The months of dials and colors and numbers have given us a big picture understanding of public health precautions in our communities, but we (like most of you) are mostly over these sorts of primary colored metrics. That said, we do need a way to help our community know and communicate about our cohort and whole camp health status, and to be aware and prepared to take appropriate precautions…not unlike how we plan and pack for our backcountry trips. So, we are excited to introduce you to The Camp Health & Wellness Forecast: The SWC COVID-19 Weather Report for All Camp and Cohorts.
One of the precautions we will take at camp will be mask wearing during specific times and instances with other staff members, campers and even in your living unit cohort…primarily the “Cumulonimbus Status” at the beginning of camp, or when we have a confirmed COVID case in the living unit cohort. You can review our explanation of “living unit cohort” and our list of Mask Considerations below.
With good pre-camp and travel precautions being taken by you, your family and your camper/s, we will likely all move into “Cirrus Status” after the cabinside/unit overnights (which occur within the first few days of camp).
Once we receive the results of our initial PCR tests, our cohorts will–most likely–be able to experience full “Colorado Bluebird Days”. The unit and cabin cohorts, and their staff members, will be mask-free with each other in vehicles, on trips, in tents, and in their living units, just as they would be with their own individual families.
Out of an abundance of caution (and as of today) our sense is that the larger “whole camp” community will always operate in “Cirrus Status” throughout the camp session. There will always be a few high clouds that we need to be aware of, so we will ask that staff and campers mask up if they are interacting indoors or if they cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance outdoors with staff or campers who are not in their living unit cohort. We do feel there will be opportunities to do more distanced, unmasked activities with multiple cohorts during the session–and those opportunities will be based on timing, test results, overall community health, and The Camp Health & Wellness Forecast.
Here is a brief Overview of our Mask Plan. We actually think masks are kind of neat: they are like a costume accessory, and a mask will really keep your face warm on those cold mornings in the backcountry.
Some Camper/Staff Mask Considerations 2021 Upon arrival, campers and the staff members in their living units will form cohorts, or family groups. Masks will need to be worn in certain situations when a cohort or the camp is experiencing a specific “weather” event (ie: “Cumulonimbus Status”=wearing masks inside with everyone, including your cohort, unless sleeping). In addition to those guidelines, here are a few additional considerations for mask-wearing at camp:
In addition to these considerations, we will also continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the CDC, the State of Colorado, CDPHE, Teller County Health, and the American Camp Association.