St. Michael’s Summer Camp “Where All Boys Have Fun!” ® is dedicated to maintaining a healthy, safe environment for the boys attending our camp. Besides having many of our seminarian counselors certified in Red Cross First Aid, a camp nurse is available every evening, Monday through Friday, to provide on-site medical assistance. Our camp nurses are an invaluable part of our camping program, and they help to ensure that we remain a place “where all boys have fun!”®
Over the past few years, a variety of medical concerns have arisen that need to be considered by parents before they submit an application to St. Michael’s Summer Camp. Even if your son has attended our camp previously, please read about these current camp health policies.
1. Covid 19
We have identified areas of risk and, on the advice of our medical advisors, put together plans to mitigate those risks. The areas are:
The initial risk of infection to summer camp participants (campers and camp staff) is from campers who may be infected with COVID-19.
- Camp will run from Monday through Saturday, to allow for the shortest time possible between testing and results.
Each camper will be responsible for procuring a COVID test within 72 hours of arriving at camp and presenting his negative test results upon check-in.
- Each weekend, all seminarians working at camp the following week will be rapid tested on the Saturday before the start of camp. We are using the highly accurate, saliva viral tests (which test for active COVID- 19 infection) through MAWD Pathology Group . Results will be available within 24 hours.
- Campers will be assigned to co-hort groups (councils) immediately upon check-in. The recommended co-hort size is 12 – 14 including campers and seminarians.
- Any camper who presents symptoms of the virus will be isolated and tested then sent home if his results are positive. Any camper with a fever will be sent home.
- Daily protocols are to ensure that campers are cooperating with the OC Health Department guidelines.
- Campers and staff will remain on abbey property for the duration of the week. No off site activities will be scheduled
We are confident that these measures, combined with the rural camp setting, will ensure that summer camp is among the safest possible places the campers can be, and that they will pose little to no risk to the abbey or outside communities.
Testing and Screening
- We have secured a supply of rapid, accurate viral tests (which test for active COVID- 19 infection) from MAWD Pathology Group for the entire 2021 summer camp session.
- Daily screening will be conducted for staff and campers participating in summer camp.
- Rapid testing will be available throughout the duration of summer camp, as needed, if any camper or staff develop symptoms of COVID-19.
- Should any program participants test positive, we will immediately report such cases to the Orange County Health Department. We have designated trailer type rooms set aside for camper isolation.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Practices
We will implement cleaning and disinfecting recommended practices, according to our existing COVID-19 plan including cleaning restroom, sink, shower and eating areas daily.
Readiness to Adapt
Appropriate adjustments will be made to this plan if conditions change, as we get closer to the planned summer camp dates.
All boys must be fully up-to-date with their school vaccines in order to attend St. Michael’s Summer Camp. As part of the application process, parents are required to send us photocopies of their son’s immunization records. Parents who choose not to immunize their sons, or who have not kept up with their son’s necessary vaccines, may alternatively turn in an Immunization Waiver (provided in the emailed camp “Acceptance Package”). This form must be signed by both the parent and a licensed California Health Care provider.
3. Allergies/Individual Care
The staff at St. Michael’s Summer Camp tries to accommodate young men with a variety of medical needs. However, we are limited in our capabilities to assist with these medical conditions:
• Asthma/Environmental Allergies/Nebulizers
St. Michael’s Summer Camp is primarily an outdoor camp, featuring a variety of physical activities, and campers who have asthma and allergies to pollen, ragweed, etc. will find that these conditions will be aggravated at camp. Boys with severe asthma cannot be admitted to camp at this time. Nebulizers may not be accepted into the camp.
• Dietary Restrictions/Food Allergies
All of our food is carefully prepared by a team of faithful Rosarian Dominican religious sisters in a commercially-equipped kitchen. Due to limitations in facility size, as well as the close-quarter dining of the campers, we cannot provide for boys who have life-threatening food allergies (e.g. nuts or shellfish) or those who require special meal preparation (e.g. those restricted to strict gluten-free diets).
Campers who have been sick with a fever within seven days before their camping session begins may not attend camp.
• Bee Stings
Boys who are severely allergic to bee stings may not attend camp.
• Epipens/Other Health Conditions
As a general rule here at camp we do not admit any boy who has been prescribed an Epipen for whatever reason. We also cannot accept a boy who has a severe life-threatening health condition, such as severe asthma or serious allergies.
The campers’ prescription medications are kept in our camp office, under the supervision of the camp director. All prescription medications must be checked-in with the camp nurse at the beginning of camp. All prescription medications must:
a) Have the boy’s name and specific dosage on the medication;
b) Be within date. Expired medications cannot be administered at camp;
c) Have an accompanying Physician’s Form (part of the St. Michael’s Acceptance Package) signed by a doctor.
Please do not bring multi-vitamins to camp. We maintain a supply of over-the-counter medications should the need arise.