PRESS RELEASE: Camps are ready to host schools and community groups in the COVID-19 environment
The Christian Venues Association and the Australian Camps Association jointly call on our State and Territory leaders to encourage schools to return to school camps once face to face teaching has resumed.
Camps offer the most time and cost-effective way to re-connect school communities emerging from social isolation and remote teaching.
Research from the Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance www.oypra.org.au
shows that participation in camp programs:
Camp activities are fundamentally outdoor experiences. Being outdoors has well
documented physical and mental health benefits as well as providing a lower risk
environment for COVID-19 transmission.
Although camps are frequently aligned with excursions, it is important to note that they are not the same thing. A camp is a discrete venue that can be closely managed to maintain the safety of students, teaching staff and camp staff, whereas an excursion can take place in a much more open and difficult to control environment.
For school purposes, a camp is considered an extension of the normal school campus.
The Australian Camps Association and the Christian Venues Association has produced a COVID-19 Guidance Document for Camps which draws on the best resources from expert bodies to ensure that our member venues continue to be highly prepared to host groups of all kinds. This Guidance document includes measures such as:
The Christian Venues Association and the Australian Camps Association is confident that our members are well equipped to manage the risks associated with COVID-19 and that they will continue to offer excellent, well managed and safe experiences for all of our guests.
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"...Camps have been shown to reduce anxiety, increase connection to school, increase connection to peers and increase efficacy, all strong markers of good mental health..."