2021 Protocols: Your Questions Answered

May 14, 2021

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    We are so excited to have boys back on the ball fields and in the cabins on Plum Lake. As you know, we have been working very hard this spring to understand evolving COVID-19 protocols so that we can have a safe and fun summer. Our policies and procedures have been devised using the most up-to-date information from the CDC, the American Camp Association, local health officials, and our own trusted infectious disease consultants.

    All pertinent links are listed at the bottom of this page.

    Here are the answers to the most asked questions about our 2021 Summer protocols:

    14-Days of Pre-Camp Quarantining

    We’re asking that campers and their families use common sense and consideration in the 14 days before camp. Please maintain COVID-19 best practices: wear your mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distancing, and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Please refrain from eating inside restaurants, attending large inside gatherings, etc. during this period.

    Seven Days of Pre-Camp Symptom Monitoring

    In the week leading up to camp, please track the symptoms of your camper in our simple health log. Your camper will return this form completed and signed on opening day.

    Pre-Camp Molecular PCR Test Sampled 3-4 days Before Sunday Arrival

    Because there is still a small chance that vaccinated people can have COVID-19, all campers must arrive with a recent (48-72 hrs) negative PCR COVID-19 test result, whether your child is vaccinated or not. You may arrange this test with your pediatrician, by using a mail-in service like VAULT or at Walgreens or CVS. Once you have taken your PCR test, we ask that you strictly quarantine (a.k.a. shelter in place) in the days before camp. Please upload your test results here. A rapid antigen test is not acceptable. This extra step helps us ensure that your child’s camp experience is uninterrupted. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Testing Positive or Recovered from COVID-19

    If your camper has recovered from COVID-19 (tested positive in the past), we must know this. Please email us directly with details of your child’s test and recovery.

    Is Vaccination a Requirement?

    We strongly encourage campers 12-years old and older to get that shot (well, two shots, technically)! The more vaccinated people we have in camp, the less likely we are to have COVID-19 entering and/or spreading around camp. To have your child fully vaccinated by First Term (June 20), including the two-week post-second shot waiting period, they will need to have their first shot no later than May 16. Second-term campers should have their first shot no later than May 30.

    We are still requiring a PCR test within 72 hours before the start of camp. However, vaccinated boys will not be surveillance-tested during camp.

    Please complete the 7-day symptom monitoring log and quarantine during the days leading up to camp to be turned in when your camper checks in on Opening Day.

    We require a photocopy or photo of your child’s vaccination record. Upon completion of the second shot, please upload it here.

    Testing at Camp

    We will be testing non-vaccinated children on day-3 and day-8 of camp using a saliva PCR test. The cost of this test is $30/test and will be added to your child’s store account.

    Masking at Camp

    Campers will not need to mask when they are with their cohort. They will not wear a mask in the swim areas or while participating in water activities. We are adhering to the 2-out-of-3 rule. Meaning, boys must satisfy two of the following three safety requirements: Outside, Distanced, Masked.
    Outdoors + No Distance for extended periods (15 min+) = Mask Needed
    Not Outdoors + Distanced = Mask Needed
    Outdoors + Distanced = No Mask

    Boys will likely go long periods of time when they do not need to wear a mask.

    How Many Masks Should I Pack for my Camper?

    Please pack your child with 5-7 clearly labeled 100% cotton masks. Old Navy makes an inexpensive, high-quality mask and they come in packs of five.

    What if My Camper Feels Sick at Camp?

    Our medical staff will be monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms. If we decide your camper’s symptoms require a COVID-19 test, camp will notify you. If your camper’s COVID-19 test is positive, we will ask that you pick your child up as soon as possible, as they will be isolated away from other campers. We have a special location for sick campers to be cared for and monitored by our staff.

    Vaccinated children will NOT have to quarantine in the event they have been exposed to COVID-19.

    Will the Program Look Different this Summer?

    We expect our program to remain largely unchanged because of increased vaccinations, safety precautions, and testing protocols. Our tripping program will be slightly different, with most trips coming directly in and out of camp like way back in 1904! We will not take trips into town for Division Day. Sunday Assembly and Sing will be outside. We will start camp eating in shifts in the dining hall with announcements between shifts. We have built several hand washing stations that will not only help us keep COVID-10 out of camp but pink eye and summer colds, too! Beyond that, camp will mostly operate as it always has.

    Who Will be Vaccinated at Camp?

    Our entire staff will be vaccinated as well as most 16+ children. We have high hopes that many 12+ children will also be vaccinated before camp. While a certain percentage of camp will be vaccinated, we do not plan to alter our health and safety measures. However, we remain flexible. We have all experienced how quickly recommendations shift, and we will continue to monitor all State, CDC, and American Camp Association recommendations closely.

    What is Our Refund Policy?

    Typically, we do not offer a refund for early departures or late arrivals. However, due to the unusual nature of this summer, if your child must leave camp due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, we will refund a prorated amount based on the days he is unable to attend camp.

    Now More Than Ever.

    Time outside with our friends is now more important than ever. We take the responsibility of caring for your child and the whole of the camp family very seriously. We are grateful for the opportunity to be with your amazing boys this summer. If you have any questions, please call us!

    Important Links

    Vaccination Record Upload Health Log Record PCR Test Upload