Summer Day Camp 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is the camp offered for only Pasco County residents?
A: Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources made the decision to offer Summer Day Camp for only Pasco County residents this year in an effort to reduce the inadvertent spread of Covid-19. This additional protective measure minimizes our risk level and maximizes the opportunity for Pasco County residents.
Q: Why are you only allowing the camp for all 6 weeks, instead of being able to pick and choose weeks like years’ past?
A: The intent of the Summer Day Camp this year has shifted to extend the opportunity to families who are in need of returning to work. We feel that offering the entire six week option both allows greatest opportunity for those in critical need of child care during the summer, as well as reduces the exposure to participating families and team members.
Q: Why have you decided to limit the camp to children aged 7 - 11 this year?
A: We made the difficult decision to restrict the ages based on the recommendation to maintain social distancing guidelines. Typically, children 6 and under face greater challenges adhering to the 6’ recommendation. Additionally, we surveyed the community and the results showed that this age group was the least in need of service. Additionally, because we needed to restrict the capacity at each location, we made the tough decided to limit attendance within the age groups of 7-11. With limited activity options in order to maintain social distancing recommendations, we also believe this will reduce challenges typically faced with children of a wider age gap.
Q: Why are you only offering camp 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. this year?
A: We have adjusted the start and end time of camp this year to limit group-to-group interaction. During the altered camp hours this year, all staff will be on site at all times, and this will allow the opportunity to keep groups separated entirely. Historically, groups were rotated and combined once all staff began and ended their shifts each day.
Q: Why is camp only being offered for 6 weeks this year?
A: The Summer Day Camp schedule was significantly altered due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and additional time is needed to prepare. In order to host camp, Florida will need to have entered Phase II of Governor DeSantis’ plan to re-open Florida. We have begun the process of accepting registration prior to Phase II, in the hopes that this will occur.
Q: What happens if we don’t get to Phase II by the time the camp is supposed to begin, or if our Covid-19 numbers increase significantly and we are given greater restrictions?
A: At this time, registration is subject to cancellation based on the direction of the Governor to reapply restrictions, or in the event someone within the camp tests positive. Refunds will be made available for any cancellations made on behalf of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.
Q: Why are Odessa Park and Elsie Logan Memorial Park not hosting camp this year?
A: Unfortunately, neither Odessa Park nor Elsie Logan Memorial Park have dedicated full time staff necessary to assist with the program and to ensure that social distancing guidelines could be followed.
Q: What additional precautions will be taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at the Summer Day Camps?
A: We take the health and well-being of our residents and team members seriously and are committed to following current Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations. In an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, please be aware of the additional modifications:
• Campers’ temperature will be taken each day before being accepted into camp.
• Sign in and check out will be conducted outdoors from the vehicles.
• Group intermingling will be held at a minimum.
• Staff to camper ratios will be lower in order to maintain realistic physical distancing.
• Sanitation of the facility and equipment will be significantly increased.
• Staff will be required to wear face coverings.
Q: Why are you not offering any field trips this year?
A: There will be no field trips so that children are in a controlled environment throughout the day. In addition, many of the usual field trip locations are closed due to the current restrictions.
Q: Why are you offering the camps at such a reduced capacity?
A: We understand that reducing the capacity will negatively impact many families, and truly apologize for the inconvenience. The health and well being of the campers is our priority and we want to ensure that we provide a safe space for every child. In order to maintain the lowest risk possible, it was necessary to limit the camps so that we could maintain a camper to staff ratio that kept everyone within the social distancing guidelines.
Q: What can I do to increase the opportunity of securing one of the limited spaces within a camp for my child/children?
Since the camps are being offered at a much lower capacity than usual, we anticipate filling up extremely fast. It is recommended that the parent or guardian create or update their account information prior to the registration time to allow for a seamless enrollment. For account creation and registration, click the following link: https://secure.rec1.com/FL/pasco-county-fl/catalog
Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
A: For more information. please call (813) 929-1229.