COVID-19 Safety Plan & FAQ’s
Below is some information to help provide some support and clarity for our camp families.
Our 2020 COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
Please note this is a living document that will be updated frequently.
Our Updated Family Handbook is available here.
HOW IS MY CAMPER GETTING TO CAMP?
We appreciate your patience as we finalize our transportation plans and cabin assignments. This summer, in order to stagger arrival times and to perform health checks immediately upon arrival to camp, we are assigning transportation for each cabin. Some parents will be driving their camper to camp, while other campers from the Chicago area will be taking the bus to camp with their cabin group.
We know that this is different from the past, and that this might be an inconvenience for some of our families. Only one cabin group will be placed on each bus with a counselor from their cabin. We have determined travel methods based on the number of campers from the Chicago area in each cabin group. Please understand that this is the safest way for us to get our campers to camp. We appreciate your cooperation.
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 BEFORE OR DURING CAMP?
- If a camper tests positive prior to camp – we will refund 100% once we get the test results.
- If a camper tests positive while at camp, we will prorate tuition based on when they need to leave and refund the difference OR apply as a credit for 2021 (parents can choose which option they prefer). 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.
- New large windows have been installed throughout the dining room to increase circulation.
- Lake of the Woods campers will use both the Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods dining room.
- Greenwoods campers will eat outdoors under very large tents.
- The Glen will use the new addition for dining as well as the regular Glen dining room. In past years, non-Glen staff ate with The Glen. Those tables will be removed to create extra space.
- Camp will run at about 85% capacity to ensure plenty of space to distance in the dining hall.
- We will also be enhancing 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?
This summer 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.
WHY ARE SOME CAMPS OPENING ON TIME OR NOT OPENING AT ALL?
Many of these decisions are dictated by the state in which a camp operates. Camps must make the decision that is right for them based on their location, program, staffing ability, and their confidence in operating safely. The entire camp industry is navigating these very difficult decisions together. Please understand that each camp is facing unique challenges and must make decisions that are best for them and on their own timeline.
WHAT ABOUT SHARED ITEMS AT CAMP?
Campers will be instructed not to share personal items, clothing, etc. As for sports and activity equipment, every item 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 around camp.
WHAT IS THE AT-HOME TEST THAT CAMPERS HAVE TO TAKE BEFORE CAMP?
COVID-19 testing is mandatory for ALL campers and staff. All campers must have a negative test in order to attend camp. We are using saliva-based RT-PCR test kits provided by Vault Health through Rutgers University RUCDR Infinite Biologics Laboratory. To read more about the test, Click Here.
Each family has received 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 via UPS. Families will receive test results via email (within 48 hours) and must forward those results to camp
Any family wishing to have their child take a different PCR test is welcome to do so. It MUST be a PCR test that is administered 4-5 days prior to camp and results must be sent to camp prior to camper arrival.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP LOOK LIKE? WHAT ABOUT EVENING PROGRAMS?
Please refer to the “Camper Experience” section of the COVID-19 Safety Response Plan.
WILL CAMP OPEN FOR SUMMER 2021
YES! And next summer will be the best one yet! We have been here for the past 85 summers and plan to be here for at least 86 more! We look forward to welcoming you back next summer.
WHAT IF MY SESSION WAS CANCELED
Click here to view our FAQ’s for families who have canceled sessions.