This year, due to COVID-19, the Adventure Camp program will evolve into “Summer B.A.S.E.” This program will look similar to our weekly B.A.S.E. program. Rather than focus on weekly themes, activities and programming will be general in nature and will emphasize enjoying fresh air and active play. Due to health and safety concerns, Summer B.A.S.E. will not offer field trips or swim outings. Parents who have already registered their children for Adventure Camp are now considered to be enrolled in Summer B.A.S.E.
Updated Hours of Operation: 8 AM- 5:30 PM. (Drop-off time: 8-9 AM; pick-up time: 4:30-5:30 PM)
Updated Locations: Cardinal & Delaware Trail Elementary and Cardinal Park
Thanks to the Brownsburg Community School Corporation, campers will now be able to shelter from extreme weather conditions and summer heat, and take restroom breaks inside Cardinal and Delaware Trail Elementary. Facility use will be limited and programming will still primarily be held outdoors at the schools and Cardinal Park to provide adequate space for safe social distancing.
Updated Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures:
- Please be patient and plan for longer wait times at drop-off and pick-up as enhanced safety measures will take additional time. Curbside contactless parent/guardian check-in/check-out services will be implemented between the first and last hour of camp in the parking lot behind Cardinal and Delaware Trail Elementary. Parents/guardians who intend to drop their child off at camp outside of these designated times must call ahead to make a check-in/check-out appointment.
- Drop-off car line up may start no earlier than 7:45 AM.
- Participants will be greeted at their cars each morning by a staff member who will ask a brief series of questions regarding your child’s current health status. The staffer will also provide a contactless temperature scan each day.
- The staff member will record your child’s check-in and check-out times on the site phones and will initial on behalf of the parent/guardian and will acknowledge that a temperature scan and health screening has taken place upon drop-off.
- A parent/guardian may be asked to pull out of the check-in/check-out line and park their vehicle if the child has difficulty joining his or her assigned group.
- Participants will be then be instructed to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering any Brownsburg Parks or BCSC facility.
Updated Maximum Participation: Summer B.A.S.E. will be limited to 160 participants each week.
- Participants will be assigned to “pods” of no more than 30 participants.
- These campers will not mix with other pods during the day.
- Staff-to-participant ratio will be 1:15 in each pod.
- If the staff-to-participant ratio of 1:15 cannot be maintained, Brownsburg Parks reserves the right to cancel the program.
New Enhanced Health & Safety Requirements
- Parents/guardians and other visitors will not be permitted in BCSC facilities and will remain in vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. *See Updated Drop-Off /Pick-Up Procedures above.
- Participants and staff will be instructed to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering any Brownsburg Parks or BCSC facilities, including on arrival at camp.
- Participants will be asked to wash hands throughout the day. Summer B.A.S.E. staff will prominently display educational content, proper hygiene posters, and child-friendly hand washing instructions.
- During meal times, campers will stay with their pods.
- Each participant will be supervised during hand washing before they eat as well as after eating. Staff will also be expected to wash their hands before and after meals. If at all possible, participants will eat their meal outside “picnic-style” to minimize the need to clean tables and chairs.
- If tables and chairs are used for meals, participants will have assigned seating. Staff will clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after meal time.
- Staff will wear gloves and masks to assist participants with food items.
- Participants may bring a packed and labeled lunch/snacks, labeled water bottle and sunscreen. No other items will be permitted. Any other items will be held by staff and returned to the parent/guardian at pick-up.
- Participants will not use drinking fountains at program facilities with the exception of staff to refill water bottles. Participants are encouraged to bring a labeled bottle for water to camp each day.
- Brownsburg Parks will keep bottled water on hand for participants who forget their water bottles.
- Participants will self-apply sunscreen with the guidance of staff multiple times throughout the day. We recommend that parents/guardians apply a base layer of sunscreen in the mornings prior to check in.
- If a participant forgets to bring his/her labeled sunscreen to camp, camp- supplied sunscreen will be offered.
- If the participant is not permitted to apply sunscreen and/or has allergies to sunscreen, please alert staff prior to check in the first day of camp and indicate this allergy on ePACT.
- To ensure participants stay within their group of 30, participants will be assigned to a pod at an assigned meeting location (i.e. Cardinal Elementary playground or Cardinal Park). All pods will be kept separate and will not mingle with one another.
- Procedures will be put in place to ensure that only one pod is travelling to a specified location (such as the restrooms) at a time to help keep distance from one another.
- Just as participants will be kept separated, so will the staff serving those children. Staff will be assigned to a specific program location; they will not move from one area to another without approval from the Recreation Manager or Assistant Director of Recreation Services.
- Once a child has been assigned to a pod, there will not be an opportunity to move to a different pod.
- When playgrounds are open for public use (scheduled for June 1), participants may use the playground equipment.
- Participants must wash hands prior to and following playing on the equipment.
- Some playground features that encourage close proximity to others may be unavailable for use.
- No more than 1 pod will be on the equipment at any given time.
- Staff will frequently clean all surfaces and playgrounds for additional prevention.
Updated Illness Policy
- Parents/guardians are our best defense against the spread of viruses at camp. Every effort will be made to educate parents/guardians about safety precautions to ensure children are not sent to camp sick.
- Participants will be greeted at their cars each morning by a staff member who will ask the parent/guardian if the child has had a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or a temperature of 100.4 or above in the last 72 hours. If the answer is yes to any of the symptoms above, the participant will NOT be allowed to attend Summer B.A.S.E. until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Staff members will take each child’s temperature using a non-contact thermometer when the children arrive at Summer B.A.S.E. If the child’s temperature is at or above 100.4F, they will be sent home and will not be allowed to return until at least 72 hours have passed without symptoms and without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- If a child’s temperature is at or above 100.4 F, the parent/guardian will be asked to pull the vehicle out of the check-in carpool line to allow staff to provide a secondary standard thermometer temperature reading. If the second reading registers at or above 100.4F, the camper will NOT be allowed to attend Summer B.A.S.E. until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- If a child with a temperature at or above 100.4F has siblings enrolled in camp, the siblings will not be permitted to attend camp until the time frames indicated above have been met.
- Staff will monitor the health of children throughout the day. If any signs of illness appear, such as a constant cough, shortness of breath, or a fever, the parent/guardian will be called for immediate pick-up and the child may be prohibited from attending camp until symptom and fever-free for 72 hours. Prompt pick-up is expected in this situation; lack of promptness or non-communication may result in suspension from the program.
- Brownsburg Parks will provide a designated isolation space at each camp location for those participants who become ill.
- Staff will isolate the participant from everyone until the parent/guardian arrives, as well as immediately sanitize everything the ill participant has touched.
- Staff will require participants who cough/sneeze to immediately wash their hands. Additionally, staff will work to educate participants to cough and sneeze into their elbows.
- If Brownsburg Parks becomes aware that a participant or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently visited or worked at Summer B.A.S.E., the facility will be closed for professional cleaning. Brownsburg Parks will work with a local contractor to deep clean the respective space.
- Families of all participants will be notified within 24 hours of the confirmed case of COVID-19 via email. (This email will be in compliance with HIPAA and will not reveal the identity of any confirmed individual(s))
- The email to all affected families will detail the length of the camp closure to allow a local contractor to deep clean the facility. A closure may last anywhere between 1-14+ scheduled camp days, depending on recommendations from the Hendricks County Health Department.
- Contact tracing will be conducted in coordination with either the Hendricks County Health Department or the Indiana State Department of Health
Updated Staff Requirements: Brownsburg Parks will increase staff awareness of communicable disease prevention procedures through required training and enhanced procedures.
- Training will include, but is not limited to:
- New health and safety procedures
- What and how to clean/disinfect/sanitize
- Daily self-health assessment when clocking-in for shift
- General communicable disease info including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- How to identify potentially ill participants
- Staff will be issued PPE for use during the program and will be encouraged to wear a mask while indoors and in close proximity to participants.
- Staff will clean and sanitize throughout the camp day.
- Everything that was touched by participants and staff during the day will be sanitized in the evening.
- Staff will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces of any objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This may also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily, such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, desks, chairs, and cubbies.
- Staff will routinely disinfect commonly used surfaces — such as keyboards, desks, and phones — before use.
- Supplies that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used.
- Supplies that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions will be set aside until they are cleaned by hand by a person wearing gloves.
- Participants will not share supplies with other groups within Summer B.A.S.E., unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
- Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.
Updated Behavior Management
Campers must be able to successfully navigate these program changes to protect the health and safety of all participants and staff. Parents know their child best and know their child’s level of tolerance as far as expectations in a group of children and changes to routine. This year’s Summer B.A.S.E. program will be very different compared to Adventure Camp from previous years.
- This program setting will not be a fit for children who have a tendency to flee from program spaces, show defiance when an adult gives a directive (e.g. please wash hands), or are aggressive with other children. While Brownsburg Parks’ staff has always done our best to accommodate a wide range of participant behaviors and personalities, this year’s camp will not allow for much leniency with these types of behaviors.
- With that being stated, age-appropriate behavior challenges are to be expected and our staff are well-trained to assist in these types of situations.