Covid-19 Guide: Our Updated Procedures

GSNorCal's Camps have updated several policies to better mitigate Covid-19 risk and to keep camp as safe as possible. Please review updates to our camp procedures to see how we are preparing for campers on our sites.

  • Mealtimes

    Dining Halls will be closed in 2021; pods will eat together in their units. Outdoor meals may be structured as cookouts, picnic-style, or grab and go. All cooking equipment, tables, chairs, and picnic tables that are used will be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly.

    • Food service and menu preparation will be overseen by our Kitchen Manager. All of the typical health and safety protocols that we observe in our Dining Halls remain for unit/pod meals, in addition to our rigorous Covid-19 sanitation protocols.
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and other needs are all accommodated within this system under the supervision of the Kitchen Manager. We believe that a dietary restriction should not prevent a camper from attending and will work with your family to make sure they feels safe eating at camp.
  • Sleeping Accommodations

    In addition to general safety processes previously mentioned, sleeping areas will have the following modifications for this summer.

    • Campers will only share unit space with their stable pod group.
    • Beds will be moved to ensure physical distancing parameters are met and ventilation will be fully utilized (i.e. windows open when possible including in tents and using fans where electricity is an option).
    • Campers and staff will be required to sleep head to toe and alternated as needed to prevent close proximity of head spaces.
    • Sleeping space capacities have been lowered to allow for social distancing between campers and staff while they sleep. These numbers vary by the size, structure, and bed arrangement in each space.
  • Check-in & Check-Out

    All of our summer camps will have a drive-through check-in and check-out. Families and friends are expected to remain in the vehicle throughout both processes and will not be permitted around camp.

    • We ask that the number of people in the vehicle dropping off your camper is kept to a minimum and that all people in the vehicle above the age of two wear a face mask.
    • Carpooling this year is discouraged.
    • Only campers will exit the vehicle with their belongings, please say good-bye to your camper before they get out of the car. Campers will receive a health check, including a temperature check, near their vehicle.
    • Staff will be available to assist with luggage.

    More information will be sent out prior to your camper’s session detailing the check-in and check- out process and how you should pack your camper to make sure the process is as smooth as possible.

    Busses will not be offered. Busses are a place where campers would all be mixed together before getting to camp and being placed in their pods; it is considered high-risk. If transportation is a hardship, please reach out to us at registration@gsnorcal.org and we’ll work with campers on a case-by-case basis to attempt to arrange van transportation by pod group as we are able. Space is limited.

What Happens if Someone Does Get Sick at Camp?

At camp, we have two, tandem health centers running. One is for “regular” illnesses; one for Covid-19 symptoms.

  1. Campers who feel ill will be screened by camp’s Health Care Supervisor, who will determine if they need to isolate. Family will be notified at first sign of illness.
  2. If they need to isolate, they will do so in the appropriate Health Care Center while we monitor them and then determine if they are able to go back to their Pod or if they need to head home.
  3. The remainder of the Pod will be screened for symptoms. Parents of campers in the pod will be notified at this time.
  4. Lingering Covid-19 Symptoms (24 hours + and/or worsening symptoms) will result in returning home. Parents/ caregivers are responsible for pick-up within the 24-hour isolation period.
  5. There is a pro-rated refund if the camper is sent home.

Widespread symptoms (3 or more campers in a pod) coming down with lingering symptoms will result in the pod being sent home. Dismissal of any pod results in camp-wide health screening. Because pods are separated, it is unlikely that they affect one another.