COVID-19 Response at Geneva Glen

COVID-19 Updates,Communications, & Resources

We are living through an unprecedented and concerning time with COVID-19. At GG, we are continually monitoring the situation, as well as consulting with health experts, our regulatory agencies, and other camp professionals. We feel a huge sense of responsibility to take a thoughtful and informed approach as prepare for the upcoming summer.

Last Updated: April 15, 2021

Our Goal for Summer 2021

Geneva Glen's goal is to maximize the number of in-person camping days that occur at camp in the 2021 summer while maintaining safety for the campers, staff, camper families, and community as a whole.

Geneva Glen is currently:

  1. Partnering with our regulatory agencies to identify guidance and rules regarding the COVID -19 pandemic for the 2021 summer.
  2. Working with our Health & Wellness Committee (consisting of physicians, nurses, campers parents, and other healthcare experts) to help develop guidelines, policies, and protocols for the 2021 summer.
  3. Identifying broad scenarios of the possible status of the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to camp and defining plans of operation for each scenario.
  4. Doing our best to provide clear and timely communication to the Camp Family.

Geneva Glen Camp Coronavirus Plan 2021

Please note that this plan is in development and is not comprehensive at this point! It is based on the information and guidance that we have and are familiar with today. We will continue to address different aspects and add more details. It is subject to change based on regulatory guidance as well as the evolving landscape of the pandemic.

April 15, 2021

We have lots of updates and news to provide as we prepare for our camper’s arrival. While we have still not received guidance for summer resident camps from the state of Colorado, we have been told it should be made public on Friday, April 16th. We have identified several aspects that we have been able to plan for, and once we receive the state guidelines, we will be able to release additional information and answer any questions. Please go to the Geneva Glen Camp Coronavirus Plan 2021 - updates include:

  • Check-In and Check-Out
  • Medications and Health Forms
  • Meals
  • Cohorts
  • Outside, Masked, and Distanced – The Rule of 2 of 3
  • Care Packages
  • Visitors or Leaving Camp
  • Out-of-State Campers

Other Updates:

  • We will host a Zoom Webinar for Camper Parents on April 27th at 7:00pm Mountain Time to explain how camp will be operating this summer as well as answer any questions parents might have. The invitation with registation links was sent to parents on March 15th.
  • We have received recommendations from the Association of Camp Nurses on COVID testing patterns and are identifying our in-camp testing resources/vendors. Please note that Geneva Glen will require all campers to provide a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. This is a critical component to ensure our campers arrive healthy! Please contact your child’s healthcare provider to arrange for testing prior to camp.

With the collective knowledge we have gained from the camp community, state regulatory departments, and medical experts, as well as rapidly evolving new tools, such as affordable testing and COVID-19 vaccines, Geneva Glen will have highly effective tools to operate our programs in a way to best keep our campers and staff safe and healthy in 2021.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


Past Updates:

March 18, 2021

We continue to develop safe, healthy, and smart plans for the 2021 summer. We are thrilled to share the following positive updates:

  • Draft guidance for resident camps is currently being reviewed by the Governor’s Office. In his March 12 address, Governor Polis indicated that he’d already signed up his kids for summer camp with the expectation that camps and other summer activities will move forward!
  • Camp Staff is eligible for vaccination in Colorado! Geneva Glen is recommending that all staff be vaccinated prior to camp and many of our staff members have started receiving their shots.

Other Updates:

  • Our year-round leadership team is continuing to develop different programming models based on different cohort sizes (dependent on state guidance). This includes activities, dining, bathrooms, evening play, and check-in/out.
  • We have received recommendations from the Association of Camp Nurses on COVID testing patterns and are identifying our in-camp testing resources/vendors. Please note that Geneva Glen will require all campers to provide a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. This is a critical component to ensure our campers arrive healthy! Please contact your child’s healthcare provider to arrange for testing prior to camp.

February 18, 2021

We are excited to share our initial plan for a safe and healthy 2021 summer!
Follow the link below to read more. Please note that this plan is in development and is not comprehensive at this point! It is based on the information and guidance that we have and are familiar with today. We will continue to address different aspects and add more details. It is subject to change based on regulatory guidance as well as the evolving landscape of the pandemic.

Geneva Glen Camp Coronavirus Plan 2021

Other Updates:

  • Our Health &Wellness Committee is continuing their work to identify policies and procedures regarding healthcare personnel, participant screening, and medical testing for diagnosis and screening.
  • Our Communicable Disease Plan is being updated and reviewed
  • Recent updates regarding vaccinations from the the American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance have been included into our planning.

January 14, 2021

Our Health & Wellness Committee consisting of epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, mental health experts, and camper parents are continuing to prepare for the 2021 summer under the following operational models:

Best Case Vaccine Scenario

Assumption: A vaccine is moderately to very efficacious, available and obtainable to the general public, and people are willing to get it.

Next Best Case Vaccine Scenario

Assumption: A vaccine is moderately to very efficacious and available to high risk groups, but the general public is not vaccinated.

Improved Diagnostic Testing Scenario

Assumption: Herd immunity is essentially as it is now, but testing is available, rapid, and accurate.

Please Note: All operational models are contingent on regulations from the State of Colorado, including CDPHE & Child Care Licensing.

Each operating model has aspect categories that address key components of running camp in a COVID-19 landscape such as health screening, medical testing for diagnosis, response and management of probable cases, spread prevention, cleaning and disinfection, and many more. These robust aspect plans are being developed using the American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.

Important Updates:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics report that when children get COVID-19, their symptoms are generally mild and rarely result in hospitalization (Children and COVID-19: State Data Report).
  • Geneva Glen will be layering multiple preventative methods as recommended including group and cohort strategies, physical distancing, face coverings, frequent handwashing, and increased sanitation practices.
  • We will be modifying certain program elements that would result in moderate to high exposure.
  • It is likely that our staff will be able to be vaccinated prior to the summer.
  • It is unlikely that our camper population will be able to be vaccinated prior to the summer.
  • It is likely that improved diagnostic testing will be available for the 2021 summer.
  • It is likely we will modify our dining procedures to reduce exposure.
  • Data from camps that operated in summer 2020 supports that travel by staff and campers from both local and distant communities did not pose issues with the introduction of the virus to camps.

November 18, 2020

We have several updates from the American Camp Association and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, as well as our internal Health & Wellness Committee.

  • The American Camp Association (ACA) has advised camps that while there is much uncertainty as to what the summer of 2021 will look like, a COVID-19 free landscape is unlikely. As of October 2020, ACA believes camps should continue consistent implementation of both cohort strategies and other nonpharmaceutical interventions (eg. physical distancing, face coverings, hygiene, sanitation) to limit the introduction of infected persons and the spread of COVID-19 within camp.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) released Public Health Order 20-36 on November 2. This order defines the COVID-19 Dial and requirements regarding operating capacities and distancing and includes additional guidance for residential camps (Appendix L). View Public Health Order 20-36.
  • Geneva Glen is a member of the Colorado Camps Network, which is working with CDPHE and the Governor’s Office to modify the existing resident camp regulations established in Public Health Order 20-36 for the 2021 camp season.

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