COVID

Are camp counselors vaccinated?

Camp counselors, and all other camp staff members, are fully vaccinated.

Who is required to wear a mask at camp?

Staff will be required to wear masks at all times when indoors and not socially distant.

At this time, campers are not required to wear mask (indoors or outdoors), but anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.

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

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 utilize Lot 4131 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 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 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.

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 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.

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.