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COVID-19 F.A.Q.

▸ Who can attend Szarvas Camp in 2022?

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ What precautions are going to be taken in the camp so my child is not going to get sick?

We’ve developed COVID-19 guidelines using best practices published by the CDC, the ECDC and the American Camp Association (ACA), as well as learnings from other camps, schools and youth programs that have operated in the past two years. We have learned the importance of a multilayered mitigation strategy, which enabled camps to prevent any secondary spread of the COVID- 19 virus through testing and creating a more permanent environment (with minimal people coming in or out of camp). These guidelines are meant to provide Szarvas Camp families and staff with information about how we are adapting our policies and procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 during camp sessions. As information changes and evolves, so, too, will these guidelines to reflect current realities. 

We recognize that regardless of the level of preparedness, we cannot guarantee that COVID-19 will not be present at Szarvas Camp, but we are confident in our ability to run the camp in a safe and meaningful way. In fact, we are operating as if the virus would enter the camp. We believe that we can care for campers and staff if they do contract COVID-19, and that we can isolate and stop the virus from spreading when it does enter camp. 

These guidelines will address and share how we plan to operate safely this summer. This document includes a wide range of topics, including 

As already mentioned, these guidelines are subject to change. In case of a change, you have the right to opt-out. This means that if you already registered and paid for any of our sessions and we change these guidelines and you or your camper can no longer or will no longer comply with our regulation, you have the right to a certain refund. However, in case of attendance, all regulation needs to be followed at all times.

We ask that all parents and legal guardians to review these guidelines together with campers. We strongly recommend reading our COVID-19 Guidelines in their entirety.

▸ Do I need to test my child before the camp?

It is not a requirement but we strongly encourage to do so. There will be two tests run on the day of the arrival. 

▸ How many vaccines are required for my participation?

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ Do you accept any type of vaccines?

Everyone attending Szarvas Camp must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the vaccines accepted by the WHO, ECDC & the Hungarian National Health Authorities.

▸ My child is not vaccinated, can I bring PCR test results instead?

No. 

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ My child received 1 or 2 vaccines, is it enough?

No. 

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ Is a booster (3rd) vaccine obligatory?

Not in every case.

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ My child cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine / booster shot due to the local policies. Can my child still attend the camp this summer?

Not in every case.

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ My child cannot receive a covid vaccine / booster shot due to his/her health condition. Can my child still attend the camp this summer?

In this case, please get in touch with your local coordinator for further clarifications. We can’t guarantee your participation in this case. Our general principals are the following:

▸ Can my child get a 2nd/3rd vaccine less that 21 days prior to the session?

No. Participants should be fully vaccinated (two or three vaccines, as described below) by the 21st day prior to the start date of the participant’s session. 

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ A family member of the camper / staff got COVID-19 few days prior the camp. What should I do? 

Please notify your local coordinator, and, if possible, isolate the camper into a different environment. We strongly encourage you to run a PCR test prior the departure to Szarvas Camp. Additional testing will be required on the day of the arrival (run by our allocated medical team).

▸ Will Szarvas Camp provide any tests prior the arrival?

No. All campers and staff must obtain a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test on the arrival day and, following that frequently based on the Szarvas Camp internal testing protocol. All the tests will be run by (and under supervision of) our allocated medical team.

▸ Do you accept negative PCR tests from home?

No. All campers and staff must obtain a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test on the arrival day. These tests will be executed by our allocated medical team.

▸ Will you do tests in the camp?

Being able to determine whether the virus is present at camp is a critical component to keeping our environment stable and free of COVID-19. Szarvas Camp’s team and medical advisors worked hard to create an internal testing protocol. Campers and staff will be tested based on this protocol regularly, starting the day of arrival.

▸ Who will run the tests at Szarvas Camp?

Campers and staff will be tested based on this protocol regularly. All the tests will be run by (and under supervision of) our allocated medical team.

▸ What type of tests will you do at Szarvas Camp?

All campers and staff must obtain a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test on the arrival day and, following that frequently based on the Szarvas Camp internal testing protocol.

The following tests will be in use: 

NASOPHARYNGEAL (NP) PCR (testing sample is taken by nasopharyngeal swab).

The test detects SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA by real-time RT-PCR (NAAT) technology.

Considering the clinical performance of the NP PCR, it has very high sensitivity and positive predictive value to detect COVID19, so it is an optimal test for screening. It also has very high specificity and negative predictive value, so it is an optimal test for diagnostics also. 

SALIVA BASED PCR (testing sample is taken by self-collection kit during self-sampling process).

Saliva based PCR gives the opportunity of an alternative sampling method. Self-sampling based process is optimal in case of frequent sampling.

RAPID ANTIGEN (testing is based on saliva sample taken by self-collection kit during self-sampling process).

The test detects SARS-CoV-2 viral antigen by qualitative membrane-based immunoassay (RAT lateral flow) technology. Despite of these limitations in sensitivity antigen testing has its own strengths since it has high specificity, gives alternative sampling method and provide rapid on the field result with limited sensitivity. 

▸ How many times my child will be tested at Szarvas Camp?

Being able to determine whether the virus is present at camp is a critical component to keeping our environment stable and free of COVID-19. Szarvas Camp’s team and medical advisors worked hard to create an internal testing protocol. Campers and staff will be tested based on this protocol regularly. All the tests will be run by (and under supervision of) our allocated medical team.

▸ Do I have to pay any extra fees for the tests?

No. All the tests are included in the participation fee.

▸ My child’s test was positive on the day of the arrival. What’s next?

The camper will be isolated in a separated facility at Szarvas Camp and stay under the allocated medical team’s supervision with daily testing. Once their test result will be negative, they can return to other campers with a request of wearing face mask for additional 24–48 hours.

▸ Can I get a vaccine during the camp?

No. Szarvas Camp do not provide vaccination. Participants should be fully vaccinated (two or three vaccines, as described below) by the 21st day prior to the start date of the participant’s session.  

In the summer of 2022, we cannot accept the application of non-vaccinated campers or campers whose vaccination protocol does not comply with our standards described above.

▸ Is it obligatory to wear a face mask in the camp?

At this point, only certain staff members and those who has symptoms with negative test will have to wear a face mask (KN95, FF2) at required location and timing.

▸ Will you provide any masks if necessary?

Yes, in the case of need we’ll provide our campers and staff with the necessary FFP2/KN95 masks.

▸ I would like to visit my child. How can I do it?

This summer, Szarvas Camp will operate as a closed campus, meaning once our campers and staff arrive, they will not be allowed to leave. No parents/legal guardians will be allowed to visit Szarvas Camp this summer.

▸ Can my child leave the camp for a short period of time?

This summer, Szarvas Camp will operate as a closed campus, meaning once our campers and staff arrive, they will not be allowed to leave. We are also mindful that campers and/or staff members may need to leave camp; e.g., to seek out additional medical care. We will carefully welcome those members back into the community, as long as a proper face covering was worn, physical distance was kept, and exposure risk was at a minimum. Additional testing might be required by the medical staff.

▸ What if my child gets infected during the camp session?

The camper will be isolated in a separated facility at Szarvas Camp and stay under the allocated medical team’s supervision with daily testing. Once their test result will be negative they can return to other campers with a request of wearing face mask for additional 24-48 hours. If the infection occurs on the last days of the camp we will still provide medical (and full board) care until the possibility of travel home.

▸ Can I take my child home if they get infected at Szarvas Camp?

We can’t stop you from doing so but for your own (and your environments’) safety we strongly suggest not to. The camper will be isolated in a separated facility at Szarvas Camp and stay under the allocated medical team’s supervision with daily testing. Once their test result will be negative they can return to other campers with a request of wearing face mask for additional 24-48 hours. If the infection occurs on the last days of the camp we will still provide medical (and full board) care until the possibility of travel home.

▸ Who will inform me if my child got infected at Szarvas Camp?

You’ll be informed by our medical team. They will have the full medical history of your child.