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Kimama During Corona

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Preparations for Kimama Michmoret, Galim, and Hof for Summer 2020

Everything you wanted to ask about aspects of camp affected by coronavirus:

How is Kimama dealing with COVID-19?
Kimama has put a lot of effort into adapting its activities and standards to the policies which have been passed on to us by the Ministry of Health. The security of your children always remains our top priority and we’re taking care to follow all these policies to the utmost degree.  Additionally, Kimama has designated a “coronavirus advisor” who is constantly keeping up-to-date with Ministry of Health regulations and adapting Kimama’s activities, and who will be responsible at each camp for meeting the required standards.

What is the level of awareness of COVID-19 at camp?
At Kimama, we believe that we must provide campers with a level of security and personal and environmental responsibility. Kimama’s coronavirus advisor will ensure that the relevant regulations are applied. Additionally, we will ensure that we create awareness of these policies among both campers and staff.  We believe that this must be done in a responsible, calming way.  Of course, our team is there to take care of campers (with an emphasis on younger campers who sometimes need reminders).

Where will activities take place? Are there open spaces? Social distancing?
As with our regular routine at Camp Kimama, we aim to conduct most of our activities out of doors, in the open air.  This year, more than ever, we will hold as many activities as possible in shaded areas outdoors.

  • Dormitories – Up to 4 campers will sleep in the same room for the entire camp period. Each 2-3 organic rooms will be active groups with its own group counselor. Updates will be provided if these restrictions are eased at some point, in accordance with instructions from the Ministry of Health.
  • Dining room – Masks must be worn only in the food serving line and while clearing trays at the end of the meal.
  • Activities in closed spaces
    In class space – Up to 20 sq. m. (215 sq. ft.) – up to 5 participants sitting 2 m. (6 ft.) apart
    Larger spaces – A space up to 40 sq. m. (430 sq. ft.) can accommodate up to 10 campers + 2 counselors
    Whole-camp gatherings – No whole-camp gatherings will be held in a closed space
    Masks covering mouth and nose in a closed space – At a distance of 2 m. (6 ft.) or less, in the presence of one or more other people
    Shared space – Meaning passages and hallways in residences, central restrooms – places where there is movement of people – masks must be worn in these crowded locations

What is the camp’s level of preparedness when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness?
In consultation with the Youth villages, we are prepared to carrying out intensive cleaning missions as required by the determination of the Ministry of Health during the coronavirus period and preceding the opening of camp.

  • Cleaning of rooms – Camper rooms are undergoing deep-cleaning by a cleaning company operating in the field. Several weeks ago, the cleaning company transitioned to providing the services necessitated by coronavirus, and is currently operating according to these requirements. Sanitary areas are being cleaned with both bleach and detergent, which together work to sanitize the virus.
  • Sanitizing of shared equipment – Sanitization of equipment passed between people and/or which is used by more than one person will be done with a spray bottle containing 70% alcohol.

What about personal protective equipment for campers?
Each camper must bring personal protective equipment to camp in order to preserve personal hygiene.

  • Masks covering mouth and nose – Every camper is required to bring the appropriate number of masks designed to cover the mouth and nose for the number of days spent at camp – one per day. Surgical masks are recommended.  Camper’s name should be written on each of these personal masks before arriving at camp!  According to the Ministry of Health, children under age 7 are not required to wear masks covering mouth and nose.  Among the youngest campers (“Cocoon”), the youngest children are only 6 years old. This group does not require masks covering mouth and nose, though their counselors do. * Jersey / cotton / homemade masks are not recommended.
  • Hand sanitizer (alcogel) and cleaning supplies – The camp will provide cleaning and hygiene supplies for cleaning sanitary areas (by the cleaning company only). Hand sanitizer stations are available at camp.
    * Bringing cleaning or sanitizing materials of any kind to camp, including bleach and bleach wipes, is strictly forbidden. Campers may bring personal hand sanitizer (alcogel) only. In the event that campers wish to bring wipes, they may only bring sanitizing wipes that do not contain bleach (99.9%, for example).
  • Personal thermometer – Every camper must bring a digital thermometer clearly marked with his or her name (using a marker or sticker).

* Do not, under any circumstances, bring a glass/mercury thermometer to camp.

Will there be care taken to ensure general hygiene and handwashing?
We will diligently ensure frequent handwashing with soap and water, at all times, as often as possible, during transitions between activities, when arriving at dormitories, when leaving the restroom. We will be placing an emphasis on sanitizing with alcohol after contact with contaminated items or surfaces.

  • Sanitizing with alcohol with hand sanitizer (alcogel) dispenser – Obligatory when entering the dining room, before handwashing
  • Awareness of keeping hands away from faces – Avoiding eating outdoors (snacks) without handwashing, avoiding hand contact with the face and nose during activities and before cleaning and sanitizing the hands.

Will you be checking campers’ temperature?
Yes, with twice-daily tracking. Every camper’s temperature will be taken twice a day, morning and night. It is the counselor’s responsibility to track their campers and record temperatures at wakeup and bedtime. Reports will be made to management and to the corona advisor of any camper with a temperature over 38°C (100.4°F).

What happens if a camper has a fever?
A routine checkup by the camp infirmary manager. This will be reported to Kimama’s camp doctor in order to make a determination if there is a concern of coronavirus.  If there is a concern – there will be a detailed policy in place which will be carried out by the camp director and doctor. This will be provided after updated instructions from authorizing authorities.

Is there a medical team at camp?
Every camp has a professional medic – in most cases, a military medic – who runs all aspects of the camp’s infirmary.  The medic keeps an ongoing journal of camper visits for routine checkups and regular and non-regular medication.  The medic provides situation reports to the camp director. The medic also provides first aid to campers and staff, provides alerts in case of problems, and recommends medical evacuation, working closely with the camp doctor and director.

During the coronavirus period – clinics will provide early isolation for anyone with symptoms.  Sick room: In accordance with Ministry of Health regulations, there will be orderly policies in place concerning isolation within camp as well as for a situation of camp evacuation.

Physician available 24/7 – Kimama’s private physician is available for every test, treatment, and consultation. This is the senior professional advisor in camp in any medical situation, with an emphasis on awareness of the health situation of the entire camp community.

How will campers be admitted to camp?

  • Health declaration – Every camper must produce medical authorization for participation in summer camp up to 24 hours before the start of camp or 48 hours before arrival at camp (in the event that camp begins on Sunday).
  • One supervising parent at arrival – Every camper must arrive accompanied by a single parent only on the morning of arrival. The purpose of this, as mentioned, is to reduce people crowding in communal areas, even though this will take place in an open area at all our camps.
  • Taking temperature before admission to camp – Temperatures will be taken for all occupants of vehicles entering the camp area on the morning of arrival. A designated staff person will take temperatures using a contactless thermometer.
  • Masks covering mouth and nose – All parents and campers are to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose when entering the camp admission area.

How will campers be released from camp?
A single parent may enter to pick up his or her child – every camper will leave camp accompanied by a single parent only on the last day. The purpose of this, as mentioned, is to eliminate crowding of people in the common space even though this will take place in an open area at all our camps.

  • Taking temperature on entrance to camp – Temperatures will be taken for all vehicle occupants entering the camp space on the last day. A designated staff person will take temperatures using a contactless thermometer.
  • Masks covering mouth and nose – All parents and campers are to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose when entering the camp pickup area.

Will family visiting day be held this year for two-week camps?
Unfortunately, no.  In order to maintain the maximum distance for every single one of our campers, there will be no family visiting day, as this causes gathering and crowding of people.

What if for some reason I still have to pick up / bring something to my child during camp?
A parent’s visit during camp requires the director’s approval. If there is a need to meet with your child (in the event that this is required) or a need to pass or pick up items, the meeting or transfer of items will be done at the entrance gate to the camp. Entrance to the inner camp area will not be allowed, including camper dormitories.

Will there be campers from outside of Israel? What are Kimama’s policies on this? How can we be certain that they were in isolation?
Kimama trusts families’ declarations. In addition, those arriving from abroad must produce a document proving their entry into Israel on a date at least 14 days prior to the first day of camp.  In addition, each parent must sign a declaration that the camper and the accompanying parent stayed in the required isolation conditions, as determined by law. Making a false declaration is against the law.

Do campers from abroad have to be in isolation before camp?
At the moment, yes.  Until further notice, Kimama will continue to operate with you to follow all relevant regulations.

Will there be swimming in a pool?
Yes, with minimal crowding. At the moment, according to the current regulations, there must be 6 m. (20 ft.) per camper in the water.

In communal spaces outside of the pool – 2 m. (6 ft.) per camper.

Under whose authority is Kimama permitted to open the camp?
The manager of summer camps and youth, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, firefighters, and the Department of Business Licensing which gives final authorization after submission of all authorizations.

What activities are permitted and forbidden?
All planned activities are permitted, including swimming, sea, and hikes – all according to restrictions and behavior guidelines.

Will there be sanitization of the camp between camp periods?
Sanitization (according to coronavirus requirements) includes cleaning with bleach or 70% alcogel. Between camp periods the dormitories will be cleaned with bleach by the cleaning team (floor, toilets, showers, and taps).

Will the children’s experience be different because of social distancing?
The experience will be unique, just like our entire lives have been altered by recent events. The quality of the activities and the connection among campers won’t be harmed. On the contrary, the team will be on maximum alert to the campers’ wellbeing and health – which will strengthen the connection between them and the group cohesion. The main consequence will be reducing physical contact.

Do we need to wear masks all the time?
No.  Most of the time we will be doing open-air activities by the sea (ideally). We will not need to wear masks except around mealtimes and reduced-size activities in a closed room, according to the regulation.