MAINE ART CAMP COVID PROTOCOLS | 2021
Last Update: April 25, 2021
We are all looking forward to being at camp this summer and have been working hard to make it safe and fun!
We will be operating under the guidelines set out by the state of NH as well as getting frequent updates from the CDC, the Association of Camp Nursing, and the American Camp Association.
We have been in conversation with many different testing providers and feel we have come up with the most effective and cost efficient way to begin camp and follow the state’s guidelines. We will be updating you about how this will work as we move along.
The thing that is of utmost importance to all who have been working with covid-19 in the camp setting is that we begin camp with healthy staff and healthy campers. To that end we will be asking that families do daily screening and engage in safe practice for at least 14 days prior to arrival. This is likely something you’ve been doing anyway.
It simply means that you practice social distancing, engage in mostly outdoor activities when with those other than immediate family, and “mask up!” The Daily screening consists of checking to be sure nobody has been around anyone with Covid-19 and asking about symptoms.
Key points to be aware of:
- All staff will be fully vaccinated
- All campers will have PCR tests done pre camp and on arrival.
- For campers staying the full 4 weeks, another test will be done during week 2 of the first session.
- For campers flying or taking public transportation an exit test will be done.
- In order to operate as safely as possible, we will not be having 4 week camper parents visit between sessions. Arrangements will be made to speak with your camper by phone.
- Campers will be grouped by cohort for sleeping and eating as we’ve done in past years.
- Half of the activity periods will be grouped by cohort, and half will be mixed.
- We will practice social distancing during mixed activities, conduct the activities out of doors whenever possible and wear masks if necessary.
- There will be no off campus trip days but we will have special days with a variety of activities.
We are doing everything possible to ensure that this summer is a safe and enjoyable one. Luckily our new location gives us the ability to create a “camp bubble” to further limit potential contact with the Covid-19 virus.