How Camp Bighorn Is Responding
Last Updated 6/20/2020
Camp Bighorn will be following the operation plan provided by the Sanders County Health Department for both Restaurants and Public Accommodations. As a result, all adventure camps have been restructured in an effort to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 community spread. Camp Bighorn will continue to pursue its original mission and vision, which can be found here About Camp Bighorn. Throughout the summer, adventure camps will be tailored to serve small groups of 10 people or less. If larger groups are hosted, they will always be separated into smaller adventure groups for the duration of their stay.
- Camp Bighorn will be conducting Day Camp for Sanders County during the weeks of June 22-27 and June 29 - July 3. These camps are for the local community, serving children entering grades K-4th. Camps will be limited to a maximum of 24 participants. They will be facilitated within smaller groups (8 students, 2 staff) that will be kept separate from the other groups for the duration of the week.
- In July and August, traditional adventure experiences will be offered to a limited number of groups. This includes participants from outside Sanders county and outside the state during phase 2. Again, groups will be organized into smaller groups of 10 and under. These are for congregate families and some non-congregate groups.
Steps to Reduce the Spread
- Maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
- Priority placed on outdoor activities over indoor activities.
- Bighorn staff are required to wear face coverings, when practical, during instances where social distancing of 6 feet is difficult.
- Events and group sizes will be planned based on social distancing practices.
- Food services will now provide meals outside (weather permitting), with offset serving times to keep groups from mixing.
- Signs and messages have been posted to remind staff and participants about proper hygiene practices.
- Flat surfaces will be cleaned more frequently, such as shuttle vans, serving tables, and other locations where community contamination may occur.
- Cleaning logs will be kept in commonly used areas, like the lodge, offices, and restrooms.
- Regular verbal reminders will be given about behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 when communicating with staff, families, and participants.
- Vehicles and other commonly used equipment will be cleaned regularly.
For Bighorn Staff Members
A Daily Health Screening log will be maintained to monitor the health of every staff member.
Pre-Camp Screening for Participants
Participants must fill out a pre-screening form based on COVID-19 symptoms listed by the CDC. To mitigate the spread of communicable diseases, participating families and groups are asked to monitor their health and respond appropriately. In the event they, or someone in their home, has a cough or fever, or has been exposed to COVID-19, they will be asked to please stay home and recover.
Daily Screening for Participants
Camp Bighorn will be conducting brief daily health screenings at the start of each day.
During Adventure Camp Experience
If a participant or staff member begins to exhibit flu-like symptoms, as listed by the CDC, Camp Bighorn will make an immediate effort to isolate and implement the Communicable Disease Plan. Appropriate supervision and care will be provided while making plans for the individual to return home.
Summary of Communicable Disease Plan
Prior to Event
- Inform individuals of home isolation criteria.
- Isolate and transport those who are sick to Isolation Room.
- Call and inform parents of situation and plan.
- Call Sanders County Nurse Hotline for advice, or 911 if critical.
- Notify health officials and those who have had close contact with a sick individual.
- Staff and campers who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated and sent home as well, and follow CDC guidance for community-related exposure. If symptoms develop, families should follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect area(s) sick person was around.
- Monitor symptoms and coordinate food drop-off for sick individual while in quarantine.
- Parents / guardians will pick up participant as soon as possible. Parents / guardians will also be encouraged to contact their child’s healthcare provider.
Special Consideration for Overnight Camps with Non-Congregate Members
- Align beds so that campers and staff sleep head-to-toe at least 6 feet apart, or reduce cabin capacity by 50%. Ventilate area well. The same considerations will be used for tenting.
- Clean and disinfect bathrooms regularly (e.g., in the morning and evening, after times of heavy use) using EPA-registered products.
- Encourage staff and campers to avoid placing toothbrushes or toiletries directly on counter surfaces.
Special Considerations for Vehicle Use
- Limit travel time for non-congregate groups. (e.g. transit to river access, etc)
- Camp Bighorn staff members are required to wear cloth coverings while operating a vehicle with passengers.
- Participants will be encouraged to wear cloth coverings.
- Vehicles will operate at 50% of passenger capacity, or less.
- All occupants of a vehicle are required to wash hands, or sanitize, prior to departure.
- Shuttle operators will follow vehicle cleaning guidelines prior to operating shuttle and upon completion of shuttle.