We are so excited to begin what will be Y Guides' busiest Fall Season yet! In just a few short weeks, we will begin welcoming Trailblazers to Camp Rockmont and first-, second-, and third-years to Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer for our "fall edition" of Spring Outing. Fall Outing at Camp Kanata will follow shortly thereafter. We are anxiously awaiting our time to be together at camp and we know you are too.
As we all know, camp will look different this year. Much has changed in our world and community since March. Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer, Camp Kanata and Camp Rockmont are all hosting summer family camp options as we speak. We are learning as much as we can from their experiences.
Below is what we know today and how we plan to prepare for you to join us at Camp this fall season.
If you sign up to attend an Outing experience at Camp Sea Gull, Camp Seafarer or Camp Rockmont, the Y Guides Staff will assume that your group is comfortable sleeping in the same cabin together. If you are not comfortable with this sleeping arrangement, we have a few options for you:
- Tent Camping: Bring a tent for you and your child to set up and sleep outside of a cabin. This has always been an option at Camp Rockmont, but we will provide this option at Spring Outing too.
- Day Option: You can choose to attend camp only on the Saturday of your outing weekend. Arrange your own sleeping accommodations offsite or make it a day trip.
- If Tent Camping or a Day Option is something you are interested in, let us know. We will have more information available soon.
Monitoring Your Health Pre-Camp
To minimize illness at Camp, we ask that you monitor the health of EACH Outing participant (dads and kids) daily beginning 14 days prior to your arrival at Camp. Upon arrival, you will be asked to verbally confirm that each participant completed the 14-day temperature check and was fever-free during that time. We are unable to admit any families who are unable to provide us with confirmation of completion for each family member arriving at camp. More information, along with a form to track your 14 days of health screening, can be found here.
Screenings upon arrival
To ensure the healthiest environment possible inside Camp's gates, we will conduct onsite screenings as participants' cars arrive - including a temperature check. If any passenger records a temperature of 100.4 or higher, or presents with any symptoms of COVID-19, all passengers will be unable to enter camp. Please keep this in mind if you decide to carpool to camp.
Staying safe all weekend long
We have made enhancements and creative programmatic adjustments to our time together so that we can both ensure the quality of Y Guides programming and the safety of all participants, volunteers and staff. This will include making changes in the way mealtimes are delivered. It will also include providing participants with a more structured activity schedule to help reduce lines and encourage social distancing throughout camp.
Ensuring safe fall programs will require a partnership among all of us. Our top priority is to keep our participants, families, and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we have elevated our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), North Carolina State Health and Human Services, and Wake County Health Department and with guidance from our Camp Medical Advisory Committee. As always, we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and the State of North Carolina. We recognize that COVID-19 guidelines will change as the landscape changes, and will adapt our programming and protocols accordingly.
Per state requirements, all persons age 5 and older are now required to wear face masks when they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others and while in shared spaces outside of the cabin. We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and how they are feasible in the day-to-day life of Camp. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance throughout the weekend. Please note that there are some exceptions to this order. If you or your family members meet these criteria, please communicate with the Camp Director upon arrival.
Our program has been designed in accordance to state and local health regulations, CDC recommendations, and the ACA’s field guide for delivering overnight camps in the reality of COVID-19. As such, we will adhere to all state and local health department guidelines that are in place during programs including practicing social distancing, healthy hand hygiene practices and increased cleaning and sanitation protocols. We have extensive cleaning protocols both between and during sessions and provide hand sanitizer in the cabins and around Camp. That said, please feel free to bring any of your own cleaning supplies to use during your time with us. To read more about our Medical Protocols and Practices, click here.