We ask in the two weeks prior to camp that you refrain from attending large gatherings, crowded indoor establishments such as restaurants and retail locations, and leisure travel. Three days before arrival at camp, your child will be tested for COVID-19. Any camper who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter camp on arrival day. We also require that once this test is performed, you and your child(ren) quarantine until arrival day. Please keep an eye out for our “72 hour challenge” which will provide campers activities and social media interaction in the days leading up to camp.
This summer, all campers will arrive to camp BY CAR. This policy is designed to prevent any unnecessary mixing among cohort groups in buses. Parents will choose a time slot for arrival and will first stop at the Lee Premium Outlets (Lee, MA) to check in. There, every camper will be rapid tested and will wait in their family’s vehicle until given an entrance ticket to head to camp. All cars MUST stop at the Lee Premium Outlets prior to entering camp. Cars without a valid entrance ticket will NOT be permitted on our grounds. At the gate, you will provide your entrance ticket and be directed to the traffic circle to unload. All family members and campers MUST wear masks during this process, and parents will not be allowed to leave their cars. Also note, parents will NOT be permitted to bring duffles by car due to the volume of cars arriving on opening day.
We will continue to consider the possibility of bus transportation to camp as the health situation evolves in the coming months.
Campers flying to camp will receive an envelope in the mail with an N-95 mask and a “know before you go” kit. These campers will be required to wear this medical-grade face covering at all times while traveling to camp to protect themselves and other campers on the flight.
Testing at Camp
Testing will play a key role in allowing cohort groups (i.e. small groups of campers sharing a building) to begin to combine as the weeks progress. The campers will be tested using a PCR test on Day 5, Day 10, and Day 30. Any camper who tests positive will be put in an isolation unit and sent home until 10 days have passed and the camper can no longer transmit COVID-19. Campers in the cohort group of another camper who tests positive will be re-tested and quarantined until their test returns with a negative result.
Our camp program will still be amazing this summer! All activities will be outdoors as much as possible to significantly reduce the risk of spreading viral droplets. We are going to allow more time between activities as well, for handwashing, changing masks, and cleaning equipment. The daily program will become inclusive of larger groups as cohorts come together. We plan to expand our camp-wide leagues, special events, and outdoor ed program. We will keep you updated on new activities and ideas as this evolves in the next few months. The elective program will remain an important element as well. Our outdoor spaces will be maximized at night with exciting activities such as Movie Under The Stars, live music, campfire cookouts and much more. Additional tents will provide more covered outdoor spaces for the daily program.
Periods of rest and renewal are vital to a great summer for our staff. We are developing an on-site staff lounge, away from the action, where staff can recharge, relax, and hang out during time off. Scenic hikes, golf outings, and relaxation at parks and other low-risk, low-contact areas is under consideration. Staff will not be permitted to spend time off at restaurants, retail locations, or any crowded areas with exposure to the public.
The Health Cabin
In addition to our normal clinic hours and space for “routine” camp triage, we will have a dedicated tent behind the health cabin for any camper/staff with suspected COVID-19 symptoms. Any camper/staff with symptoms will receive a rapid test on demand and will be placed in isolation until a result is produced. Our camp doctors and nurses will form a medical task force as a consulting body for the camp administration.
At this time, visiting day will be virtual. We plan to set up video conferencing with your child and live video streaming around camp so you can take part of the exciting action from the comfort of your home.
Cleaning and Sanitation
Without a doubt, our updated cleaning protocol will continue for years to come! Electrostatic Sprayers will be used to disinfect all buildings and surfaces in between use by camper groups. Electrostatic sprayers work by charging liquids (i.e., cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants) as they pass through a sprayer nozzle. This generates charged droplets that repel one another and actively seek out environmental surfaces, which they stick to and even wrap around to coat all sides. Electrostatic Sprayers are currently being used by major airlines and corporate settings.
Our Facilities Manager will work with cleaning staff to ensure a thorough and frequent cleaning of every space in camp.
According to the CDC, people frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick. Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent respiratory infections.
With this in mind, hand washing will become a large part of our daily routine at camp. We are building portable hand washing stations that will be placed around camp. Campers and Staff will routinely be reminded to wash their hands before and after activities, meals, and all throughout the day. Each hand washing station will be equipped with running water and soap to ensure effective hand washing.
Face masks are effective in creating a barrier between your mouth and nose and those around you. This makes it more difficult for the droplets that spread coronavirus through coughs, sneezes and talking to reach other people.
In an effort to minimize any possible viral spread at the start of the summer, we will require all campers and staff to wear face masks at all times unless they are a) inside their own cabin, b) participating in an activity with their cohort, or c) eating.
We ask that campers bring enough facemasks for the 10 day laundry cycle (around 15 masks). We will also have disposable surgical masks available on hand, and additional cloth masks available for purchase in the camp store.
Our dining hall will accommodate campers at 25% capacity at the start of camp. An outdoor dining tent will provide additional capacity. This will allow adequate distancing while campers are unmasked and eating. At the start of camp, campers will eat on a split shift schedule and always sit at the same table inside the dining hall. Lunch will be grab ‘n’ go, picnic style, whenever possible (weather permitting). As cohort groups combine, this will allow for a larger capacity in the dining room during meals.
Trips Out of Camp
We are considering low-risk, low-contact trips to local parks, campgrounds & hiking trails, private movie theatres, private ice skating, white-water rafting, golf, and horseback riding. Traditional trips to shopping malls, amusement parks, and other crowded spaces will be cancelled.