At TMR this summer our active measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 have allowed for three successful weeks of camp as Scouts and their families and leaders have benefitted from a safe and fun camp program. For 2021 Ten Mile River has implemented expanded outdoor programming, an emphasis on distancing between Scouts from different units, entry screening, temperature checks, medical review upon arrival and spot health check-ins, as well as expanded cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
Part of our plan to ensure that we can operate safely this summer has been closely monitoring and interpreting data, to analyze risks and modify our preventive measures as needed. At this time with a surge of cases of COVID-19 and particularly the Delta Variant leading to “moderate to substantial” community transmission rates in the areas where many of our campers will be coming from, we feel that it is important to update our guidelines for the remaining weeks of summer camp.
All individuals including Scouts, Staff, Leaders, and Parents will be required to wear a mask when indoors while at Ten Mile River. This policy is based upon the guidance of the CDC. This includes offices, indoor classrooms, leader lounges, and, when not eating or drinking, dining halls. This policy will apply to all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
With a trend of rising infection rates in our home communities, it is critical that we take this step to keep our camps safe and operational through to the end of the 2021 season. Every Scout deserves to have their week at camp. We have done our best this summer to keep classes outdoors and spread out, we have monitored attendance of our different camp areas, and are doing our best to facilitate programs that have a very low chance of transmission. One area that CDC guidance continues to note as an area of increased risk is extended time spent indoors with other individuals. A mask policy for these circumstances is one more step to keep our campers safe.
*If a participant has a medical condition that leaves unable to tolerate a face covering the camps will work to facilitate outdoor classes, programs, or meals.
Read more on the latest COVID-19 Guidance from the CDC:
Recommendations for Indoor Settings
Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, severe disease, and death is reduced for fully vaccinated people. Though they happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, some infections do occur among fully vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can transmit it to others. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can further reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and transmitting it to others by wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. Wearing a mask in public is most important for people who are immunocompromised. Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People at increased risk for severe disease includes older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions. Members of the household who are unvaccinated include: any persons who have not completed vaccination, who cannot be vaccinated, and those who are not eligible for vaccines, including children less than 12 years of age. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a mask where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance, and in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. Prevention measures are still recommended for unvaccinated people.
CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies in place.