Safe Summer Camping
The National Capital Area Council, BSA wants to ensure that we all have a spectacular and safe summer camp experience. Our trained staff at all of our camps - Goshen Scout Reservation, Cub World at Camp William B. Snyder and our local Day Camps - are prepared for a terrific summer; jam packed with great programs that are sure to make lasting memories.
As you probably know, there is heightened awareness regarding influenza-like illness (ILI) and especially the H1N1 flu more commonly referred to as Swine Flu. As a parent or leader, we want to be certain that you are knowledgeable with respect to ILI. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) here's some good advice to staying healthy:
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person to person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- Take everyday actions to stay healthy:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC Recommends that you stay home from work, school, or camp and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Some key things to keep in mind in recognizing flu-like symptoms:
- Feeling feverish or having a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), especially when combined with one or more of the following:
- Upper respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose)
- Body aches, headache
If you or your son is sick, please stay home - do not come to camp. Should you experience any of the above symptoms while at camp, please see the health officer or nurse immediately. You should remain home for at least 7 days after any flu-like symptoms began or 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.