2020 family camp programs, we added a number of sanitizing protocols. In addition to our regular restroom cleaning, we added additional sanitizing and we designated sinks and toilet stalls for cabin groups to limit sharing. We also developed methods for sanitizing canoes and other shared equipment between uses. We will continue these strategies into summer 2021 and beyond.
We expect that masks will be required during camp. The state of Maryland has a mask mandate in place for indoor spaces and for outdoors when social distancing is difficult. Campers will be taking masks off and on throughout the day. Going into the mess hall? Mask on. Going on the Stand Up Paddle Boards? Mask off. Each camper will be given a break away mask lanyard to help with keeping masks handy.
We will be enjoying most of our day out in Creation, which we know is a wise choice.
We will continue to work with the American Camp Association and the State of Maryland to plan for summer. We are awaiting guidance about pre-screening of campers before they arrive for check in.