Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society COVID-19 Instructional Safety Plan

Also available for download in PDF: MMACS COVID-19 Instruction Safety Plan

October 9, 2020 – Edited April 21, 2021

BACKGROUND: The importance of outdoor programming in personal growth, learning and development in youth is well documented. While building lasting friendships and staying active, outdoor instruction can build skills, confidence and an appreciation for our amazing surroundings on Haida Gwaii. This year in light of COVID-19, we’re prioritizing the safety of our program attendees, their teachers, helpers and our staff. In addition to creating an exciting and engaging experience for participants, we’ve enacted policies and procedures to reasonably mitigate exposures of attendees, school staff, and our staff to COVID-19. By order of the Provincial Health Office, we have developed this COVID-19 Safety Plan for our outdoor instructional operations. 

Scope: This plan was developed for Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society’s Forest Stewardship Program outdoor instruction to be delivered in and around the communities of Haida Gwaii. It has been reviewed so that it can also apply to outdoor instruction in-general. 

This safety plan follows the steps and structure outlined in the BC Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA) Activity User Group COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist, adapted from the WorkSafe BC comprehensive tool and PHO recommendations. 

It includes 8 steps to creating a comprehensive plan: 

  • Step 1: Review the Facility COVID-19 Safety Plan (Municipal or otherwise); 
  • Step 2: Assess the risks at your activity;
  • Step 3: Implement protocols to reduce the risks;
  • Step 4: Develop policies;
  • Step 5: Develop communication plan;
  • Step 6: Monitor and update your plan as necessary;
  • Step 7: Assess and address risks from resuming operations;
  • Step 8: Provide your host with your COVID-19 Safety Plan (e.g. school).

STEP 1: Review the Facility COVID-19 Safety Plan 

All programming is to be delivered outside. No MMAC instructors will enter the schools. 

STEP 2: Assess the risks at your activity 

  • We will continually identify areas where people gather. 
  • We will continually  identify situations & processes where individuals are close to one another or members of the public. 
  • We will continually identify  the equipment and/or objects that may be shared by individuals. 
  • We will continually identify surfaces that people touch often. 

Common Areas- While delivery is entirely outside, there will be times when instructions or lectures are being delivered that require the groups to be in a tighter formation. 

MMACS instructors will design lessons to make physical distancing between instructors and students/ staff easily maintained. In the event this is not possible, proper PPE will be worn.

There will be group equipment used in lesson delivery. All hard surface equipment will be disinfected following BCCDC guidelines. Equipment will be packaged in such a way that it can be distributed to the students without being touched by the instructor. If this is not possible, proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ie. gloves, will be worn. If possible equipment will be assigned to a specific cohort/ school. 

In providing all instruction outside, there should be no high use fixed surfaces that need to be sanitized. If such a surface is identified, it will be cleaned when appropriate. 

Step 3: Implement protocols to reduce the risks

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society will:

  • Require all MMACS instructors to complete a Daily Health Check. If the instructor does not pass, the day will be cancelled or an appropriate instructor substituted. 
  • Require all MMACS instructors to complete COVID-19 specific training prior to instructing. This will include familiarization with SD 50 COVID-19 safe work instruction. 
  •  Design programs to be delivered outside thus enabling easy minimum distance (2m) between MMACS instructor and students/staff. In the event that this distance cannot be maintained, all instructors will have necessary PPE. 
  • All hard surface equipment will be disinfected after each use. 
  • Whenever possible, instructors will be selected from the same community where they are delivering programming and will be designated to a specific school. 
  • Instructors will keep daily records of all who attend the programming. At the discretion of the schools, instructors’ names can be added to the school registry to help with contact tracing. 
  • MMACS will respond to changing pandemic conditions and update the plan as necessary. 
  • MMACS will provide hand sanitizer in the field.  

Step 4: Develop Policies

  • All instructors must complete COVID-19 specific training. 
  • Any instructor who fails the Daily Health Check is prohibited from going to work and must follow SD 50 protocols before returning. 
  • Lessons are to be designed to minimize close contact between instructors and students/ staff. 
  • PPE must be worn if a 2m distance cannot be maintained. 
  • All hard surface equipment must be disinfected prior to use. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided by MMACS. 

Step 5: Develop Communication Plans 

  • MMACS COVID-19 Safety Plan will be available to all on the MMAC website: mountmoresbyadventurecamp.ca
  • Waivers to be distributed prior to instruction. 
  • All instructors report to the MMACS Executive Director (ED). Any issues that cannot be solved immediately will be addressed by the ED with input from the instructors, teachers, Teachers Assistants (TA’s) and students. 
  • Teachers and instructors are expected to undertake planning and organizing independent of the MMACS ED and principal, however all instruction modules will be pre-approved and instruction days planned ahead and documented. In the event of an issue, MMACS ED will be notified immediately. 
  • A contact list will be provided to each school. This will contain organizational as well as instructor contacts. 
  • In the event that an instructor does not pass the Daily Health Check the school will be notified and SD 50 procedures followed. 

LOCAL EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Provincial Emergency Program 1-800-663-3456
BC Poison Control Centre 1-800-567-8911
BC Ambulance 1-800-461-9911
HealthLink BC 8-1-1
Haida Gwaii Hospital & Health Centre 1-250-559-4900
Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital  1-250-626-4700
Skidegate Health Centre 1-250-559-4610
Haida Health Centre 1-250-626-3911
Masset Volunteer Fire Dept.  1-250-626-5511
Queen Charlotte Volunteer Fire Dept.  1-250-559-4488
Skidegate Volunteer Fire Dept.  1-250-559-8300
Sandspit Volunteer Fire Dept.  1-250-637-2222
Port Clements Volunteer Fire Dept.  1-250-557-4355
RCMP – Masset Branch 1-250-626-3991

RCMP – Queen Charlotte Branch

Gwaii Haanas (by Sat phone)

Coast Guard (by Sat phone)

1-250-559-4421

1-780-852-3100

1-250-363-2333

Step 6: Monitoring & Training 

  • We have a plan in place to monitor risks. We make changes to our policies and procedures as necessary. 
  • Individuals know who to go to with health and safety concerns. (Executive Director)
  • When resolving safety issues, we will involve designated health & safety representatives. 

Step 7: Assess and address risks from resuming operations 

  • We have an education or training plan for new participants and camp staff, or those with new roles.
  • The risk of an instructor contracting COVID-19 while working or introducing COVID-19 into a cohort is the greatest risk that MMACS faces. This plan is in place to address that risk and move forward with this positive and healthy programming. 

Step 8: Provide your host with your COVID-19 Safety Plan 

  • This plan will be submitted for review to all educational institutions and open to feedback prior to programming and will be available on the website. 

SUMMARY OF MMACS CONTROL MEASURES 

  1. Prior to daily instruction, the instructor(s) will complete and pass a Daily Health Check
  2. Instructional modules will be developed to maintain physical distancing between MMACS instructor and staff at all times. 
  3. PPE will be worn if physical distancing not able to be maintained
  4. Activities will take place outside only. MMACS instructors will not enter the schools. 
  5. Hard surface equipment will be cleaned and disinfected prior to use. 
  6. Emphasis on good hand hygiene and gentle reminders to attendees
  7. Enhanced training and certification of staff  
  8. Screening and record keeping, with daily reporting to Supervisor 

Wilderness First Aid – Sandspit and North End

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Hi Wilderness First Aid folks.

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming first aid courses offered by Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society and Wilderness Medical Associates.

Please register using the links below.  Space is limited.

You will be contacted for a deposit after registration.

Please email mountmoresbyadventurecamp@gmail.com with questions.

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March 26-29 – Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

Sandspit, Sandspit Adventures – cost: $550

For more information and to register: https://www.wildmed.com/course/wilderness-advanced-first-aid-30982/

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March 26-29 – Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Open Recertification

Sandspit, Sandspit Adventures – cost: $550

For more information and to register: https://www.wildmed.com/course/open-recertification-176/

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March 31-April 3 – Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

North End, Location TBC – cost $550

For more information and to register: https://www.wildmed.com/course/wafa-31094/

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March 31-April 3 – Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Open Recertification

North End, Location TBC – cost $550

For more information and to register: https://www.wildmed.com/course/open-recertification-31094/

Upcoming Wilderness First Aid Courses – Sandspit

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Mount Moresby Adventure Camp, in collaboration with Wilderness Medical Associates, will be hosting a wilderness first aid course in Sandspit at the end of March/early April.

March 26 – 29 will be a WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid)

March 31 – April 3 will be a WFR Bridge/WFR Recertification (Wilderness First Responder)

More details coming soon.

To preregister, please send us an email at mountmoresbyadventurecamp@gmail.com

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Spring 2018 MMAC Camp Schedule

mmac canoes Spring 2018 Camp Schedule

May 7-May 11, 2018 Grade 5 Camp (SNES, ALM)

May 14- May 20, 2018 Grade 9 Camp (GidGalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary School)

May 28-June 3, 2018 Grade 9 Camp (Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School)

June 11- June 15, 2018 Grade 5/6 Camp (Port Elementary and Tahayghen)

June 18-June 22, 2018 Grade 11 Camp (Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School)

Masset Lectures April 11th at NWCC

“The Great Bear Sea” with Karen and Ralf Meyer
“The history of the tattoo“ with Randy Martin
There will be snacks.  Bring your own mug if you want a beverage.

DATE: Monday, April 11th
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Northwest Community College Masset Campus, which is in Tahayghen Elementary School (east entrance)
CHILD CARE: The classroom beside the Masset Lectures is available to be used for child care, but it is up to parents to arrange for whatever supervision is appropriate.  There is a TV and DVD player in the room.

This Masset Lecture will include a movie.  The directors Karen and Ralf Meyer of Greenfire Productions will be showing the Haida Gwaii version of their newest film “Great Bear Sea”, and afterwards they will lead a discussion about it. Continue Reading…

Masset Lectures Feb. 15th at NWCC

“Compassionate Listening” with Conch Konschuh
“Invertebrates of Haida Gwaii: Tarantulas, scorpions, jumping slugs, and zombie worms” with Stu Crawford

Facilitator Christy “Conch” Konschuh will present on Compassionate Listening. Compassionate Listening is a peace making tool useful to those who have survived war, genocide and displacement. The act of Compassionate Listening engages the heart and as with any exercise, creates a positive practice that contributes to understanding and connection.

Biologist Stu Crawford will talk about the terrestrial invertebrates of Haida Gwaii.  We will take a closer look at amazing world of the wiggling and crawling creatures that are all around us.  The talk will be followed by a hands-on session.  There will be microscopes for everyone to use, and lots of specimens to look at.

DATE: Monday, February 15th
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Northwest Community College Masset Campus, which is in Tahayghen Elementary School (east entrance)
SNACKS: There may be snacks.  Bring your own mug if you want a beverage.
CHILD CARE: The classroom beside the Masset Lectures is available to be used for child care, but it is up to parents to arrange for whatever supervision is appropriate.  There is a TV and DVD player in the room.

Continue Reading…

Update on TimberWest Logging Situation

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp has received overwhelming support from the Council of the Haida Nation, School District 50, and many other community supporters.  Thanks to this high level of support, the word has spread about on the tremendous value of the camp’s programs for the youth of Haida Gwaii and the community as a whole.  The camp wishes to recognize these supporters as vital to protecting its forest-based educational programs.

Yesterday’s announcement by TimberWest to defer logging is an encouraging sign that support for the camp’s outdoor classroom and other forest-based programs extends throughout all sectors of the community. The camp looks forward to learning more details of this announcement, and to the opportunity to work with the interested parties to reach a solution that protects the camp and the lands around it.

We will all stay tuned to determine what the final decision is on this development.

LOGGING THREATENS MOUNT MORESBY ADVENTURE CAMP

The provincial government is expected to approve logging in the small forest immediately beside our camp that we use as our outdoor classroom.  Alongside the Haida Nation, MMAC seeks a solution that would protect this outdoor classroom and maintain the integrity of our lakeside ecosystem.

How you can help

MMAC Press Release, January 12, 2016

Council of the Haida Nation Press Release, January 15, 2016

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