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. 

We’ve read through the recently-published science and articles by experts on virus transmission, sought advice from health officials, pored over camp guidelines provided by the CDC, State of Montana and Flathead County Health Department.  

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Vaccine Information

We strongly encourage all eligible staff, campers, and volunteers to get vaccinated prior to coming to camp. If you are interested, you can visit www.vaccines.gov and enter your zip code to find free, local vaccine appointments.

Personal Protective Equipment

Most of the science done in settings similar to Ravenwood’s outdoor camps shows such a low infection rate that we feel confident in reducing our mask requirement. We will continue to require that participants (including staff, campers, MITs, and volunteers) bring a well-fitted mask to camp, but we will only require participants to wear masks when social distancing is not possible, such as while riding the bus. Most of the time participants may go unmasked, with the understanding that social-distancing is still encouraged. Deciding when masks are required is up to the judgment of Ravenwood staff members. Ravenwood will continue to provide reusable cloth masks at no charge to any camper who requests one.

We may consider reinstating mask wearing if local transmission and cases spike significantly.

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 enough 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 at remembering to keep distance from their friends throughout the day. Please speak with your children about keeping up standards of distancing throughout the camp day. 

We will be using the van for some programs. We ask that campers wear their masks while on the van.

If our van driver is out sick, we’ll have parents drop off 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.

Cleaning and Disinfection

 Studies have shown that surface transmission of the sars-cov-2 virus is very rare.

Our staff will carry bottles of hand sanitizer to share with campers. Campers will be encouraged to sanitize their hands before eating. We encourage parents to send hand sanitizer with campers.

Health Screenings and Isolation

Spring and Summer Camps:

We ask that parents don’t send campers to camp if they have any major COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell. 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 cough. If cough persists the camper may return when a COVID-19 test returns negative. We ask that contacts and positive COVID-19 cases follow the CDC recommendations regarding quarantine and isolation.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center has put together this list of testing resources.

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 a large proportion 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. 

COVID-19 Related Cancellations

Spring/Fall 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, a full credit 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, a full credit 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 missed days.