Summer camps moving forward with new social distancing measures
North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District has announced a wide range of new safety measures it is implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while offering its usual slew of summer camps and activities for both youth and adults.
Registration is now open for summer camps and programming beginning as early as next week.
"We are excited to see our residents and provide programming opportunities –even if it is going to be a little different this year," said Kandi Ho, NCPRD recreation services manager.
According to Ho, NCPRD is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Camp Association and Oregon Health Authority to ensure they can safely offer programming to the public.
"We have updated our curriculum and staff training for each camp with a focus of more outdoor activities, social distancing, enhanced sanitation, smaller groups, individual skills and activities — as well as a lot of fun," Ho said.
Each NCPRD staff member and camper will be temperature checked upon arrival each day. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or above will be denied entrance and sent home.
Anyone showing any signs of illness will be separated from the group and sent home immediately — i.e. include fever, cough, rash, difficulty breathing, vomiting, etc.
Staff will be required to wear facial coverings, as well as campers and families upon arrival and during all activities that do not allow social distancing. Anyone without a facial covering may be denied entrance unless another arrangement has been approved.
NCPRD will provide each camper with their own craft supplies to prevent sharing of high-touch items. Cleaning and sanitizing, including handwashing, will be increased throughout the day. Camp groups will be limited to 12 people, with a ratio of 10 campers per two staffers.
Social distancing will be observed to the extent possible. Sports camps will focus on individual skill drills and other activities that are conducive to social distancing.
Youth camps starting this month through August include cross-country running, hula-hooping, cheerleading, dance, rocket science, track and field, lacrosse, volleyball and more. Thirteen adult programs will also be offered this summer including yoga, zumba, strength and fitness training. Camps range from $85 to $210 for single-week and multi-week camps beginning July 14 and Aug. 10. Some adult programs have already begun, but registration for those yet to begin is allowed based on availability up until the day before the course begins.
For a full list of youth and adult summer programming visit NCPRD's site here.
"I think it's really important to provide opportunities for the social aspect. That's one of the things that's been lacking through all this," Ho said. "Unfortunately right now, through our Milwaukie Center it's mostly older adults through our virtual fitness programming. We have taken our time to ensure that we're following all of the different guidelines, with safety obviously being our first priority for our campers, as well as staff, to able to provide something not only for their social well being, but so that people have a place for their children to go so they can work and carry on a bit more normally."
NCPRD "Summer Nights" softball league has been canceled due to COVID-19, and refunds are currently being processed. NCPRD hopes to get residents back on the fields playing softball this fall.
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