We spent the months leading up to summer 2020 creating a thoughtful and detailed COVID-19 Safety Plan. We are proud to share that this plan, along with support from our camp families, allowed us to run four weeks of our camp program last summer – COVID FREE!
The weeks spent at camp in 2020 were nothing short of magical! It was incredible that we could provide a safe, fun, and much-needed experience for many campers. And now…the countdown to summer 2021 begins!
While we hope that the world is in a different place by summer 2021, we are confident that our COVID Safety Plan can be implemented once again, with any necessary adaptations needed.
Our 2020 COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
Below is some information that provided some support and clarity for our camp families. The information below is a living document and we will continue to make adjustments and adaptations based on guidance and guidelines received.
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 absolutely 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 clients expectations in this difficult Covid environment. You met mine.”
“Thank you for everything. You provide an absolute 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 hand washing 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 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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A CAMPER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?
If someone tests positive we will isolate that individual in our satellite health center. 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 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 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) for 72 hours
- REPEAT testing of the pod 72 hours after the first test.
- Continue daily temperature and symptom screening for 14 days.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate with families!
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY IF MY CAMPER TESTS POSITIVE DURING CAMP?
- If a camper tests positive while at camp, we will prorate tuition based on when they need to leave and apply the difference as a credit for 2022 . If a camper tests positive within 3 days left of camp, tuition would NOT be prorated.
HOW WILL MEALS WORK?
- All campers will eat in their pods and have assigned seating within their cabin group. Pods will be at least 10 feet apart from other pods.
- Groups of campers will eat outdoors under very large tents.
- We will have enhanced sanitization between every meal.
- The kitchen staff will be wearing masks and gloves at all times in the dining room.
WILL CAMPERS AND STAFF BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS?
Campers and staff will be required to wear a mask or neck gaiter in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained outside their pod.
WHAT ABOUT MAIL?
We will only accept letters (no packages or flat envelopes of ANY size). Families also have the option to sign up for BunkNotes – our one-way email system. If your camper forgets an essential item, you can call our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.