We are reviewing and monitoring the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), and the Montgomery County Health Department, as well as the Virginia Governor’s orders.
We have also been participating in meetings with a variety of groups advising us, including:
ACA Virginias Zoom (May 1)
Carysbrook Veteran Medical Panel Zoom (May 3)
ACA Town Hall (May 8)
New River Health Forum (May 13)
NRV Pediatrics Zoom (May 18)
CDC Youth Programs and Camps (May 19)
ACA Town Hall (May 20)
Weekly VA/WV Camps Zoom (ongoing since March 31)
Listening session with Virginia Secretary of Education on behalf of the VA Governor’s office (May 21-22 2020)
Colleen and I are reviewing the ACA Field Guide (https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020) with best practices for camp operations to implement CDC Guidance:
“The American Camp Association (ACA) and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) are engaged together to provide educational resources to both day and overnight camps, state and local health departments, and parents/guardians and campers. The educational resources are being developed by an independent expert panel being coordinated by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in environmental health. This expert panel has convened specialists in pediatric medicine, camp medicine and nursing, epidemiology, infectious disease management, biological safety, industrial hygiene, organizational design, and other technical specialties. These educational resources will be shared with CDC and state and local health departments so that all parties can be informed.”
We will be reviewing our implementation plan with the Montgomery County Health Department to ensure that we are able to open safely this summer or not. We will not proceed unless we meet those standards and if the Virginia Governor permits it. We await that permission from the Governor.