Click here to view a recording of our COVID WEBINAR from February 24th, 2021.
During the Summer of 2020, over a thousand accredited residential and day camps in the United States operated safely and successfully following COVID protocols established by The American Camp Association and the Center for Disease Control. While the risk of contracting COVID cannot be eliminated, these guidelines will serve as the framework upon which we will modify and build our program this coming summer.
The situation is ever evolving and Mountain Camp cannot communicate with certainty all the protocols that will be implemented at this time. We will update these procedures with the guidance of ACA, CDC and our public health department as summer approaches. Any modifications to the program will be communicated at least one month prior to the start of your camper’s session.
Based on what camps learned last summer, here are some changes we anticipate for 2021:
- Two weeks prior to arrival at camp, campers must practice restrictive behaviors including physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households.
- In order for campers to attend in-person school, the school must meet the following:
- Mask guidelines they readily enforce
- Have strict distancing guidelines they readily enforce
- Eat outdoors and distanced
- Follow CDC guidelines for reopening
- If anyone in your child’s class contracts COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to camp, you must let our office staff know immediately.
- Campers who attend in-person school should receive a negative COVID test result 72 hours prior to arrival at camp in addition to the Mountain Camp testing day of arrival.
- Campers may not travel by planes, trains or other forms of public transportation the seven days before camp arrival.
- Campers will be required to test on the way to camp through the Mountain Camp Testing Site. Families will book a testing appointment for their campers and be responsible for the cost of the test. Any campers with a positive test will be sent home, including all campers in the car regardless of test results. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR POSITIVE TEST RESULTS. More information to come on these procedures.
- Staff will arrive 10-14 days before campers and will be tested at the beginning of staff training. Surveillance testing of staff will continue throughout the summer.
- We are requiring staff to be vaccinated and are working with our staff to ensure this. We encourage any eligible campers to get vaccinated before attending camp. All policies will remain the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated campers.
- Camper drop off will be between 2-5pm, and only campers will leave the car. Campers will receive a health screening at their cars and be greeted by a counselor to help campers get settled into their cabin.
- Cabins will function as pods and will do all their activities and meals together. This means campers will not have as much free choice of activities as in past years. Any interactions with other groups will be masked, distanced and outdoors (including interactions between siblings in different cabin groups).
- Approved masks or face coverings will need to be worn at all times, outside of swimming, eating and while at their cabin.
- Sleeping arrangements may be altered to mitigate risk.
- Any camper or staff with COVID symptoms will be quarantined and tested. Campers will be sent home as soon as possible with any positive test results. Staff who test positive will remain quarantined until deemed safe by medical staff. Cabins of campers or staff who have been exposed will be isolated and tested and may be sent home. Campers sent home due to illness, COVID 19 protocols or injury will not get a refund.
- Socially distanced meals with cabin trays for the main courses. Salad and breakfast buffets will be modified to reduce risk.
- No transportation to or from camp on buses will be provided.
- All campers MUST arrive by private vehicle.
- If government safety precautions require a reduced capacity between registration and the start of camp, spots will be “first in, last out” based on the date of enrollment.
Mountain Camp is especially well suited for many of the current recommendations. All activities take place outdoors, meals are served outside, all cabins are open air and cabin groups can easily form their own pods at camp. We are committed to running a quality program that creates space for campers to connect socially and re-engage in community.