COVID-19 & NC 4-H Camps
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In late February 2022, NC State University’s Office of Emergency Management and Mission Continuity made an announcement during the Youth Program Coordinators monthly meeting that the university would no longer be able to require pre-arrival or weekly surveillance testing for COVID-19, nor require the wearing of face masks. Instead, the university is treating COVID-19 like a communicable disease moving forward. That being said, we should refer to NCSU’s Community Standards by taking personal responsibility for protecting our health and the health of others and refer to Protect the Pack website for everything related to COVID-19.
Recognizing that COVID-19 still poses a very real health risk to our summer camp operation, the North Carolina 4-H Camps & Centers will implement the following proactive and reactive measures as they relate to COVID-19 for the 2022 summer camp season:
- The COVID-19 vaccination is our best line of defense! It is strongly recommended that all eligible campers are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination at the time of camp attendance.
- It is strongly recommended to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 within the 14 days before camp arrival by limiting your interaction with others outside your household, especially those in high risk communities.
- It is strongly recommended that campers complete a COVID-19 pre-arrival test within 72 hours of camp arrival, either rapid or PCR. If a camper tests positive, they should not come to camp, but contact the camp about transferring their registration or receiving a full refund minus the deposit.
- Stay home if you are sick! Healthy campers = a healthy camp community.
- It is recommended to follow the 3 W’s:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Watch your distance
- Our camps may choose to use Small Group Cohorts. This limits potential exposure of COVID-19 in the event of a positive case while at camp.
- Our camps will complete daily health and wellness checks of campers every morning to ensure all campers are feeling healthy and well.
- In the event that a camper becomes sick at camp, the camper will be sent home.
- If a camper becomes sick at camp, the 4-H Agent/Program Assistant or parent will be notified immediately and asked for the camper to leave camp for their health and the health of the entire camp community.
- Campers and staff who demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms will be treated according to CDC guidelines.