COVID Protocols

Ravenwood is honored to be able to provide meaningful nature-based connective programs as safety allows.

We believe connection to nature, each other, and our larger community are essential to health and well being, and are working hard to provide safe ways to keep connecting. Camp will look somewhat different due to the pandemic, both in terms of our policies and the experience of camp itself. Policy changes include requiring masks and campers to stay home if anyone in the family has symptoms of COVID-19

We’ve pored over the camp guidelines provided by the CDC, State of Montana, and Flathead County Health Department. We’ve shared our plans with county officials and been given approval for all our policy and procedure plans to safely operate programs at Ravenwood under the following guidelines and practices.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Until further notice, all participants in any Ravenwood program, whether individual-signup or school programs, must wear a well-fitting nose and mouth face covering (including outdoors) except while actively eating or drinking. Bandannas, buffs, and neck gaiters may be used as a backup option, but as they tend to slip and not stay in place through a full day of use we require purpose-made face masks. While eating and drinking all participants must remain seated 6 or more feet in distance from Ravenwood staff members and each other (except immediate family).

Staff will wear masks except when actively eating and drinking, or when they are seated and can be certain of at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and any other person. If staff sing or tell stories without a mask, they will maintain 10 feet or more of distance.

Ravenwood will provide masks at no charge to any camper who requests one.

Site Safety and Physical Distancing

Because most major COVID-19 spread has been in indoor settings, we are staying outdoors. We will use overhead tarps and campfires for shelter and warmth. We will not use tipis because the close quarters do not allow for the full 6 feet of social distance.

The CDC defines a “contact” with an infected person to be anyone who was within 6 feet of that person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over the course of the day. While we will do our best to keep campers, staff and volunteers 6 feet apart as much as possible, young children are generally unsuccessful remembering to distance from their friends throughout the day. Please speak with your children about keeping up standards of distancing throughout the camp day. Participants will be encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands after games and activities that involve physical touch.

Until further notice, summer camps are not using the Ravenwood bus. Instead we’ll have a series of staggered drop-off times right at the trailhead one mile north of the Tamarack Road and Trumbull Canyon Road junction. Ravenwood will provide a staff member to coordinate each flight of cars traveling up the road to the trailhead. 

Each group of 16 campers will have their own slightly different drop-off and pick-up times, so that we have no crowding or waiting lines. If siblings are in different flights, all siblings will be dropped off in the earliest flight and siblings grouped in a later flight will wait with staff at the trailhead until the rest of their flight arrives. 

Cleaning and Disinfection

 

  • Porta Potties on Ravenwood sites will be disinfected daily, and sanitizer will be available for personal hygiene after using the porta potty.

  • Hand washing stations will be provided for each group of 16 campers.

  • Glacier Distilling has donated hand sanitizing product to Ravenwood and we’ll have extra supplies on hand for those that need them. 

  • Campers will be required to sanitize their hands before and after using any shared tools such as knives.

Health Screenings and Isolation

Spring and Summer Camps:

Parents and guardians must certify every morning before camp that no one in the household has a fever.

According to the CDC, major symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection are cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell. Minor symptoms are fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and less commonly, gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. One or more major symptoms or two or more minor symptoms in any individual in the household constitute cause to keep campers home from camp. If no one in your family has been a close contact or a suspect case and symptoms resolve within 48 hours campers may return to camp after 24 hours have passed without fever (or fever-reducing agents).

Because the virus can cause very mild illness in some and severe illness in others, we ask that parents be vigilant about any symptoms observed. Since 50% of spread is from asymptomatic individuals, even symptom-free household members may not come to camp for the duration of household isolation. 

School Programs:

Ravenwood will default to individual school policies for screening, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation protocols. 

Ravenwood staff engage with several different groups of students each week and so are taking extra precautions to minimize the opportunity for viral transmission, including requiring participants to wear masks even when outdoors.

Participants are also asked to maintain social distance as much as possible from Ravenwood staff and each other during program time and follow basic precautions such as frequent hand washing/sanitization and avoiding sharing food and drinking containers.

COVID-19 Related Cancellations

Spring Camps:

In order to relieve financial stress in case of cancellation or missed camp days when the health department requires quarantine or isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ravenwood offers 4 options. Participants may choose between a 50% refund for camp days missed, crediting the full prorated value of camp days missed toward a future Ravenwood program, donating the value of missed camp days back to Ravenwood, or a 50% credit and 50% donation.

 

Summer Camps:

Our attendance policy and fee structure already builds in a discount for an average of 2 days of absences per camper for Session 2, and 1 day for Sessions 1 and 3. So, pro-rated refund/credit amounts will apply for COVID-19 related absences in excess of those relative amounts.

In order to relieve financial stress in case of cancellation or missed camp days when the health department requires quarantine or isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ravenwood offers 4 options. Participants may choose between a 50% refund for camp days missed, crediting the full prorated value of camp days missed toward a future Ravenwood program, donating the value of missed camp days back to Ravenwood, or a 50% credit and 50% donation.

 

School Programs:

Schools with programs cancelled or shortened due to COVID-19 restrictions can take either a full open-ended credit for the prorated value of missed days, or a 50% refund for the prorated value of missed days.