FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will there be camp in 2021?
We are fully anticipating and preparing for a full summer camp season in 2021. Programs are being developed, staff are being hired and we are even committing to a construction project to make sure we have capacity for all the campers we will need to serve this summer.
At the same time, we are aware this is a dynamic situation that may lead us to alternative paths to maintain camper safety. If needed, we are prepared to have a shortened camp season or several other options if the need arises. In the end, we will have as full a camp season and experience as we are safely able to have this year.
What will check-in look like?
- Each camper family will be assigned a staggered check-in time alphabetically by last time.
- Upon arrival, campers will have a temperature, athlete’s foot, and lice check, have their medical forms reviewed, and drop off any medications needed for the week. The pre-camp screening sheet must be turned in, completed.
- Families will be allowed a “one parent/one child” structure. All other family members must remain in the vehicle during drop off.
- No public restrooms will be available to non-campers.
- Temperatures of 100 degrees F or higher will be not accepted at camp. If your camper is unable to attend due to a COVID-related symptom, our staff will do our best to make alternative arrangements for a future session or caregiver approval to return to camp later in the week.
For the safety of our campers, the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation has made changes to the Summer Camp program to maintain physical distancing. We have reduced camp capacity and implemented a pod system to limit the number of interactions with different people.
What are pods?
- Pods consist of 8 campers and 2 staff members. Pods will physically distance themselves from other the pods attending camp at all times.
- Campers and staff in each camp session will be part of one pod. Other sessions at camp that week will be in separate pods.
- The campers will be in their pods for the entirety of the week and will complete all camp programs and meals together as a unit—no interaction with other pods.
How many people will be at camp at a time?
Each session’s capacities may vary dependent on offerings. No matter the program choice, we will operate within the pod structure to maintain physical distance and safety. At MAX, we will not ever have more than 64 total campers onsite.
What COVID precautions will there be where my camper will sleep?
- Campers will maintain a physical distance within their pods.
- Bunks will be 6 feet apart and campers will sleep head to toe (lice precaution).
- Windows will be open and fans will be provided for additional ventilation.
- Permanent hand- sanitizing stations live in each cabin.
Campers will wear a mask outside of their pod, unless eating or drinking, outside strenuous activity, sleeping or distancing more than 6 feet from others outside.
Masks will be worn indoors when there is less than 6 feet of distance to other pods. Masks are not worn if exclusively within the small group pod. /
Masks will be worn on check-in and check-out days, as well as when we are singing at the campfire.
Dining and Meals
What will meals look like?
- Campers will eat together in their pods cafeteria-style in the dining hall.
- Friday’s dinner will be served out of the dining hall.
- During days where meals are served in the dining hall, campers will have an opportunity to spread out and eat outside at picnic tables and various areas around camp as well.
- Hand sanitizing stations are installed at each table.
- Pods will not mix.
- One-way entrance and exit.
- Staggered arrival and departure into the Dining Hall.
What about handwashing and sanitizing group spaces?
- Before, during and after participating in activities campers will wash hands and/or use gel hand sanitizer when needed.
- After participating in activities, camp staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces
- Before and after meals, campers and staff will wash their hands
How will my camper shower at camp?
- Campers will shower a minimum of twice per week and as needed.
- Shower schedules are created so that pods do not overlap.
- Campers are responsible for cleaning their shower areas after bathing.
- Staff sanitization of high touch areas between pods (i.e. door handles, table tops, benches, program equipment using sanitization wipes and spray).
- Twice daily sanitization of areas twice daily (lunch & evening) electrostatic sprayers.
What role will camp have when COVID-19 has passed?
We believe that this summer season will potentially be the most important ever for our campers. After a time of social distancing and loss of connection through school and work, there is a need for relational connection. There will be a need to outdoor activity and deep breaths as we all process this experience.
Camp is designed to meet these needs. In addition to a return to “normal” life, a week at camp will encourage your camper to connect with others as we enjoy the camp activities that will stretch their legs and soothe their soul. Moments around campfires singing songs and sharing stories will be not just a camp experience but it will be a way to restore all of us to living the “new normal”.
Is there a way to register for summer camp without paying upfront?
Yes. For summer 2021, we are accepting registrations with a fully-refundable $50 initial deposit with the understanding of full payment prior to the 2021 schedule session.
We know this is a complicated time financially for families, but we also know that families value the importance of camp. Being outside, with friends, while gaining a new understanding appreciation for T1D are important for our families and we want to allow you to make a commitment to summer even if you have concerns about your short-term financial situation.
Is there a refund/cancellation policy in relation to COVID-19?
While we anticipate returning to full camp operation as soon as safely possible, yes, we have modified our refund policy for this situation. If circumstances have led your family to a difficult financial situation, this policy is designed to give you relief.
At the same time, please remember that your registration fees and commitments are the resources we need to prepare for another great camp season. It’s a delicate balance, but we want to work with our families to make sure everyone is cared for and safe. You can find more information on our Cancellation/Refund Policy HERE.
What happens if a camper or staff member shows symptoms or tests positive?
We are hard at work developing policies, procedures, and guidelines to help guide the direction of our camp operation in the safest possible way. Our Medical Committee is working with state and local governments to ensure that if camp were to operate, we have mitigated all risks to the best of our ability including additional screenings, stockpile of PPE, social distancing and isolation plans, revised group size, staggered meals, and so much more.
Once our policies are finalized and approved, we will be sharing them with our families.