The COVID-19 pandemic has had massive implications on many industries and businesses globally, and our industry has definitely felt the effects. However, with all the lockdowns, restrictions and more that came with the pandemic, we are proud to say that we were still able to run our complete program in 2020 and 2021, with no Warriors or facilitators contracting COVID-19.
This has been no easy feat, and our team has worked incredibly hard to ensure the health and safety of all of our Warriors and staff. Now, as we are moving into what many are calling the “third wave”, we are as committed as ever to ensuring that everyone remains healthy.
One of the many benefits of our program, activities, and where we are situated, is that we are isolated from large groups of people and city centres. Our Basecamp is in the heart of the Magoebaskloof mountains, and most of our activities are conducted outdoors, in isolation, with just our Warriors and team. As a result, we have created an effective safety bubble.
Our team follows all the recommended safety guidelines, which includes:
- Wearing masks when out in public areas
- Taking temperatures on a regular basis
- Facilitating social distancing
- Ensuring that there is hand sanitiser readily available before, during and after all activities
- Encouraging the washing of hands
- We have suggested the addition of supplements like vitamin C, Zinc, D3 and more to assist with boosting the Warriors immune systems
- We also ensure that all Warriors have a negative COVID-19 test on hand when they arrive at Base Camp.
Many parents have asked us what measures we have in place if one of the Warriors becomes infected with COVID-19, and the answer is that we have put together an extensive protocol to assist students in this case. If a student presents with COVID-19 systems, they will be isolated from the rest of the Warriors and taken for testing. If the test comes back positive, they will be taken to the doctor for an exam, where they will receive the necessary medical attention. They will be separated from the group at Basecamp and made comfortable while being looked after by the team. Once they are healthy and have the all clear from the doctor, they will join the rest of the group.
Since many activities do not occur at Base Camp, we have highlighted a number of testing stations, hospitals, and doctors in the areas in which the activities will take place along our different routes.
As a team, we are committed to ensuring our Warriors’ health and safety and would like to put all of our Warriors parents minds at ease knowing that we have all the correct procedures and protocols in place.