As we welcome campers and staff back to camp in 2021, safety is our top priority. The Sierra Outdoor, Clovis Unified and the NCSTV Summer Basketball camp will have a comprehensive plan in place designed to protect the staff and campers in an on-site environment that minimizes risk while maximizing the overall experience for all.
Since the guidelines and safety protocols are constantly evolving we will do our best to communicate specifics here on our website so everyone can be informed. We will also communicate directly via email to those who have enrolled with all updates as they come in.
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We are proud to inform all parents, campers and staff that the Sierra Outdoor School is ahead of the curve on holding camps during these trying times. In the summer of 2020, the Sierra Outdoor School did an unbelievable job with gathering information from the CDC, COSA (California Outdoor School Association), and the ACA (American Camp Association) to determine steps needed to provide a socially distanced safe camping environment. They adjusted the housing, cafeteria and other common areas of the campground to abide by state and federal health guidelines. Their proposal was so impressive that the COSA mentioned they would likely use it as a template for overnight camps moving forward. We are in communication with the Sierra Outdoor School staff on a weekly basis to make sure we, as the camp host, are well informed and prepared for the protocols that will be in place come July, 2021.
We hope that the various levels of oversight gives everyone peace of mind in regards to health and safety during these times. The campground will make sure that they are approved to operate and have to provide their plan to do it safely and within accordance of the current guidelines by the CDC, COSA (California Outdoor School Association), the ACA (American Camp Association), Clovis Unified School District, Tuolumne County and the State of California.
The campground has the capacity to host over 440 campers and staff at a time. Therefore, in the event we are limited to the size of the camps in order to abide by social distancing requirements, we have plenty of space to do so at a reduced capacity. In the event we have more campers enrolled for any particular week than we are allowed to hold due to any such limitations, we will do so on a first-enrolled first-served basis.
The layout of the basketball facilities does provide us with great options. With five outdoor courts we are capable of holding all games and clinics outdoors, if necessary.
NorCal Sports TV is committed to requirements for all of their own staff and coaches. We will assure that all of our own camp staff and coaches are fully vaccinated prior to working the camp. Our own staff will also be required to have a negative covid test within 72 hours of working the camp as well as daily temperature checks. These measures are in addition to any other guidelines required by us as camp host.
Since we are live streaming and broadcasting all games from the camp, we can allow for social distancing for families who want to watch their children play during the camp. The ability to visit during the week will be based on protocols in place at the time, so we hope that the ability to watch games live or on demand over the internet will assist in helping keep everyone healthy and safe by allowing for additional social distancing.