Camp is currently closed, and we have not yet established an opening date for summer camp sessions. We are tracking developments and preparing multiple scenarios for a gradual reopening when we have reached the appropriate mitigation phase outlined by the Centers for Disease Control to operate day camp programs. After assessing all state regulations and national recommendations from health and safety experts for reducing risk and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to implementing these new procedures and providing campers wonderful experiences outdoors.
Session cancellation notification
We will provide as much notice as possible if it becomes clear that we will not reach an appropriate mitigation phase to confirm opening for a session date. At this time, the weeks of June 1-5 and June 8-12 are canceled. We will utilize real-time data, which could cause changes close to the start of camp. If a session does have to be canceled, we will communicate directly with registered campers. This will include options to reschedule, receive a credit, or request a refund.
We understand that the uncertainty of summer camp status is challenging for both excited campers and working parents, and our goal is to provide at least 2-3 weeks notice. As much as we look forward to getting campers outside and enjoying nature, everyone's safety is paramount.
COVID-19 cancellation policy
We updated our cancellation policy for COVID-19 impacts, because we understand that attending camp this summer is a family decision that could be changing and evolving over time. For required closure, there will be no cancellation fees and 100% of costs will be returned regardless of date. Our first preference to help maintain our camp's viability is for future credit, which can be utilized for rescheduling later summer camps or reserving for school break camps, like Thanksgiving Break, Holiday Break, or Summer Camp 2021 - and that includes a one-week exclusive early enrollment period! We also will be providing refunds, as needed, because we understand that others also may be facing similar financial hardship or need to make other arrangements.
If a family chooses to cancel an open session due to COVID-19 concerns, 100% of costs are available more than 14 days prior to the session start date, less the standard $50 cancellation fee. The exception to this time period is a documented camper illness or COVID-19 exposure.
For family COVID-19 decisions between 7-14 days prior to the session, 50% of costs will be available, less the standard $50 cancellation fee. Refunds are not available less than 7 days from the session date.
A camper with any of the symptoms listed in the pre-screening email is not eligible to attend until healthy at least 72 hours without fever and at least 10 days since symptom onset, unless cleared by a medical provider with a negative COVID-19 test. The family will receive 100% of costs with no cancellation fee to help ensure that camp remains safe.
Any camper who may have been exposed should not attend camp for at least two weeks unless cleared with a negative COVID-19 test. The family will receive 100% of costs with no cancellation fee to help ensure that camp remains safe.
PRECAUTIONS AT CAMP
Camper family, staff & community safety
Maintaining the physical and emotional safety of our campers is our top priority at all times. During this pandemic, we are actively following developments and updating our policies based on recommendations as they are released to help keep all families, staff, and the community healthy. We are attending ongoing educational webinars through the American Camp Association by leading experts to implement best practices for preparedness and prevention, and we are thoroughly training all staff to teach and reinforce. The CDC provides several Coronovirus (COVID-19) Resources for families and businesses.
Illness prevention protocol
We intensified our cleaning and disinfection procedures at camp, on buses, and for equipment, according to national standards, and we increased handwashing stations, including mobile units for buses. Camp policy covers individual preventive measures as well as plans for identifying, separating, and keeping sick campers and staff at home. Pre-screening emails will go out at least two weeks prior to a session start date. Any camper who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should not attend camp for at least two weeks unless cleared by a medical provider with a negative COVID-19 test. No one may attend if they have had symptoms (including fever greater than 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, or at least two of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell) for 10 days prior to the session start or return date unless cleared by a medical provider with a negative COVID-19 test. Everyone must be fever-free for at least 72 hours before attending or before returning to camp. It is advised that anyone in a high-risk category for protection from COVID-19 should not attend. Daily screening will be undertaken for all campers and staff upon arrival.
Modified operational procedures
We will follow the state regulations established for day camps based on CDC guidance, such as wearing of masks by staff and campers when advised, and we are adopting additional recommendations through the American Camp Association to ensure that summer camp is as safe as possible. All session capacity has been decreased to a maximum size of 20, including staff, which will be divided into two smaller groups within each session for activities. Our excursions will exclusively be for nature and adventure activities where contact with others can be avoided, and all outfitters must meet appropriate standards for cleaning and disinfecting. Several destinations are being eliminated to support physical distancing, including zoos, museums, or other crowded attractions, and bus travel distances have been reduced. All changes to the itinerary will be communicated accordingly. There also will be changes to drop-off and pickup, including the implementation of curbside operations. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the Parent Passport Program this summer.