COVID

Please note that this page was created to reflect Summer 2021 COVID response. These responses will remain standard for 2022 until further guidance is released by the University, Department of Health and CDC as we approach camp season.

Who is required to wear a mask at camp?

Staff, including fully vaccinated counselors, will be required to wear masks at all times when indoors and not socially distant. We will be leading by example and require that staff wear masks anytime campers are required to do so.

All campers must wear a mask. If your child has a medical condition that precludes them wearing a mask you must contact us before camp starts. Mask breaks (during meals and various points throughout the day) will be provided when we can ensure physical distancing outside.

What are the limitations on group sizes for youth camps and who is included as a part of the group size?

Group sizes will be limited and remain as static as possible by having the same group of campers stay with the same staff whenever and wherever possible. Each group will have no or minimal contact with other groups and will not utilize common spaces at the same time, to the greatest extent possible. Group activities will never exceed interactions between more than 36 campers for the duration of the session, per NYS guidelines. This restriction does not include camp staff.

What is the drop-off/pick-up protocol?

At this time, only campers and camp staff will be permitted within Bartels Hall, so both drop-off and pick-up will take place in front of Bartels. Please pull into one of the loading spaces out front (or the C Lot parking lot if all are full). There will be multiple staff members checking campers in, and we ask that you please remain in your vehicle and/or stay six feet back if all are staff member and fellow campers when you arrive. The health assessment will include a temperature check, standard symptom questions, and we will ask about close or proximate contact to positive test exposures. Health assessments will be completed by the Medical Director and Camp Directors. All campers must be checked in and out by a parent or authorized personnel. When you arrive at pick-up for your camper, please remain in your vehicle and let the staff member outside of Bartels Hall know who you are and who you are picking up. We will notify your camper's counselor of the pick-up. Please remain in your vehicle unless there's a need to assist your small camper with their belongings and safely being seated.

What hygiene protocol will be implemented during camp?

Hand sanitizer will be available in all indoor facilities. When hands are visibly dirty, they should be washed with soap and water, which will be encouraged by the counselors and required of all campers multiple times throughout the day. The importance of hygiene will be of great emphasis for the duration of camp. Campers will be instructed to wash their hands upon arrival, between all program activities, after using the restroom, before eating and before departing. We encourage parents to reinforce the importance of hygiene at home, prior to attending camp.

What activities will make up the camp curriculum to ensure safe distancing?

We will be using outdoor spaces at all times, when weather permits. We will be focusing on individual sports skills (e.g. dribbling soccer balls, shooting on goals), team building exercises, relays, hikes, scavenger hunts, fitness activities and much more! We will take advantage of the expansive campus grounds with daily walking excursions to central campus, Botanic Gardens, Beebe Lake trails and more. In our Pre-K program, we have arts and crafts, story times, tag games and other activities targeting this younger age group and in accordance with camp guidelines.

Should my camper bring food to camp?

We understand that many parents would feel more comfortable sending their camper with a lunch prepared from home. If this is your preference, please disregard the option to add-on lunch for the week during the registration process. Regardless of lunch accommodations, we always recommend campers bring a snack for our afternoon break time. Also, please remember that all campers should have their own water bottle from home and can fill them throughout the day at our touchless filling stations.

If my child doesn’t feel well, should they attend camp?

All staff and campers should stay home if they are not feeling well. Parents/guardians should look out for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children/campers. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

How do we handle health and immunization paperwork for campers?

Health and immunization records for children that expire during the declared emergency are acceptable — provided the parent attests in writing that the child has no major health changes since their last physical.

How often will equipment and shared spaces be cleaned and disinfected?

All shared equipment will be disinfected after each use. High risk areas and common surfaces will be disinfected throughout the course of the day. Shared areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis and more often as needed due to high traffic volume.

What if I am not a NYS resident?

Quarantine (consistent with the CDC recommendations) is still recommended for all travelers arriving to New York State who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. HERE is the release from NYS. Please note these restrictions may change over time and we expect all camp families to comply with the requirements at the time of their child’s camp. If you have questions about this rule, please contact us.

Where can I find the latest camp guidance provided by New York State and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?

For more information on the New York State statewide guidelines, click HERE. For more information on the CDC’s suggestions for youth and summer camps, click HERE.