Is Your Long Island Summer Camp Safe?
Parents Guide for Summer Camp Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Is your Long Island Summer Camp safe and productive during Coronavirus?
1.) Masks & Social Distancing
Perhaps the most important of all, your child’s summer camp should encourage the use of face masks whenever the 6 foot social distancing suggestion by the CDC is not possible. This will be a new normal for your kids, but its something they will get used to in time. We need to encourage young kids to take on this new challenge. This way, the upcoming school year will be easy for them to adjust to.
TAS Learning Center, a STEM summer camp in Hicksville, has already made “TAS Masks” for any student to use if they forgot theirs at home. They are also modifying their location to ensure every camper has their own space throughout the day.
2.)Hand Sanitizer Stations
Whether it’s coming back from playing outside or just general precaution, camps must have multiple hand sanitizer dispensers for campers to use whenever they feel they should disinfect their hands or belongings. The closer these are to students and the more accessible these are, the more they will be used. If you give kids the supplies they need, they will use them.
TAS Stem Summer Camp has recently installed nine new stations where campers can easily sanitize and clean their hands to prevent the spread of germs.
Especially in regards to day-camps with smaller children, all camps should require campers to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Staff members should also monitor children to ensure all campers are doing their part to prevent the spread of germs. A big part of this new normal will be educating our students on the new protocols. We can’t expect them to know these rules on their own. We should encourage them to be part of a team effort to stay safe. Kids love working together and this is just one more part of that teamwork.
An easy and fun way camps can do this is to teach their campers to sing the “Happy Birthday” song when washing their hands!
4.) Frequent Cleaning
When considering which summer camp to send your child to camp, be sure to ask about the camp’s cleaning schedule. Both students and staff members can try hard, but a cleaning crew can really make the difference.
All summer camps in Long Island should at least be cleaning their camps daily, with exceptions for high volume locations, such as a cafeteria. The C.D.C. has recommended that cafeterias should remain closed.
5.)Educating Kids on the New Normal
The C.D.C. (Centers for Disease Control) have set out specific summer camp guidelines that each summer camp should follow. Be sure to pick a camp for your child that does ALL of these.
This is definitely a time where it’s best to be extra cautious.
A camp must be responsible for educating their campers on how to protect everyone in today’s world. By doing this, not only are you building a safe camp environment, but you’re also creating giving your campers hygienic skills to use in all aspects of their lives.
All campers must do their part to have a safe and a fun-filled summer!