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THPRD is committed to providing a fun, memorable, and safe camp experience. We will be continuously monitoring state and federal guidelines and will adapt our programs as needed to ensure the safety of all participants. We will communicate any changes to families as guidelines are updated.
THPRD Summer Camps 2020
All Day: Our all-day camps will typically run from 8 am - 5:30 pm or 7:45 am - 5:15 pm. Campers will play games, make arts and crafts, conduct experiments and projects, participate in sports, mindful activities, and enjoy water play.
Full Day: Our full-day camps will typically run from 9 am - 4 pm or 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and will offer sports and nature camps, and our Summer Explorers Camp.
Half Day: Our half-day camps will typically run from 8:45 - 11:45 am, 9 am - 12 pm, 12:45 - 3:45 pm or 1 - 4 pm. Options include nature, sports, tennis, and our Summer Fun camps.
Summer Camp Locations
Howard M. Terpenning (HMT) Recreation Complex: 15707 SW Walker Rd.
Camp registration will begin on Saturday, June 13, at 8 am for in-district patrons. Out-of-district registration will begin on Monday, June 15, at 8 am. To determine if you are in-district, please visit www.thprd.org/activities/am-i-in-district. The fastest, easiest, and best way to register is online at www.thprd.org/portal/.
Telephone registration will be available June 13 from 8 am to 12 pm by calling 503-439-9400. In-person registration assistance will be available at our Centro de Bienvenida/Welcome Center event at the Administration Office on the HMT Complex, located at 15707 SW Walker Rd. on Saturday, June 13 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Spanish speaking staff and volunteers will be available and we will have telephone language line assistance available to serve people speaking other languages.
Camp Information is Available Exclusively Online
Please disregard the previously printed Summer Activities Guide. The only source for revised summer programming options will be our website. While initial summer camp offerings are being posted on June 1, as the summer progresses, and we can build up our capacity, the District will be posting additional camp options on the website. Please check the website regularly for updates. While we are starting summer small, we hope to expand our capacity to additional park sites as the summer progresses. The District will not hold additional "registration days" but will instead add the expanded offerings to our website and registration system, opening them up to the public as spots are available. Announcements will be made through our e-newsletter, Tualatin Hills Today, when options are added. You can sign-up to receive updates: www.thprd.org/connect/e-newsletter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of modifications will be made to camps?
We will be maintaining smaller, stable group sizes. Each camp will take place outside and will have a maximum of 10 campers in a pod with the same staff. We will be selecting activities based on the ability to maintain physical distancing and reducing touchpoints. We are also making modifications to our drop-off & pick-up schedules to stagger the flow of traffic.
What inclement weather plans are in place for outdoor camps?
In case of rain, we will utilize a combination of the permanent picnic shelters and pavilions located at our sites and portable canopies to keep campers dry and out of the weather. However, our schedule will remain the same, so the staff will adjust activities as needed. If thunder or lightning is present, staff will congregate the children in a safe place (not on high ground, no isolated trees, etc.) and will wait until 30 minutes after the last observed thunder or lightning before resuming activities.
Our regular procedures regarding sun protection will also be strictly followed, including encouraging staff and campers to play or take breaks in shaded areas, having children apply sunscreen least every two (2) hours, and after drying off from being wet. Participants will be encouraged to drink plenty of water to stay cool and avoid dehydration. In case of high temperatures, we will also provide misters to provide additional cooling, if necessary.
Will THPRD track any illness symptoms or outbreaks?
Absolutely. We will have a symptom checklist, including tracking for temperatures at drop off and, asking if the participant or immediate family members have exhibited known symptoms, such as:
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
We will also be keeping logs for each pod to help identify anyone at-risk, should there be any illness associated with a camper or staff member.
If we suspect an illness or infection, we will immediately isolate the camper from the other participants and follow our standard procedure for sick campers, which includes having the parent/guardian check the child out of the activity and take them home if they are on-site. If the parent/guardian is not on-site, the staff member will attempt to contact the parent/guardian listed as an emergency contact information to pick up their child.
If campers or staff, or anyone in their household, has recently had an illness with a fever or a new cough, they should remain at home until:
• At least 10 days after illness onset,
• 72 hours after the fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
• Symptoms are improving.
Campers or staff who have had direct exposure to COVID-19, will not be able to return until 14 days after the exposure, assuming they do not develop symptoms.
Will there be other changes to pick-up and drop-off?
Procedures will vary based on which site they take place. Site-specific check-in and -out procedure information will be provided in the parent handbook, which is sent to families before the start of camp. Our goal will be to isolate parents from interacting with each camp pod and to bring campers to you.
Will campers and staff be required to wear face masks?
Staff will not be required to wear a mask when with their pod unless they are leaving the program area. Campers will also not be required to wear masks; however, all campers and staff are welcome to wear masks if they choose to. All non-regular staff, like floater staff covering breaks, will always be required to wear a face mask.
Will THPRD staff be given additional training for camp this year?
This year at summer camps, staff will be assigned to the same group of campers all week. Camp staff receives comprehensive training every summer. We will place an emphasis on all-new safety and program protocols before camp begins, including policies around face masks and increased handwashing procedures, social distancing expectations amongst campers, and new protocols based on CDC and Oregon Health Authority requirements.
Can you tell me more about these increased disinfection procedures?
We are closely monitoring statewide, national and industry guidelines to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. Campsites with plumbed restroom facilities have been intentionally selected to ensure campers and staff will be able to regularly wash their hands, high-touch areas will be regularly and routinely sanitized, and physical distancing will be emphasized. We have developed additional guidelines regarding daily health checks, physical distancing, handwashing, sanitizing items, adjusted activities, meals and snacks, and drop off and pick up.
What about smoke or smog?
In the case of poor air quality, staff will modify activities, reducing high energy level activities, such as running, tag games, and extensive hiking. Staff will also encourage campers to take extra breaks, drink lots of water, and will, of course, be keeping a close eye on participants throughout the day.
If the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches the level of Very Unhealthy (200-250), programs will be canceled until AQI levels drop below Very Unhealthy levels (<200).
My child may benefit from additional support. Does THPRD offer inclusion services?
THPRD's Inclusion Services program provides reasonable support and accommodation that assists patrons experiencing disability to participate in the wide variety of programs and activities available through THPRD. Please visit www.thprd.org/activities/adaptive-and-inclusive-recreation/inclusion-services to read more and find out how to place a request for inclusion services.
Why are there so few camps this summer?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the closure of all district facilities and resulted in a significant reduction in THPRD’s workforce. We do not currently have the staffing capacity to offer summer camps at the level we have provided in years past and it will take time to scale up our operations. Based on state guidelines, our recreation centers will remain closed for some time, and our programming will be exclusively outdoors. We made the choice to begin small with outdoor summer camps and will scale up to additional programming as we can.
What is an interest list?
We will maintain interest lists for several THPRD park sites that may feature camps this summer, depending on demand and THPRD staffing levels. Signing up for the interest list is free. When we open up additional sites for camps, you will be notified by email of the camps that will be offered at that site. Once the site is open you can register online or by phone for these classes. You also sign up for an interest list based on the type of camp you would like to participate in.
I tried to register for a camp, but was told I’m on the wait list. What does that mean?
Once a camp has filled, participants are put on a wait list based on the order their registration request was placed. As spaces become available (whether through expansion of camps at the site, or in the event someone drops the camp) participants will be notified in the order they appear on the wait list and will be given 24 hours to confirm the spot is still desired. If we do not hear from you within 24 hours, we will move on to the next person. Please ensure that you keep your email and contact information up to date for this purpose.
What if a camp is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, like another statewide order closing summer camps?
Patrons will receive a refund if a camp is cancelled by THPRD due to compliance with a statewide closure order, or for some other reason, that requires the District to cancel the camp.
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