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Camp Procedures

Summer Camp Procedures

Summer sending weather is upon us and we are looking forward to getting the Vertical Rock Indoor camps underway!

As we all face what it will take to get somewhere back to normal, we are addressing how we will be handling our upcoming indoor activities. As of now, we intend to run all camp sessions, assuming the Governor gives the appropriate permissions to do so. In order to run our programming, we will be following the CDC’s and the State of Virginia’s COVID-19 guidelines.

We want to assure you that Vertical Rock and Vertical Rock Outdoor School will be doing our part to help keep everyone as safe as possible while enjoying their camp experience!

Below is a breakdown of what we are asking everyone including our staff to adhere to:

General Procedures

Health

Please take the time to consider the well being of your camper as well as others. If he/she feels unwell, please do not attend camp. We are happy to reschedule their camp to another open date if this should occur.

Temperature checks

We will be screening everyone attending every morning for an elevated temperature. If anyone has a temperature reading over 100.3 degrees, we will politely ask you to not have your camper participate.

Gym

We are required to update our waiver. with new insurance regulations. A new participant agreement must be signed again before attending. (If possible, please do this from your phone, tablet or computer.)

Cleaning

In addition the gym will be cleaned and sanitized daily with scheduled hourly cleanings. We also want to bring to your attention we unfortunately will not be able to sanitize climbing routes and ropes as easily daily. Please make sure to use caution when handling the ropes and make sure to continue to wash and sanitize your hands before and after you switch out belays.

Rescheduling

If a camp date does not work for you due to unforeseen schedule changes, please email us directly at: info@climb-va.com and we will work with you to get your camper into another camp session.

Contactless Payment

Also to make payments less contact, we will suspend the use of cash at the register, and utilize only credit cards and email receipts. 

Outdoor Camp Procedures

Masks

Masks or a face covering must be worn at all times in the van and on state or federal lands we climb and hike in, You must supply your camper with their own face mask/face covering. You will determine the type of mask/ face covering and fitment you want them to utilize. The main focus of wearing masks/face coverings are for the protection of others riding in the van and the participants below while climbing. (i.e. belayers) This should also help reduce any respiratory droplets from coming in contact with the hand holds, ropes, or anyone below. Exceptions will be made for eating and drinking or if someone feels like they are getting overheated.

Hand Sanitizers

We encourage you to supply your camper with their own hand sanitizer, or sanitizing wipes, or anything that you will want them to use during this time. We will also have hand sanitizers on hand, and will be making everyone use this every time we switch out belays/climbs and before and after riding in the van.

The procedures above may be modified at any time to reflect the CDC’s guidelines.

Indoor Camp Procedures

Upon Arrival

Upon entry to the gym, we will prompt your camper to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before participating in any activity.  

Masks

Masks or a face covering must be worn at all times during the camp sessions. Please encourage and educate your camper on how to utilize their face covering. You must supply your camper with their own face mask/face covering. You will determine the type of mask/ face covering and fitment you want them to utilize. The main focus of wearing masks/face coverings are for the protection of other participants below while climbing. (i.e. belayers) This should also help reduce any respiratory droplets from coming in contact with the hand holds, ropes, or anyone below. Exceptions will be made for eating and drinking or if someone feels like they are getting overheated.

Distance Guidelines

We will be keeping campers at a 6 foot distance indoors and outdoors while camp is in session. Although we know this is not entirely possible during these sessions, we urge all that participate to do their part in helping us with these social distancing guidelines and help adhere to keeping safe distance. In addition we will have specific areas in the gym where the camp activities will take place and labeled for appropriate distances apart. This one sucks, but please no hi -fives, handshakes, hugs, etc for the time being either.

Hand Sanitizers

We encourage you to supply your camper with their own hand sanitizer, or sanitizing wipes, or anything that you will want them to use during this time. We will also have hand sanitizers on hand, and will be making everyone use this every time we switch out belays/climbs and before and after we start activities. 

Personal gear

Please make sure to pack all of your campers gear in a portable container (egg crate, storage box, etc.) as we will not be allowing the use of VR lockers or cubbies at this moment. We encourage you to lysol or wipe down personal gear before and after attending camp. If using tennis shoes for climbing, please make sure to clean and disinfect them thoroughly before coming in (with different shoes on your feet).

The procedures above may be modified at any time to reflect the CDC’s guidelines.

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