Summer Camp Health & Safety

COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures

North Central College is committed to providing a high quality camp experience that prioritizes the safety of all campers and staff. The following information outlines how North Central College is approaching the safe re-introduction of camps for summer 2021. 

Conference Services & Camps will continuously monitor guidance released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC); Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH); Dupage County Health Department; and North Central College’s COVID-19 Institutional Response Team (IRT). The camp safety procedures & regulations listed below may evolve as recommendations, from the aforementioned parties change. 

The following procedures must be adhered to during all North Central College Camps by all camp staff, campers, and camper family members. Any staff member or camper who does not comply will not be allowed at camp. 

Screening -  camp staff and campers, will go through the following screening process prior to attending camp: 

  • Reminder to self-screen for symptoms prior to coming to campus 
  • Confirming you have not knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 (within 10-days prior to camp)
  • Confirming you are not waiting on a COVID-19 test result

*Please see below for further guidance about when you should keep your camper  home. If parents/guardians have any doubt whether their camper should participate in camp, we ask that you err on the side of caution and keep them home. 

**While we strive to provide the best information possible, North Central College Camps staff are not authorized, or qualified, to provide medical or legal advice specific to a camper’s symptoms or circumstances. 

Social Distancing & Contact -  

  • Campers and families must maintain 6-feet social distancing during daily screening, and check-in and dismissal times 
  • Avoid congregating in groups before, during, and after camp 
  • Family members may not stay during the camp to observe, unless otherwise specified 
  • Camp curriculum will focus on individual skill building instead of competition, in order to reduce contact 
  • Campers will be placed in pods/cohorts (max 10 campers/pod) throughout camp 
  • Sharing of camper personal equipment will not be allowed  
  • Spitting, high fives, fist bumps, hugs, and other such camper-to-camper/staff-to-camper contact will not be allowed 

Face Masks - 

  • Revised 8.1.2021: masks are required (regardless of vaccination status) when inside campus buildings and facilities

Practice Good Hygiene -  campers should (staff will remind campers frequently throughout each session): 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water  
  • Not touch their face, mouth, or eyes 
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with their elbow crease/forearm 
  • Use wall mounted hand sanitizer is available throughout campus facilities 

Breaks, Water, & Snacks -  

  • Social distancing will be maintained during any breaks 
  • Sharing of food or drink is not allowed 
  • Campers must bring their own water bottle; touchless water coolers will be provided for outdoor camps; water bottle refill stations are available in campus facilities 
  • Campers may bring their own shelf-stable snacks (no refrigeration provided) 

Capacities -  

  • Camp total capacities will be determined by staff/camper ratio, venue capacity, as well as local and regional COVID-19 related guidance 
  • Within camps – campers will be grouped in smaller pods/cohorts (max of 10/pod) 

Risk -  

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during camp. 
  • Persons who are older, pregnant, or who have underlying health conditions, including those with compromised immune systems or respiratory conditions, are at higher risk to develop complications from COVID-19. It is recommended that individuals belonging to an at-risk group do not drop-off/pick-up campers, participate in camps, or staff camps. 

Expectations -  

  • If a camper consistently does not adhere to the camp’s safety procedures and regulations, they will be dismissed from camp without refund. 

Flexible & Communicative -  

  • Conference Services & Camps will continue planning and sharing updates for precautions, in order to provide your camper an enjoyable and safe experience  
  • Parents & Guardians are welcome to reach out with any questions. While we strive to provide the best information possible, North Central College Conference Services & Camps staff are not authorized, or qualified, to provide medical or legal advice specific to a camper’s symptoms or circumstances. 

​​​​​​​More Details & Additional Resources -  

WHEN SHOULD MY CAMPER STAY HOME FROM CAMP? 

Please follow these guidelines as to when your camper should refrain from attending camp. If there is any doubt whether the camper should participate in camp, we ask that you err on the side of caution and keep them home. If any of these symptoms/conditions are observed during camp, the camper will be separated from other camp attendees, and we will request that you come immediately in order to pick up your camper and depart from campus.  

While we strive to provide the best information possible, North Central College Camps staff are not authorized, or qualified, to provide medical or legal advice specific to a camper’s symptoms or circumstances. 

Fever: Campers must be fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the aid of fever-reducing medication, before they come to camp. 

COVID-19 Symptoms: Campers should stay home for the length of time determined by local guidelines/Primary Care Physician if they have, or someone in their household has, any COVID-19 symptoms including: 

  • ​​​​​​​Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Headache  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Sore throat  
  • Congestion or runny nose  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Diarrhea 

Pending Test Results: If the camper, or someone in their household, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, the camper will need to wait until negative test results are confirmed, before they can attend camp. 

Exposure: If the camper has been exposed to anyone in the past 24 hours who was experiencing any of the above symptoms, or who has experienced any of the above symptoms since being in contact with them, tested positive for COVID-19, or presume to be COVID-19 positive based on a health care provider's assessment or symptoms they should also stay home for the amount of time recommended by local guidelines/Primary Care Physician, and should seek medical treatment. 

 
POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE & SYMPTOMATIC PROCEDURES 

The safety precautions we have implemented are in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at camp, but we cannot eliminate the inherent risk.  

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, probable case, or physical, close contact with COVID-19, (of a camper or staff member) during camp, or within 10 days of completion of a camp, the Camp Director, or Camp Staff member assigned to the impacted pod, will immediately submit a COVID-19 Reporting Form and notify Conference Services & Camps.  

The College will determine a course of action for the program 

  • This may include temporarily closing the site where exposure occurred 
  • ​​​​​​​In the event of a closure, all registered campers will receive a prorated refund for time (3 hours+) missed 

Camp families will be notified if their camper is considered a close contact (e.g. within pod) 

If a camper reports symptom of COVID-19 while on-site during camp, they will be separated from other campers until their parent/guardian arrives and they depart campus.  

  • The affected camper will not be able to return to a North Central College Camps program until a negative COVID-19 test result is confirmed and at least 24 hours have passed since recovery.  
  • ​​​​​​​The camper may be allowed back to the program as soon as the next day if a doctor’s note is provided that states the condition was not related to COVID-19. 

If a camp staff member reports symptoms of COVID-19 while on-site during camp, they will be placed on temporary leave and will depart campus. 

  • The staff member until a negative COVID-19 test result is confirmed and at least 24 hours have passed since recovery.  
  • ​​​​​​​The camper staff member may be allowed to return as soon as the next day if a doctor’s note is provided that states the condition was not related to COVID-19. 

Emergency Procedures

North Central College is committed to the safety of all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Our priorities are to protect human life, to ensure academic viability of the institution, to protect College property, to meet community needs and to recover as quickly as possible from an emergency.

Below are procedures North Central College has in place that were developed to prepare the College community and its campus visitors in the event of an emergency, including sever weather conditions. Please review the information below and familiarize yourself with the procedures.