COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE

Update:May 2021

The sun will come out tomorrow…. bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be SUN!

Our staff shirts this year have a big sun-ray on them to remind us of brighter days ahead; things are looking up people!

Our Motto this year: LET’S HAVE SOME FUN IN 2021!!!

Lice Checks

Hello Families,

 

I would like to take a moment to update everyone on our procedure concerning lice checks this summer. We are very excited to continue our partnership with The Lice Clinics of America (LCA), a company specializing in the treatment of lice. 

 

In partnership with LCA, you have the option to have your daughter’s lice check completed prior to her arrival at camp. You may visit one of the participating Lice Clinics of America (list attached) to receive a lice check for only $25. This lice check must be within the seven days prior to the opening day of your daughter’s respective term*. If you choose to get your daughter pre-checked, LCA will issue your daughter a dated card, indicating that she had been checked and cleared of lice. Your daughter will present this card to the Health Lodge staff upon arrival to Camp Waldemar, allowing her to bypass the lice check and proceed directly to her Kampong. Unfortunately, we will only be able to accept official lice pre-checks from these participating clinics to standardize the inspection/treatment process and ensure compliance with the Waldemar Health Lodge policy. If you cannot go to one of the participating clinics but choose to still get her pre-checked before camp through a physician or alternate location, please be aware that she will still have to go through the lice line at camp upon arrival so that LCA is in complete control of their coverage.

 

Lastly, lice happen! If your daughter is found to have lice at her pre-check or has been treated for it within the 3 months prior to camp, we respectfully ask that you notify the Health Lodge before her arrival at Waldemar. We also encourage you to check your camper for lice prior to departure for camp. For more information on how to check for lice, please visit: https://youtu.be/Hybe7quFRVU   

 

Thank you so much for your cooperation regarding this matter. Attached to this e-mail you will find some Frequently Asked Questions related to the Waldemar Health Lodge Lice Process, however, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail us at waldemarhealthlodge@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

Wanda Havard RN

Waldemar Staff Nurse

 

*The earliest acceptable dates for lice pre-checks are: Short Term 5/20/21, 1st Term 5/28/21, and 2nd Term 7/2/21. These dates are non-negotiable.

Lice Clinic Locations

FAQ's Waldemar Lice Policy

Update:April 2021

All terms will have parent drop-off and pick up. Please click on the links below for shifts and more information. You may email info@waldemar.com or call our office if a conflict arises, (830) 238-4821. 

Update: March 2021

"We are having camp and are at full capacity for all three sessions!" Click on the links below to read our latest update for summer 2021.

Waldemar Operating Guidelines 2021

2021

Pre Camp Quarantine and Screening:


We will require campers to be tested for COVID-19 before arrival but they must do their best to stay socially distanced and avoid large gatherings and celebrations the week prior to camp. For the COVID testing – we are requiring a nasal swab PCR, preferably done within 3 days of arrival at camp. ALL campers and staff must conduct the following pre-screening activities for their safety and ours:

  • Taking their temperature for 7 days before camp
  • Self-screening for the presence of symptoms (fever of 100.4 °F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea etc.) within the past two weeks.
  • Determining if the individual has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
  • Assessing the implied risk of any pre-existing illnesses.
If a camper or staff member is flagged during the pre-screening process, Camp Waldemar will make a decision about attendance.
**If your camper has any pre-existing conditions, you must contact camp at least 2 weeks before arrival. We will have a nurse talk to you about the medical appropriateness of camp this summer.




Opening Day:


  • There will be scheduled drop off times
  • Our aim is to reduce density and physical interaction of individuals at any given time in the drop off area.
  • We will send communications to camp families assigning each camper to their drop off time window. Here is what we expect:
    • Parents are NOT permitted to exit their vehicles
    • Minimize the time you take saying goodbye to allow for the continual flow of traffic
    • Say goodbye inside their vehicles once the men have unloaded their trunks
    • Restrooms will be located on your way out of the Patron’s gate.
  • All medication must be pre-entered on the Health History form in Camp In-Touch before you arrive at camp. Medication MUST be in a clear Ziploc bag with the Camper’s name in large print on the bag. This will be handed to staff checking you in from the comfort of your car.
    • Medication not entered on the Health History form on Camp in Touch will not be administered.
    • Only bring medications taken on a daily basis. We have plenty of symptomatic “just-in-case” medicine (such as Benadryl, Tylenol, etc.).
  • All campers will need to bring a copy of their current COVID test results. These will be collected by a staff member upon arrival.
  • All campers will need to have completed a pre-check for head lice within 7 days of Camp arrival. At check-in the child will need to turn in verification of a pre-check. If no lice check has been completed prior to Camp they will have their heads checked by Lice Clinics of America at the Health Lodge.




Daily Health Checks:


Camp Waldemar will conduct screenings on a regular basis for all campers and staff members. In addition to the standard health checks, we will include taking their temperature and asking about symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If their temperature is above 100.0 degrees, they will be isolated and monitored for a minimum of 4 hours and then released if it has come down to 98.1.
On a regular basis, all campers and staff members will be screened for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit




Response Management of Case(s) or Probable Case(s):


If a staff member or camper is identified as having a potential case of COVID-19, Camp Waldemar will isolate the individual in our separate isolation room of the health lodge and will consider the following:

  • Consider if a camper or staff member warrants further clinical evaluation, and if so, make arrangements to do so while keeping the patient isolated in the Health Lodge or in a “Quarantine” room.

  • Staff or campers exhibiting new or worsening symptoms of possible COVID-19 will be transported to Peterson Urgent Care in Kerrville for immediate testing. When returned to camp they will be isolated until the return of test results.

  • If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, the camper’s parents or guardian will be required to pick up the camper within 8 hours. A determination will be made if additional testing will be necessary for other campers and staff. The state health department will be notified and communicable disease guidelines will be followed.

    • If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the staff member will leave Camp Waldemar property and the camp will notify parents/guardians of those possibly exposed. A determination will be made if additional testing will be necessary for other campers and staff. The state health department will be notified and communicable disease guidelines will be followed.




Face Coverings:


  • Face coverings will not be required for campers or staff when outdoors

  • Face coverings will be required when entering the Dining Hall, the Health Lodge, the Main Office and indoor spaces with large or crowded gatherings for an extended amount of time. We will have signs on those entry doors




Parent Communication:


During Camp:

  • Parents are permitted to send campers packages or mail while they are at camp. Emails will be distributed daily. They are printed by 8 a.m. every day, including Sundays

In the event of a Potential Exposure:

  • Camp Waldemar will immediately inform parents/legal guardians about any potential contact their children may have had with confirmed cases.

  • If a camper is experiencing symptoms of illness, including symptoms of COVID-19, they will be assessed by our medical staff. If medical staff suspect a case of COVID-19, parents will be informed. Pick-up from camp may be necessary.

  • If necessary, we will communicate the following things:

    • Your child has tested positive for symptoms/COVID-19.

    • Your child was identified as having contact with a confirmed case.






Closed Community:


A goal of pandemic response is to reduce interpersonal contacts to limit potential exposure to coronavirus. In the camp setting, this means limiting the amount of off-site exposure of staff and campers in the community (e.g., staff days off, etc.). Camp Waldemar is asking all summer staff members to remain on camp property, even during their times off. This will limit the chance of exposure and encourage counselors to stay within the “camp bubble” throughout the entirety of the summer. Any day trips will not involve interaction with the public, in keeping with our closed community. i.e. a canoe trip or a skit trip. Visits to camp will be limited to essential business ONLY. Food vendors, contract repair services, fuel and gas deliveries, laundry, etc.




Cleaning and Disinfection:


Waldemar will do its best to keep up with cleaning and disinfecting our camp facilities

  • Toilets, Showers, Restrooms: High touch surfaces including toilets, showers, and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily.

Bathrooms and Showers:
  • Campers will avoid sharing common bathroom supplies (towels, soap, toothpaste, etc.). Campers need to bring their own bathroom supplies and a container for toiletries to be stored in for the duration of camp (for example, a bathroom tote or a 1-quart clear plastic bag labeled with their name).
  • Campers should keep personal items in their bag or tote and store their bag or tote in a designated area.
  • A staggered shower schedule will be implemented to limit the number of people using the bathroom/shower facilities at one time.
  • We will have trash cans (with no lid) near the exit of the restrooms to make it easier to discard items.
  • We are posting the Handwashing sign from the CDC in the bathroom to remind campers and staff when and how to properly wash hands.
  • Kampong leaders will provide bathroom breaks between every activity and will ensure that campers wash hands properly afterwards.




Kampong/Bunk Assignments:


  • We are positioning sleepers head-to-toe to maximize distance between heads/faces:
    • In bunk beds, counselors will ensure that we position the head of the camper in the top bunk opposite the position of the camper in the bottom bunk.
  • We will keep each camper’s bedding separate.
  • There will be laundry service during long terms




Dining Hall:


  • Our Kitchen Manager will screen food service employees and assess their symptoms prior to starting work each day.
  • We will clean and disinfect the dining area between meal shifts.
  • We will decrease the occupancy density.
  • There will be station dispensers of alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol at the entrance of the dining hall.
  • The dining hall will have signs posted reminding campers of the guidelines such as washing hands.




Closing Day:


  • There will be a pickup schedule in which groups of campers are to be picked up from camp during staggered timeframes by grade.
  • We aim to reduce density and physical interaction of individuals at any given time in the pick-up area.
  • We will send communications to parents/guardians that assign each camper their pickup time window. Expectations:
    • Parents are NOT permitted to exit their vehicles
    • Minimize the time you take greeting your camper to allow for the continual flow of traffic
    • You won’t be able to leave your car. Bathroom facilities are available on your way out by the guard house.
  • We will escort campers to their parent’s/guardian’s vehicle.