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 Farm 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 to you prior to camp.
Based on what camps learned last summer, here are some changes we anticipate for 2021:
- Opening day health screenings with temperature checks.
- Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles for drop off and pick up of campers in effort to reduce the risk of exposure on our site.
- Unit groups serve as camp pods for all activities, evening programs, meals and sleeping.
- Increased emphasis on health and hygiene at camp including instruction on hand washing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation throughout camp.
- Some activities and events will be altered or not offered based on current health recommendations. The horse program will likely not be offered as campers will need to stay with their designated pods.
- Masks or face coverings will be used when interacting outside of cohorts or indoors.
- Possible testing or vaccine requirements for both campers and staff.
- Socially distanced meals and evening programs.
- No transportation to or from camp on buses will be provided (at this time).
- All campers MUST arrive by private vehicle and avoid the use of commercial transportation services such as airlines when traveling to and departing from camp.
- Many campers prefer sleeping outside of their tent, under the stars. That option will be given to and utilized by campers who choose so summer.
- If government safety precautions require a reduced capacity between registration and the start of camp, spots will be designed “first in, last out” based on the date of enrollment.
Farm Camp is well suited for many of the current recommendations. All activities take place outdoors, meals are served outside, all tents are open air and unit 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.