Day Camp Health & Safety Procedures

Following guidelines from the American Camp Association, CDC, and State and local health departments, the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp program is executed with camper health and safety as a top priority.

Pre-Screening Staff and Children:

  • At the bus stop, a JCC staff member will approach the vehicle, take the child’s temperature, and conduct a small questionnaire. Once the child is cleared for activities, they will escort the child to the designated bus. No parents will get out of their cars.
  • When a staff member gets to work each day, they will have their temperature checked and must complete a small questionnaire prior to starting their day.
  • If a staff or camper has a fever or any symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be eligible to attend the program that day.

Illness Policy:

  • If a child or staff member develops a fever, shortness of breath, a new cough or rash during the day, the individual will be immediately removed from their group and move to the designated isolation infirmary. The parent will be notified by Administration. If parent is not available immediately, emergency contacts will be used.
  • Fever reducing medication will not be administered by Summer Program staff.
  • Anyone (staff or child) with a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above must be isolated for a minimum of seven days after symptoms onset, and 72 hours after their fever resolves without fever-reducing medications.
    • Ex: if the fever symptoms resolve on day seven, the individual may return on day 10.
  • Staff with household contacts with adults or children with COVID-19 must be quarantined for 14 days after their last household exposure. For most, this will be 14 days after the household contact with COVID-19 is released from isolation.

Positive Case of COVID-19:

  • If a staff member, camper, or camper family member comes into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, that person is required to notify Youth Summer Program Administration, will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, and asked to consult with their physician.
  • If a child’s family member is exposed, the child attending summer program must remain out of program for 14 days.
  • If either a staff member or child who has been present at JCC Youth Summer Programs tests positive for COVID-19, administration will immediately inform the Department of Children and Families, the Ozaukee Health Department and the North Shore Health Department for further guidance. We will communicate the information regarding any positive cases to all staff and families.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures:

  • Morning Drop Off: When a family arrives at the bus stop, they will find the correct bus for their child’s unit. A staff member will approach their car to do the camper intake process. Once the camper has successfully passed the intake, the counselor will escort them to the bus. Parents are asked to wear a mask during the entire process. Parents will be asked to stay in their cars for the entire drop-off.
  • Afternoon Pick-Up: Parents will again report to the designate bus stop of their camper. Parents will be asked to wait in the designated area for their camper. Campers will get off the bus and be dismissed by a counselor to their parent or guardian.
  • Fredonia: If a families chooses to do drop-off and pick-up at camp in Fredonia, the same procedures will take place.

Hand Washing:

There will be an increase in proper handwashing throughout the camp day. Each campsite will have its own wash station to allow campers to clean their hands. When sinks are not easily accessible, a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol will be used.

Protective Equipment:

Campers and staff will be asked to wear masks or other facial coverings at a variety of times during the program. Masks must be worn for all campers and staff when:

  • As soon as arrive at the bus stop, mask must be worn to get out of the car.
  • During the intake process and temperature checks.
  • During the duration of the bus ride to and from camp until camper has reached their campsite for the day.
  • When indoor activities take place and social distancing is not possible.
  • During any close contact activity.
  • When groups combine with other groups for activities in their unit.

Unit and Group Sizes:

  • Campers will be broken into different Units by age. These Units will be comprised of either one or two different grade levels. There will be a maximum of 48 campers in the Unit.
  • Each Unit will be broken down into smaller groups (or classes) that will have a maximum of 12 campers and 2 staff. These groups will stay the same for the duration of the session.


  • Each day, campers should bring a “Kosher Style” lunch with them to camp. We recommend these are sent in a reusable lunchbox so an ice-pack can be sent. Lunches will not be in the refrigerator. They will be kept at the campsite in the shade, but we encourage families to pack an ice pack.
  • There will be no Friday Hot Dog lunch.

Water Bottles and Drinking Fountains:

  • For the health and safety, the water fountains will be closed and not available for use. Children may bring a water bottle (labeling is encouraged) for use throughout the day. There will be water-filling stations around camp so campers can fill their water bottles.
  • Each campsite will have a water jug and cups for campers to use. We ask that families do their best to send a water bottle with their camper each day.

Facility Disinfecting and Cleaning:

  • All campsites, locker-rooms and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized to meet the guidelines provided. We will be using EPA registered disinfectants that are recommended and approved by the CDC and the American Camp Association.

Daily Packing List:

Each day, children should bring a backpack with:

  • Swimsuit and Towel
  • “kosher style” lunch
  • Clothes for the weather (i.e. sweatshirt for cold days, raincoat for rainy days)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray (spray preferred)

Physical Distancing Guidelines:

  • We will do our best to provide physical distancing. We have designed the program to create unique locations for each Unit (maximum of 48 kids). These kids will be broken down into smaller groups (maximum of 12 kids). Each group will be spread out throughout the campsite for activities. When physical distancing is not possible, campers and staff will be asked to wear masks.

Questions about our policies?

Contact Shelby Elias, Associate Camp Director, at 414-967-8248.

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