Updated 6/18/2021

Below you will find our COVID-19 policies for the 2021 camp season, including check-in procedures. Please review the details below so that we can be ready to welcome you when camp starts. We look forward to seeing you for camp this year!

Feel free to contact Chief Craig with your questions any time by emailing chiefcraig@deerfoot.org or calling 855-HIS-CAMP.

Before check-in  (Note:  While other parts of the plan have changed significantly, check-in remains our most effective, and least camper-disruptive control point for COVID-19.  Very little has changed in this part of our plans.)

  1. Each camper must arrive with proof of a negative COVID test, taken within 1-4 days of the start of camp.
    1. This must be a Molecular /PCR test. Antigen tests are not sufficient.  We accept Molecular /PCRtest results from your home pediatrician, local health department, pharmacy or any other source that provides Molecular/ PCR Testing.
    2. As another option for testing, Deerfoot has partnered with Heed Health to assist in making testing as simple and accessible as possible.  Heed Health provides $40 home testing kits that come with a prepaid overnight FedEx envelope. They have set up a website just for Deerfoot families to order a test kist structured around your camper’s session dates. 
      1. https://heedhealthcare.com/deerfoot-summer-camps/
    3. Campers are exempt from the testing requirement if:
      1. They have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  (Meaning it has been at least 2 weeks after you have completed your 2-shot series (or 1 shot in the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine).
        1. In this case, please bring a copy of their vaccination record.  
      2. They have recently recovered from COVID-19 (see details below). 
        1. Campers who have had a laboratory-confirmed positive test in the 3 months prior to starting camp and have met the criteria to end isolation should have a letter from their healthcare provider documenting the positive test date and stating the individual is cleared to end isolation.  Campers more than 3 months removed from recovery should undergo the normal testing process.
  2. Please avoid unnecessary travel and/or large group gatherings in the two weeks before camp. If you have to travel please follow these guidelines
  3. It is critical this year that all camper forms be completed online or mailed in before the start of camp.  You can access camper forms in your CampInTouch Account.  
    1. Please note that a COVID-19 Disclosure/Testing Consent form was added to CampInTouch within the last 3 weeks.  Please be sure to complete this required form.

Check in day –  

  1. As you should be aware by now, check-in day at Deerfoot will be on Sunday, not Saturday. 
  2. Campers and their parents/guardians do not need to stay in their vehicle and will check in, in person, at the outdoor Gazebo (a large, covered log structure near where you will park). 
  3. We know that this is often a great time for extended family and friends to visit camp. Only those people essential to drop off should accompany your son to camp. If you’d like an in depth tour of camp please call or email me to set up a time to visit in the fall.
  4. To control road traffic and reduce wait times, you will receive an email with a simple form requesting that you sign up for a 45-minute block to drop off your camper. The times will be 2-2:45, 3-3:45, and 4-4:45. 
    1. We know many of you are traveling long distances and things happen “on the road.” We will be flexible with arrival times.  We will work with you to create a fun and peaceful drop-off even if you’re running late.
    2. If you’ve been on the road into camp, you know supporting two-way traffic is difficult. Adhering to your time slot will help us on many fronts.
  5. Please fund your campers camp store account online before you arrive.  (click here for instructions on how to do that)

Once Camp Starts:  

    1. Cohorts:
      1. We will emphasize games and activities by cohort groups.
      2. At Deerfoot, a cohort will be a section (Woodsmen, Pioneer, Indian).
      3. The Deerfoot program has always operated this way. (We were doing cohorts before it was cool!).  
  1. Masks:  
    1. Will not need to be worn in most situations, including the following:
      1. When with their cohort
      2. In their cabin
      3. In the Dining Hall or other DL buildings.
      4. Outside
      5. When playing games/ sports
      6. Will need to be worn in some, relatively uncommon situations:
        1. When space between cohorts cannot be maintained in an indoor space.  Examples might include:  Riding in a van with someone from another cohort.  Visiting the nurse while another camper from another cohort is also there.
  2. Testing:  Once on site, we will not be performing COVID tests on campers unless there is a specific reason to do so.  These reasons include:  
    1. Showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19.  These symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
    2. A specific concern based on exposures to large groups just before camp.  This could include air travel, or a necessary public exposure like a family funeral.
    3. In the event your son demonstrates symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp:
      1. They would be tested on site.
      2. If the test is negative, they would be treated at our Health Center as they would in any other summer.
      3. If the test is positive
        1. We would inform you, the parent.
        2. We would confirm the results using a second test (PCR).
        3. If your camper’s PCR test is positive we will ask you to pick-up your son within 24 hours.
    4. Deerfoot, likely with the oversight of our local Department of Health,would determine who the close contacts were for any camper who has tested positive for COVID-19.  
      1. These campers would likely have to be picked up and return home within 24 hours.  (This is one of the reasons why it remains crucial that we take COVID seriously)

Outgoing day and picking up your camper:  

  1. Outgoing Day
    1. Parents and/or Guardians of campers may park in the Deerfoot Parking Lot when they arrive to pick up their camper as they would in any other summer.  
    2. Please arrive at 9:45 to meet your camper.  
    3. Parents will be asked to remain in the marked area between Old Hardwood and Founders Lodge to observe the Circle of Friendship and await their camper. 
      1. Vaccinated staff members may greet parents in the marked area.  Unvaccinated staff will remain on the camp lawn, and will not have close contact with parents. 
      2. We will ask that campers not move back and forth from the marked area for parents to the Dining Hall and front lawn area.  
    4. Circle of Friends (our final goodbye as a camp group) will be held at roughly 10:00 instead of 11:00 as has been done in the past.  This year, only current Deerfoot campers and staff should participate in the circle, but all who know the song “Jesus is With Me Wherever I Go” are encouraged to sing along.
    5. In the event that a parent/guardian has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, that parent/guardian must not enter the Deerfoot property.  Please contact our camp office and arrange for another parent/guardian or an authorized emergency contact to pick up your camper.