Staying Healthy and Safe in 2020

March 16, 2020

  • The health and safety of our campers and staff is always our highest priority. We are watching events closely and are working with the local health department and following state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. We all have questions about what the next few weeks will teach us, but in the meantime, here’s what we can tell you.

    How will COVID-19 affect camp this summer? 

    • Our dates remain the same—we are Highlands—which means we are optimistic, realistic, resilient, vigilant and flexible. 
    • We are monitoring things closely, and staying in touch with our families regarding school closures and/or modified schedules. 
    • Please keep us posted on what your school district plans are. 
    • We will keep you up-to-date via email and on the blog

    What are your plans to keep everyone safe during the summer?

    • We will implement our screening during check-in (as always) and update it as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA). 
    • We always have hand sanitizer on the tables at meals, but will also set up additional handwashing stations as necessary. 
    • We will increase our cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and objects during camp, including equipment.
    • We will follow all health department and CDC guidelines regarding sending staff or campers home if they become ill. 

    Who is responsible for keeping Camp safe and healthy?

    • We have two registered nurses on staff that work closely with Andy, Tracy, Craig and our head counselors to ensure all protocols are followed. 
    • Our caretaker Kevin Rasmussen is also the Sayner Fire Chief and an EMT. He is an invaluable link between Camp and the community. And his wife Barb, is a paramedic and they live on the property with us. We are so lucky to have them on our staff.
    • We work closely with the Vilas County Health Department and the ACA to create policies that have camper and staff health at the forefront.
    • We will follow all CDC guidelines.

    Links you might find useful

    On a personal note, I’ve been examining my priorities this week. It turns out they mostly revolve around food, family and dogs. We are lucky that we have a stocked pantry (which I cleaned out this weekend!), warm beds to sleep in, and friends and family to call or video chat with. We are thinking about ways we can be “Worthwhile” either in-person or virtually. Starting today, I’m going to write one letter per day to the people I love. What ideas do you have to keep focused on the good things in life? I’d love to hear from you. 

    I ♡ CH, Tracy B.