Please keep in mind that guidance is ever-changing, and that answers to these questions may change over the next several months. We will keep this page updated as we learn more, and will also be communicating with enrolled families by email throughout the spring.
How much of the time will my camper(s) be in a mask?
Campers must wear a CDC-approved mask any time they can not be outdoors, AND, a “controlled” six feet away from their group mates or another cohort. Examples of situations that do not allow for “controlled distancing” include riding on the bus, during transitions between activities, and in rainy day shelters. Campers will be given “mask breaks” whenever needed, and as much as possible.
Do I need to take my camper’s temperature every day?
Participants will be asked to begin screening for fever and other symptoms 14 days prior to the start of their session, and to complete a daily symptom screening and attestation form prior to arriving at camp each day.
Will there be swim lessons?
Swim lessons will unfortunately not be possible this summer due to guidelines from the state precluding mixing cohorts. Since our swim program typically involves mixing campers from different groups (according to their swim level), and due to the distancing requirements when unmasked, current regulations prohibit safe and individualized Red Cross swim lessons. Campers will continue to free swim twice a day within their cohorts.
Will there be Adventure Challenge?
Adventure Challenge as we know and love it, including rock climbing, ziplining, and high ropes, is a strong possibility! We’ve got a whale watch of a list of ideas for mitigating the risk of Covid at these beloved activities, so keep your fingers crossed!
Can my camper(s) take the bus?
We are happy to announce that we are now able to open our busing to anyone who needs transportation! Campers will be assigned seats, and will only be seated next to their sibling or fellow group member, if applicable. If have any questions or need to change your mode of transportation, please reach out to Jeannine ().
Do my camper(s) need to bring anything special this year?
- Unique to a Covid summer, we require that each camper bring a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Approved – Type III Device appropriate for your child’s weight and clearly labeled with your child’s name. Life jackets will be able to stay in their tent for the duration of the session.
- In addition to the usual items (which will be emailed out closer to the start of your session), each camper must bring (and wear) a CDC-approved mask, along with a spare to be used in the event that their first mask gets wet or dirty.
- Campers must also be sent with spray sunscreen and/or sunscreen sticks – no lotion – to facilitate safe application by their counselor.
- Finally, each camper should bring an extra towel to sit on at lunch, that will be sent home every day. Due to the difficulty in disinfecting yoga mats effectively, we ask that you do not send in yoga mats. Towels will be sent home each day to be laundered.
What if my camper is allergic/sensitive to hand sanitizer?
If your camper has sensitivity to hand sanitizer, we are happy to use one provided by the family. Please reach out to the Nurse or Director to discuss further.
What will happen in the event of bad weather?
Inclement weather is a reality of summer camp in New England, but a rainy day from start to finish significantly hinders our ability to effectively manage the Covid mitigation strategies required by the state. At this point, we plan to cancel camp only if the forecast calls for a complete “washout” (rainy or severe weather for the entire day); however we do reserve the right to cancel up until 6:15am the morning of camp, or to dismiss camp early, if that is the safest option for our campers and staff. (Please make sure that your contact information is correct and that you are registered for our texting service.) If we do need to cancel camp more than two times in any two-week session, we will refund your tuition for the additional cancelled days in that two-week period.
What is your refund policy?
We are proud to be able to say that we ran a highly successful (and Covid-19 free) program last summer, using a multi-layered strategy to mitigate the risk of Covid. (Learn more about our risk mitigation strategies here.) We did so using the guidelines provided by the state Board of Health, the CDC, and the American Camp Association (ACA), and will be equally as cautious and as conscientious this summer. We also have the benefit of being almost entirely outdoors, which helps tremendously. We feel confident that we can once again provide our campers with a second-to-none experience here at camp that is as safe as possible. For these reasons, our tuition policy remains the same. Having said all of that, should state and local Board of Health authorities tell us that we can’t operate for reasons due to public health and safety, we will of course do everything we can to make each family whole, just as we did last summer.
What happens if my camper has suspected Covid? Or a member in his/her group has a confirmed case?
Participants who are symptomatic will be asked to remain home until they receive a negative PCR or NAAT (molecular) Covid test or alternate diagnosis from their physician. Likewise, participants who present with symptoms at camp will be sent home and must remain home until they receive a negative PCR or NAAT (molecular) Covid test or alternate diagnosis from their physician.
Confirmed cases will not be able to return to camp for ten days after symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Any close contacts (closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) will need to quarantine for 10 days without testing OR 7 days after receiving a negative test result (on day 5 or later).