We ask in the ten days 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 using a self-administered PCR test with almost 100% overall accuracy. Any camper who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter camp on arrival day. We also ask 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 using a NEW rapid antigen test (98.2% overall accuracy) and will wait in their family’s vehicle until given an entrance ticket to head to 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 an N-95 mask at the airport (in the mail for non-Florida flyers) and a “know before you go” guide by email. 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 (99% overall accuracy!) on Day 4, 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 (or according to the most current CDC timeline). After two negative tests, the camper can safely re-enter the Lenox Zone! 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. But don't worry!
"Quarantine" does not limit your child's program. All this means is that the group will do fun activities together until they can safely mix with the greater Lenox Zone!
Our camp program will 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.
Fear not, while in the Lenox Zone, all of our fan favorite special events, and of course, Color War, WILL safely take place this summer! (But who know's exactly when the break might be? :) )
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 are under consideration. At this time, Staff will not be permitted to spend time off at restaurants, retail locations, or any crowded areas with exposure to the public. We will assist our staff to organize safe AND fun and relaxing days off.
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.
As much as we love Visiting Day and seeing all of our amazing parents, at this time, visiting day will be virtual. We will allow a special package for your camper and ensure no one misses out on feeling a sense of family and connection on this day. We plan to set up extended 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.
Our day will still be fun-filled! As the summer goes on, we will begin to greatly minimize the time campers and staff will need to wear masks.
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.
This policy is evolving and may change as we approach June!
Victor, Magie, and Alan are returning to cook up all the same camp favorites we all know and love! As always, the dining hall will be full of spirit, music, and fun! At the start of camp, our dining hall will accommodate campers at 25% capacity. An outdoor dining tent on our beautiful observation deck overlooking the lake will provide additional capacity. This will allow adequate distancing while campers are unmasked and eating. Campers will eat on a split shift schedule and always sit at the same table when inside the dining hall. Lunch will be grab ‘n’ go, picnic style, and we plan to do many more outdoor BBQ dinners that our campers have always loved! (Whenever possible, weather permitting).
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.
What is "The Lenox Zone?"
As you pass the camp rocks on June 26th, your camper will officially enter the LENOX ZONE! Once all our staff and campers have safely come through the gates, consider the zone ignited. Outsiders will not be able to penetrate our LENOX ZONE and those within will benefit from the protection that the ZONE provides. This means that only those with authorized access (our daily commuting staff) and other screened visitors will be granted entry to the ZONE. We will exhaust all efforts to keep Camp Lenox a covid-free ZONE. Although our interaction with the outside world will not be zero, it will be limited in an effort to protect the integrity of the ZONE. Our ZONE can even extend beyond our grounds with adherence to strong safety protocols, provided there is limited contact with those outside of the LENOX ZONE. Are you ready to enter the LENOX ZONE? See below for more detailed information...