We plan to run Spring Break and Summer Camps IN PERSON in 2021.
choosing a covid careful camp
- Covid Careful Campers. We will be asking all campers to thoughtfully consider if they can GENUINELY get behind our covid careful guidelines. We are counting on real cooperation from all our campers to create a safe camp experience for everyone. If you think hand washing and mask wearing and physcial distancing is NOT something you want to do, or you think it’s silly or not important. . . you should find a “pod” that shares your feelings and create some wonderful summer fun with those people. At camp we’re going to err on the side of careful.
- No program can be COVID SAFE. There is risk involved in In Person programs no matter how careful we are. Thus, if there are people in your house that have particular medical vulnerabilities it might be better to join one of our virtual programs.
covid careful plans include
- 100% outdoors (which is standard operating proceedure for our spring break and summer camps anyhow.)
- SMALL GROUPS. We plan to have much smaller camps. 12-15 campers per week, and 4-5 staff.
- Older kids. We will not be hosting Art Party or Stepping Stones in 2021. We are sad about this, but do not want to run those camps with out the billiions of counselors we normally have, and we can’t have that many counselors with our covid careful limits.
- Daily Screening for symptoms of or exposures to COVID.
- Physical distancing. We will be asking everyone to maintain 6 foot distancing through out the day and will be creating an environment that supports this.
- Mask wearing as needed. Everyone will be asked to have a mask around their necks all the time. If we are doing an activity where we are outdoors and reliably physically distanced, masks can be down. If we are doing an activity where we might have brief closer contact, we’ll ask for “masks up”.
- Frequent handwashing. Everyone will have a small bottle of hand sanitizer clipped on and we’ll all clean hands on cue through out the day.
- Individual tools and supplies. Art Camps will have kits of tools and materials for each camper, so we will not be sharing supplies unless they can be sanitized between users.
- Health Dept advisors. Our local health department has been running meetings for camp directors that Louise has been attending. They have been wonderfully responsive to our questions. And as we plan the daily details for camp we will be asking them to review our plans.
- Creative preservation of CAMP MAGIC!
- We are inventing new games and adapting favorite games to incorporate physical distancing while running and tagging and playing hard!
- Exuberant closeness and connection. We are very aware that camp normally includes lots of hugs and piggy back rides and sitting in laps and puppy piles. We are getting creative about other gestures and things to do that give some of the same happy feelings as a hug, while staying covid careful!
other changes and notes
- In order to serve more campers with the smaller groups we will be running camp EVERY week during the summer
- Staff will not work two weeks in a row. So, there will be a fresh group of leaders each week.
- Because of the smaller groups we will also have a narrower age range for each week of camp (7-10 or 11-13 instead of 7-13 for example)
- HEADS UP:
- Sign up Early. Even running every week we are able to serve about HALF of the number of campers as we normally would.
- We will be working with a smaller group of COUNSELORS as well.
- Selected Campers. In order to have a good spread of ages, racial and gender balance, and good “group chemistry” we will not be running on a strictly “first come first serve” basis.