Programming update 4/5/2020
As of April 5th we are planning to run Summer Camp as scheduled.
We intend to make a final decision and update all of our families and campers about our 2020 programming by May 1st.
As the situation is changing rapidly, we will be following local and international developments closely and will post any updates to our programming on our website here. We will also remain in email contact with all parents of our registered 2020 campers and families.
How is Camp Augusta Addressing the Spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ?
The CDC has indicated that children are less susceptible to infection in comparison to adults and:
“…limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon.”
With this in mind, we also hope to prevent the spread of the virus toward the more susceptible members of society. As we move forward, we will continue to follow the advice of the CDC and local health authorities.
Preventing the spread of infectious disease is a community responsibility and requires a community effort. We will continue to adhere to our existing health policies and put additional measures in place to address the spread of this virus while continuing to provide excellent and inspired summer camp programming
We will be providing additional resources to our staff, including hand sanitizer. Counselors will hold hand washing expectations before meals and all activities that involve food. There are excellent resources from many sources on effective hand washing methods, for example here, here and here.
Opportunities to encourage healthy decisions at camp are abundant. From which activities we choose to run to which direction a camper’s head is pointing when they sleep, we are looking to minimize the potential spread of germs. Currently campers sleep toe to toe in our open air cabins with constant air flow in the cabin.
Chat with your camper about ways to prevent the spread of germs, including measures such as the importance of handwashing, social distancing, and letting an adult know if they might be feeling ill. As we adapt and consider the changes that must happen due to the spread of the COVID-19 we ask campers and parents to be understanding of modified programming and processes that help serve our community of campers, parents, and staff.
A Magical Summer at Camp Augusta
Activities at camp are expected to remain as fun as ever, and we will continue to create magic, wish, wonder, and surprise for our family and summer camp programs. We know that, for many people in our community, camp is one of the most significant and joyful parts of their entire year. As we move forward we intend to continue that delightful tradition, while introducing appropriate responses to keep all members of our community safe and healthy.
We have been working closely with our insurance provider AMSkier over the last few days with a view of providing our community with a payment insurance option for 2020.
Our Refund Policy
Should we be required by the Nevada County Public Health Department to close camp down for the summer, pro-rated refunds will be issued.
For as long as we are open, the existing refund policy at Augusta stands. This means that refunds for Summer Camp ended Feb 15th and refunds for Family Camp ended on March 9th. The policy states that in order for a refund to be provided, the spot you are vacating must first be filled.
We’re pulling from a broad range of resources to help inform us and keep us updated as we move forward. Below you will find a selection of those resources that can help you and your family keep up to date and informed about this ongoing situation.
- World Health Organization FAQ
- CDC – COVID-19 Overview
- Nevada County Health Department
- WHO Global Map
- Mapping a Contagion – This image from a recent edition of Fortune Magazine illustrates the spread of COVID-19. Rural areas (such as the location of Camp Augusta) are shown to be significantly less impacted than urban areas.
Thank you for taking the time to read about the steps Augusta is taking to prepare for the summer during this time of global concern. We will certainly keep you updated as events warrant. Please reach out to us if any questions or concerns come up for you before then.
In the meantime, take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing all you this Spring and Summer at Augusta.
Sincerely and Campingly yours,
All of us here at Camp Augusta