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COVID-192020-07-01T13:50:18-06:00

In order to ensure the safety of our clients, staff and volunteers, BOEC has made the difficult decision to cancel all overnight local and remote summer programming, including the cancelation of the BOEC Summer Internship Program. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to welcome participants back to the BOEC for shorter adventures this summer and we will continue to monitor local, state, and federal recommendations in order to ensure that we are able to do this safely.

In the interim, we plan to continue to provide access to BOEC programs through virtual games, activities, educational shorts, and group gatherings which will begin soon. Please check here for more information on BOEC’s summer virtual programs.

For information related to cancelled summer programs please contact Admissions Director, Claire DiCola at [email protected].

For information about summer volunteer opportunities please contact Wilderness Program Coordinator, Steve Rubin at [email protected].

General inquiries are still encouraged through BOEC’s main line at 970-453-6422 or toll-free at 800-383-2632 (BOEC). Or you can email us at [email protected].

A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

May 11, 2020

Dear BOEC Family,

COVID-19: We're All in This Together!I hope that this message finds you safe and healthy and that you are weathering this challenging time with the patience needed to adjust to the many changes we each are facing on a daily basis.

Just one short month ago we sent you an update on how the BOEC has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With some difficult decisions regarding summer programs now made, we wanted to update you all on what the immediate future will look like for BOEC. We welcome your feedback, your questions and as always, your support.

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BOEC Summer Programs

During this past month, we have looked closely at what we do as an organization, how we do it and at those we so devotedly serve. What we know for certain is that based on the honest assessment of those three key elements, which essentially is who we are, and the reality of the risks associated with the COVID-19 environment, we cannot move forward with business as usual this summer while ensuring the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers. For that reason, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel specific components of summer programming and will, over the coming weeks, be evaluating what might be possible.

Programs that are immediately affected by this decision include the cancellation of the summer Internship Program, all residential programs held at the Scott Griffith Lodge in Breckenridge, and all camping and mobile programs. BOEC team members have contacted those immediately affected by this decision and we are grateful for their understanding and continued partnership as we navigate this new reality together.

Virtual and Local Programs

In an effort to continue serving those we care about so deeply we will be launching a series of fun, interactive and engaging virtual games, lessons and programs in the coming weeks. We are working closely with program partners who regularly bring groups to BOEC for days of summer fun and engagement, to put together programs that will meet the needs of their clients.

We have also been asked by local community program leaders and officials to leverage our staff’s skills and expertise in helping to meet the critical local needs of teens, children, and those with special needs or other challenges, all of whom are being hit unusually hard by social isolation, the loss of routine and of so many other activities that until now we have all taken for granted. We are currently collaborating with local providers to determine how we can support this effort and to decide what types of programs BOEC will provide.

Next Steps

As I’m sure you can imagine, this has been a painful decision to make but we know there is a silver lining on the horizon. I am incredibly proud of the BOEC team for their dedication to our mission, their commitment to ensuring that decisions made are based on facts and information available to us and to stay focused on the welfare of those we care so deeply about.

We will continue to monitor the evolving environment, county and local guidelines and the demand for local programs over the coming weeks. It is our hope that in addition to the newly developed virtual offerings we will be able to provide small group programs that align with community needs during this unprecedented time.

BOEC’s Future and How You Can Help

You should also know that we are doing all we can to mitigate the pandemic’s enormous hit to our bottom line and to protect and steward what each of you have helped us to build. We are looking at a low six-figure deficit due to loss of program revenues from both an early end to the winter season and the loss of Wilderness Program revenues.

We have had to reduce staff and other expenses and postponed needed repairs and capital projects. We have canceled fundraising events and are hopeful that the 11th Annual Tee It Up Golf Scramble will still go on as scheduled August 24th. We are looking at every detail of our operation and will do what it takes to stay financially healthy throughout this challenging time in order to continue to meet the needs of those we serve.

But we are going to need your help. I know you have been extraordinarily generous to the BOEC in the past and for that, I am profoundly grateful. If there is any way you can afford a special contribution to BOEC at this time, we could now use your help. Your contribution will help us to provide virtual programs at no cost, to expand our programming to support the needs of our local vulnerable populations, and ensure we are able to keep our valuable staff in place. You can click here to make your donation online or send a check to the address that appears below.

Thank you for standing by BOEC when we need you most. Our big, extended family of staff and volunteers do amazing work for the people who depend on us on a daily basis. But none of it would be possible without you. Please stay safe and healthy. The moment our plans take shape for reopening later in the season, I will reach out to you with an update.

With gratitude,

Sonya Norris
Executive Director
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

Virtual Programs

Recreating OUR Recreation logo

In light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, BOEC is recreating the way we spend time together this summer.  Join us as we roll out our NEW virtual program series; Recreating our Recreation, with the following activities:

BOEC EDUCATIONAL SHORTS

Every Tuesday look for a new weekly Educational Short Videos on our Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube pages. You can also check out these short videos below! If they inspire you to try something new send us your photos and stories that we can share.

Cubic Feet Per Second

Pack Your Backpack

Drink Water

Leave No Trace

The Yachtsman Coil

Helmets

ADAPTIVE CHAIR YOGA

Adaptive Chair Yoga with Jane Barber runs every Wednesday at 10am throughout the month of July. Sign up is open now and space is limited.

Register For Adaptive Chair Yoga

VIRTUAL CHALLENGE BY CHOICE

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIA) Virtual Challenge by Choice: BOEC is partnering with BIA to offer FREE Virtual Groups specifically designed for adults living with brain injuries and any other past BIA participants and volunteers. Space may be limited in these classes so sign up today! Fill out a registration form and a BOEC/Move United Release of Risk and Liability. Our release form only needs to be signed 1 time for any of these events.

Disclaimer

The virtual programming content, information and videos offered by Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (“BOEC”) are made available for informational purposes, please USE THIS INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK. BOEC is not liable for injury resulting from virtual content and programming. You are responsible for your own safety and we care about you.

We may suggest physical activity or gentle movement as part of a virtual programming session. All activities are voluntary. If you have concerns, experience pain or other symptoms as a result of participation, please stop immediately and consider contacting your physician prior to continued participation.

By joining or otherwise participating in our virtual programming, you are indicating that you have read, understand, and assume the risks and agreements of engaging in BOEC programs via remote platforms such as Zoom, and that you have read, understood and agreed to the terms of BOEC’s Statement of Informed Consent and Release of Risk and Liability Forms.

Current Summer Program Offerings

As restrictions begin to lift in Summit County, BOEC is ready to begin offering small group programs for local youth. We are committed to ensuring that everyone’s safety is a top priority and have developed clear, detailed information to guide your decision to join one of our programs. Our ultimate goal is to get people of all abilities outside to have some fun, be challenged, and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of being in the great outdoors.

The HYPE Youth Adventures

The HYPE is a new Building Hope youth connection program providing free activities and events for Summit youth ages 14-20 to combat the issue of social isolation. BOEC has partnered with Building Hope and The HYPE program to offer free, fun events while delivering connection and an opportunity to gain self confidence and a stronger sense of self. The following are the scheduled activities:

Upcoming Youth Adventures

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COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

We are committed to operating facilities and programs in a manger that provides a safe place for BOEC participants, staff and volunteers. The BOEC Operations Manual COVID-19 Response provides revised and additional policies and procedures to mitigate risk and reduce potential exposures to and spread of COVID-19 during BOEC programming. This information is consistent with the health and safety recommendations by the CDC as well as the State of Colorado and Summit County Health Department. BOEC’s policies and procedures meet or exceed guidelines set forth by these three agencies and will be reviewed and updated as needed. Staff and volunteers will be trained on all new policies as they evolve.

We hope that you will review the policy sections below and reach out to us with any questions you may have at [email protected]. We look forward to welcoming you or your loved one back to BOEC summer programs safely this summer.

Staff Health – Program Staff2020-06-17T11:22:10-06:00

Regular Screening and Assessment

  • Daily Staff Health Checks
    • Daily symptom tracking must occur with daily temperature checks and filled out on the Employees Health Screening Google Form upon arrival and departure of the work place
    • Staff are informed that if they are showing any sign of illness that they cannot report to work. Typical symptoms include but are not limited to:
      • Fever or chills (Anything above 100.4 degrees)
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • Provide all staff with support and referrals for their mental health needs.

Symptomatic Employees:

  • If an employee is exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms upon arrival to work, or becomes sick during the day, their supervisor must separate them from other employees and participants and send them home and notify the office manager
  • The supervisor should document the circumstances of the worker’s illness to help with contact tracing, as applicable and provide information to the office manager who will contact Summit County Public Health
  • Because one can carry COVID-19 with no symptoms at all, anyone who has been in close contact with a person known to have had the virus, or whose family or friends show signs of exposure, should behave as if they are infected, isolate themselves, and contact their physician
  • Returning to Work:
    • Workers with positive test of acute respiratory illness associated with COVID-19 may return to work after (a) home isolation for 14 days since their first symptoms or positive test, and (b) medical authorization

An employee sent home can return to work when:

  • He or she has had no fever for at least three (3) days without taking medication to reduce fever during that time; AND
  • Any respiratory symptoms (cough and shortness of breath) have improved; AND
  • An employee may return to work earlier if a doctor confirms the cause of an employee’s fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 and releases the employee to return to work in writing
Participant Health – Check In Check Out Procedures2020-06-17T11:47:38-06:00

Participant Health

Eligibility to participate in programming is first determined by any County-imposed mandates or government orders guiding program providers. BOEC reserves the right to provide programming only to local families OR to any participant who has been appropriately screened and meets the essential eligibility criteria.

Check in/Check Out Procedures

  • One staff member wearing a face covering and gloves will do parking lot check-in and check-out with parents, maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
    • There will be a screening station in the parking lot before students are dropped off at the BOEC Wilderness Campus in Breckenridge.
    • Mobile programs like Lake Dillon or Swan Mountain will have a check-in station away from equipment and other staff or students.
  • Daily symptom tracking must occur with daily temperature checks for each student.
    • A Google form will be used on a sanitized tablet to record students and staff results.
  • The check-in staff member wearing a face covering and gloves will take the students temperature with a no-touch thermometer.
  • BOEC will carry multiple no-touch thermometers for back-up.
  • If a student shows any symptoms of illness or runs a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the student will not be able to attend programming.
    • MOST COMOMON SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (not an exhaustive list)
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

Parents MUST keep their child home if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms of illness. If a student arrives with any symptom listed above they will be sent home at the check-in point. If a participant become ill during the activity, please refer to the Response and Management of Cases or Probable Cases section.

Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html#discontinue-isolation for tips on what to do at home.

 

Staff Training2020-06-17T11:51:32-06:00

Staff training will include BOEC’s regular policy and procedures on all activities as well as special training on COVID-19 guidelines. Those guidelines will then be taught to each student. Topics include but are not limited to:

Hygiene

  • Staff will teach the process to sneeze into the fold of their arms; staff will also carry tissues in the field.
  • Staff will teach students to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth; as much as possible, students will be required to follow physical distancing guidelines and avoid gear sharing with other participants whenever possible.
  • All students will not share any personal items including food and water bottles.
  • Staff will make mobile hand washing stations available for washing hands while programming outside. In the event that water and soap are not available, staff are permitted to use hand sanitizer.

Face Masks and Cloth Face Covers

  • Staff and students will be required to wear a face covering for certain parts of programming like launching and landing boats, rock climbing tie-in, and ropes course events.
  • Parents picking up and dropping off students are required to wear masks or facial coverings.
  • Face masks and facial coverings must be laundered or changed daily to prevent spread of infection.
  • BOEC will provide extra face masks as needed.

Handwashing

  • All students and staff are taught the correct “20-second” protocol for hand washing and are required to thoroughly wash their hands frequently throughout the day, including:
    • Upon the start of each day at a BOEC program
    • Before and after snacks and lunch
    • Before and after program activities
    • After an “unguarded” sneeze or cough within 6 feet of group
    • After using the restroom
    • At the end of the program day
  • Staff carry extra water and soap for mobile hand washing and hand sanitizer
    • Hand sanitizer will be made available for when soap and water is not readily available.

Physical Distancing

  • There will be a maximum group size of 10 students and minimum of 2 staff members. Groups of 25 will be allowed outside as long as they are separated into smaller 10 person groups that will never interact.
  • The same staff members will be designated to the same group of students each day if the program is a series.
  • Staff will encourage participants to practice physical distancing as recommended by the CDC and CDPHE, keeping 6 feet of distance between individuals. To help, visual and/or physical barriers will be used (such as harness circles with designated zones, tables, signage, etc.).
  • All personal belongings must be labeled with the student’s name and will be kept in a designated area 6 feet away from other student’s belongings.
Response and Management of Cases or Probable Cases2020-06-17T11:53:48-06:00

Considerations for Facility Closure

If students or staff show any symptoms of illness or run a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they will be isolated from the group (but still within sight) until a parent or emergency contact can retrieve them. The student then cannot return to the program until they are symptom free for 72 hours without the aid of medication.

For a positive or suspected case of COVID-19:

  • The Office of Early Childhood’s guidance states “Note that Amended Executive Order D 2020 035 has changed the minimum time period a child care facility must close if there is a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 in a student, parent of a student, or staff member at the facility from 72 hours to 24 hours. During this closure a facility should conduct a thorough cleaning as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”
  • Due to the CDC guideline recommending we, “wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting a work space. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible”, we will monitor the situation and close program areas as needed.

Designated Sick Space

The BOEC will have a designated space for students and staff showing signs of illness. Students must be supervised and isolated from staff and other participants. Substitute staff will be available to cover for ill or quarantined staff.

Cleaning and Disinfection2020-06-17T11:55:32-06:00

Increased Frequency of Cleaning and quarantining of equipment

  • BOEC will follow cleaning procedures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
    • Determine what needs to be cleaned.
    • Determine how areas will be disinfected.
    • Consider the resources and equipment needed.
    • Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • Use the appropriate cleaning or disinfectant product
    • Always follow the directions on the label.
  • BOEC will use products that meet the EPA criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Disinfect all high-touch areas at start and end of the day and, when possible, throughout the day.
Facilities and Activities2020-06-17T11:59:07-06:00

Activities

  • Programming will be designed to limit physical contact among students.
  • Special use activities, such as boating, ropes course, biking, cooking and camp crafts, compasses and maps, etc. will require specific cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Each will follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • BOEC will limit the equipment in use to those that are easily cleanable, non-porous, with smooth surfaces and eliminate soft, fabric toys, dress-up clothing, sensory tables and water play.
  • Staff will only play small group games and games that do not include physical contact.
  • BOEC will keep groups of students together in one groups with the same staff each day, if possible, especially when a program spans several days
  • Discrete Program Groups
    • On any particular day students will not join another group or engage in activities with students from another group.
    • Students will be in the same group for the duration of the session at each program.

Square Footage Requirements

  • Groups of 10 will be provided with a minimum of 36 sq ft of space per student while indoors.
  • Groups of up to 25 will be allowed with proper social distancing and mask wear outdoors. Smaller groups will be made out of the 25.

Common and Shared Spaces

  • The number of student-staff and student-student interactions in common spaces will be limited as much as possible (equipment, hallways, bathrooms, etc.).
  • When common spaces are used, cleaning will take place before and after use.
    • The Griffith foyer bathroom will be the only allowable bathroom for site based programs and will be disinfected between uses.
    • Public bathrooms will be used for some programs and additional handwashing and sanitizing will be encouraged when the student returns to the group.
      Designated bathrooms will be chosen before the program starts so all staff are aware.

Common Programming Supplies and Sports Equipment

  • All common programming supplies will be cleaned and sanitized before and after use.
  • All manufacturer’s recommendations on cleaning and sanitizing will be followed.

Storage Space for Personal Items

  • All personal belongings must be labeled with the student’s name and will be kept in a designated area 6ft away from other student’s belongings.
Transportation and Vehicles2020-06-17T12:03:58-06:00

BOEC Organized Travel Vans

  • In cases when transportation is necessary, physical distancing will be maintained during loading and unloading. The vehicle capacity must not exceed 50% capacity and should accommodate the greatest physical distance between participants. Maximum of six people including the driver.
  • Staff must uphold the same cleaning and disinfecting standards in vehicles as for other spaces.
  • Facial coverings must be worn by all staff and students while traveling in vehicles.
  • Participants of programs may use Free Ride/public transportation services as allowed under Summit County and/or CDPHE guidance.
  • Students will load the vans back to front to keep the most amount of social distancing possible.
  • Students will use the same seat when re-loading the van upon finishing the day.
  • Windows will remain cracked to encourage air flow.
  • Drivers will ensure fresh air is drawn in and not recirculating inside the van with A/C.
Food Service and Dining Areas2020-06-17T12:05:05-06:00
  • BOEC will provide no food or snacks until further notice
  • Students are responsible for all lunches and utensils etc.
  • Meal times will be staggered if necessary to avoid a large group.
  • Staff must clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after all meals and snack times.
  • Students will not share any personal items including food and water bottles.
    Students will wash hands before and after eating any food or snacks
Residential Camps and Special Considerations2020-06-17T12:05:56-06:00
  • This document outlines protocols for designing and implementing day programming. In the event that a BOEC implements residential programming an addendum will be added with more policy and procedure around those function.

 

To find out ways you can support BOEC, visit our support page or reach out to Development Manager Hallie Jaeger for information related to giving at [email protected] or 970-453-6422.

Upcoming Events

BOEC Ropes Course Challenge: Ages 14-20

July 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

BOEC Lake Dillon Adventure Paddle Boards

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tee It Up Golf Scramble

August 24 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Banff Mountain Film Festival

February 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Banff Mountain Film Festival

February 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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