UPDATED 5/31/20 - (2020 Covid-19 Protocol Document Available Here)
A MESSAGE FROM CAMP DIRECTOR HARMONY LENASBUNT
Hi Master Builder Families,
What a crazy year this has turned out to be! Kids need camp now more than ever. COVID-19 has disrupted their lives on such a massive scale and introduced new anxieties and stressors to which they have had to adjust. Master Builder Camp was built to provide a structured, nurturing environment for kids, that stimulates their curiosity, builds perseverance, fosters positive connection with peers, and encourages leadership skills. I know that kids need camp this summer, and I am doing everything I can to ensure that MBC is a safe and healthy environment for them this summer.
I am doing my best to monitor the situation and react according to recommendations from the CDC, State of Florida, and the American Camping Association. As of now, we will be running MBC all planned weeks for Summer 2020 as an essential childcare business within the supervision/management of Newberry Christian Community School and their Daycare License. This pandemic has changed the way we live our lives and I recognize that it will require big changes for our program as well. I have created new program protocols to address all the CDC's recommendations for childcare programs, and consulted with other large childcare facilities currently running to incorporate the best practices developed for these procedures. This list is a window into what we will be doing, and is not exhaustive, and you are welcome to contact me with further questions about our procedures at anytime. Also, I will be actively adjusting as new recommendations are being released, but this will be a start for us and we will reassess on a weekly basis.
We will be running camp as an essential childcare business for the month of June and may relax some protocols in July depending on the state of the pandemic and governmental mandates at that time. What this means is that camp will not look like it normally does, but will still include all the things we love about MBC, just in a smaller group within assigned spaces.
We are capping our camper max capacity each week to 48 kids (we typically have 85+). Groups will be 10-15 (depending on current mandates). Anytime staff are with campers outside of their assigned group they will use a mask when working in close proximity. Campers will be encouraged and supported to wear masks if their family chooses to provide one for them, masks will not be required at this time. Check In and Out will happen outside in the courtyard area, with families waiting to check in spacing themselves out every 6 feet. All camper groups will have their own entrance to their assigned group room and dedicated staff that stay with their group. Campers will wash hands/use sanitizer outside upon arrival and parents will drop off outside the door. To pick up, families will come to courtyard and a masked MBC staff will walkie for their camper to be sent out. Camper groups will not mix for the duration of the regular camp day.
SANITIZATION ROUTINE AND GROUP EDUCATION OF PROTOCOLS:
We will be ramping up our typical sanitization protocols increasing staff and camper hand washing as well as sanitizing frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. Dedicated cleaning staff will wipe down all frequently touched surfaces each hour including bathrooms. Toys/materials will not be shared across groups unless they have been properly sanitized in between (including LEGOS. We are using child/food safe cleaners listed by EPA as approved for sanitization against COVID viruses. We will also be working with our campers to use safe coughing/sneezing procedures, educate them on how to decrease possibility of transmission between them in a positive/team building manner. Campers/Staff will wash hands/sanitize at every transition (including using bathroom), with a goal of 1x per hour throughout the day.
REDUCING AMOUNT OF SHARED MATERIALS/TOOLS
Tools and materials will be preassigned to reduce sharing and sanitized in between users. We will also be doing our regular Free Play time as a rotation of materials each day within the campers group room (COLORED LEGO BOXES/BLUE BLOCKS/RACETRACK/KEVA ETC) to allow sanitization between groups. We will only be using our large main camp room for our Early Drop off and Late Pick Up Campers to give them space to spread out and use materials/activities that would encourage them to work/play in small groups or solo.
At check in, all camper families will do a quick health prescreening with their campers counselor at morning drop off, including a few quick questions and a temperature check. Staff will also do the same medical check at their arrival time. MBC staff will also have each staff member tested for COVID as frequently as possible throughout the summer, with the goal being bi-weekly. Any camper/staff with any symptoms of of illness will not be able to stay at camp. Parents must pick up any camper that is not feeling well during the day as soon as possible, regardless of the symptoms. We will be airing on side of caution this year, so things like unexplained exhaustion/tummy aches/headaches/digestion issues are reasons to go home and rest and monitor for further symptoms. Any camper that losing camp time due to illness will receive a prorated credit to their account for the time missed. We want to support our families and keep our camp healthy.
I also recognize the great financial strain that this situation has put on families to afford camp. The process of paying for camp without know whether it will be canceled or not is stressful. I have implemented a few changes to help mitigate that factor and reassure families that you can reserve camp space without the financial stress. See below for those changes:
REGISTRATION CHANGES FOR OUR CAMPER FAMILIES
We have made our early registration price our permanent price for the summer $195, with multi week/sibling discounts $10/week to apply on top of that.
PAYMENTS & REFUND CHANGES
We ask that all you choose PAYMENTS to pay only 25% (apx $50/week) to reserve your campers space and the rest of the cost will defer until the first day of that week of camp. The 25% deposit is non-refundable as cash but will automatically become a camp credit on your account for any future camp if we have to cancel, all other monies will either not be charged or refunded. This supports MBC to move forward with precamp costs (rent/insurance/materials/staff training) without having to take out massive loans to cover the financial impact of a complete cancelation.
If you need to cancel due to illness once camp has begun, all camp time left will be prorated as a credit to your account for a future camp week.
TO FIND THE PAYMENTS BUTTON, CLICK TO ADD A CAMP WEEK TO YOUR CART, THEN A BOX ABOUT THAT WEEK OPENS UP. CLICK ON TAB THAT SAYS PRICE, THEN CLICK PAYMENTS. YOU HAVE TO DO THIS FOR EACH WEEK YOU ADD BEFORE YOU GET TO THE CHECKOUT.
Thank you for your support in this change.
I will update this page as we receive more information from the governing agencies in regard to COVID-19's impact for our camp this summer. Please contact me with any questions you have and let me know how I can help you make the best decision for your child's summer experience.
SINCERELY, Harmony Lenasbunt