An overnight field trip for 90 Queen Creek High School students to attend band camp July 6-10 at Emmanuel Pines Campsite in Prescott will take place only if Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and district precautions allow it at the time of travel.
The Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board recently approved the field trip as part of a consent agenda with other items.
“We continue to follow all of the CDC/district precautions for athletic events as the phasing-in process continues and would continue to follow the procedures that would be in place at the time of the camp,” John Davenport, QCHS director of bands, said in a letter to the Governing Board.
“We understand that even if this camp is approved by the board, cancellation may still be necessary based upon any changes in health conditions. It should also be understood that Emmanuel Pines is awaiting permission from the governor to open up to an extent that would be able to fully facilitate the marching band’s needs,” he said.
If the band is unable to go on the field trip, the annual band camp would instead be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 6-10 at Queen Creek High School, with no overnight stay, Mr. Davenport said.
The Queen Creek Band Boosters conducted a survey with band parents to determine their comfort level with sending their child on an overnight band trip, as well as their acceptance with the cost, he said.
“As of now, 80% of those surveyed have expressed a positive feeling towards this event and the projected cost,” Mr. Davenport said in the letter dated June 8.
“If all of these families participate, the cost per participant would be $300. We have enough chaperons confirmed to exceed the 1:10 district-required student-to-parent ratio,” he said.
The students are to practice marching and playing their instruments at the band camp, according to a district field trip information form.
Bordered by thousands of acres of state forest, Emmanuel Pines Camp offers miles of hiking and biking trails both on an adjacent to our space, according to emmanuelpines.com.