We’ve observed how much young people benefit from spending time outdoors. We are also aware that families have different personal experiences, concerns, and priorities regarding their health. With much uncertainty in these times, one thing we know for certain is that outdoor programming offers a lower risk environment than programming that takes place exclusively indoors.

The CDC has identified Waldo County at high risk for community spread and recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear a face covering indoors. Individuals may choose to wear a face covering regardless of level of transmission, especially if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk of severe disease or live with someone who is in this category.

Our programming is currently entirely outdoors. We are carefully reviewing the data and recommendations, while working directly with families to meet their needs as best we can while following state and federal requirements.

Updated Covid Policies

Pre-Screening

Please contact us if any responses are yes so we can discuss options:

    • Has anyone in your home had symptoms of Covid-19 in the past two weeks?
    • Has anyone in your home had close contact (more than 15 minutes) with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 or attended an event with a confirmed case of covid?
    • Has anyone in your home been contacted through contact tracing for someone who has tested positive for Covid-19?

Health Checks

Ask and observe for the following symptoms:

    • Fever
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle pain or muscle aches
    • Cough
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat

Staff or participants with any symptoms listed above must have clearance in writing from a medical professional or a negative PCR test result before attending programming.

Drop-off Procedure

    • Adults are required to wear face coverings during drop off and pick up and practice social distancing.

Program Procedures

Programming has been adapted to meet state and federal recommendations to slow the spread of Covid-19.

    • Selecting games and activities that minimize physical contact and avoiding activities with extended, close physical contact (ex: wrestling)
    • No sharing of personal food or drinks except for participants living in the same household.
    • Mentors will wear face coverings when in close contact with participants.
    • We recommend participants wear face coverings, and will continue to allow families to make decisions about whether or not their child will wear a face covering when outside.

Additional Precautions

Mentors pre-screen and complete personal health checks each morning in addition to testing weekly.

Guests and substitute mentors at higher risk due to any factors listed above are also required to provide documentation of a negative test result prior to attending.

Mentors also follow additional guidelines including:

    • Wearing masks when indoors in public places.
    • Wearing masks when outdoors in public places when social distancing is not possible.

We will be closely following updates from the CDC and Maine DHHS as well as tracking local cases of Covid-19. There will be ongoing evaluation about program protocols, parents and families will be notified if the procedures detailed above change.