Masks at Camp Rockfish
Updated as of Friday, June 26, 2020
Since the first day of camp this summer, we have had some concern expressed about the camp’s requirement that all campers and staff wear a mask while they are on campus. If you are considering registering a camper for one of our Day or Resident weeks, please read the material below regarding our requirement and the reasoning behind our requirement.
Three of the primary reasons why we are requiring masks for both Day and Resident camp are:
First, since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been some ambiguity as to whether or not masks are beneficial toward limiting the spread of COVID-19. In recent weeks, more and more studies have shown and experts are strongly advocating the wearing of masks as a legitimate means to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Raleigh recently voted to mandate the wearing of masks. The governor’s office is contemplating making masks a state-wide requirement. Despite there still being some lingering doubt about how well masks (specifically cloth masks) work, we have decided to err on the side of health and caution.
Below are two links to articles regarding the benefits of wearing a mask.
Second, over the past month, we have also discovered that the wearing of masks is a constant reminder to social distance; they tend to limit someone touching his/her face, and masks tend to make the statement that our actions have a direct effect on others. As a teachable moment, we have created a buff (bandana that fits around the neck and can be lifted up over the mouth and nose) which says, “Because we care about you.”
Finally, an important part of our summer protocol are wellness checks (blood oxygen level and temperature check) three times a day with both Day and Resident campers. However, one of the more challenging aspects of COVID-19 is that some who have the virus are asymptomatic. We require masks because we want to do everything we can to ensure a child or staff who may have COVID-19, but is not showing any overt symptoms, could not inadvertently give it to someone else.
Despite the reasons noted above, our primary goal is to make sure both parent and camper are comfortable with our expectations and ultimately have a good experience while on campus. To that end, we are encouraging parents to send their campers to camp for at least the first day. If after the first day, the child would rather not return because of the mask, we will refund the remaining 4 days’ fee. As of June 19, every camper has enthusiastically stayed the rest of the week.
Thank you for considering Camp Rockfish as a summer option for your camper and we hope to see you both this summer.