Summer 2021 FAQs
We recognize there are many factors to consider when registering for camp this summer. Please see below for our most frequently asked questions about camp and COVID-19. If you have additional questions, please contact us so we can assist you.
What current precautions will you have in place to keep my camper safe this summer?
These policies are subject to change before the summer as we receive more guidance from LARA, CDC and other government agencies. We will update this page as necessary.
Currently, the following precautions will be in place:
- Negative COVID test: We may require all campers to have a negative COVID test within a week of their arrival at camp. (we are hoping that access to rapid antigen testing will enable us to test on all campers at drop-off).
- Social distancing, masks, etc.: In this sense, your trip won’t be too different from at-home life. We’ll wear masks when it makes sense (i.e. in transit, if we have to be indoors, or when we can’t socially distance), and we’ll spread out whenever we can.
- Sanitization: While we know that surface transition is minimal, we plan to continue our sanitization practices from 2020. In addition to frequent hand sanitization and standard food handling practices, we avoid sharing high-tough objects (i.e. canoe paddles, lifejackets, backpacks etc.) as much as possible.
- Staff precautions: Per a CDC study from 2020, we know that, at camps that had COVID outbreaks, it could usually be traced back to the staff. Our staff will be well aware of this fact, and will understand that the safety and success of our community will be in their hands. That means they won’t be eating out or going to bars on their days off, they’ll minimize the number of people going inside establishments (i.e. to get carryout on a day off) and will avoid high-risk contacts with other staff members. We are hopeful that some or all staff will be vaccinated!
How are these decisions being made?
We are working with the Michigan camps licensing department (LARA) to establish our policies for the summer. They updated the policies several times throughout the summer last year and were very helpful in opening camp and keeping our community safe in 2020. The most recent version of their guidelines can be found here, but we’ve been told they will be updating the recommendations again in late April or early May.
Last year we took some measures that went beyond those required by the state, including requiring a negative COVID test from all participants. We are prepared to take similar measures for this summer if we feel it is necessary.
What happens if someone gets COVID while on a trip?
Currently, there is no straightforward answer to this question. In the event that we suspect a camper or staff member has COVID, we would work closely with the Grand Traverse and Benzie County health departments to respond appropriately. In the event that a camper or staff member develops symptoms associated with COVID 19, they will be isolated from the group and guides will contact Crystalaire headquarters to determine next steps.
Will you require a vaccine to come to camp?
At this point we will not require a COVID-19 vaccine to come to camp. The vaccine has not been approved for use by children and it seems unlikely that that will change before the summer.
We are hopeful that some or all of our staff will be able to be vaccinated before the summer, but we do not know if this will be possible.
Will staff be trained to make sure camp is COVID-safe?
Yes! Per a CDC study from 2020, we know that, at camps that had COVID outbreaks, it could usually be traced back to the staff. Our staff will be well aware of this fact, and should understand that the safety and success of our community will be in their hands. That means our staff won’t be eating out or going to bars on their days off, they’ll minimize the number of people going inside establishments (i.e. to get carryout on a day off) and will avoid high-risk contacts with staff members outside of their cohort. Plus, hopefully some or all of our staff will be vaccinated!
We will also update our staff training to include any and all information they need to adhere to our COVID policies.
What if I decide to cancel my camper’s registration prior to camp?
If YOU need to cancel your camper’s spot on the trip for any reason, refunds will be given, less a $100 administrative fee and ONLY if we are able to fill their spot.
In order to ensure the healthiest environment possible, if your camper cannot participate in their session due to a COVID exposure directly prior to camp or they’re experiencing COVID-like symptoms, all camp fees will be returned minus a $100 administrative fee.
What happens to our deposit if our session gets canceled?
If WE need to cancel your camper’s session due to COVID-19 or any other unforeseen circumstance, 50% of your payments made up until that point will be refunded**. This method helps cover any direct costs (materials, staffing, insurance, taxes, etc.) that camp has already paid in preparation for your camper to attend camp.
** For families with multiple campers, only 50% of what has been paid for ONE of your accounts will be held and 100% of sibling accounts will be returned.
I’d like to speak with someone, can I call?
Yes, of course. We anticipate a lot of conversations with campers and camp families. Please reach out to Curtis@lookoutsummer.com to set up a time.