Mask Update (4/28/21)
We are excited to hear about the changes coming for the mask mandate in the states where we operate camps, but we recognize that each local official, as well as private/public businesses, will have the authority to set their own requirements.
We will continue to monitor each camp independently, and we will make the call for individual camps’ mask policies in the days leading up to the start of summer in conjunction with the facilities in which we operate.
For now, strategic mask breaks will be taken when we are outdoors and when social distancing can be maintained, and we are cautiously optimistic that by the end of next month the local rules will be even more at ease then what’s coming this week.
Letter from Kidcam President & CEO
April 28, 2021
Dear Kidcam Families,
The countdown to summer is on, Rockstars. I hope you all are staying well and looking forward to the start of summer.
Summer camp might have looked a bit different last year, but Kidcam Camps is proud to have set the standard for keeping our campers safe during the age of Covid-19.
We held a special, 10-week camp session for Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s largest healthcare system, with up to 1,500 campers across 15 sites, no Covid cases or incidents, and all while keeping with our mission: To bring the Spirit of Summer to life by creating memorable moments and lasting relationships, through a powerful summer camp experience that inspires greatness and brings smiles to faces. Kidcam then continued operating all Louisiana and Alabama summer day camp locations for the 10-weeks during summer.
As we near the start of summer, we are optimistic that our staff and parents are getting vaccinated and that Covid cases are remaining low. In Alabama and Georgia, the mask mandates have been lifted, however, we will follow the lead of our facility management on their direction for masks in these cases.
We are still planning for consistent groups, limited, if any, bus travel and the wearing of face masks where recommended by local health officials and our facility partners. On the fun side, a guarantee of exciting new programs, Kidcam’s highly trained staff, best demonstrated practices from our time operating the Ochsner Childcare programs, as well as our own 2020 camps, and as always bringing the Spirit of Summer to life through the power of camp.
Per the direction of our ‘Safe Return to Camp’ team of doctors at Ochsner Health System, as well as the American Camp Association, the recommendation for field trips is to stay on site as much as possible to limit the exposure to outside elements that are out of our control and minimize the need to put campers in close proximity on busses. We are bringing exciting trips that are very similar to places we would travel to camp each week. These include Video Game trucks, Laser Tag, Rock Wall, Carnival Games, Reptile Krewe, Challenge Island and more. As we near the end of the summer, if we can travel to City Park or take our trip to Woodlake World, we will add these to our schedule of activities. Thank you for your understanding.
Camps that typically go off-site to swim, will still swim once a week. We will travel in small numbers to the pool, and masks will be required to wear while on the bus. Camps that swim at their location, will swim more often each week.
Our enrollment is much higher than usual given this time in the year, so please register and purchase as many weeks as you can to secure your spot. We recommend at least purchasing the first 3 to save the 10%, and then you can always purchase individual weeks no later than the Friday prior to camp.
Below, I outline many operational processes that were in place at Kidcam for 2020 and will remain part of our operations this summer. Your camp director will be in touch with more defined procedures closer to the start of the summer months.
In the coming weeks, registered parents will be receiving a phone call or Zoom invitation from a staff member with more defined policies and procedures, as well as questions and requirements regarding your specific camp location, and how things like t-shirt delivery, health forms, The First Day, pre-camp health checks, arrival and departures guidelines, group assignments and things we need you and your child to know prior to coming to camp.
A lot can still change as our state guidelines continue to change. We ask for your patience during this time.
We are going to set forth some very specific and required needs as it relates to what must happen before camp and upon arrival on your camper’s first day. We feel this will be very necessary to limit the number of people we have on site, exposure to anything unnecessary, and ease the stress, questions, and craziness that sometimes come with a camper’s first day.
If dates should change regarding the start of your camp program, we will email you and call you. If any week does not start on time, we will either refund or move that money towards food or aftercare if you choose.
Below are the modifications Kidcam Camps is implementing again for our summer camp program for 2021.
Amending Enrollment by Site Enrollment will be limited and will follow that current phase of each state. We are hopeful we might be at 75% by June. Groups will be limited to no more than 10 people. Groups will move around together, eat lunch together and stay as a ‘family’ throughout the day.
Consistent Faces The more consistent we are with the same campers and staff throughout the summer, the better our chances are to help limit the spread of any communicable disease at camp. Your registration is confirmed for the weeks you have already purchased. If you know the weeks you need now, we ask you to please let us know so we can hold your space.
Offsite Field Trips The importance of keeping campers & staff as “close to home” as possible helps limit the exposure to things that are out of our control. We can manage the safety and sanitation of our camp worlds as best we can, but when we go outside of our environment, the increased risk multiplies. We will monitor the current state of Covid each week, and determine if we feel going off-site for trips or swimming makes sense. We will work to bring more exciting things to camp, and stay on site as much as possible.
We will still plan to go off-site to swim once a week for camp locations that do not have a swimming pool at their location, if this remains an approved activity.
Daily Temperature Checks Campers and staff will receive temperature checks coming into camp each morning. Anyone with a temperature of 100+ degrees, will not be allowed at camp. There will also be standard operating questions that will be asked each week as it relates to the current health of campers and their families.
Sanitation Hand Washing and sanitation always remains part of our daily schedule. We will also have someone on staff responsible for daily sanitation at each site.
Masks See top of this page for more recent updates.
Securing Weeks and Making Payments
• If you have already secured what you need, either full summer sessions, or individual weeks, please know that you’re all set.
• If you still need to purchase your weeks, we recommend buying at least the first 2-3 weeks your camper will attend. We will close weekly enrollment once the phased capacity limitations are met.
• We are encouraging families to purchase the full summer session. The less movement we all have between camp programs, the safer we create our camp environment.
• There will be no Monday morning registrations. All tuition payments must happen no later than the Friday prior to any given week a camper will attend…we encourage paying for what you need in full to avoid closure of a week.
We thank you for the understanding of all this. I hope you know that as an industry leader in summer camps, we felt it was necessary to put these policies and procedures in place now so we are prepared for what’s likely to come, and you can plan as best as you can for your family’s summer care needs.
We are planning & anticipating for the best this summer, and if you have any questions or needs from us, please email us for now at Rocky@KidcamCamps.com to ensure you get a quick response. You can also call us at 504-274-1404.
Keep wearing those masks, stay safe and be well. We will be in touch soon with more exciting camp and program details at Kidcam this summer.
Stay safe and be well,
President & CEO Kidcam Camps