Kids Program - Health and Safety Information

WHAT WE NEED FROM PARENTS 

  • Talk to your kids about COVID-19 before camp and about the importance of following our COVID-19 camp procedures.
  • Liability Waiver  if the liability waiver has not been completed online during camp registration you will be asked to sign one at drop off on the first day of camp
  • Drop Off and Pick Up parents/guardians are required to drop off and pick up their kids every day of camp. If there are reasons preventing this from happening please contact the Program Director immediately to discuss. 
    • Parents/guardians and campers should stay in vehicles at the camp drop off location for our designated sign-in/sign-out instructor.
    • Drop Off - Our instructor will check the our pre camp forms have been completed, do our daily screening, temperature checks, and equipment check.
    • Pick Up - Our instructor will come by your vehicle and sign your camper out. Be prepared to show ID
    • Only instructors, staff, and campers will be permitted to enter the camp facility.  
  • Personal Protection Equipment we are asking all kids to wear a mask on land and on water. We would like them to have 2 so they have a dry one and a wet one. 
    • On-land any mask is fine to wear
    • On-water we need kids to have a neck gaiter or neck buff. They can wear it around their neck, not lose them when out paddling, and can be worn in the case the camper needs help on the water where social distance can not be followed. 
    • We have neck gaiters for purchase for $10. 
    • If you have any personal bottles of hand sanitizer for your child please give them one to use for camp. 
  • Wetsuits and life jackets must go home with the camper(s) daily to be cleaned, dried, and brought back to camp the next day. Rinse the suit with fresh water and hang to dry. Please bring a trash bag or something to bring wet gear home at the end of the day.
  • High-risk campers, parents, family, and friends of participants attending camp should contact the Program Director immediately to discuss if participation in camp is right for your child. 

 

WHAT WE NEED FROM CAMPERS 

  • An understanding of what COVID-19 is and why it is important to follow the camp COVID-19 Tribal Traditions (policy and procedures). 
  • Arrive in bathing suit attire under warm clothes
  • Understand how important sunscreen and drinking water is, and why it is important to put it on and drink it when asked during camp. 

Bring every day to camp

  • Cleaned wetsuit and lifejacket (provide by Mike’s Paddle) 
  • Plastic bag to bring wet gear home
  • 2 face masks for on land and on water 
  • Water bottles (2-liter water bottle or two 1 liter bottles) 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medications your child takes (please note on the medical form)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Towel
  • Long-sleeve top to wear on the water like a rash guard (must be non-cotton, Mike’s Paddle rash guards available for purchase $25)
  • Swimsuit for under wetsuits
  • Water shoes with a heel strap (and closed-toe preferred)
  • A warm change of clothes for after paddling including dry shoes
  • Jacket  
  • If your child has their own PFD / wetsuit they may bring it to camp 

 

WHAT MIKE’S PADDLE IS DOING 

  • WE 2 LOCATION FOR CAMP - This year we have 2 different camp locations so we could accommodate more kids while still keeping our participant numbers lower.
    • Our regular Summer Camp is being held at  Encinal Boat Ramp (https://goo.gl/maps/CL8o7SDxAJ5fCgwH8) located next to Encinal High School.
    • Our Youth, Teen and Intermediate Camps are being held at the Mike's Paddle Shop (https://g.page/mikespaddle?share)
  • We maintain a 1:6 instructor to student ratio. 
  • All equipment (paddle, board wetsuit, lifejacket) will be and assigned to each child so they will be handling their own equipment the entire week of camp. 
  • Times for launching, landing, and changing will be staggered to allow for appropriate physical (social) distancing. 
  • Additional handwashing and hand sanitizing stations will be placed around the facility.
  • Daily cleaning and sanitization of all high touch areas including equipment, surfaces, and restrooms will take place multiple times a day. 
  • Signage for physical (social) distancing protocols, hand washing, and face coverings will be placed around the facility. 

 

WHAT INSTRUCTORS ARE DOING 

  • Mike’s Paddle on-water safety practices still remain our number one priority. Instructors will put water safety ahead of COVID-19 prevention measures as appropriate.
  • On-water instruction will be conducted as usual with an emphasis on fun and safety.
  • Strategies for behavior corrections if a camper is being continuously defiant of COVID-19 Tribal Traditions (Policies and Procedures) 
  • Participating in daily health screenings. 
  • Instructors are trained if assistance is needed for helping a camper gear up, perform an on-water rescue, towing, first-aid, emotional comforting, or coaching, to do the following:
    • Try to keep physical distance as often as possible 
    •  Use face-coverings any time they are in close proximity to campers, instructors, and parents.
    • Ask campers to use face-covering any time they are in close proximity to other campers or instructors.
    • Hand sanitization practices before and after touching the child or gear.
    • Be sensitive in talking to campers about COVID-19 

 

COVID-19 TRIBAL TRADITIONS (POLICIES & PROCEDURES) 

  • A mask must be worn anytime physical distance is not maintained during camp.
  • A distance of 3 to 6 feet will be maintained when possible on and off the water; the facility will be marked to help campers and instructors maintain a 3ft to 6ft distance while sitting in the site, playing games, doing activities, washing gear, or waiting for the bathrooms.
  • Hand sanitizer or hand washing will be done upon arrival, before lunch, after applying sunscreen to face, and throughout the day by campers and instructors. 
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow. 
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes. 
  • Daily temperature checks upon arrival of all campers and instructors.
  • Maintaining possession of all personal equipment and not touching other camper’s or instructor’s equipment. 

 

COVID-19 SUSPECTED OUTBREAK RESPONSE 

Immediately report a suspected or positive COVID-19 case to the Program Director, of anyone your camper has come into contact within the last 14 days. 

If we suspect a camper or instructor has a COVID-19 case due to our daily health screening or a report of infection we will immediately notify all participants in the camp.

We will cancel that week of camp immediately and call all parents to pick up children.

We will give credit back to all parents immediately, then work on refunds based on expenses for the camp by the end of September. 

All staff will get a COVID- 19 antibodies test. Those who are positive will be quarantined for 14 days. Those who are negative can be released back to work. 

The facility and all equipment will be sanitized and disinfected to ensure no further spread of the virus. 

The following week of camp may be canceled if we do not have enough staff, can not ensure the site has been sanitized properly or feel it is unsafe to open back up.

Alameda County Public Health Department will be contacted immediately if a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case is identified to provide additional assistance.