Dear Valued Guests, Campers, & Families,
We strive to provide a time and place in which all who attend Casowasco can get away from the hectic pace of the world and just be… with God, with Creation, and with one another. One of the things we do to ensure that this sort of experience can safely continue is to keep an eye on what’s going on in our region, our country, and our world.
Like many of you, we’ve been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past few months. As you likely already know, Casowasco is one of only 25% of summer camps in the United States which are voluntarily accredited by the American Camp Association. In addition to setting the standards for the camping industry (and helping us stay accountable to the standards that revolve around health, safety, and programming) the ACA also provides its members with some incredible resources—most recently on COVID-19. With so much information out there, we are grateful for the ACA cutting through all the noise on our behalf so that we can focus on hosting our spring guest groups and preparing for our awesome upcoming summer season! We are also fortunate to have a great working relationship with the Cayuga County and New York State Departments of Health, which also continues to provide us with valuable resources.
While we monitor the news, we are even more conscientious about continuing to do the things we always do, like disinfecting surfaces in between retreat groups, staying home if we’re not feeling well, and washing our hands a lot! We are adding sensible precautionary measures as well, including a daily sanitization of high traffic surfaces while guests are on site, increased guest and staff education around CDC recommendations for effective handwashing and safe sneezing/coughing, an increased availability of hand sanitizer in our buildings, and heightened staff awareness to our personal and communal health. We are also currently reviewing our summer procedures, including check in, and will let you know if/when we make any updates to those.
In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation closely as it evolves and follow any and all applicable recommendations put out by the CDC, ACA, and New York State Department of Health. We commit to keeping all our guests, campers, and families informed throughout the coming weeks of any further steps taken in response to this concern. The continued health, safety, and well-being of all our guests is our top priority, and we look forward to serving you both through and beyond this current situation. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns further, you are welcome to call or email us at any time, we’d be happy to talk with you!