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!
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.”
WHAT WAS YOUR 2020 COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN?
Our 2020 COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
WILL CAMP CREATE A “BUBBLE” THIS SUMMER?
We like to think of camp as a castle with a draw-bridge. Our castle is protected and the drawbridge goes up and down only when 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?
Pre-Camp Compliance & Expectations will be shared with camp families in May.
At this time, we anticipate asking campers to limit their exposure for 7-10 days prior to camp. The exact timeline will be determined based on public health guidelines closer to camp. We will provide specific details closer to the start of our camp season.
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!
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?
All campers and staff will be required to wear masks at times throughout their session. A packing list will be shared with you next month and will include how many masks to pack.
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 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 most likely not be able to hold Visiting Day for our 8-week families. If this happens, we will facilitate a virtual visiting day between sessions for our 8-week campers to ensure you have the opportunity to visit by video and to virtually meet their counselors and division leader. We will continue to keep you updated.