HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES 

Youthfront Camps

 

Youthfront Camp will be ready to open this summer for youth and their families! We understand how valuable Camp is in developing the faith of students and realize that now, more than ever, students are craving connection with God and community. We plan to host Camp with the most updated health and safety measures in place. 

As the re-opening phases in Kansas move forward and guidelines evolve, we will continue to work closely with our Medical Director, medical advisory team and local authorities and make the necessary adjustments. The health and safety of our campers is always our top priority.  

Below is a list of key protocols that will be in place this summer at Youthfront Camps. 

Expert Guidance

Our Medical Director, a physician, along with a generous group of other physicians, nurses and lab technicians, volunteer their time to review and guide all of our health protocols. This ensures our health and safety measures at camp are in line with the latest CDC and local recommendations and meet the highest standards.

Additional Information

Our Medical Advisory Team collectively has more than 180 years of medical practice experience, and we’re fortunate to have one of the top infectious disease doctors as part of that group. They have reviewed and guided all of our plans for Camp – each decision, protocol, and policy.

Group Dynamics 

Our staff has made adjustments to programs & group activities to protect the health and safety of campers in line with the latest guidance – in some cases keeping students in small cabin groups, making extensive use of our outdoor event spaces, or requiring face masks for specific activities. Further, we are strictly limiting outside visitors or essential vendors on Camp property through specific protocols. 

Additional Information

This summer, campers will be placed into “Cabin Families,” which will consist of up to 16 campers and two adult leaders. Cabin Families will live, eat, play, and worship together and will not be socially distanced. This is the only group your camper will have direct social contact with as Cabin Families WILL be socially distanced from other Cabin Families and staff. Our Medical Advisory Team recommended this approach to maintain a full and safe Camp experience but in small groups.  

The safest activities are water and outdoor sports, according to our Medical Advisory Team, so we’ll make use of our plentiful outdoor spaces and attractions throughout the camp session. Chapel Sessions will be with half the camp at any one time, and Cabin Families will be at least six feet apart with face masks required.

Some sports or activities like basketball, gaga-ball, nine-square-in-air, and the ropes course will only be played in Cabin Families. Other sports can be played during free time since it takes place outside and kids are naturally distanced. Our staff is trained to manage the flow and numbers of campers in the pool and other activities. 

Anytime students are not with their Cabin Family and are indoors, they will need to wear a face mask. This is why we’re requiring each student to bring a fanny pack with two masks and a small container of hand sanitizer that we can refill. In the Chapel, the Snack Shack line, or playing games in the Activity Center, masks will be required.

Clean Air, Clean Facilities

Some of our program adjustments include more outdoor time for sun and space! Our cabins are being updated with UV Light and Oxidation air scrubbers installed directly into the HVAC systems in every cabin. And we’ve established stringent sanitizing and cleaning protocols throughout Camp – from cabins and surfaces to sports equipment.

Additional Information

The safest activities are water and outdoor sports, according to our Medical Advisory Team, so we’ll make use of our plentiful outdoor spaces and attractions throughout the camp session.  

Sports or activities that are played in close proximity (like basketball, gaga-ball, nine-square-in-air, and the ropes course) will only be played in Cabin Families. Other sports can be played during free time since it takes place outside and kids are naturally distanced. In areas where lines tend to form, such as the Blob or waterslide, we will ensure social distancing. We also will maintain a reduced pool capacity.  

Team Training

Each summer, our staff serving at Camp have a full two weeks of extensive training on all of our protocols and safety procedures before campers arrive. Our staff are ready to partner with campers and parents in ensuring everything from consistent hand hygiene to daily health monitoring while at Camp. 

Hand Hygiene Plus

Our staff will oversee strict hand sanitizing procedures with strategically placed hand sanitizing stations throughout Youthfront Camp facilities, gathering areas and programs. In addition, meals will be plated rather than buffet style and many indoor activities including, restroom usage, will be managed by staff in shifts. 

Health Screening 

In addition to our standard medical questionnaire, all campers and staff will be screened with specific questions regarding COVID-19 before arriving and upon check-in at Camp.  This will include recent self-quarantine reporting, any test results, and daily home temperature checks from the previous seven days.  Each camper’s temperature will also be taken at check-in and at least twice per day during their stay at Camp.  At Camp, our staff will have extra check-ins to watch for any early signs or symptoms of sickness.

Additional Information

Registered campers will receive a required health screening form that includes a daily temperature check for the seven days prior to their camp session. In the seven days prior to their session, we’re asking campers to participate in a 7-day self-quarantine, meaning they limit their exposure to outside family members, avoid large crowds/gatherings, and limit unnecessary travel for one week before their camp session begins. Once at Camp, Youthfront staff will check everyone’s temperatures twice daily. Youthfront staff will be tested prior to the summer program. This, combined with the absence of symptoms, is the best way to reasonably assure that no one comes into camp carrying COVID-19.

Once at Camp, our screening will continue. Youthfront staff will check everyone’s temperature at check-in and twice daily during their stay. Youthfront staff and volunteers will also take part in the pre-camp health screening and will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the summer program.

Parents as Partners  

In the event a student does get ill at Camp, our staff and Medical Director have a plan in place for immediate action. This plan would include, immediate separation from the group, evaluation by the Camp Wellness Supervisor along with a Registered Nurse or Physician, and communication to parents. 

Additional Information

If a student presents symptoms or becomes ill, he or she will be immediately quarantined for evaluation and parents/guardians will be notified. In consultation with our Medical Advisory Team and parents/guardians, decisions will be made about next steps and testing. Additional social distancing precautions will be implemented for the student’s Cabin Family. 

If a student must leave to be tested, the student’s family will be required to notify Youthfront of the test results. If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, each parent of the Cabin Family members will be notified, and we will also notify the rest of the camp and all parents/guardians that there was a positive case of COVID-19 with information and instructions. 

This summer, campers who leave or are sent home for any reason will not be able to return to their session of camp. 

* This situation continues to evolve, and we will adapt and adjust our protocols and procedures as we follow the guidance provided by our counties and our Medical Director. As always, the health and safety of our campers and staff remains our top priority.

If you as a parent are not comfortable sending your child to Camp this summer, we have other options available including moving your camp session to 2021.

We’re happy to answer any additional questions or share further information with parents about our health and safety procedures. We look forward to providing campers a time of fun, faith and friendship in God’s beautiful creation.

Health & Safety FAQ

There have been recent news reports of a Covid-19 outbreak at another camp. Does this affect Youthfront’s plan for camp?

We have been in contact with the Medical Directors of other Midwest camps, including camps where the media have said there were positive cases. So far, these cases were found in students who were tested after leaving camp. Our Medical Director continues to assure us that our Covid-19 Screen Protocols as well as our twice-daily temperature taking, give us the most reasonable possibility to quickly identify anyone who is possibly sick. At this time, we are continuing with our current plans and protocols based on the guidance of our experts. We are adding a recommendation to families with any questionable Covid Screens that if there is doubt, to get tested (please see below).

Recently there has been a spike in Covid-19 cases not only here in Kansas but nationwide. How does this affect Youthfront Camp and are you doing anything differently?

We are carefully monitoring the virus trends. The increase in cases has been somewhat expected in the medical community.  More people are being tested than ever before,  so more cases are detected – many in those who are “asymptomatic.”  The key statistic that is usually not reported is how full Intensive Care Units in the hospitals are and mortality rates. Our area and our country are not near where the peak was back in April in terms of the seriously ill. The percent of positive tests in Kansas is also much lower than at its peak in April.  Our Medical Advisory Team has recommended we continue with our current health and safety plans. Requiring the Covid Health Screen from each camper and taking temperatures twice per day is our best line of defense. Additionally, we tested every staff member, (120+) on Friday, June 19, and as of that day 100% were negative.

The Kansas Governor, as well as some Kansas City metro mayors, announced a mandate that masks must be worn in public. How does this affect Camp?

The Kansas Governor’s orders ask most Kansans to wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside. In terms of Youthfront Camp, we are not public property.  Entry to our property is monitored and must be accessed through check-in, temperature checks, and Covid-19 Health screening for all participants. Our protocols already are in line with the new orders as we require wearing masks inside common buildings; parents and guests are asked to wear masks while inside buildings during check-in, check-out, and with any deliveries. Our health and safety measures have campers in small Cabin Families – while in those small groups students will not be socially distanced from each other whether they are outside, while eating, or while sleeping in their cabins. At this time, our Medical Director has been clear in his guidance that the best place to be is outside as viruses do not spread effectively outside. We will continue with our current plan to do as much as possible outside at Camp not wearing masks, and we will continue to require masks while inside and when not socially distanced from each other or other Cabin Families. This includes the Chapel, standing in line to eat, and standing in line at the Snack Shop. Everything else takes place in Cabin Families. If local and county officials make any additional determinations and adjustments are required at Youthfront, we will communicate that here.

*Note: For Day Campers, Cabin Families are known as Family Groups and for Missional Journey participants, they are Small Groups. 

My child is playing indoor sports where they are NOT wearing masks or social distancing (such as an indoor tournament) - can he/she attend?

Unfortunately, if your child has played in an indoor sport where they are not wearing masks or social distancing, such as an indoor basketball or volleyball tournament within the 7 days prior to Camp, your family will need to pick another week to come or come back to us next year.

Recently the Governor of Kansas said we should still be in Phase 3. Does this affect Camp?

Several weeks ago, the Governor made the Ad-Astra Plan a recommendation and not a mandate. She turned over all reopening decisions to the local authorities in Kansas counties and cities.  Even when it was a mandate, the minimum gathering numbers in the original plan assumed no social distance and not wearing a mask such as at a restaurant or bar.  Because we are splitting all campers into small Cabin Families of only 16 kids, 2 adults, we are well under even the recommendation. Our Medical Advisory Team has advised us to continue on with our current plan, which includes keeping Cabin Families socially distanced from other Cabin Families, taking temperatures twice per day and requiring each person has 7 days of no temperature and no symptoms before being allowed to come to Camp. 

What exactly does the 7-day quarantine mean? Is it required?

While the Covid-19 Health Screen Form is required to be turned in and reviewed as soon as you arrive for check-in, the pre-camp self-quarantine of your child is a strong recommendation and something we are asking of campers. The most important part of this 7-day health screening is the daily temperature checks. Even someone who contracted Covid-19 but was asymptomatic likely spiked a temperature at least one day, but just didn’t feel badly enough to consider themselves sick or to notice other symptoms. Taking your camper’s temperature every day and watching for Covid-19 symptoms is required as part of our form and is the best way to detect possible infection. We are asking for your best judgement to help us protect everyone!

Will certain answers on the Covid-19 Health Screen exclude my child?

Just because a particular box is checked on the Covid-19 Health Screen Form doesn’t necessarily mean your child is automatically excluded from camp. It just means you will be redirected to consult with a nurse, medical professional, or our full-time staff about the questions before proceeding to check-in. You can also contact us ahead of your session with questions about the form.

Again, the most important part of this 7-day health screening is the daily temperature checks. Taking your camper’s temperature every day and watching for Covid symptoms is required and the best way to detect possible Covid infection.

I want to be sure we’re not turned away at check-in if we forget a few days of temperature or other questionable issues with our Covid-19 Health Screen. Can we get our camper tested a few days before camp and be allowed to come?

If you get a test 3-4 days before camp begins and can bring a negative result, your child most likely can participate.  Our staff will still review the Covid-19 Health Screen with you, but your negative test will help ensure your child’s ability to participate. Tests are now widely available even to those with no symptoms.  Many CVS, Minute Clinics, and Emergecenters now do free testing.  Please know we have had to turn campers away at check-in who didn’t complete the Covid-19 Screen requirements: It’s very heartbreaking to do this, but we have to maintain strict health protocols for everyone’s safety. 

In regard to the 7-day quarantine, is my child allowed to participate in sports and other weekly activities?

If your child’s interaction with groups is taking place outside, it is fine. It is very difficult for the virus to spread from person to person outside, in the sun, or in the water. Sports and activities such as softball, baseball, soccer and swim lessons are permitted and well within the modified quarantine recommendations. 

If your child is regularly participating in a group that is inside, such as a dance class or gymnastics, ask yourself what is being done in that setting to prevent viral spread.  If they are taking appropriate precautions such as wearing masks or socially distancing, it should be fine. Unfortunately, if your child has played in an indoor sport where they are not wearing masks or social distancing, such as an indoor basketball or volleyball tournament within the 7 days prior to Camp, your family will need to pick another week to come or come back to us next year.

At check-in, you may be asked to go for a pre-check-in interview where we can document the details of exposure to small groups or indoor activities during the pre-camp week. Every situation is different so please contact us if you have any questions about the activity your child participates in.  

If we are traveling on our vacation the week before our camp session by car, can my child still come to camp?

Yes, if the following statements are true:

  • • Your family vacation is with your family unit that you have been primarily living with during the Covid at-home quarantine.
  • • The people who are with you on vacation are relatives or close friends and have also been conscientious in their protection and social distancing or quarantine. 
  • • On your drive, you are doing your best to maintain social distancing while going into gas stations or grocery stores and are socially distancing during your vacation from outsiders.
  • • Most of your interaction with others outside your family on your vacation happens outside, such as at a beach. It is very difficult for the virus to spread from person to person outside, in the sun, or in the water. Activities such as going to the beach, being in a pool, or playing outdoor sports, are permitted and well within the modified quarantine recommendations. 
  • • While on vacation when you needed to be indoors interacting with strangers, you wore a mask 100% of the time and practiced social distancing.   

If we are traveling the week before our session by airplane, can my child still come to camp?

If you are flying within 7 days of camp, there will be a secondary set of questions you will need to answer ensuring that you wore a mask 100% of the time that you were exposed to strangers while traveling.  At camp check-in, you may be asked to go for a pre-check-in interview before proceeding. This is where we can document the details of exposure to small groups during the quarantine.   

Pre-plan if you need to travel by airplane before camp. We request a mask be worn 100% percent of the time you are on a plane or in an airport. If the camper and their parent/guardian cannot truthfully state that they wore a mask 100% of the time during an indoor group gathering, or while traveling by airplane, unfortunately, we will have to ask them to return another week or wait until next year.  

How often will my child need to wear a mask at camp?

Not often and only when indoors among non-cabin mates (those not in their “Cabin Family”). The approximate amount of time, at most in one sitting, would be 40 minutes for a gathering. Otherwise, it would be used very minimally (indoors standing in line and getting food at meals, snack shop line, etc). 

What kind of facemask is needed?

We just ask that they bring 2 washable/reusable face masks (cloth, bandanas, etc) or a disposable mask for each day of camp in their session.  A bandana or “neck gator” type mask is fine. On the rare occasion that a camper cannot tolerate a cloth face mask, our nurse may make an exception for a face-type shield. Contact us about this as it will need specific permission. 

We are attending a wedding the week before, is that ok?

If the wedding is outside, it should be fine.  It is very difficult for the virus to spread from person to person outside or in the sun. If the wedding or the reception is inside, the camper must wear a mask 100% of the time. If the camper and their parent/guardian cannot truthfully state that they wore a mask 100% of the time during an indoor group gathering, or while traveling by airplane, unfortunately, we will have to ask them to return another week or wait until next year.  

Why are you requesting only a 7-day quarantine when the news says 14 days?

We are listening to the experts, not the news cycle or internet banter. The average incubation for the Covid-19 virus is 5.2 days. According to our Medical Advisory Team, if we have 7 days of temperature checks, 7 days with no Covid symptoms, and 7 days with safe and socially distanced behavior, we can be 99% confident that we have screened for the Covid infection.  

I still have questions and don’t want to pack-up and drive my camper down only to be turned away. What should I do?

Talk to us. Carefully read through these FAQs we are updating regularly as we receive more questions. If you still have questions, call our main phone (913) 262-3900 or email us at info@youthfront.com at least two business days before your session and we will call you. 

I’m a volunteer cabin leader, and I work - is that ok?

If you have been working in your normal atmosphere for two weeks or longer, and your colleagues are practicing safe and social distancing behavior, it should be fine.  All adults will also need to complete the Covid-19 Health Screen Form and take their temperature for the seven days before camp begins.  

Will I be able to take my child from camp and return them?

In past years, this has not been a problem. However, for the 2020 camp season, once a camper leaves for any reason, he/she will not be allowed to return to camp. 

What about Teen Staff?

Our Teen Staff, (the high school students that function in staff roles at camp), will be considered their own “Camp Family” and may be with up to 40 students in their own space.  They will be wearing masks whenever they interact with campers or summer staff, and we are limiting the number of weeks they can serve on Teen Staff.  All Teen Staff will be required to submit the Covid-19 Health Screen Form and will have their temperature checked twice per day. 

How will meals work?

Campers will eat in shifts in the dining hall to reduce the number of people and length of time inside. This will also enable us to spread out family groups to maintain social distancing between Cabin Families. Meals will be served cafeteria-style where the food is plated. Masks will be worn until seated and drinks and silverware will be on the tables. Our kitchen staff will always be wearing masks and gloves.

Recently there has been a spike in Covid-19 cases not only here in Kansas but nationwide. How does this affect Youthfront Camp and are you doing anything differently?

We are carefully monitoring the virus trends. The increase in cases has been somewhat expected in the medical community.  More people are being tested than ever before,  so more cases are detected – many in those who are “asymptomatic.”  The key statistic that is usually not reported is how full Intensive Care Units in the hospitals are and mortality rates. Our area and our country are not near where the peak was back in April in terms of the seriously ill. The percent of positive tests in Kansas is also much lower than at its peak in April.  Our Medical Advisory Team has recommended we continue with our current health and safety plans. Requiring the Covid Health Screen from each camper and taking temperatures twice per day is our best line of defense. Additionally, we tested every staff member, (120+) on Friday, June 19, and as of that day 100% were negative.

We are carefully monitoring the virus trends. The increase in cases has been somewhat expected in the medical community.  More people are being tested than ever before,  so more cases are detected – many in those who are “asymptomatic.”  The key statistic that is usually not reported is how full Intensive Care Units in the hospitals are and mortality rates. Our area and our country are not near where the peak was back in April in terms of the seriously ill. The percent of positive tests in Kansas is also much lower than at its peak in April.  Our Medical Advisory Team has recommended we continue with our current health and safety plans. Requiring the Covid Health Screen from each camper and taking temperatures twice per day is our best line of defense. Additionally, we tested every staff member, (120+) on Friday, June 19, and as of that day 100% were negative.

There have been recent news reports of a Covid-19 outbreak at another camp. Does this affect Youthfront’s plan for camp?

We have been in contact with the Medical Directors of other Midwest camps, including camps where the media have said there were positive cases.  Officials have told us these cases were students who were tested later after leaving camp. Of the camps we have consulted with so far, no students have been identified as sick during camp, sent home, and then tested positive. Our Medical Director continues to assure us that our Covid-19 Screen Protocols as well as our twice-daily temperature taking will quickly identify anyone who is possibly sick. At this time, we are continuing with our current plans and protocols based on the guidance of our experts. We are adding a recommendation to families with any questionable Covid-19 Screens that if there is doubt, to get tested (please see below). 

We are carefully monitoring the virus trends. The increase in cases has been somewhat expected in the medical community.  More people are being tested than ever before,  so more cases are detected – many in those who are “asymptomatic.”  The key statistic that is usually not reported is how full Intensive Care Units in the hospitals are and mortality rates. Our area and our country are not near where the peak was back in April in terms of the seriously ill. The percent of positive tests in Kansas is also much lower than at its peak in April.  Our Medical Advisory Team has recommended we continue with our current health and safety plans. Requiring the Covid Health Screen from each camper and taking temperatures twice per day is our best line of defense. Additionally, we tested every staff member, (120+) on Friday, June 19, and as of that day 100% were negative.

Recently there has been a spike in Covid-19 cases not only here in Kansas but nationwide. How does this affect Youthfront Camp and are you doing anything differently?

We are carefully monitoring the virus trends. The increase in cases has been somewhat expected in the medical community.  More people are being tested than ever before,  so more cases are detected – many in those who are “asymptomatic.”  The key statistic that is usually not reported is how full Intensive Care Units in the hospitals are and mortality rates. Our area and our country are not near where the peak was back in April in terms of the seriously ill. The percent of positive tests in Kansas is also much lower than at its peak in April.  Our Medical Advisory Team has recommended we continue with our current health and safety plans. Requiring the Covid Health Screen from each camper and taking temperatures twice per day is our best line of defense. Additionally, we tested every staff member, (120+) on Friday, June 19, and as of that day 100% were negative.

The Kansas Governor, as well as some Kansas City metro mayors, announced a mandate that masks must be worn in public. How does this affect Camp?

The Kansas Governor’s orders ask most Kansans to wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside. In terms of Youthfront Camp, we are not public property.  Entry to our property is monitored and must be accessed through check-in, temperature checks, and Covid-19 Health screening for all participants. Our protocols already are in line with the new orders as we require wearing masks inside common buildings; parents and guests are asked to wear masks while inside buildings during check-in, check-out, and with any deliveries. Our health and safety measures have campers in small Cabin Families – while in those small groups students will not be socially distanced from each other whether they are outside, while eating, or while sleeping in their cabins. At this time, our Medical Director has been clear in his guidance that the best place to be is outside as viruses do not spread effectively outside. We will continue with our current plan to do as much as possible outside at Camp not wearing masks, and we will continue to require masks while inside and when not socially distanced from each other or other Cabin Families. This includes the Chapel, standing in line to eat, and standing in line at the Snack Shop. Everything else takes place in Cabin Families. If local and county officials make any additional determinations and adjustments are required at Youthfront, we will communicate that here.

*Note: For Day Campers, Cabin Families are known as Family Groups and for Missional Journey participants, they are Small Groups. 

Recently the Governor of Kansas said we should still be in Phase 3. Does this affect Camp?

Several weeks ago, the Governor made the Ad-Astra Plan a recommendation and not a mandate. She turned over all reopening decisions to the local authorities in Kansas counties and cities.  Even when it was a mandate, the minimum gathering numbers in the original plan assumed no social distance and not wearing a mask such as at a restaurant or bar.  Because we are splitting all campers into small Cabin Families of only 16 kids, 2 adults, we are well under even the recommendation. Our Medical Advisory Team has advised us to continue on with our current plan, which includes keeping Cabin Families socially distanced from other Cabin Families, taking temperatures twice per day and requiring each person has 7 days of no temperature and no symptoms before being allowed to come to Camp. 

What exactly does the 7-day quarantine mean? Is it required?

While the Covid-19 Health Screen Form is required to be turned in and reviewed as soon as you arrive for check-in, the pre-camp self-quarantine of your child is a strong recommendation and something we are asking of campers. The most important part of this 7-day health screening is the daily temperature checks. Even someone who contracted Covid-19 but was asymptomatic likely spiked a temperature at least one day, but just didn’t feel badly enough to consider themselves sick or to notice other symptoms. Taking your camper’s temperature every day and watching for Covid-19 symptoms is required as part of our form and is the best way to detect possible infection. We are asking for your best judgement to help us protect everyone!

Will certain answers on the Covid-19 Health Screen exclude my child?

Just because a particular box is checked on the Covid-19 Health Screen Form doesn’t necessarily mean your child is automatically excluded from camp. It just means you will be redirected to consult with a nurse, medical professional, or our full-time staff about the questions before proceeding to check-in. You can also contact us ahead of your session with questions about the form.

Again, the most important part of this 7-day health screening is the daily temperature checks. Taking your camper’s temperature every day and watching for Covid symptoms is required and the best way to detect possible Covid infection.

In regard to the 7-day quarantine, is my child allowed to participate in sports and other weekly activities?

If your child’s interaction with groups is taking place outside, it is fine. It is very difficult for the virus to spread from person to person outside, in the sun, or in the water. Sports and activities such as softball, baseball, soccer and swim lessons are permitted and well within the modified quarantine recommendations. 

If your child is regularly participating in a group that is inside, such as a dance class or gymnastics, ask yourself what is being done in that setting to prevent viral spread.  If they are taking appropriate precautions such as wearing masks or socially distancing, it should be fine.  At check-in, you may be asked to go for a pre-check-in interview where we can document the details of exposure to small groups or indoor activities during the pre-camp week. Every situation is different so please contact us if you have any questions about the activity your child participates in.  

If we are traveling on our vacation the week before our camp session by car, can my child still come to camp?

Yes, if the following statements are true:

  • • Your family vacation is with your family unit that you have been primarily living with during the Covid at-home quarantine.
  • • The people who are with you on vacation are relatives or close friends and have also been conscientious in their protection and social distancing or quarantine. 
  • • On your drive, you are doing your best to maintain social distancing while going into gas stations or grocery stores and are socially distancing during your vacation from outsiders.
  • • Most of your interaction with others outside your family on your vacation happens outside, such as at a beach. It is very difficult for the virus to spread from person to person outside, in the sun, or in the water. Activities such as going to the beach, being in a pool, or playing outdoor sports, are permitted and well within the modified quarantine recommendations. 
  • • While on vacation when you needed to be indoors interacting with strangers, you wore a mask 100% of the time and practiced social distancing.   

If we are traveling the week before our session by airplane, can my child still come to camp?

If you are flying within 7 days of camp, there will be a secondary set of questions you will need to answer ensuring that you wore a mask 100% of the time that you were exposed to strangers while traveling.  At camp check-in, you may be asked to go for a pre-check-in interview before proceeding. This is where we can document the details of exposure to small groups during the quarantine.   

Pre-plan if you need to travel by airplane before camp. We request a mask be worn 100% percent of the time you are on a plane or in an airport. If the camper and their parent/guardian cannot truthfully state that they wore a mask 100% of the time during an indoor group gathering, or while traveling by airplane, unfortunately, we will have to ask them to return another week or wait until next year.  

How often will my child need to wear a mask at camp?

Not often and only when indoors among non-cabin mates (those not in their “Cabin Family”). The approximate amount of time, at most in one sitting, would be 40 minutes for a gathering. Otherwise, it would be used very minimally (indoors standing in line and getting food at meals, snack shop line, etc). 

What kind of facemask is needed?

We just ask that they bring 2 washable/reusable face masks (cloth, bandanas, etc) or a disposable mask for each day of camp in their session.  A bandana or “neck gator” type mask is fine. On the rare occasion that a camper cannot tolerate a cloth face mask, our nurse may make an exception for a face-type shield. Contact us about this as it will need specific permission. 

We are attending a wedding the week before, is that ok?

If the wedding is outside, it should be fine.  It is very difficult for the virus to spread from person to person outside or in the sun. If the wedding or the reception is inside, the camper must wear a mask 100% of the time. If the camper and their parent/guardian cannot truthfully state that they wore a mask 100% of the time during an indoor group gathering, or while traveling by airplane, unfortunately, we will have to ask them to return another week or wait until next year.  

Why are you requesting only a 7-day quarantine when the news says 14 days?

We are listening to the experts, not the news cycle or internet banter. The average incubation for the Covid-19 virus is 5.2 days. According to our Medical Advisory Team, if we have 7 days of temperature checks, 7 days with no Covid symptoms, and 7 days with safe and socially distanced behavior, we can be 99% confident that we have screened for the Covid infection.  

I still have questions and don’t want to pack-up and drive my camper down only to be turned away. What should I do?

Talk to us. Carefully read through these FAQs we are updating regularly as we receive more questions. If you still have questions, call our main phone (913) 262-3900 or email us at info@youthfront.com at least two business days before your session and we will call you. 

I’m a volunteer cabin leader, and I work - is that ok?

If you have been working in your normal atmosphere for two weeks or longer, and your colleagues are practicing safe and social distancing behavior, it should be fine.  All adults will also need to complete the Covid-19 Health Screen Form and take their temperature for the seven days before camp begins.  

Will I be able to take my child from camp and return them?

In past years, this has not been a problem. However, for the 2020 camp season, once a camper leaves for any reason, he/she will not be allowed to return to camp. 

What about Teen Staff?

Our Teen Staff, (the high school students that function in staff roles at camp), will be considered their own “Camp Family” and may be with up to 40 students in their own space.  They will be wearing masks whenever they interact with campers or summer staff, and we are limiting the number of weeks they can serve on Teen Staff.  All Teen Staff will be required to submit the Covid-19 Health Screen Form and will have their temperature checked twice per day. 

How will meals work?

Campers will eat in shifts in the dining hall to reduce the number of people and length of time inside. This will also enable us to spread out family groups to maintain social distancing between Cabin Families. Meals will be served cafeteria-style where the food is plated. Masks will be worn until seated and drinks and silverware will be on the tables. Our kitchen staff will always be wearing masks and gloves.

If you have further questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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