a non-profit summer day camp for refugee children
Covid-19 Camp Nefesh Updates
We understand that now is an extremely difficult time for many with the outbreaks of COVID-19. Our main imperatives at Camp Nefesh is always safety and fun. Please know we are here to support you as best we can. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
All campers at Camp Nefesh must be fully vaccinated, defined as having a minimum of 2 doses (if having first had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or three doses (if having first had two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines). Limited exceptions may be considered to the requirement of boosters up to the discretion of Camp Nefesh leadership that don’t yet qualify. Due to current FDA restrictions, this requires the minimum camper age as of now to be 5.
All volunteers in any in-person capacity at Camp Nefesh are required to be fully vaccinated (under the same definition described above). This includes but is not limited to teen counselors, adult volunteers, drivers, etc.
All individuals associated with Camp Nefesh in-person will be required to submit a copy of their vaccination card, as well as abide by any covid policies set. This may also include completing a daily symptom screener, temperature check, and covid testing.
Camp Nefesh will review on a case by case basis individuals who are unable to be vaccinated due to significant religious or medical reasons with documentation. Please note that individuals may or may not be allowed to participate in Camp Nefesh if they are not fully vaccinated, only with extra precautions including frequent covid testing (to be determined by Camp Nefesh leadership).
All staff will wear proper face coverings at all times when volunteering, with the exception of eating or drinking in assigned areas. Proper face coverings are defined as medical-grade masks (recommended KN-95 or its equivalents). Cloth masks including gaiters, as well as any masks with any sort of filtration valve are unacceptable. Staff may also choose to wear face shields instead of or in addition to medical grade masks. 1 face shield per full-time volunteer may be provided. Limited masks may be available, but it is encouraged that staff come prepared with their own and backups.
All campers at Camp Nefesh should wear proper face coverings at all times when at Camp Nefesh, with the exception of eating or drinking in assigned areas, or certain activities to be determined by Camp Nefesh leadership where masking is impossible (such as photos and water play). Proper face coverings are defined as medical-grade masks (recommended KN-95 or its equivalents). Cloth masks including gaiters, as well as any masks with any sort of filtration valve are unacceptable. Children may also choose to wear face shields instead of or in addition to medical grade masks. We understand that this is a more difficult challenge for children to abide by these policies, and there will be limited amount of “leeway” for occasional absence of thought in regards to mask wearing. Staff and children alike will be responsible for each other's adherence to Camp Nefesh masking policies.
All members of Camp Nefesh will be encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands and spaces often. Any time one touches their face, they will be asked to rewash/sanitize in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment.
These policies may change as our environmental factors change, including the policies set by our host campuses, county guidelines, case numbers, and more. Failure to abide by Camp Nefesh covid policies will result in dismissal. Camp Nefesh’s number one priority is and has always been safety, and all covid policies are created with such values in mind.
While these measures are out of an abundance of caution, it is still possible that covid may be spread during Camp Nefesh. Camp Nefesh is not responsible for any covid exposures that occur on-site, but will continue to do its best to stop and slow the spread. If a member at Camp Nefesh tests positive, everyone will be notified, and those who are deemed “close contacts” will be contacted directly regarding that contact. It is highly recommended that you prepare prior to camp to have access to covid tests/testing throughout Camp Nefesh. To order free at-home tests, visit: https://store.usps.com/store/results?Ntt=covid&_requestid=377312
Camp Nefesh Covid Policy