School-Age J Camp Summer 2020 Procedures
Practices + Procedures
Based on the guidelines from the various health departments, we currently plan to implement the practices listed here:
- Daily screening of campers and staff to include taking temperatures at the beginning of each day, and monitoring campers and staff throughout the day.
- Require staff and campers to wear masks during times when social distancing is not possible, and while in the public spaces of the Jewish Community Campus, (public hallways, lobby area, restrooms). Campers and staff may bring their own mask or The J will provide a disposable mask.
- Create smaller groups of about 10 Campers with staff, which will stay together and socially distance themselves from each other as much as possible.
- Reduce the number of campers that we normally have enrolled each week by close to 40%.
- We will eliminate playing traditional games of contact sports such as basketball, football, and soccer and will be doing sports drills or creatively modifying the sports to allow social distancing.
- Campers will swim in smaller groups, keeping their distance, for shorter periods of time. The Pool is scheduled to be available for J Camp beginning June 8. In addition, campers will use the pool when it is closed to the general public.
- Increase cleaning and sanitation. We will add extra breaks for handwashing throughout the day, and increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitation of contact surfaces in all areas where campers and staff will be participating in activities.
- We’ve created multiple lunch periods with smaller groups of campers and staff. Campers who bring their lunch will need to bring a lunch that does not need refrigeration and will stay with their backpack.
- We will cancel field trips and Undernights.
- Discourage children from attending who have severe underlying medical issues such as moderate to severe asthma or diabetes.
Program Cancellation Guidelines
- Early and Late Care are not possible without exposing campers to multiple groups of campers. We are cancelling Early and Late Care for this summer.
- Ma’asim Tovim Camp includes daily community service and recreation at a variety of locations, which requires daily transportation. We are cancelling Ma’asim Tovim for this summer.
- Field Trips are not possible without exposing campers to multiple groups of campers and additional people at the field trip location. In addition, it will be difficult to maintain distance during transportation.
- Swim lessons are difficult to provide while socially distancing.
- Undernights are a large group activity, which would be difficult to do in small, independent groups.
Guidelines for Premiere and Specialty Camps
- Barney Goodman – Campers will participate in a variety of fun activities – crafts, games, science, Israeli and Jewish activities, songs, archery, and swimming. We will provide individual supplies for activities, and when shared supplies or equipment are needed, items will be sanitized between users.
- BOOM! – Campers will participate in a variety of fun and wacky activities – special themed projects and activities that will be done with social distancing. Also, crafts, games, science, Israeli and Jewish activities, archery, and swimming. We will provide individual supplies for activities, and when shared supplies or equipment are needed, items will be sanitized between users.
- Sports Camp – Campers will participate in lots of sports activities and games while maintaining social distancing. Campers will participate in drills for the sport of the week to develop and refine their skills. In addition, drills from other sports may be added, depending on the week. Creative adaptations of games will allow for social distancing, competition, and fun!
- Art Camp – Campers will create their own pieces of art with their own supplies. If shared supplies are necessary, they will be sanitized between users.
- Dance Camp – Campers will maintain social distancing while they learn new dance steps and routines.
- LEGO Camp – Campers will create their own individual LEGO creations. Each individual will have their own bag of LEGOs which will have been sanitized before use. Campers will maintain social distancing while making their own individual creations.
- Culinary Camp – Campers will wear masks and gloves. Each individual will make their own food product. Campers will maintain social distancing. Individual utensils and equipment will be used. If shared utensils or equipment are necessary, they will be sanitized between users.
- Theatre Camp – Campers will participate in drama games and activities while maintaining social distancing. Road to Broadway Campers will work on and create a show while maintaining social distancing. The plan for Summer Stock is to create a performance-style production of Frozen Junior. Actors will rehearse in small groups while wearing masks. Songs and dances will be modified to tell the story while maintaining social distancing.
- Triathlon Camp – Campers will run, bike, and swim while maintaining social distancing.
- STEM Camp – Some STEM Camp activities are group-oriented and require multiple persons to access computers and robots. We have cancelled the Computers and Robots Camp and the Robotic Mission to Mars Camp for June. The STEM Escape Camp is able to be done while maintaining social distancing. We will determine if we are able to revise the curriculum for the July Computers and Robots Camp sessions, or if we will need to cancel those sessions.
- Next Level Sports Camp - Campers will participate in drills to develop and refine their skills. Creative adaptations of games will allow campers to maintain social distancing.
DD Gass, School-Age J Camp Director
DebraG@thejkc.org or 913-327-8079