Camp Guidelines for 2020
This document is accurate as of 5/28/20. As more information becomes available, we will post to this page.
With the best practices of the American Camp Association (ACA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as our guide, we are doing everything we can to welcome Keshet campers to our in-person Tween & Teen Camp this summer. Now more than ever, kids need an outlet to play outside, experience much-needed social interaction, and just be kids. We are fortunate to partner with Ida Crown Jewish Academy and have access to the Keshet wing of the building as well as the outdoor space at the Skokie campus. We embrace the opportunity to support the emotional and physical health of children while allowing parents the opportunity to return to a more normal work situation.
At Keshet, you’re part of the family. We take your child’s individual needs seriously. This year, we have additional measures and protocols in place that we want to make sure parents, staff, and campers are aware of.
Hours of Operation
The camp day runs from 9:00am-12:00pm. However, in order to effectively screen campers and minimize social contact, we will stagger the times that campers arrive and depart. Everyone will have three hours of camp each day, but some camper groups will arrive prior to 9:00am and depart prior to 12:00pm.
This summer, Teen & Tween Camp will operate with a few small groups made up of approximately 10 people each (5-6 campers and 4-5 staff). Your child’s entire camp experience will be with this group. We will treat each group as a family, which means that within a group, there will not be social distancing.
All Teen & Tween Camp activities will take place at the ICJA site. We plan on offering sports, games, art, gardening, music, science and more. As many activities as possible will take place outdoors. There will be staggered scheduling to create social distancing between camp groups. We will not be traveling offsite for any field-trips this summer, which includes swimming at the local pool.
Pre-Camp Intake, Meetings & Forms
We understand that the stay-at-home order has been challenging for all families, and particularly for those who have children with disabilities. It is important for us to know your child’s needs and behaviors as they are today and not as we may remember them from school or camp last summer. All families will need to complete an intake form and have a pre-camp meeting with Keshet staff. These meetings will be scheduled through Zoom, phone or in a socially distanced manner.
All campers attending Teen & Tween Camp must have a doctor’s approval to do so. For campers with higher risk health issues, we recommend consulting with a medical provider as soon as possible to determine if they should attend camp this summer.
When it comes time to complete camper forms, you will need to complete all of them, even if you have done so in the past. Many of our forms this year will be adapted to include specific COVID-19-related measures.
Snacks & Drinks
Kosher, nut-free snacks will be provided by camp. Due to the shortened length of the camp day, breakfast nor lunch will not be eaten at camp.
Each camper will need to bring a water bottle labeled with his or her name.
Hand Washing & Cleanliness
Campers and staff will wash or sanitize their hands before and after every activity, every bathroom break, location change, etc. Hand-washing and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout our camp area at ICJA.
Keshet is also contracting with a janitorial service to have additional cleanings take place, particularly in the restrooms, during the hours that camp is in operation.
Face Masks - Whenever Possible
For 2020, campers will be packing sunscreen, a water bottle and a cloth-face mask. Campers will wear face masks whenever possible. Staff will wear face masks throughout the camp day.
Daily Health Screening
Keeping everyone healthy must be a joint effort between families and Keshet. Families will be asked to be on the lookout for specific symptoms in their child every morning and to keep their child home if any of these symptoms are present. We will provide families with a checklist of what to look for while at home.
Additionally, a brief health screening will take place with all campers and staff upon arrival each day. We are currently working with Keshet’s Safety & Reopening Task Force to determine the exact process, but it is likely to include temperature checks. We will share the screening measures as soon as they become available.
To ensure that the daily health screenings go smoothly, camp will have staggered start times. Each camp group will be assigned a specific arrival time to allow for the health screening and to enter the building in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Campers and staff who become ill during the camp day will be immediately isolated. Parents will be called and asked to pick up their child. This includes exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, vomiting (for any reason), fevers or change in physical appearance that may reflect illness.
Our increased screening procedures and new protocols will not be able to eliminate all risk when it comes to COVID-19. We will do the best we can to maintain a fun and safe summer camp environment for everyone involved.
On Monday, June 29, we will hold a Zoom meeting for parents to review procedures, share information and answer any questions. You will receive an invitation a few days before the gathering. If there are specific topics that you would like addressed during this orientation, please contact Abby Baron.
What If COVID-19 Comes to Camp?
Coming Soon: Teen & Tween Camp COVID-19 Response Plan
Keshet’s Safety & Reopening Task Force is currently devising specific guidelines about how to respond if a camper or staff is exposed to or contracts COVID-19. Our camp protocols will be in line with state and local guidance and created in conjunction with medical professionals. Although the exact details are not yet determined, we anticipate that the overall camp program will continue to run, while individual campers/staff may need to self-isolate at home if it is determined that there has been an exposure in your child's group.