COVID-19 Camps Support
The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serves as a resource for those that will be running summer camps, experiential experiences on campus during the summer months and throughout the year. Due to the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States and globally, the hosting these types of events on campus will change. We have compiled best practices, resources and considerations for planning these experiences. Now is the perfect time to review and update policies for events, camps and large group meetings on campus. The American Camp Association (ACA) and YMCA are working together to create a Camp Operations Guide to provide educational resources for both day and overnight camps. Below you will find up to date resources and best practices that are meant to help spread awareness of the tools and knowledge necessary to ensure safety to participants and employees during summer programs.
The State of Texas and Texas Tech University are committed to providing a safe and educationally enriching environment for all guests and participants of camps or programs held on University property. Any camps involving minors should register through the Minors on Campus website and adhere to specific guidelines set forth by the TTU Office of Risk Management.
Texas Tech COVID19 Awareness and Training Resources are available here.
Can we host our event? Should we host our event? This chart offers assistance in deciding if you are ready to host a camp or youth event
Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas - Overnight Youth Camp Operators Minimum Standard Health Protocols
Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas - Day Youth Camp Operators Minimum Standard Health Protocols
A collection of CDC guidelines for childcare and youth programs, including FAQ for administrators
How to make sure we are making hand-washing an effective preventative measure
When should you use hand sanitizer and how often? This guide presents the do's and dont's of using hand santizer
This guide will inform you of the correct way to wear face masks to protect yourself and others
This Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting is intended to reduce risk of exposure in public spaces. This Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting tool outlines how to develop a safe plan.
Health and Wellness
How we can utilize best practices from camp healthcare workers as well as considerations of what happens if someone gets sick during camp
An example of effective screening for campers at check in
A template for creating a plan in case someone gets sick at camp
Help for parents or counselors to discuss the virus with children
Ways to provide guidance and help for children or teens who may be concerned about COVID-19
Online Learning and Events
Available tools for running succesful online camps
An article that discusses the differences, advantages and disadvantages between different virtual platforms such as Zoom, Google, Twitch and many more
Many programs have successfully run online or virtual camps for years. Here we can learn from their examples
Moving to a virtual environment is meant to protect camp participants. Understanding risks associated with virtual offerings will help you do this
Staffing and Human Resources — COVID-19
Ways to prepare a safe workplace during COVID-19. This document will assist in the understanding of requirements and best practices
Examine ways to ensure you are well informed about legal guidance in respect to COVID-19. Learn how it might affect your summer staff hiring
Releases should be completed by each camp as they designate a person(s) associated with the camp to receive notices in the event of a positive case. This is a camp specific designation and should be determined as each camp puts together their plan for a safe opening. Please obtain a copy for your records.
COVID19 Event Guidelines
Please refer to the TTU Campus Event Guidelines if you are planning to host an event on campus. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Kellyn Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org.