Below is some information to help families prepare for Summer 2021.
Please understand that all of the information below is subject to change based on CDC, state, and local guidelines.
HOW DID OUR PARENTS FEEL ABOUT THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE OF CAMP LAST SUMMER?
“Making the decision to send the kids to camp this summer was the absolute best decision we could have made. Having a little slice of “normal” was so important for their mental health. Logan had her ABSOLUTE best summer so far, it was just perfect. Not one detail overlooked, safety measures firmly in place but not at the expense of the perfect camp experience! Could not be more pleased – THANK YOU!!!”
“William had an incredible time at camp this year, and we feel so fortunate that the entire Greenwoods team worked together to make this possible. While he has truly loved and learned from his previous summers, I think he recognizes how lucky he is to have had this summer at Greenwoods and what an unusual opportunity it was. I can’t say exactly how he’ll reflect on it and what he’ll say about it as time passes, but I know it will prove to be a pivotal/ significant experience for him.”
“What the Directors did to first get the kids to camp and then keep them safe and even more that they gave them an incredible summer is truly a blessing. With all of the scary and uncertainty in the world, you were able to give these kids a piece of their childhood back. You gave them friends, a community, and truly a loving and HAPPY place to be every day. It was a gift that you gave them and all of us parents included to be able to provide such a gift to our kids. Thank you.”
“Great Staff, Great Organization, What you guys did in this crazy environment was fantastic. Keep up the good work! Being in the business world, I understand how difficult it is to meet client’s expectations in this difficult Covid environment. You met mine.”
“Thank you for everything. You provide an absolutely magical summer. Harry needed this more than anything, and we never were concerned for his health and safety.”
“Our son went to camp this year tired, beleaguered, and sick of screens. He came back the very best version of himself. Camp literally brought his energy back. He (and we) are so thankful.”
“The best part of Summer 2020 was being able to attend camp at LWC. Masking, social distancing, COVID tests, and handwashing were just a few of the sacrifices made to have the best summer ever!”
“It was everything our daughter needed amidst all the constraints of Covid-19, both before and after. To be in nature, with tons of friendship and love and fun was priceless…always is, but this year, the contrast between the home-school year and camp was even more pronounced, and always appreciated.”
“To Dana and the staff of LWC, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We had been deeply affected by covid. We saw Omi’s light fading before our eyes. She asked so many times “Will there be camp?” And we said probably not. Because we didn’t even know if we would send her if camp was open. Your assurance that you had this gave us the confidence to send Omi. Camp gave her hope again! Thank you isn’t a big enough phrase to express to you the amount of gratitude I will always have toward LWC for turning the brightness back up in Omi. phrase to express to you the amount of gratitude I will always have toward LWC for turning the brightness back up in Omi.”
WILL CAMP CREATE A “BUBBLE” THIS SUMMER?
We like to think of camp as a castle with a drawbridge. Our castle is protected and the drawbridge goes up and down only when safe and necessary. This provides our camp community protection and safety by limiting who comes on and off campgrounds.
While certain deliveries and services are required for camp to run successfully, we will make sure that any staff who interact with vendors are wearing the proper PPE and maintaining physical distance.
Campers and staff might be required to remain on campgrounds throughout the summer. We are continuing to explore safe options off camp such as hiking and camping trips and will keep you updated.
WILL MY CAMPER BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE BEFORE CAMP?
A healthy summer begins at home! We ask that you are very thoughtful about your child’s exposures in the 10-day period before camp, limiting your child to only “safe” and essential activities. Please plan to avoid “high risk” activities such as sleepovers, playdates, family trips, weddings, or other group gatherings. More specific information outlining pre-camp compliance will be shared in May.
WILL ALL SESSIONS RUN FOR SUMMER 2021?
YES! And this summer will be the best one yet! We have been here for the past 86 summers and plan to be here for at least 87 more! We look forward to welcoming you back this summer.
WILL COVID-19 TESTING BE REQUIRED FOR CAMPERS AND STAFF?
Yes. COVID-19 testing is required for all campers and staff.
Pre-Camp – COVID-19 testing is mandatory for ALL campers and staff. We are using Vault for our saliva-based RT-PCR test kits. Approximately 14 days prior to camp, each family will receive instructions with a specific timeline for how and when to order the saliva-based RT-PCR test kit that will be administered via Telemedicine. The test will include a shipping label for the test to be overnighted back to the lab. Families will receive test results via email (within 48 hours).
Arrival Day – Campers & staff will have a saliva-based PCR test AND rapid antigen test upon arrival at camp.
Day 5 of Session – Campers & staff will have a saliva-based PCR test 5 days after arrival to camp.
We will continue to follow public health guidelines and recommendations from our camp medical team to determine our specific testing protocols.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A CAMPER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 PRIOR TO CAMP
We will follow current CDC guidelines to determine the required quarantine period for your child, and work with your family to create a plan for late arrival, if possible.
Read more about current CDC guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html
WHAT HAPPENS IF A CAMPER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AT CAMP?
If a child tests positive upon arrival to camp we will isolate that individual until a parent/guardian is available to pick up their child. Our local Health Department requires that campers are picked up within 24 hours. We will help make arrangements with the camper’s family for a safe transport home. Our policy, which is subject to change per CDC guidelines, is outlined below:
- Immediately isolate the camper who tests positive. (follow protocol outline in our COVID-19 Safety and Response Plan)
- Test and screen every person in the pod.
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire cabin and any other areas of use.
- Separate the pod from the rest of camp (dining, activities, etc for 72 hours).
- Begin twice-daily screenings of the pod (temperature checks and symptom screening).
- REPEAT testing of the pod 72 hours after the first test.
- Continue daily temperature and symptom screening.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate with families!
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY IF MY CAMPER TESTS POSITIVE?
If a camper tests positive on the pre-camp arrival PCR test, we will follow CDC guidelines to create a plan for a late arrival, if possible.
If a camper tests positive while at camp we will provide a prorated tuition credit for summer 2022. If the camper is “graduating” in 2021, we will prorate a refund of the tuition.
WILL CAMPERS AND STAFF BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS?
All campers and staff will be required to wear masks at times throughout their session.
We think of our cabins as our campers’ homes. When inside their own, “home” with their cabinmates, campers and staff will not need to wear masks.
Masks will be worn when entering any indoor space other than their own cabin (health center, dining hall, and office) and when physical distancing is not possible with someone in another pod.
We use the phrase “mixing and masking” at camp. This means that when you interact (mix) with someone outside your pod, you put on your mask.
WHAT ABOUT SHARED ITEMS AT CAMP?
Campers will be instructed not to share personal items, clothing, etc. As for sports and activity equipment, items will be cleaned after each pod rotation. Campers and staff will be required to wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be located at activity areas and hand washing stations will be positioned around camp.
WILL THERE BE VISITING DAY FOR 8 WEEK CAMPERS?
We will not be able to hold Visiting Day for our 8-week families. We will facilitate a virtual visiting day between sessions for our 8-week campers to ensure they have the opportunity to visit by video. We will continue to keep you updated.