The health and safety of our campers, camp families and staff are the top priority every summer. With the Covid-19 vaccine being available to everyone 12 years old and up, we encourage anyone that can get vaccinated do so to protect you and your families.
The wonderful news: Every single staff member at Camp Winnamocka, including our Junior Counselors have been vaccinated! The staff will continue to wear face coverings as suggested by the CDC for unvaccinated campers simply to model proper skills of face coverings at most activities excluding active OUTSIDE games, swimming, eating, and sleeping.
Pre-Camp Screening and Closing Day Changes
For the safety of everyone at Winnamocka we will continue our precautionary check-in and check-out process for the summer of 2023.
In an effort to follow the CDC recommendations, the State of Arkansas directives, and to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have made the following changes to camper’s check-in and check-out procedures:
- ONLY CAMPERS will be allowed outside of their vehicle for drop-off. This is a state directive from the Governor and Department of Health.
- Before you check-in with Dex, there will be a health screening (original lice check included) in a tent as soon as you enter camp property. The general waiver and health screening forms are available at the bottom of this page. We encourage you to utilize the pre-screening form to monitor your child’s physical condition leading up to their camp session. PLEASE KNOW: IF THE NURSE MARKS “YES” ON ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, YOUR CAMPER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER CAMP. Please contact the camp office if you feel your camper may not be admitted, we will be glad to try finding a later session or issue a refund.
- (PLEASE KNOW: If at any point during your camper’s stay they begin displaying symptoms of fever or coughing, they will be sent home immediately — you will receive a pro-rated refund)
- This year (and hopefully only this year!) after your camper’s health screening at the front of camp (form released back in mid-April and available at the bottom of this page) the Winnamocka staff will direct cars directly to Fort Jackson to be welcomed by the ever-cheering Winnamocka Team.
- Parents, if your child has medications our staff will greet you at your car at Fort Jackson to record any information and collect the medication. One of your camper’s counselors will be greeting you as you arrive. Again, ONLY the CAMPER may exit the vehicle.
- Our staff will unload any trunks/luggage, and we will begin our amazing and much-needed week of Winnamocka!
- Please know we have practiced and trained in this new check-in process. Please be very patient with us as we do our very best to welcome our campers in this new way this summer. Expect some wait time on entry, but know we are doing everything to make this process as smooth as possible.
- We will be providing brand new BUFFS for all of our campers. The state is asking that children over 10 wear these cloth face coverings when required. These are not required to be worn during exercising, bathing, sleeping, or eating. Buffs have been hugely popular at summer camp, so add yours to your packing list!
- Please visit https://arkansasready.com/resources/summer-camps/ and scroll down to Overnight Summer Camps for our recommendations and requirements.
- To limit hand-to-hand contact, if you haven’t already added money to your camper’s Trading Company account you have two options to add funds before check-in: Paypal or Venmo. Our Paypal account is firstname.lastname@example.org and our Venmo account is campwinnamocka (all one word, all lowercase). Simply send the amount you wish for camper to have for their declining balance and put your camper(s) name(s) in the memo line. We recommend $25-$50 per camper, per week; anything your camper doesn’t spend will be refunded at the end of their session.
- For Check-Out, we are asking parents/guardians to remain in their vehicle upon arrival. A staff member will greet you at your vehicle and your camper will be brought out to you. They will already have their leftover money from their Jackson’s Trading Company account. We hope this will only be the case for Summer 2020 and this will not be a permanent change.
Screening While at CAMP
Counselors and Staff Support members will perform check-ups of campers while at camp.
Proper hand washing will be required before and after all meals. This includes washing thoroughly for 20 seconds with anti-bacterial soap. A hand-washing station has been added out on the trails of Winnamocka so that campers and counselors can wash their hands between activities.
Hand sanitizers will be available around doors, at each activity, and in every counselor’s med pack. Our hand sanitizers meet the CDC standards of at least 62% alcohol. Campers and counselors will be required to use the hand sanitizer before and after each activity.
Wilderness Lodge Dining
All hands will be sanitized properly entering the Wilderness Lodge.
All Kitchimockas will wear CDC guidelines for PPE.
All tables will be sanitized using the commercial grade disinfectant that is recommended.
We will not have an open salad bar or topping bar available, but instead will have a pre-packaged option, so campers will not be sharing the same utensils to serve themselves.
Cabin and Facility Cleaning
We will be following excessive cleaning recommendations especially for bathrooms, bunk houses, door knobs, and light switches.
Indoors: Face Coverings will still be required in the cabins except when sleeping or showering. They will, also, be required in the Wilderness Lodge until the campers and staff are seated and eating.
Outdoors: The CDC has released new summer camp guidelines regarding outdoor activities, declaring where campers and staff can practice social distancing, there is very low risk of transmission. At Winnamocka, we strive to be the safest we can possibly be. We would love no risk, but we will follow the CDC guidelines as we have always done. Specific examples of when we will be wearing masks outside at camp include: Courtyard Chat, Spirit Stick Competitions, Campfire Stories, Teambuilding Games, Treasure Hunts, traveling from one event to another, sitting on the sidelines watching an event and activities where we are chanting and in close proximity to each other or when our cabin pods are close to other cabin pods. Examples of places where the CDC guidelines do not suggest face coverings include any swimming event (Waterslide, Tom’s, G-Slide, Blobbing, Funyaking, Canoe Races) and activities that involve exercise (High Ropes except on platforms with other campers or staff, 007, Star Wars, Rubberband War, Kickball, Wiffleball unless cheering on the sidelines).
As always, if you have any questions, Niki will be at Fort Jackson upon your camper’s arrival! We do anticipate changes from the CDC as the summer weeks pass, and we’ll continue to update with these changes. Happy Camping!
What happens if my camper gets sick during our session?
Your camper will be taken to the first aid building with our first aid trained staff to be evaluated. We will immediately take temperatures of your camper and he/she will receive a full evaluation. For the summer of 2023, if any camper is symptomatic with any of the known signs of COVID-19 a parent will be expected to come pick up their camper.
Please let us know if you have absolutely any questions. We love our campers. We love camp. For the safety of our campers and families for 2023, we will continue with our changes for Opening and Closing Day. Thanks for your patience! We are going to offer a wonderful summer camp season full of friendships, adventures and a whole lot of “Akcomanniway!”
For the CHECK-IN WAIVER click here. (If you want to be ahead of the game, fill this out and bring with you to check-in.)
For the check-in nurse’s PRE-SCREENING check-in sheet click here.