Updated as of March 22, 2020 – This site will be updated periodically as we get closer to summer.
Our goal for Summer Camp 2021 is to run a camp that keeps our campers, families, and staff safe from COVID, while providing a summer camp experience that feels as close to our regular summer camp experience as possible. We know that there are many opinions about COVID and safety procedures. If you have questions or concerns about our plans we would love to speak with you directly and explain why we have established these procedures.
Scott Hicok - Camp Director - [email protected] - 678-561-9600
For Camp General Operations:
- All Camp Southern Ground Summer Camp Staff & Volunteers that work with our campers will be vaccinated
- Non-vaccinated staff will not be allowed in any buildings where summer staff or campers reside, eat, or participate in activities
- All main buildings now have COVID killing filtration systems
- All surfaces, program equipment, and restrooms will be sanitized multiple times per day
- Contractors or vendors must (preferably) provide proof of vaccination, or, be accompanied by a camp staff person to ensure they do not enter prohibited areas
- Guests of camp – including donors, partners, or any visitors must have a camp staff escort to ensure they do not enter prohibited areas
- Staff who leave site daily will complete a temp check and COVID screen each day upon arrival even if vaccinated
- Any staff who develops COVID related symptoms will be immediately removed from work at-camp. Vaccinated staff may return to work with a negative COVID test. Non-vaccinated staff will follow CDC guidelines
For Summer Camp Operations:
- All Camp Southern Ground Staff & Volunteers that work with our campers will be vaccinated
- Staff who leave site daily will complete a temp check and COVID screen each day upon arrival.
- Seasonal staff will complete a temp check and COVID screen after leaving site for any reason, and at the start of each session
- All seasonal staff and campers will have temps checked and be screened at the end of the day before bedtime
- *Campers may be required to provide evidence of a negative test conducted within 5 days of the start of camp (Alternatively, CSG will provide on-site testing during check-in if possible)
- Camper tribes will be put into “cohorts” by age group
- Seasonal Staff members who are in a cohort will not need to wear masks while they are with their cohort
- Seasonal staff members who interact with multiple cohorts in a single day will wear a mask if they are indoors or unable to distance
- *Campers may not be required to wear masks unless they present symptoms
- Check-in and Check-out day will be conducted as a drive through set-up. Parents and families will not leave their vehicle. Details will be sent to families before the start of their session.
- Dining Hall set-up will be spread out, with at least 12 feet of space between cohorts. Cohorts can be standard set-up distance
- Program design and schedule will keep cohorts completely separate for the first 2 full days at camp
- If all tests were negative, all screenings have been clear, and no one has presented symptoms – cohorts will be able to interact for the final 2 days of camp
- Any camper who develops symptoms that could be COVID will be immediately removed from their tribe to our designated quarantine space. The camp nurse will contact the family directly as we evaluate the situation and make a decision with the family on how to move forward.
* Final determinations on the need for testing and masks will be made no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of camp. At this time, we feel that testing will likely be required, but that masks for campers is more unlikely. Our final decision will be made with the advice of our local health professionals and camp doctor.