How are we adapting to Covid-19?
Adventures in Cardboard has been working since summer 2020 to minimize the risk of transmission by operating in smaller groups, by operating entirely outdoors and by maintaining physical distancing between persons and using face masks. Sterilizing equipment and hand washing can also help, but we know that covid-19 develops mostly by exposure to large doses of aerosolized coronavirus over a period of time. We’ve learned from epidemiology that coronavirus disperses quickly outdoors and that transmission is more of a threat outdoors when viral doses pass from person to person in close proximity over long periods of time or when massive doses are transferred all at once with something like a sneeze or a cough in the face from someone shedding an extraordinary quantity of coronavirus.
Of course there is ALWAYS a risk of transmission between people in any social gathering and of course this virus may change in unpredictable ways.
Operating under our guidelines developed in 2020 and in smaller gatherings is something we must do until the regional, national and global outlook improves. As we proceed with caution, here’s how Adventures in Cardboard proposes to minimize our staff's and campers' exposure to covid-19:
Encourage All Staff to Complete a Vaccination Program before the beginning of Summer Camp 2021. If staff are as yet unfinished with vaccinations when summer begins they will complete covid tests weekly.
By Reducing Campers and Increasing Outdoor Shelter Space We are limiting the size of camps depending on park facilities and available open-air shelters which dictate our ability to maintain social distancing outdoors in rainy weather. In addition, sometimes new public safety requirements are given to us by the Minnesota Department of Health and the municipalities or agencies we are working with.
By Staying Outdoors Indoor spaces are avoided at all times.
By Using Face Masks Staff and campers are required to wear face masks when in 10' proximity of each other, but staff and campers may remove their masks when more distant and/or when we’re gasping for breath, when we’re eating or drinking or whenever our well-being is just over-encumbered by a mask. Almost every camper was easily able to abide by this mask-and-distance policy in 2020 and it turned out to be far less of an issue or encumbrance than we imagined.
By Maintaining Physical Distance All campers and staff must maintain 6' radius of distance from each other in the open-air shelters while in prolonged proximity. A brief proximity closer than 6’ is acceptable if this proximity is limited to no longer than a minute. In most cases when assisting others, counselors and campers will be asked to direct the assisted to a safe distance from the assister, e.g. "Will you please move over a couple of feet and I can cut that out for you!"
With Hand Washing Counselors orchestrate hand-washing with the campers before each activity.
By Adjusting Mass Transit Protocol We will reduce our number of campers on busses, maintain at least 6' of distance between riders, make sure all busses are well ventilated with fresh air flowing in from multiple windows and require all riders to remain masked 100% of the time.
We'll Conduct Fever Checks to Enter Camp Any un-vaccinated staff and all campers must consent to a non-invasive temperature check when they arrive and must agree to leave camp if they have a fever. Refunds* will be offered if parties must stay away from camp.
Counselors Must be Vaccinated or Test Negative to Work All counselors must finish vaccinations or consent to covid-19 tests if possible.
Campers and Staff Testing Positive, Exhibiting Certain Symptoms or In Close Exposure Must Stay Home We'll follow the Minnesota Department of Health’s Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth and Child Care Programs. If campers are forced to miss sessions of camp, we’ll first attempt to transfer their missed session of camp to camps happening later in the summer. If transfers can’t be made then refunds* will be offered, prorated for the time lost.
Refunds* When Adventures in Cardboard refunds tuition for quarantine or illness, our third party registration provider does not refund their $5.50 processing fee or their 3.5% transaction fee for online payments.
2021 SUMMER CANCELLATION POLICY
Full refunds are provided for customer cancellations on opening registration weekend between Jan 16 - 18.
Partial refunds are provided between January 18 and up to April 30th. During this time, customer cancellations will incur a $30 fee to cover third party registration, ACH and administrative expenses.
At any time, if a camper contracts covid-19 or must quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus then Adventures in Cardboard will prorate a refund for the days lost with a $30 fee to cover third party ACH and administrative expenses.
No refunds are provided after April 30th for customer cancellations. Under extraordinary circumstances Adventures in Cardboard may offer a partial refund.
Shutdowns If camp is forced to close for a week under government orders or from safety recommendations stemming from a pandemic, a prolonged natural disaster or social instability, Adventures in Cardboard will guarantee your full tuition will be applied to a future week of camp this year or next year without any extra fees applied, even if the price increases in the future, if you choose this over a refund.
If you prefer a refund in the event of a shutdown Adventures in Cardboard will refund all of our charges, but our third party registration provider will not refund their 3.5% sales transaction fee plus $5.50 processing fee for each session of camp.*
*Active offers additional protection through a product called ACTIVE Refund which will cover your full tuition should you not be able to attend camp for a variety of reasons. However, you must purchase this product when you register and it does not cover all situations. If you're interested, please read Active's ACTIVE Refund policy before you register it to see if it's what you need and if it will work for you.
Weather Cancellations Adventures in Cardboard doesn't offer refunds for single days of camp cancelled due to severe weather, i.e. tornados, floods, severe storm fronts, heat in excess of 115 degrees. We never cancel simply for rain in a normal year, though we cancelled some days for rain in 2020 to maintain social distancing in the time of coronavirus. Adventures in Cardboard is renting more outdoor shelters at each park so we can attempt to continue operating with proper social distance in heavy, sustained rainfall.
Camper Dismissals Adventures in Cardboard may dismiss individual campers from camp without a refund if a camper's behavior presents a danger to themselves or others or if a continuing willful behavior is a constant stress on others at camp.
Dismissal is usually only considered when a camper continues to willfully exhibit problematic behavior after coaching with counselors. If the seriousness of the situation warrants however, or if the behavior presents real danger, dismissal may be immediate.
To help avoid this situation please look over camp expectations with your children and help them have the best experience they can. Expectations for campers are laid out in your confirmation email and in the behavior management policy below.
Discipline is never thought of in terms of punishment at AiC. Discipline is used to help a camper behave in ways that are safer and socially more acceptable. We recognize that discipline problems usually occur when the following basic emotional needs are not being met:
- The need for satisfaction that comes from achievement.
- The need for acceptance and understanding.
- The need for recognition.
- The need to feel something through the senses.
Meeting these needs helps prevent, as well as end, many disciplinary problems. However, every behavior is a choice and it is our challenge to help campers understand that they are in control of their actions. Our goal is to help guide our campers toward actions that have better consequences.
Sore Losers & Sore Winners! We aways celebrate honor and fair play over victory! Some campers find it VERY hard to lose bouts of sword-tag and have a hard time calling themselves out. These campers can start to develop reputations as cheaters or sore losers. Other campers can find it hard not to gloat over a victory and celebrate a defeated player's pain at losing. To try and help campers avoid these situations we call to celebrate their honesty, integrity and fair play whenever we witness it.
RULES FOR CAMPERS
Adventures in Cardboard really has just two rules.
BE SAFE BE KIND
Having fun is a by-product of these rules.
Safe? Campers are to avoid situations in which their safety or the safety of others is put at risk.
Kind? Campers must strive to be courteous and empathetic to all living things; this includes all people, most animals (not ticks or mosquitos!) and the trees and plants we share our week with.
Here's how the rules break down specifically:
Bullying Adventures in Cardboard is a place of acceptance for all people. All people deserve respect, forgiveness, and kindness. Cruel, malicious or intimidating behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Be good to one another.
Age Respect other campers no matter what their age. This is a multi-age adventure. Go out of your way to help little ones feel welcome, respected and comfortable. It is your duty as an older camper to help look after the younger ones.
Gender The same goes for gender. Individuals of any gender, that is: boys, girls and any and all trans or non-binary genders should be respected. Make no assumptions about anyone abilities, likes, skills and desires based on their gender. EVERYONE is an individual and deserves to be treated with respect and without judgment. No exceptions. Strive to understand each other and make friends different from yourself. Strive to kindle a spirit of good will in yourself for all campers.
Visiting Other Areas Do not go into another Activity Area at any time. You may visit other areas if given permission from your Instructor and the Instructor guiding the other Activity Area.
Forest and Animals Do not harm or catch any animals including frogs, toads and snakes. Trees are not to be carved or cut. Branches and shrubs should be left intact and unbroken. Treat the environment as if you are a guest. In fact, we are all guests who enjoy visiting these beautiful places. (Yes, you can kill mosquitos and ticks!)
Litter Be mindful of the junk you accidentally leave in your wake. Pick up all wrappers, cardboard scraps or anything else you drop.
Rocks Do not throw rocks at anyone or anything.
Wandering Don’t do it! Never leave your House without the knowledge of your counselor and activity instructor. During games you will have more leeway to roam, but small groups exploring the trails must always arrange to have a staff person in line of site or at checkpoints.
Water Stay hydrated! Stay cool! Don’t lose your water bottle. Only take water out of approved faucets and spigots with signs that indicate suitability for consumption.
Swimming Swimming and canoeing are only allowed under the Waterfront Instructor’s supervision at appointed times and ONLY at the swimming beach.
Bridges All of our park’s bridges are safe, however they are not made for running, pushing or horseplay.
Fences Fences are erected for a purpose. Do not cross them; it usually indicates private property.
Roads/Railways Some service roads and railways pass through parks. They are marked clearly. STAY OFF THEM!
Lost & Found Found articles are to be turned in at the Main Tent.
Poison Ivy Poison ivy is common at Adventures in Cardboard. You will learn to identify it early in the week so it can be avoided. If you believe you have been exposed, wash the area with cold soap and water. Inform your counselor who will take care of you and follow up by uprooting and destroying the plant where it was found.
Ticks Soaking camp clothes in permethrin is a safe and extremely effective way of deterring ticks and many of our counselors have adopted this strategy. Permethrin is a synthesized chrysanthemum that comes in a spray that will bond to the fibers in clothing and continue to be effective in repelling ticks for up to six washings.
Check often when tick season is high. Tuck pants into socks, shirts into pants and wear light colored clothing. In any case, if you find a tick has attached itself to you, let an instructor know. We will remove the tick, save it if we can and inform your parents about the risks of tickbourne illnesses. However, as long as you are cautious about finding and removing ticks there is little reason to fear either ticks or tickbourne illnesses. And if your clothes are treated in permethrin your chances of staying tick-free increase exponentially.
Dismissal for Dangerous, Abusive or Repetitive Behavior Infractions
If a behavior problem is constant or if a behavior poses a threat to the safety or well-being of one's self, the other campers or staff, AiC reserves the right to dismiss campers without recompense. In most cases a Coordinator will process with a camper first to find suitable solutions for changing a behavior. A camper will be warned that continued infractions and/or dangerous or abusive actions will result in going home early. Should the behavior continue after this, the Coordinator will call a camper’s parents whereby the possibility of a camper being dismissed will be discussed or initiated based in the severity of the problem. Immeditae dismissal could be possible under extraordinarily problematic or dangerous behavior that warrants such action.
Adventures in Cardboard loves rain. On rainy days we will have many options for staying out of the rain, but we also love to play IN the rain. Before camp begins campers will advised about what to bring to stay warm and dry if they choose to join counselors in charging the castle in a muddy downpour!
Dangerous Weather / Cancellations
In the rare event of unusually dangerous weather, Adventures in Cardboard may cancel camp in the interest of child safety. Any decision to cancel camp for a day will be based on weather information available by 7:15am on the day in question. Any cancellation will be posted on the Summer 2021 page by 7:30am and notification made to parents' primary email by 8:00am.
Camp will rarely, if ever, be cancelled simply for rain, any closing will most likely arise out of concern for the safety of campers and staff from NWS warnings for severe storm fronts, extreme heat, flash floods or tornadoes.
If a day of camp is cancelled for weather safety in the summer we reserve the right to cancel without a refund or scheduled make-up day.
Policy on Smart Phones and other Electronics
AiC strives to provide a program free from video games, cell phones, audio players and other devices that can pull our attention away from the immediate experiences and connections we are making with each other in the present. Please don't permit your child to bring any of these items to camp if you can help it.
These items also tend to get lost and destroyed in the rainy woods!
Visitors & Friday COMMUNITY DAYS
During the pandemic, parents and family may visit in small numbers at any time, but are asked to wear face masks and be conscious of keeping appropriate physical distance from camp operations since our numbers are limited by current social gathering restrictions.
Current social gathering restrictions will also dictate whether or not we have our usual Friday Community Game Day. We remain hopeful!