To provide families with peace of mind during this time, we have been closely following the news about the Coronavirus, are taking this virus seriously and making plans for camp in the event that it continues to spread in Northern California.
While the Coronavirus currently poses no immediate concern for summer camp, we do operate after school programs in several regions. We are taking immediate steps to protect our children and staff and to help mitigate the effect on parents of any future interruptions of service should they occur.
What we are doing:
- We are receiving daily public health alerts from all eight Northern CA counties, every school district we serve, the American Camp Association, and the federal CDC.
- Our Medical Advisory Board is meeting weekly or upon notification of any staff member, camper or other person connected to a location we serve, to assess and determine which protocols to follow.
- We will notify families and staff immediately if any risk of exposure occurs through an EDMO program or if a county school district or city policy affects any service we provide.
- We are developing a contingency plan for keeping kids engaged via online programming should there be any required camp closures.
- We are following all recommended short term protocols for reducing the spread of the virus such as increased hand washing, minimizing physical contact between staff and kids and increased cleaning schedules at all sites. We are also working with our medical team to develop our own long-term safety protocol to prevent the spread of this virus or any other similar health risk.
We are committed to staying educated, caring for our community and continuing to serve your kids.
Safety is our Priority
Safety at Camp EDMO® starts with our staff and the policies, procedures and training each member goes through, from our Camp Directors down to our campers. Here are some of the things we do to make sure everyone at camp stays safe:
- We are an American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited organization and adhere to ACA standards for health, cleanliness and emergency protocol. (Scroll down to learn more.)
- All Camp Directors are CPR and First Aid Certified. Instructors and Counselors also undergo first aid and safety training before beginning camp.
- Each camp office has an emergency binder that inlcude local emergency numbers and a safety packet outlining the various scenarios and procedures that could arise at camp.
- Each Monday campers are told camp rules and provided with clear boundaries of where they can and cannot go on campus and reminded of the rules throughout the week.
- Counselors and Instructors have campers line up when moving from one place to another, using a line up rope for our younger junior campers to hold on to. Groups will also use a team name and unique attention getter to gather together campers, as well as repeatedly conduct a headcount as they move through the day.
- Our ratio of staff to campers also ensures proper supervision for all ages during all camp activities.
To increase their visibility, we also recommend that campers wear their Camp EDMO t-shirts daily. Campers are provided with a t-shirt at the start of their first week at camp each summer. If you wish to purchase additional shirts, you may do so when you enroll in camp.
Camp EDMO is American Camp Association Accredited!
At Camp EDMO, the quality of our programs and safety of our campers and staff is our number one priority. Being an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camp is not only a sign that we’ve set up our programs to achieve this end, but a solid stamp of approval from the industry.
The American Camp Association’s rigorous accreditation process and comprehensive peer review ensures the camps they accredit practice the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation and provide an environment committed to safety.
Among the ACA’s 290 unique standards are requirements for health, cleanliness, food service, programming, staff, emergency protocol, health care and management. A process of 12 or more site visits, staff interviews and program documentation all provide the data needed for this comprehensive assessment and resulting testament to the quality of Camp EDMO.
As an accredited camp, not only are we able to proudly display the ACA logo on our website, but we can also tell our families that we provide:
- Staff-to-camper ratios that are appropriate for different age groups
- Counselors and Instructors with the proper educational background who have been appropriately trained to lead our enrichment programs
- Goals for camp activities that are developmentally based
- First-aid facilities and trained staff, layers of security for medications and emergency transportation when needed
- Access to a medical advisory board which includes a licensed nurse and paramedic
- Increased online and in person safety training for staff
- On site Emergency Binders to provide team members with immediate access to critical information
- And more…
The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share their knowledge and experience, and ensure the quality of camp programs. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience.
To create their standards, the American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
The ACA has over 12,000 members and as a leading authority in child development, offers programs designed to inform and educate those in the camp industry.