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International Gymnastics Camp 2021

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

PIONEERS OF SAFETY & KINDNESS SINCE ’71

 
We are thrilled to be opening for Summer 2021! In 1971 the Klaus Family founded International Gymnastics Camp with a vision to build a place that united the gymnastics world in a fun, kind, safe and positive environment. Nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, more than 150,000 campers from over 60 countries have called IGC their home away from home. As the longest Accredited ACA Gymnastics Summer Camp, the Klaus Family has been pioneers of safety and kindness in the gymnastics world since the beginning and look forward to the next 50 years and beyond!
old photo of bruno and cheryl with their children when they were young

COVID GUIDELINES 


In light of COVID-19, we wanted to outline all the necessary steps we are planning on taking to ensure it is the best, safest, and most camp magic experience for all our IGC campers this summer season. We acknowledge that there will be differences this summer; however, the awesome IGC experience will be here! For 50 years IGC has been at the forefront of safety in the gymnastics community and pioneers of safety in the gymnastics camp environment. On that philosophy of safety, the guidelines outlined here have been guided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Camping Association (ACA), PA State and US Federal guidelines as well as countless discussions, zoom conferences, and webinars focused on COVID-19 mitigation policies and procedures for camps.

The information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and evolving. We will continue to stay up to date on best practices and ask you to understand that as the information around this pandemic changes and evolves, so too will this guide. Rest assured, IGC will meet and/or exceed guidelines outlined by the appropriate experts.

PRE-ARRIVAL

 
To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 being brought into camp, we are asking all campers and staff to take additional safety measures in the two weeks before their arrival. We recommend campers and staff limit their exposures and eliminate nonessential travel before attending their camp session. Campers and staff should not attend camp if they are experiencing symptoms or have had exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days before their camp session.

TESTING

 
All campers and staff must complete a PCR COVID-19 test (not a rapid antigen test) within 3-5 days of arriving at camp. The results must be submitted to camp before your arrival. We ask that campers isolate as much as possible following their PCR test. Upon arrival at camp, IGC staff will be performing health screenings and rapid antigen testing as part of the check-in process.

Any camper who tests positive for COVID-19, has a high temperature, or is exhibiting COVID symptoms, will not be able to attend camp. That camper will have the option to attend a later session that has availability or roll over their registration to the following year. Additionally, as part of our mitigation efforts and care for your camper, IGC will administer a second rapid antigen test mid-week.

There will be an additional fee of $50 per session added to every camper’s invoice to cover the costs of the rapid antigen testing.

TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS

 
In light of COVID-19 travel restrictions, the airline’s unaccompanied minor protocols, and our own testing requirements/mitigation efforts, it is not feasible for us (IGC) to provide transport to and/or from airports this season. Unlike traditional multi-week camps, as you know we run nine weekly sessions and the weekly trips to the airport would unnecessarily expose our IGC staff to possible COVID-19 cases. Our goal continues to be to create as much of a camp ‘bubble’ as possible. 
Our 2021 flight campers will need to arrange their own transportation to camp. In addition to this, we highly recommend all flight campers be accompanied by a parent or guardian due to the possible factor of testing positive for COVID-19 on arrival or during the week. As per our guide, any camper that tests positive for COVID-19 will need to be picked up by their parent or guardian promptly. 

HEALTH SCREENINGS

 
We will be performing health screenings on every camper and staff member each morning. Everyone will have to answer a brief set of questions and their temperature will be taken.

MASKS + SOCIAL DISTANCING

 
All campers are required to bring masks to camp. Campers will wear masks when they are transitioning to gyms, mealtimes, open recreation times, open gym, etc. Masks will NOT be required when campers are in their cabin or while doing gymnastics or recreation activities. Staff may be required to wear masks during these activities. IGC sits on 200+ acres and has five gymnasiums, so we have plenty of room to spread out! Cohorts will be rotating among camp activities and play areas to ensure they do not come in contact with one another. lGC is also changing its session meeting locations and more, to allow for appropriate distancing.
summer campers jumping in the air

GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION

 

IGC will be operating in cohorts (teams) organized by age group and cabin. Teams will be attending meals, recreation events, and all gymnastics sessions together. Enrollment has been limited this summer to reflect the maximum 75% capacity outlined by PA State for summer camps in 2021.

We take immense pride in the cleanliness of our camp, and this year we will be taking it to the next level. We are hiring additional staff for cleaning and frequent wiping down of high touch surfaces (like door handles), as well as purchasing electrostatic backpack sprayers, to be used in conjunction with our medical-grade disinfectant sprayers.

Additionally, when equipment must be shared between teams (gymnastics apparatus, recreation equipment, etc.) we will be disinfecting and/or wiping down between each usage. Good clean hand hygiene is always important and even more so in this day and age.

At IGC we have placed additional hand sanitizing stations around camp to ensure there is ample access to wash hands at any time during the camp schedule. IGC will utilize all options to increase ventilation in all buildings, maximizing the airflow.

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT

 
For our returning families, this process will look different this year. Campers will be assigned a check-in and check-out time determined by their designated team. Both check-in and check-out will be completed from the comfort of your car (a curbside contact less process if you will!) and everyone must wear masks. To reduce in-person contact, parents will not be able to leave their vehicles and accompany their child to their cabin. For check-in, counselors and IGC staff will be meeting their campers in the parking lot and taking them to their cabins. For check-out, counselors will be bringing your camper to you in the parking lot.
camp cabins set into the woods with path leading down the hill

CABIN LIFE

 
Campers will be sleeping in opposite directions (head-to-toe and toe-to-head). Our goal is to ensure cabins are not filled to capacity this summer to ensure maximum social distancing where possible.
girls sitting atop one of the bunk beds in a cabin

GYMNASTICS TRAINING

 
This summer your gymnastics training groups will be within your cohort team. On Sunday we will continue to evaluate your camper’s gymnastics ability so that they are placed in a group within the cohort team that meets their current ability. Signage will be in place to direct campers in and out of the gyms so that teams do not come into contact with each other.
learning to do a flip at international gymnastics camp

RECREATION

 
Free afternoon and evening recreation times will operate differently as we rotate teams through the camp activities and canteen time. The camp schedule has been amended to ensure all campers have an equal opportunity to participate in all activities and that we have ample time between sessions to clean and sanitize.
younger camper sliding down the water slide

CAFETERIA (MEALS)

 
Our International Cafe can seat 400+ people and has both indoor and outdoor seating. We will utilize all seating to ensure adequate social distancing efforts. Campers will be eating with their defined teams and must follow our protocols before coming into the dining hall. The tables will be assigned so each cabin group is always eating at the same table, and the tables will be sufficiently distanced. There will be no self-serve areas. Our trained food service staff will be serving.
girls at summer camp

PROCEDURES FOR SUSPECTED COVID-19

 
Should anyone exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, they will be immediately isolated, and antigen tested. Parents will be contacted immediately. If the antigen test delivers a positive result, the camper will need to be picked up promptly.

Contact tracing will begin, and the campers and staff members in the COVID-19 patient’s cabin and gymnastics groups will be antigen tested. We will inform all affected campers’ parents about possible exposure and monitor them closely.

We must advise all camper families to limit their contact with others, especially high-risk individuals, for at least two weeks after returning home from camp.