THPRD is committed to providing a fun, memorable, and safe camp experience. We will be monitoring state and federal guidelines and will adapt our programs, as needed, to ensure the safety of all participants. We will communicate any changes to families as guidelines are updated.
THPRD Summer Camps 2021
THPRD has planned a variety of sports, recreation, tennis, and nature camps for campers age 4 to 15 starting June 21. These full-day and half-day camps will be offered through the following facilities:
Babette Horenstein Tennis Center
Cedar Hills Recreation Center
Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center
Garden Home Recreation Center
Tualatin Hills Athletic Center (including Camp Rivendale at Jenkins Estate)
What kind of modifications will be made to camps?
We will be maintaining smaller, stable group sizes for camps. We continue to select activities which maintain physical distancing and reduce touchpoints.
What inclement weather plans are in place for outdoor camps?
In case of rain, we will utilize areas available at camp loactions and portable canopies to keep campers dry and out of the weather. However, our schedule will remain the same, so the staff will adjust activities as needed. If thunder or lightning is present, staff will congregate the children in a safe place (not on high ground, no isolated trees, etc.) and will wait until 30 minutes after the last observed thunder or lightning before resuming activities.
Our regular procedures regarding sun protection will also be strictly followed, including encouraging staff and campers to play or take breaks in shaded areas, and having children apply sunscreen at least every two (2) hours and after drying off from being wet. Participants will be encouraged to drink plenty of water to stay cool and avoid dehydration
Will THPRD track any illness symptoms or outbreaks?
We will continue to monitor participants for Covid symptoms. Any child that has been exposed to Covid 19 in the past 14 days or has symptoms of Covid 19 may not attend camp.
We will keep logs for each pod to help identify anyone at-risk, should there be an illness associated with a camper or staff member.
If we suspect an illness or infection, we will immediately isolate the camper from other participants and follow our standard procedure for sick campers, which includes having the parent/guardian check the child out of the activity and take them home if they are on-site. If the parent/guardian is not on-site, staff will attempt to contact the parent/guardian listed as an emergency contact information to pick up the child.
If campers or staff, or anyone in their household, has recently had an illness with a fever or a new cough, they should remain at home until:
At least 10 days after illness onset, and
24 hours after the fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Campers or staff who have had direct exposure to COVID-19, will not be able to return until 14 days after the exposure, assuming they do not develop symptoms.
Will there be other changes to pick-up and drop-off?
Procedures will vary based on the site of camp. Site-specific check-in and check-out procedure information will be provided in the parent handbook for each facility, which is sent to families before the start of camp. Our goal will be to minimize exposure for all involved.
Will campers and staff be required to wear face masks?
State rules now allow for youth summer camp participants to participate without wearing a mask. THPRD has opted for parental choice for outdoor camps, meaning families can make the decision for themselves if they want their child to wear a mask outdoors or not. THPRD staff are still required to wear a mask outdoors.
In terms of youth camps held indoors, THPRD has gone a step above current statewide guidance, and is requiring both youth camp participants and staff to wear face coverings indoors out of an abundance of caution
Will THPRD staff be given additional training for camp this year?
Camp staff receive comprehensive training every summer. We will place an emphasis on safety and program protocols before camp begins, including policies around face masks and increased handwashing procedures, social distancing expectations amongst campers, as well as new protocols based on CDC and Oregon Health Authority requirements.
Can you tell me more about increased disinfection procedures?
We are closely monitoring statewide, national and industry guidelines to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. Campers and staff will regularly wash their hands, high-touch areas will be regularly and routinely sanitized, and physical distancing will be emphasized. We have developed additional guidelines regarding daily health checks, physical distancing, handwashing, sanitizing items, adjusted activities, meals and snacks, and drop off and pick up.
What about smoke or smog?
In the case of poor air quality, staff will modify activities, reducing high energy level activities, such as running, tag games, and extensive hiking. Staff will also encourage campers to take extra breaks, drink lots of water, and will, of course, be keeping a close eye on participants throughout the day.
If the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches the level of Very Unhealthy (200-250), programs will be canceled until AQI levels drop below Very Unhealthy levels (<200).
My child may benefit from additional support. Does THPRD offer inclusion services?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the closure of many district facilities and resulted in a reduction in THPRD’s workforce. We do not currently have the staffing capacity to offer summer camps at the level we have provided in years past and it will take time to scale up our operations. We will scale up to additional programming as we can.
I tried to register for a camp, but was told I’m on the wait list. What does that mean?
Once a camp has filled, participants are put on a wait list based on the order their registration request was received. As spaces become available (whether through expansion of camps at the site, or in the event someone drops the camp), participants will be notified in the order they appear on the wait list and will be given 24 hours to confirm the spot is still desired. If we do not hear from you within 24 hours, we will move on to the next person. Please ensure that you keep your email and contact information up to date for this purpose.
What if a camp is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, like another statewide order closing summer camps?
Patrons will receive a refund if a camp is cancelled by THPRD due to compliance with a statewide closure order, or for some other reason, that requires the District to cancel the camp.
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