As many of you continue to monitor the changes that are occuring due to COVID-19, this page will provide updates related to FLX Adventure Camp at Paddle-N-More.
The process to continue to provide our summer camp programs was not an easy one. The decision to continue to run summer camps is based on the state of our society. A lot of upheaval and changes are occuring right now which is causing an increase in stress and anxiety in both children and adults. At FLX Adventure Camp at Paddle-N-More, one of our ultimate goals is to provide quality outdoor recreation programming that creates balance in the lives of others.
Watching much of our educational system go remote and online was a driving force for us to keep our camps live and in person. Believe me! We considered creating virtual camps! But, the majority of us at FLX Adventure Camp live by the philosophy that we need to disconnect from technology for our own personal mental and physical health.
With that said – here we are! Keeping our camps live this summer! Please know, things can change in a day, in a week, in a month. As we move foward, we will continue to work hard to stay flexible and positve through these times.
Because we had to cancel some of our more specialized programs, we added limited spots of our signature camp, Wind-N-Waves, to those weeks. As stated, spots are limited.
We are working to create an engaging water-sports atmosphere all while working to establish COVID-19 related guidelines and protocol to keep both campers and counselors healthy. Please do know, our camp will not necessarily be the same as previous years. But, we will work hard to create a fun and safe atmosphere for your child/children.
Note: We will continue to monitor the changes due to COVID-19 made as we move into the summer months.
To date, the following changes have been made:
What we are doing:
- Reduced density by lowering the number of participants who can be in camp on a weekly basis. This change will help create smaller activity groups.
- We are actively examining and changing our arrival screening and health response procedures for our camp programs as instructed by the NYS DOH, the CDC and the American Camp Association.
- We updated our cleaning procedures to include the specific anti-viral measures suggested/required by our local health department and CDC.
- Cleaning and sanitizing all watersports gear and shared spaces between activities using a protocol of using a bleach solution, disinfectant wipes, soap and water and drying.
- Increasing our hand washing and hygiene protocol by purchasing a handwashing station and providing hand sanitizer.
- Our camp staff are committed to staying home when we have signs or symptoms of any illness and working with our county to see if we can obtain testing for camp staff and employees.
- Requiring face coverings for campers and camp counselors when in situations where we cannot adhere to the physical distance requirements of six feet – this includes land activities and breaks.
- We are developing activity and instructional procedures to follow the “social distancing” guidelines established by the NYS DOH.
- Cancelled that require extensive travel/transportation – all parents/guardians have been refunded for the cancellation
- Destination Exploration Adirondack Canoe Adventure
- Standup Paddleboard Whitewater Skills Camp
- Monitoring both camp counselors and campers daily by taking temperature.
- Requiring our camp counselors to get tested before camps begin, get tested every other week, and stay home if they have any symptoms or do not feel good All health protocol will be reviewed and monitored by our health director who is available on site at our Myers Park location
Summer Camp Guidelines, COVID-19 and Code of Conduct:
We are currently updating our summer camp guidelines with the protocol for both campers and parent expectations related to COVID-19. Those guidelines will be emailed out to parents next week for review. The updated guidlines will include several updates to our daily protocol. Some of the changes and updates include:
- An updated camper code of conduct that must be read and signed by both the camper and parent/guardian BEFORE camp begins
- COVID-19 Release of Liability and Waiver
- Updated drop-off and pick-up protocol
- And, several other updates to guidelines related to COVID-19 protocol established by the CDC and the American Camp Association.
- To review the American Camp Association Summer Camp Guidelines, please visit Summer Camp Field Guide for Camp Operations created in collaboration with the CDC. The full website is: https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020
Please understand – It takes a team!
Disclaimer: As much as we would love to state we can keep COVID-19 out of our camp, we cannot guarantee that statement. There are a lot of unknowns with this virus. We are taking a risk by still providing an engaging summer camp experience for your children. You are also taking a risk by enrolling your child/children in our camps.
Do know this! We still value providing quality programs that not only provide fun and teach skills through water-sports, we also work toward building courage, leadership, and compassion in the campers we work with. We will continue to build those values into our programming, all while developing and following guidelines and protocol to reduce the chances of the virus entering our camp. It really truly takes a team! That team includes the crew at FLX Adventure Camp at Paddle-N-More and YOU!
More udpates to come!