A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
No doubt you’ve heard much in the news recently about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its continued spread. Since January of this year Camp Pondo has been tracking the evolving COVID-19 situation and monitoring its progress as we evaluate our health and safety protocols with an eye toward summer. We continue to believe that this will be the Best. Summer. Ever! But we also want to address any concerns you may have about what we are doing to maintain a safe and healthy camp environment for your students and leaders. As you know, the health and safety of our campers and staff is priority #1 at Camp Pondo.
In response, we’ve identified ten commitments for the health and safety of your students, leaders, and our staff that we’ll make this summer at Camp Pondo.
1. IT’S A TEAM EFFORT!
Camp Pondo is blessed to partner with a licensed Physician to inform and review our health protocols to help ensure we’re providing the best possible care for our campers, their leaders, and our staff.
2. AIR QUALITY MATTERS
We’ve installed medical-grade air filtration systems in every camper and staff cabin. These units provide multiple layers of active defense against airborne viruses and bacteria through active HEPA-grade filtration, ionization that deactivates contaminates, and germicidal UVC light.
3. CONSTANT HAND SANITATION PROGRAM
At Camp Pondo, we make high-percentage alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in every camper and staff cabin and throughout our facilities. Additionally, our staff are trained to encourage every camper and leader to use hand sanitizer each time they enter and exit a building. This simple system keeps campers, leaders, and staff hands sanitized throughout the day.
4. KEEPING SEPARATE
Our 24/7 Infirmary has isolation facilities for use in the unfortunate event that one or more campers or leaders contract an illness that might spread. Our Infirmary team employs specific quarantine protocols at to ensure that illnesses are caught and contained quickly.
5. LET’S KEEP IT CLEAN
Every cabin at Camp Pondo is rigorously cleaned daily according to our disinfectant protocol. This process is something we intentionally train our staff on, and one we oversee with daily checklists and accountability. Bathrooms are sanitized and surfaces disinfected. Additionally, each camp session change means we take the opportunity to perform a deep and intensive cabin sanitizing protocol.
6. STAFF AND CAMPER/LEADER TRAINING
Every camper, leader and staff at Camp Pondo is trained to keep their hands clean. For campers, we specifically cover good hygiene – including proper hand washing – during orientation on the first day of their session. Additionally, our staff are trained on Camp Pondo’s policies and standards for ensuring campers are taking advantage of hand washing and hand sanitizer.
7. LET’S CHECK THE TEMP
We use infrared thermometers to scan every incoming camper and leader for fever. If a camper or leader is found to have an elevated temperature, they are sensitively, and lovingly guided to our Infirmary for further evaluation away from other campers and staff.
8. OUR MEDICAL STAFF TEAM
Our 24/7 Infirmary is staffed by trained and sensitive caregivers who are constantly monitoring the health of our campers and leaders. They will act quickly to identify, contain, and treat any issues or illnesses that may appear.
9. PARTNERING WITH PARENTS AND YOUTH LEADERS
We know that you want the best for your students, and we want them to have the best experience possible at Camp Pondo. That’s why we are asking parents and youth leaders to do a temperature check on each participant on the morning they are heading to camp. We will communicate with youth leaders and parents the protocols and documentation of the temperature check prior to their camp date.
10. MOST IMPORTANTLY – PRAYER
Camp Pondo employs numerous layers of systems and protocols to ensure that our facilities, staff, and campers stay safe, clean, and healthy. However, the most important thing we do as an organization is spend countless hours praying in advance for every camper and leader who walks on our campus. This summer, we are claiming Psalm 91 over or campers, their leaders, and our staff. Our prayer is that they experience an unforgettable summer of friendships, fun, and growing in their relationship with Jesus in a healthy and safe environment.
The CDC continues to maintain that COVID-19 generally presents with mild symptoms, and appears to occur more commonly in adults than children.
For more information you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage