COVID-19 Updates

Westwind staff is following strict cleaning and updated operations protocols based on recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), American Camp Association (ACA), and additional guidelines made by Lincoln County’s Health Department.  We encourage all families and guests to review the resources available on those sites.

As of April 14, 2022, we have updated guidance from the Oregon Health Authority:

Summer and Youth Programs Public Health Recommendations

To view our current COVID safety protocols for rentals, click HERE.

Current FAQ’s:

Is camp operating at full capacity? What does this mean if I’m on a waitlist?

Camp is going to operate at full capacity. This means that each youth cabin group will have 8 campers. If we are able to move you off of a waitlist, we will contact you.

Are you requiring negative COVID tests for camp?

Yes. We will require all campers to present a negative COVID test taken within 3 days (72 hours) before the camp session, unless they are fully vaccinated. If you do not meet these requirements, we will provide a rapid test at check-in. We will provide additional information on testing requirements and resources for families to locate affordable testing.

How will Westwind mitigate the risks of COVID from other campers and families?

Every family will be informed about protocol and safety expectations before camp. We may also update health history forms with questions about COVID-19.  Each day staff will conduct a wellness check with campers and we will test staff throughout the summer as needed.

What about transportation? Will Westwind supply a bus this year?

We will supply buses for transport. Our bus details have changed and will now be leaving from the MESD on E Airport Way. *Please note that at this time, we can NOT offer a bus for Session 4 (July 17-22).

How will my child make friends if Westwind requires masks? What about bunking with their friends?

They will still be able to bond with their cabin group and other cabins in their units. There will still be activities done in units and bigger groups with the majority done spaced out and outside. Our staff are adept at leading group activities and facilitating meaningful conversations that will inevitably lead to new friendships.

If your child would like to be bunked with friends, please make sure their cabin request is updated in your reservation. We will do everything we can to put friends together. Please keep in mind that the bigger the friend group, the more difficult it is to place everyone together.

How are camp staff protected and expected to minimize risk to campers?

Our staff will be vaccinated and will be expected to follow specific community guidelines and agreements. Their time off will be monitored and clarified. We may do occasional temperature checks and may also require testing throughout the summer.

What will happen if camp is cancelled?

Camp is not slated to cancel – we have officially been approved to open by the OHA. If we were to cancel, we would offer an extension of credits or a refund less the non-refundable deposit to each family and run our Summer Family Cabin Rental program. We do not foresee the need to cancel.

If I cancel my camp reservation can I get my money back?
Yes, you can get a refund less the non-refundable deposit ($75/youth and teen sessions, $100/family camps) when there is either:

  • a doctor’s written statement indicating illness or injury prior to the beginning of the camp session
  • a death certificate of a family member within 10 days of your child’s camp session

What if I want to cancel and don’t meet the above criteria?
You will get a refund, less the non-refundable deposit ($75/youth and teen sessions, $100/family camps), as follows:

  • four weeks prior to camp: full camp fee (minus deposit)
  • three weeks prior to camp: 50% of camp fee (minus deposit)
  • two weeks prior to camp: 25% of camp fee (minus deposit)
  • less than two weeks prior to camp: no refund

If Camp Westwind cancels camp due to COVID-19, we will provide full refunds less the non-refundable deposit.

Has COVID impacted any of Westwind’s activities and programs? What about singing?

No. In 2021, there were only slight modifications to the activities and programs. We feel confident that our 2022 program will feel akin to pre-pandemic years. Singing will still occur, most likely outdoors.

How will we be informed of any changes that occur before summer?

We will continue to keep this page updated as we learn more. Please check your emails regularly as we continue to send updates.

What happens if someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while they are at camp?

We will isolate them for 24 hours and provide a test. If they test negative, they will resume participation in camp. If they test positive, they will be sent home and we will alert families who may have been possibly exposed so that they may take precautions and plan accordingly.

When is the latest we can change our mind about sending our child to camp?

You can review our cancellation policy here.

What will meals look like for campers and staff?

We are still awaiting official guidance regarding meals. We are hoping to return to Family Style meals for 2022.

 

Anything we missed? Email us at info@westwind.org.

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