As Overnight Camps Close In The Northeast, Eagles Landing Day And Overnight Camp Is Opening In Coconut Creek
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com received the following email confirming the opening of “Eagles Landing Camp and the Nightowls,” a popular summer day camp with an overnight component — all operating out of North Broward Prep.
We encourage our readers to check all medical statements with a pediatrician.
Dear ELC Families, As we move closer to the start of camp and are finalizing our guidelines to ensure a safe and fun summer, we want to keep the lines of communication open. The recent announcement by the Governor removing restrictions for youth sports and summer camps, while encouraging, only reinforces the need for ELC to remain vigilant and keep in place all the guidelines as planned before the announcement.
Although the Governor has removed all restrictions, we still plan on maintaining our initial guidelines of social distancing between groups, performing temperature checks upon arrival for Day Camp and twice per day for Night Owls, as well as hand washing and sanitizing all areas of camp throughout the day, amongst other things. Our guidelines and response plan will be available in the next two weeks so families can begin getting excited for a fantastic summer at ELC. While it may feel a little different than in years past, being at camp with your summer friends after a long, extended stay at home will more than counterbalance the changes we are making for the safety of our camp community.
Bobby, Traci, Liza, Brandon and I have started to get that familiar feeling that summer #23 is just around the corner and it’s an exceptional feeling to have. Lastly, as a reminder, camp is a choice. We live with risk every day, and every summer presents reoccurring risks and sometimes, a new risk. Our “10 for 2” mentality has evolved into the “ELC Way of Life” that has captured so many amazing campers. From our campers who have now become staff members and now parents who send their own children here, it is a constant reminder to all of us as to why we do what we do. We are fortunate and especially grateful to have you, our ELC family, today and everyday. Matthew CannoldFounder/Director
Frequently Asked Questions All of the following FAQ’s are subject and likely to see modifications due to the fluidity of the current situation. We will continue to monitor and make the necessary modifications prior to and during the summer as needed and directed.
1. How can camp operate with “social distancing”?It is important to remember that “groups” at camp (Cowboys, Starlings, Adonis etc) are permitted to be “together” like a family since they will be the same campers each day. The “social distancing” will come into play between these groups. In other words, our plan will be to keep the Cowboys six-feet away from the Cubs. Obviously camp will be somewhat different in terms of group competitions but each group can still swim together, play sports together and enjoy our specialties, together.
2. Will parents/guardians of ELC Campers be able to stay involved in their child’s camp experience?Yes. As in past years, our Campanion App will allow parents to view pictures of their campers and stay up to date with all things ELC. Parents will not be allowed to leave their vehicle during drop off or pick up and will not otherwise be permitted to visit the campus. In the event that a camper needs an item from home after drop off, we will make arrangements to meet the parent/guardian at their car to retrieve it. All this is done with extra precaution to keep our campers as safe as possible.
3. How will meals be handled this summer?We intend to stagger our lunch periods. For example, instead of four lunch periods of 45 minutes, we are planning to have eight lunch periods of 22.5 minutes which will allow our campers to spread out as much as possible. We plan for Night Owls to have two seatings of breakfast and dinner instead of one for these same reasons.
4. Will drop off and pick up be different than usual?Drop off and pick up will be staggered to allow campers to arrive at camp over a longer period of time to space them out and avoid large groups. This will undoubtedly take longer (especially at pick up) but it is the safest way to operate. As an added precaution, we intend to check the temperatures of all campers daily before they are permitted to enter camp, and parents will be required to return home with any camper whose temperature is above the acceptable limit. Detailed guidelines outlining the procedures for drop off and pick up and the circumstances under which campers who have registered fevers will be permitted to return to camp will be circulated closer to the start of camp. Late arriving campers and those that may have an early dismissal will be assisted by our staff members so that parents/guardians will not leave their vehicles. We are currently working with local officials to determine the ability for us to offer our bus service. We will update all busing families as soon as we have more information available about buses.
5. Will staff members be required to wear masks?Yes, we intend to require our staff members to wear masks when indoors to protect themselves and others. Campers will not be required to wear masks, but parents have the option of sending their children to camp with masks. We will do our best, in this case, to keep the masks on those campers.
6. Will we be informed if a camper or staff member tests positive Covid-19?Our goal is to keep our ELC family as informed as possible while remaining in compliance with various privacy laws. While those privacy laws prohibit ELC from providing detailed information about any specific individual(s), we intend to share generalized communications about any confirmed cases of Covid-19 among our staff or campers.
7. Who will be allowed on campus?We intend to limit access to the campus to campers, staff and essential third parties There will be no general visitation allowed of any kind for any reason. Deliveries of food and supplies from pre-approved vendors will be permitted, but all those entering the campus will have their temperatures taken at the security gate. North Broward will not be conducting campus tours and no North Broward activities will be allowed on campus for this summer. Certain necessary North Broward employees (i.e., administrators and maintenance staff) will also be allowed on campus but they will follow the same protocols as ELC staff.
8. How will we keep the pool area clean?The pool deck, Wibits and the Slide, and all areas will be cleaned before, during and after each period of camp. The chlorine in the pools is thought to kill the Covid-19 virus, among other things.
9. Are we aware of and or concerned about the new “kawasaki-like disease” (MPIS) affecting campers?Absolutely, we are, however there are things we now know about it that we would like you to understand. With medical attention within a few days of seeing the symptoms, it is curable with treatment. The negative outcomes as per the research we have done indicate these are due to children having the symptoms go untreated for a week to ten days. We are assigning specific staff to look for these signs and symptoms on a daily basis. It is believed to be a reaction to a virus (not always Covid 19) that causes an over-reaction in children’s immune systems. It is highly detectable with signs being: rash on hands and or feet, fever, gastrointestinal issues, among others. Finally, and very reassuring, it is not communicable. Children do not give it to other children.
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