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Continuing to Navigate COVID-19

Updates & our 2022 plan

Updated May 28th, 2022 Please understand that this page is a working document. As much as we have wanted fast answers, we have prioritized getting to the right answers. This page will continue to be updated in the days leading up to the 2022 summer.

Covid-19 Expectations and Guidelines

Thankfully, we are in a different place than we were in the summers of 2020 or 2021 as it relates to the virus, however, Covid-19 in camp is still a real possibility. We want to minimize this risk while striving for a classic Falling Creek experience. Our operational response this year is based on lower case counts, vaccination rates, and mild and asymptomatic cases. Recommendations by trusted resources may change. We will adjust as they tighten or ease up. Refer to this Covid FAQ section of the website for the most up-to-date information about our Covid protocols.

Preparing for Camp

A healthy camp community starts at home. We will continue to depend on your help to do what you can to protect a full camp experience for your son and the fellow campers and staff in the camp community. Your family’s pre-camp behaviors are key. All campers and their families should avoid high-risk activities such as large, crowded events and close contact gatherings like sleepovers. Whenever possible, choose outdoor options and masking when indoors. If you are flying to camp, please mask, even though regulations have changed.

In the 10 days prior to your session, please contact camp as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrival plans if:

  • Your son tests positive for Covid-19 or
  • Your son has symptoms consistent with Covid-19 or another illness such as a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, or
  • A member of your household or close contact of your son tests positive for Covid-19 or is awaiting test results.

Health Screening and Testing Prior to Camp

Campers and staff from all over the country and the world come to Falling Creek to create a community. Because of this, health screening prior to arrival is an important layer of prevention.

All campers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to test negative for Covid-19 within 24 hours of arrival. The test will be an antigen test administered at home or at a testing facility. An over-the-counter rapid test purchased from your local drug store is fine.

An online Pre-Camp Health Screening Form will be completed just prior to arrival. You will need to provide information about any possible symptoms, vaccination status, history of exposure, previous infection, and results of your Pre-Camp Covid test. Those who are flying should test just before traveling.

Vaccination

Our summer camp staff are all up to date with their Covid-19 vaccinations. If you feel it is right for your son, we strongly encourage campers to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 prior to camp. This includes a booster if eligible. Vaccination is an effective part of reducing the spread of Covid-19, which helps protect those who get vaccinated and the people around them.

Masking

Masking will be optional with a few exceptions. We will provide masks for vans and when entering the Infirmary if the camper is not feeling well. Exposure from someone in their cabin or on their trip will necessitate masking as an individual health protocol in indoor spaces and crowded areas.

Covid at Camp

We will test symptomatic campers and staff. If your son tests positive, he will be isolated and cared for by our medical team. We will contact you to pick up your son as soon as you are able. In longer sessions, we will make plans for his return to camp.

We will notify families if there is a positive case in your son’s cabin or multi-day trip. We will monitor those exposed for symptoms, but we are not programming differently for cohorts. They will be asked to mask in indoor spaces and crowded areas. Unless your camper tests positive, we expect all campers to be able to remain at camp.

Trip Insurance

If you wish to protect your investment in the camp tuition, we suggest looking into trip insurance. One option is coverage through Travmark’s Activity Coverage plan in partnership with Battleface. This is a third-party provider, and the travel protection benefits can include trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel medical expense, emergency dental, and more. If interested in Cancel For Any Reason coverage, it must be purchased before your final tuition payment. To learn more or to get a quote, visit https://www.activitycoverage.com/?partner=378.

Be sure to review the coverage details and answers to commonly asked questions before you make a purchase. Questions can be answered by contacting the program administrator Battleface 855-434- 9387 and referencing the Travmark Activity Coverage plan.

If this insurance plan is not available in your state (CA, CT, NY, WA residents), or if you want more options, these are two other resources: American Camp Association or Everything Summer Camp.