A note about COVID-19

No doubt you’ve heard much in the news recently about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its continued spread. Since January of this year Kanakuk has been tracking the evolving COVID-19 situation and monitoring its progress as we evaluate our health and safety protocols with an eye toward summer. We continue to believe that this will be the Best. Summer. Ever., but also want to address any concerns you may have about what we are doing to maintain a safe and healthy Kamp environment for your child.

As you know, the health and safety of our Kampers and staff is priority #1 at Kanakuk. Our Health Task Force, in cooperation with Kanakuk’s Medical Advisory Committee is in regular communication, adapting plans, and providing regular updates and guidance to our internal teams. This will continue throughout the summer, but with the illness now gaining traction in the US we are intensifying our organizational response and redoubling our efforts.

In response, we’ve identified ten commitments for the health and safety of your child we’ll make this summer at Kanakuk.

1. It’s a team effort!

Kanakuk is blessed to partner with a world-class team of Physicians and Nurses every summer. This team works tirelessly to monitor and support Kamper health in each of our Kamps’ 24/7 health centers. Additionally,…

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2. Air quality matters

We’ve installed medical-grade air filtration systems in every Kamper cabin. These NASA developed units provide multiple layers of active defense against airborne viruses and bacteria through active HEPA-grade filtration, ionization that deactivates contaminates, and…

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3. “Constant Hand Sanitation Program”

At Kanakuk, we make high-percentage alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in every Kamper cabin and throughout our Kamps. Additionally, our staff are trained to encourage every Kamper to use hand sanitizer each time they enter…

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4. Keeping Separate

Each of our 24/7 health centers has isolation facilities for use in the unfortunate event that one or more Kampers contract an illness that might spread. Our health center teams employ specific quarantine protocols…

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5. Let’s keep it clean

Every cabin at Kanakuk is rigorously cleaned daily by Kampers and staff according to our disinfectant protocol. This process is something we intentionally train our staff on, and one we oversee with daily checklists…

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6. Staff and Kamper training

Every Kamper and staff at Kanakuk is trained to keep their hands clean. For Kampers, we specifically cover good hygiene – including proper handwashing – during Kamper orientation on the first day of their…

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7. Let’s check the temp

Each of our Kamps utilize infrared thermometers to scan every incoming Kamper for fever. If a Kamper is found to have an elevated temperature, they are sensitively, and lovingly guided to our 24/7 health…

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8. “Our Medical Staff Team”

Our 24/7 health care facilities at each of our overnight kids Kamps are plentifully staffed by some of the finest Physicians, Registered Nurses, and Health Center helpers in the nation. These medical teams are…

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9. Partnering with parents

We know that you want the best for your child, and we want them to have the best experience possible at Kanakuk. That’s why any parent whose child has had a fever or illness…

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10. Most importantly – prayer

Kanakuk employs numerous layers of systems and protocols to ensure that our facilities, staff, and Kampers stay safe, clean, and healthy. However, the most important thing we do as an organization is spend countless…

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The CDC continues to maintain that COVID-19 generally presents with mild symptoms, and appears to occur more commonly in adults than children

For more information you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html 

The primary guidance of the CDC continues to revolve around the following best practices:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

You can find more information about COVID-19 and its signs and symptoms at websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.