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:
- Campers will be required to receive a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their arrival at camp and provide documentation.
- Staff will arrive 10 days before campers for a longer training week and will be tested after 5 days.
- All campers must agree to restrict their behavior 5-10 days prior to camp. Examples of restrictions include no traveling by plane, no dining in restaurants, no parties or gatherings outside of immediate households, no in person schools, camps etc.
- We will not provide bus transportation to or from camp.
- All campers MUST arrive by private vehicle and avoid the use of commercial transportation services such as airlines when traveling to camp.
- Campers will receive a COVID and general health screening at their cars when arriving at camp, and only campers will leave their cars.
- Units 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 unit groups).
- Some activities may need to be adapted or cut from the program this summer, including (but not limited to) horseback riding.
- Approved masks or face coverings may need to be worn at all times, outside of swimming, eating and sleeping.
- Sleeping arrangements may be altered to mitigate risk. Possible changes include campers sleeping in individual tents within the unit.
- 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. Units 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.
- We hope to have all staff vaccinated before camp, but cannot be sure this will happen.
- Staff days off will not include any interaction with the general public.
- We are currently looking into testing services that could conduct tests onsite. We are hoping to be able to test all campers and staff at least once a week.
- Meals, activities, and other gatherings consisting of multiple pods will remain distanced from each other.
- 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.
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.