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    • I came back last Saturday from our camp.  All staff had to be vaccinated.  All adult leaders had to be vaccinated.  Eligible youth were asked to be vaccinated.  We had to have proof of the vaccination as part of the paperwork.   Precamp troop checks were done with a BSA designed check list.  On the day we left, we again went through the checklist and had temps taken.  On arrival, we were interviewed and had temps taken.  At every meal we had to sanitize in front of a staff person and have temp taken.  All group activity required masks, and they enforced it firmly, but nicely, even with this grouchy old man who kept forgetting to put the mask up after water drinking and so on.   Areas were regularly wiped down, and dining was outside in tents or open air with little dining hall access except staff and leaders on occasion.  Drinks were on a porch, and pitchers had to be filled for meals by staff and given to servers.  California state protocols were all were followed strictly, and we had no COVID issues, though a couple of other problems standard to camp attendance.  Still, not sure that common sense and simple normal cleanliness and awareness would not suffice for much of it.  But of course, Common Sense is dead.  
    • Yes, it would be nice to have empirical data — not for individual decisions, but to determine how to help schools make better policy going forward. Unfortunately camps aren’t required to — nor would they be capable of — fielding a public health officer who could report either COVID or salmonella outbreaks. (The latter could be truly harmful in this population.) That would be a mission of your state’s public health office. Volunteer to pay more taxes and it might happen. Data costs real money, and statisticians don’t come cheap. But, based on the few studies that I’ve read from last year’s camp season, a positive COVID test or two for every thousand campers would be reasonable expectation. Assuming a majority of adults and older campers/staff would be vaccinated … symptoms, hospitalizations, and deaths, among camp participants would be increasingly rare. How that translates into some unvaccinated adult back home getting sick is the largest unknown, but that’s the most likely downstream effect of youth infections.
    • The loss of these properties is tragic from a historic, legacy, and conservation standpoint although I get the economic realities. I so hope many of them can remain undeveloped and in some kind of public or resort use. 
    • Camp Geronimo (Her run amo)has been sold, along with 10 acres  of land from their Heard Scout Pueblo..  Staffed  there in 64 (jr staff).  and went through my Ordeal at Heard. Always wanted to return,  it was an amazing camp located in Arizona’s Mongollon high country near Payson. As Geronimo was a merit badge camp, my focus on directing high adventure programs kept me away.  Maybe next year, provided they do a lease, might see if a Unit is short on the two deep leadership side of the coin...
    • As a high adventure director I’ve no problems with cell phones. In our environment where there is no cell service the only function left is that of a camera. However, we warn them that we don’t replace cell phones should they flip a boat. It’s up to them to keep their phones dry...
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