Summer 2021

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WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU IN ASHEVILLE!

We are actively planning for a safe, fun, and transformative Jewish Sports Camp experience.

Please read below for our COVID-19 protocols as of May 14, 2021.

Our Teammates

  • Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)
  • American Camps Association (ACA)
  • Camps who operated in 2020
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Asheville School
  • North Carolina Board of Health
  • Union for Reform Judaism Camping System

Vaccine Policy

  • All year-round and seasonal adult staff are required to complete a COVID-19 vaccination series prior to arrival and must provide proof of vaccination.
  • We are not requiring that campers complete a COVID-19 vaccination series, though we do strongly encourage and anticipate that many age-eligible campers will be vaccinated.
  • If your camper has been vaccinated, please upload a PDF of their vaccine card into CampInTouch.

Pre-Camp Expectations

The behavior of camp families before camp will contribute to our success or failure during camp this summer. We are requiring families to adhere to a set of behavior guidelines before camp, because ultimately, what families do in the two weeks before camp impacts how successful we will be in keeping COVID-19 out of camp. Please do not put your child’s summer experience, and those of everyone else in our community at risk by engaging in risky activities before camp.

  • Please avoid any indoor unmasked exposure outside your immediate family, even to vaccinated people.
  • Please participate only in necessary school, daycare, or camps, and only those that follow CDC guidance.
  • Please avoid all public gatherings of more than five people outside of your household.
  • Please avoid hosting overnight guests in your home who are not part of your immediate family or COVID-19 bubble.
  • Please avoid staying overnight in someone else’s home who. isnot part of your immediate family or COVID-19 bubble.
  • Please avoid all travel outside of your home region.

At-Camp Guiding Principals

  • To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, enhanced cleaning methods will be employed to reduce transmission risk. Protocols will include specialized cleaning of communal spaced, shared items, frequently touched surfaces, and overall hand washing and sanitizing.

Pre-Camp Testing (All Campers)

  • We recommend a PCR test 12 days prior to Opening Day. If the test is positive, the camper is required to quarantine for 10 days and if they are symptom free at the conclusion of that 10 day period, they will be allowed to come to camp.
  • All campers (including vaccinated campers) MUST show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel to camp (Saturday).
  • If your camper has tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to their opening day, please upload proof of the positive test to CampMinder. This will satisfy the pre-camp testing requirement for your child.

Pre-Camp Testing (Arrival by Car)

These policies pertain to anyone dropping off campers by car and includes families who are flying to Asheville together and then dropping off by car.

This summer, there are 2 parts – and 2 locations to our opening day plan, all designed to minimize COVID risk to our campers and staff. Part 1 of Opening Day drop off will take place at Enka High School, approximately 10 minutes from camp, and guided by our camp staff.

  • At Enka High, each camper arriving by car will be administered a rapid antigen test. The rapid test will take place in your personal vehicle, and the family will proceed to camp upon a negative test result.
    • If there is a positive test on the rapid antigen test (which is following a negative PCR test 3 days earlier), we will re-test the camper again.
    • If the camper is symptom free and the third test is negative, we will assume the first rapid antigen test yielded a false positive and the camper may proceed to camp.
    • If the second rapid antigen test comes back positive, we will ask you to go to Mission Hospital to receive a PCR test.
  • We will not be testing parents, but we will require that every person in the car wear a mask throughout the drop-off process.

Pre-Camp Testing (Camper Arrival by Bus)

  • In addition to the PCR test within 72 hours of camp, all campers arriving by bus must take a rapid antigen test after 12pm ET on Monday before their opening day. Those negative results must accompany the camper in writing to camp.
    • If a camper tests positive on the rapid antigen test, a second rapid antigen test should be administered. If the second test is also positive, it should be followed by a PCR test, and they may not attend camp that session.
  • Campers must wear masks on the bus and sit distanced from each other.
  • All bus drivers will be vaccinated and are required to take a rapid antigen test prior to transporting our campers.

Pre-Camp Testing (Camper Arrival by Plane on Opening Day)

  • In addition to the PCR test within 72 hours of camp, all campers arriving by plane on opening day must take a rapid antigen test after 12pm ET on Monday before their opening day. Those negative results must accompany the camper in writing to camp.
    • If a camper tests positive on the rapid antigen test, a second rapid antigen test should be administered. If the second test is also positive, it should be followed by a PCR test, and they may not attend camp that session.
  • Campers must wear masks on the bus and sit distanced from each other.
  • All bus drivers will be vaccinated and are required to take a rapid antigen test prior to transporting our campers

In-Camp Testing

  • Campers will take 2 separate PCR tests during the session. We will conduct these PCR tests on day 3 (Friday) and day 6 (Monday).

Isolation Procedures at Camp

  • If a person tests positive, that person will be isolated in our second health center. We will ask families to arrange for the camper to be picked up from camp care until they are picked up from camp.
    • The cohort will isolate, subject to further testing, and follow a shadow schedule

Intersession

  • Campers who are with us for either 2 or 3 sessions must attend intersession as it would be impossible for campers to leave between sessions and still adhere to our pre-camp testing protocols prior to the next session beginning.
  • All campers staying for multiple sessions must adhere to all testing procedures.

Masks

  • The URJ medical task force has determined that all campers and staff will be using disposable masks this summer.
  • We ask that you send six disposable masks per day for your camper.
  • We understand that disposable masks are not optimal for the environment.
  • When campers are with their cohort, they are not required to mask.
  • Masks at outdoor sports majors will not be needed when athletes are distanced. When athletes are huddling or within 6 feet for drills, they will be masked.
  • Masks at indoor sports majors will not be needed when athletes are working exclusively with other athletes from their cohort.
  • Masks at indoor sports majors will be needed when cohorts are mixing.
  • Masks will not be worn at camp when eating, sleeping, showering, or swimming at camp.

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