COVID-19 brought unprecedented challenges to BREC and to the communities we serve. As we emerge from the disruption of the pandemic, BREC will continue to respond to the changing needs of the communities we serve with public health and safety at the core of each and every decision we make. All summer programs originally planned have been evaluated and are continually being reviewed with consideration for the latest public safety recommendations of our leaders and that of top health officials. Our recreation professionals remain in communication with industry peers across the nation to maintain the most comprehensive view of issues and solutions possible to make informed, strategic decisions regarding risk reduction to our staff, our patrons, and the community at large.
We are proud to offer engaging adventures for your children throughout the summer reflective of the most we can offer given current safety recommendations for facility usage and youth group activities. As of June 1st, we are launching BREC Connect, newly developed virtual camp sessions (via Zoom) giving children of our parish the chance to connect to BREC facilities and programs while at home or on the go. We invite them to become a part of a new kind of camp community with opportunities for making new friends, learning new skills, and engaging with our awesome team members in a safe, welcoming, and interactive environment.
BREC Connect is brand new! Here’s some basic information for parents and guardians:
- Each BREC Connect virtual camp is limited to 20 enrollees to allow for maximum engagement between team members and campers.
- All parents/guardians will be required to sign a general liability waiver as part of the registration process.
- Most BREC Connect sessions have accompanying “Camp in a Bag” options containing supplies and instructions to facilitate fun when online access is unavailable. For maximum convenience, parents/guardians can choose to pick up their bags from several locations during registration and will be notified of available pick up times.
- In the event a BREC Connect session does not meet the minimum enrollment, it will be combined with a session at another location. In the event of a session cancellation, the activity bags will still be distributed giving recipients everything they need for DIY fun.
- Parents/guardians will receive information for an introductory Zoom session explaining the BREC Connect process including:
- What to expect & how it will work
- Official Camper Agreement
- How to log on
- Where to go for more information
During the introductory Zoom session, parents and campers will meet their BREC Connect team and be able to get to know their fellow participants.
- Parents/guardians will receive information on virtual camp rules including:
- Camper Dress Code (appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes required)
- At home mindfulness (awareness of what may appear on video)
- Each BREC Connect virtual camp will be facilitated by at least three BREC team members trained in the camp curriculum and the live-feed format.
- Each BREC Connect Team will begin each day by reviewing participation how-to information and reminding participants of the rules of engagement.
Your child’s safety and well-being are our top priority – even when they aren’t with us! Please note the following:
- Only BREC staff, scheduled program guests, and registered participants will be allowed access to the BREC Connect Zoom platform (no outside participants, no outside access).
- BREC’s Recreation Department staff will have access to all BREC Connect Zoom sessions.
- All Zoom sessions will be recorded and stored securely with restricted access.
- Each BREC Connect Team will have one or more team members dedicated exclusively to monitoring the live-feed and camper chat interactions ensuring appropriate content.
- All parents will receive information regarding online camp rules and guidelines and be required to sign a Behavior Contract/Agreement to Participate.
- Each day, camp staff will review participation guidelines as a reminder.
- Inappropriate behavior by any camper will be addressed by staff with progressive procedures:
- First occurrence - In-group reminder and correct on spot
- Second occurrence - mute and pull aside into separate virtual room with two team members to discuss their behavior; contact parent/guardian
- Third occurrence - Remove from virtual group completely; discussion with parent/guardian on how/if they can participate again
- No Tolerance Policy: Cyber-bullying or obscene text, talk, images, and behavior is not permitted and will result in immediate removal from group (moved to breakout room) and a call to parent/guardian. Supervising team member will discuss with parent/guardian and decide if a return to the session is possible that day, or at all, and under what conditions.
- All current (and applicable) camp policies and procedures will be followed as written in the Camp Staff Manual.