Covid-19 Dashboard

SUMMER 2022

Welcome to our COVID-19 Dashboard for Summer 2022.

On this page, you will find updates to our health and safety protocol for 2022.

Page Updated 2/9/2022

Who advises Camp Lenox for COVID-19 related protocols?

Camp Lenox is advised by Dr. Shira Doron, MD, FIDSA, Hospital Epidemiologist, Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center.

Where are we in the pandemic (as of 2/4/22)?

Things have drastically improved since 2021, and especially 2020! Individual risk related to COVID-19 is now similar to the flu and other viruses. The numbers are also coming down. Although we don’t know what exactly is around the corner, the future is promising! 

Can we go back to normal at camp?

The risk to children is very low in comparison to other respiratory infections that we deal with on a daily basis. We need to begin to restore normalcy for children. In the era of vaccines, experts believe that we can begin to return to normal in child settings like school and camp.

How dangerous is the Omicron variant to children and vaccinated adults?

The Omicron variant is a milder strain of COVID-19 and is less dangerous to children than the H1N1 “Swine Flu” from 2009 (which we successfully managed at camp). The COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective against severe disease. The risks associated with the Omicron variant to fully-vaccinated/up-to-date boosted adults and children of severe disease are tiny. As such, we will begin to see a return to normalcy in the coming months while cases continue to fall.

What is Camp Lenox's vaccination policy? (as of 3/10/22)

All staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Camp Lenox strongly recommends that campers be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the best protection against severe disease. The vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness! We will continue to evaluate our policy as the summer approaches and we receive the latest CDC guidance.

What protocols should be in place? Will masks be required at camp? 

In 2020 and 2021, our goal was to completely prevent all person-to-person transmission. In the post-vaccination era, preventing all person-to-person spread is not necessary or realistic. Society does not aim to always prevent all spread of many diseases (e.g. flu and the common cold). As COVID-19 progresses, it is starting to be thought of like one of these diseases and therefore should be treated similarly. As mask mandates end in schools, we anticipate operating Camp this summer without the need for masks. Our goal is to resume normal social interactions as much as possible. We will continue to evaluate the need for masks on trips and other spaces outside of camp. 

Will there be tournaments with other camps this summer?

Yes! Our tournament schedule will return to camp this summer. Schools and travel teams have proven that this is a program that can operate successfully. Most tournaments naturally take place outside.

Will there be trips out of camp? 

Yes! We will run both day trips and overnight trips this summer. We will continue to rent out spaces that are exclusive to Camp Lenox (i.e. movie theatres, ice rinks, bowling alleys, etc.). Trips are an important component of our program.

Will there be buses to camp this summer? 

Yes! Buses will pick up at our regular Westchester, New Jersey, and Long Island locations. As of now, all campers will take an on-site rapid test prior to boarding the bus. 

What is the testing protocol at camp this summer?  

As of now, all campers will test for COVID-19 prior to camp and prior to boarding a bus or arriving by car at camp. Although there is a possibility that COVID-19 may enter camp during the summer, the risk to our community remains low, and beginning with a clean slate will ensure a strong and healthy start to the summer. We will continue to evaluate the need for testing as the pandemic evolves.

Will there be Visiting Day?

We are planning on Visiting Day at the moment! We will reevaluate the most current health situation closer to the summer. If there is a health risk that poses a threat to our community, we will seek alternative options for Visiting Day similar to 2021.