2021 Shwayder Camp Family Guidelines for a Successful Summer

2021 Testing Protocol Instructions

We are so excited to start welcoming the Shwayder Camp community back to camp! Over the last few weeks we have made some changes to our testing procedures as technology and improved tests have become available. Please read the following information carefully and follow the instructions below for how to order your at-home pre-camp molecular test. 

Based on the current rules and regulations from Child Care Licensing and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, we will be requiring a negative test result from every camper regardless of vaccination status.

We will be utilizing a number of different testing methods to best mitigate possible cases of COVID-19 during each session. Testing will include a Lucira Molecular test that you will need to order through our testing partner Care685 (formerly Care360) and administer within 24 hours of the session start date. The results will be available in 30 minutes and should be uploaded through the Care685 phone app by uploading a photo of the test result. These tests are more accurate and less expensive than the ones previously available. This test will also eliminate the need for a rapid antigen tests at drop-off.

In addition to this pre-camp molecular test, we will be administering a saliva PCR test at drop-off at Temple Emanuel or at the airport for campers flying into DIA. An additional molecular test will be administered for campers flying into Denver and being picked up by Shwayder Camp staff at the airport. 

Four days into each session we will also be administering pool tests (tests that combine samples from each camper in a single pod) by cabin group and in the event a pool tests positive, we will administer individual molecular tests for each person in that cabin.

How to order your at-home pre-camp molecular test:

1.Download the Care685 app

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

2. Join Shwayder Camp

Click ‘Get Started’

Click ‘I have an invite code’

Enter this invite code (Email us at Info@shwayder.com for the invite code)

Click ‘Skip’ when asked if you have a CareBadge

Go to More Menu > My Care685 ID > Enter Parent First Name and Last Name > Click Save

3. COVID-19 Testing

Ordering a COVID-19 At-Home Test

We recommend that you order an At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit 7-10 days before the event so it reaches you in time

Click on ‘More’

On iPhone click on ‘Testing Policy’ and On Android phone click on “Order a Test”

Fill the Test Kit Order Form – You will want to order one kit per camper

Check your email for the Test Kit Payment Link from CareValidate

Performing an At-Home COVID-19 Test

We require that the attendee do this COVID-19 Test within 24 hours of the starts date for attending Shwayder Camp

Please follow the instructions in the instructions pamphlet in your kit to perform the test

Your results will be available in 30 minutes or less

Sharing your Test Result with Shwayder Camp

We require that you share the attendees test result within 24 hours of the start date for attending Shwayder Camp

Click ‘More’

Click ‘Report a Test Result’

Fill the Form – Enter your child’s name in the LAB NAME field.

Click ‘Attach a Photo’

Take a picture of your test kit with the result along with the kit’s serial number

Click ‘Submit’

To submit another child’s test result follow the same instructions above

Pre-Camp lifestyle behaviors

In order to create the best potential for keeping camp COVID-19 free we will be asking families to engage in Low Risk and Low/Medium Risk behaviors as displayed in the graphic below for 7 days prior to the start of the session. This includes all members of the household. 

We ask that campers be unmasked only with immediate household family members during this 7 day period of time, specifically not eating in restaurants or other eating venues with individuals outside their family unit. Gatherings with anyone from another household should be limited to outdoors with masking and physical distancing.

Campers attending other residential or day camp programs should still follow these guidelines for the 7 days prior to the start date of your Shwayder session.

As a reminder, we expect no travel (other than to camp), no symptoms, and no COVID-19 exposures during the week prior to the first day of the session. If your camper or anyone in the house develops any symptom, is exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or participates in any travel, this information must be disclosed to us and may negate their ability to attend camp.

During Camp – 

We will be taking a number of safety measures to remain as safe as possible prior to camp and once everyone arrives at camp. In preparation for this summer, we have limited capacity based on age group.

Pods – Your camper’s cabin group

Cohort – Your camper’s unit (the boys and girls cabin for each age group)

We will be using 3 non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) as recommended by the CDC. These include wearing masks, socially distancing, and being outside. When your camper is in their pod, they will not be required to do any of the three NPIs. If campers are with their cohort, they will need to be doing two of the three NPIs. For example, if the unit is together, the campers will need to be outside wearing masks or they can be inside but will need to wear masks and be socially distancing at least 6 feet apart. If campers are with anyone not in their pod or cohort, they will need to use all three NPIs at one time. 

Meals will be served in shifts with the younger age groups eating first, then the older age groups so that we can limit the number of people in the dining hall at one time. This will allow the older campers to enjoy a later wake up (added bonus!). As always, we will have mandatory hand washing and sanitizing before and after each meal. 

Programs that have been done historically with all of camp together will be limited to outdoors with everyone wearing masks and socially distancing. And, only after seven days after arrival if no campers or staff members have presented symptoms. 

All staff, with the exception of a few very specialized activity leaders, will be assigned to specific pods. Staff will also follow the regulations for NPIs.

If there have been no symptoms, positive cases, or exposures, regulations may become more lenient 7-10 days into the session based on medical professional recommendations. 

What happens if a camper or staff member is experiencing symptoms – 

Same as in years past, we will have a medical professional on site at all times while we are in session. We will also be hiring additional support for the infirmary to ensure the smooth operation during the summer. 

Should a camper or staff member begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, they will be immediately isolated, quarantined, and tested for COVID-19 in the health center. A parent will be notified if a camper receives a COVID-19 test.

What happens if there is a positive case of COVID-19 at camp – 

If your child’s PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the start of camp results in a positive, you will be eligible for a refund less the $350 deposit or given the opportunity to roll the full amount paid towards the 2022 summer.  

If your child tests positive at drop off based on the rapid antigen test, you will be asked to return home while we await the results from the PCR test administered at drop-off. Pending a negative result, we will make arrangements for your camper to join their cabin. Results should take around 24 hours to be processed.

If your child tests positive while they are at camp, they will be isolated and you will be contacted immediately to discuss next steps. Refunds will be issued on a prorated basis. 

If a camper in your child’s cabin tests positive, you will be notified and that pod will isolate from the rest of camp while still being able to participate in camp activities. Those campers will receive a rapid antigen test and continue to be monitored for symptoms. 

We will promptly communicate with all parents/legal guardians via email if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp. We will not release the name, condition, or specifics to protect the person’s confidentiality. We will let parents/legal guardians know if the person is in their camper’s pod.

The pod of the person who tests positive will be kept together and isolated from the rest of camp. All campers will be monitored daily via temperature checks and symptom checks. The cabin will continue programming with only those in the cabin group. Other campers will continue programing after a thorough sanitation of camp. If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, we will be in communication with you to coordinate pick up and next steps. 

We will continue to update these guidelines as we learn new information. We will be in touch over the next several months to ensure you are informed of any changes and receive more details. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate prioritizing our campers and staff members’ health and safety while balancing the ability to make camp feel as magical as ever. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

2021 Travel Protocols for Out-of-State Families

In consultation with our medical professionals and other camp professionals, we have identified ways in which we feel we can safely allow campers from outside of Colorado to get to camp without imposing travel restrictions that would inhibit a families ability to get to Denver. These travel protocols are outlined below.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 changes, we are ready to evaluate these protocols and update them as necessary. Please note that these travel protocols only apply to traveling to camp. Any other travel during the week prior to camp by a camper or family member will inhibit a camper’s ability to attend camp.

Flying into Denver from out-of-state for Drop off

If your camper is flying into Denver International Airport, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Flights should be scheduled to arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on a non-stop flight on the first day of their session. If this is not possible, you must obtain authorization from the Camp office prior to purchasing your ticket so special arrangements can be made. Lunch will be provided upon arrival.

All travelers must submit a negative at-home molecular Lucira Test 24 hours prior to arrival. Please follow the instructions listed above for testing.

All travelers must wear an KN95 mask and a face shield throughout the duration of their flight and all time spent in the airport. We ask that time inside the airport is as limited as possible.

All campers will be mailed bright, Shwayder Camp luggage tags to help easily and quickly identify luggage as it arrives. Someone will collect all camper luggage in order to minimize the amount of time Shwayder Campers and Staff spend inside the airport.

All campers who fly in on the first day of camp will go directly up to Shwayder Camp after receiving a negative COVID-19 rapid test. Parents and/or legal guardians must stay with their campers until the COVID-19 rapid test result is received. If a parent is unable to accompany a camper on a flight, the family must appoint a guardian to meet their camper at the airport and remain with them until after results of the COVID-19 rapid test are received. This appointed guardian will be required to follow the additional safety protocols outlined in the family guidelines for the week prior to the flight.

If a camper tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp, a parent or legal guardian will need to be able to pick up the camper within 24 hours.

Flights for out-of-state Campers should be scheduled to depart DIA between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m on the last day of the session. If you are not able to schedule a flight during this period you must obtain authorization from the Camp office prior to purchasing your tickets. A Shwayder staff member will accompany your camper to the airport and will remain with them until they board the plane if the flight is within our required time frame.

Driving into Denver from out-of-state for Drop off

Families that choose to drive in to Denver from out-of-state should take extra precautions to limit exposures.

If you are stopping along the way, please do not stay with family or friends. Please do not eat inside restaurants. Please choose lodging that adheres to the highest level of cleaning and sanitation standards.

All travelers must obtain a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival. Results must be emailed to schafer@shwayder.com 24 hours prior to the first day of the session.