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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) AROUND THE COVID PANDEMIC
We understand that choosing an overnight camp for your daughter can be overwhelming especially during a nationwide pandemic. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions specific to COVID-19 and camp.
COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere, what happens if we can’t have camp again?
It’s hard to predict what new COVID-19 circumstances will be revealed tomorrow, let alone in June. We are working closely with DHHS to aid in the development of new guidelines that are realistic for overnight camps and offer a safe and rewarding experience for our campers. The Granite YMCA was able to operate several successful day camps last summer and Mi-Te-Na hosted a family camp and other groups for overnight stays. We experienced first-hand the most effective protocols that proved to keep our participants and staff safe. Due to all these factors, we are confident in being able to safely open for our traditional season with ample planning time and resources from the Health Department.
Why did rates increase this year?
Our goal is to be transparent about fees and expenses associated with camp. Our all-inclusive camp tuition allows families to plan and budget accordingly. Our price increase this year is due in large to the significant increase in operating costs such as:
- Food expenses.
- Building and construction materials to continue the upkeep and maintenance of our camp facilities.
- Expenses associated with continuing to offer the most innovative and impactful programming possible.
- Continuing to bring back high-quality staff members.
What is this COVID fee?
In the effort of providing a safe and positive experiences for all campers, we are instituting a mandatory, non-refundable $25 COVID fee per week per camper this summer. This fee is required upon registration and is in addition to the session costs. It will be used to offset the new expenses related to the safety and wellbeing of our campers and staff. Some of these expenses include:
- Camper and Staff Testing
- Additional cleaning supplies
- Additional Staff training
- Hiring additional staff to aid in required cleaning and sanitizing protocols
Why are there less one week options this year?
We are re-instituting some exclusive two week options which will be offered mid-summer. This will allow our families a choice of selecting a session that reduces the amount of campers in and out during the two week period. All campers will be arriving at camp on the same day and departing at the same time two weeks later. New campers and/or visitors will not be permitted intersession during our exclusive two week options: July 11 – July 24 and July 25 – August 7.
We are still offering one week options; however, these will only be available during the first two weeks and last two weeks of the summer (Mi-Te-Na: June 27 – July 10 and August 8 – August 21 and Foss: June 27 – July 10 and August 8 – August 14). During these particular sessions, parents have the options of sending their child/ren for a one or two week session with the understanding that it is a shared session with one week campers.
Will my camper(s) have to wear a mask the entire time?
Campers and staff will not be required to wear a mask the entire time. We will require everyone to have several masks with them at camp and will ask campers and staff to wear it when social distancing is not possible. This may occur at certain activities and when in transit indoors. For the most part camp allows for plenty of social distancing. Everyday will have periods of time that masks will be required and times when they will be optional.
Will there be major changes this summer?
Yes. This summer will be different than previous seasons but not unlike changes that have occurred in other areas of our lives such as school and sports. We will be using the CDC cohort model that has been outlined in previous versions of the state guidelines. In an effort to keep campers within their same cohort, many camp wide activities will be replaced by village wide activities.
Can you tell me a little more about the cohort groups?
Our cohort groups will be comprised of a village. We will be using these groups and cabin groups to run our activities and meals this summer. Campers will be grouped with others from the same cohort during daily activities.
Will there be an increase in cleaning and sanitization?
Yes, we will be hiring additional staff members to solely focus on keeping camp clean. High touch areas will be sanitized several times a day. Additionally, over 30 hand sanitizing stations will be spread out around each camp.
What steps will be taken to mitigate COVID-19 from entering camp?
We will be requiring campers and staff to quarantine prior to camp arrival. Upon arrival campers and staff will undergo an in depth screening process with our healthcare team. Additionally, our camps will have the ability to test campers and staff. The testing program is currently being developed by our healthcare team.
What about white water rafting trips?
Currently, we are holding off on registering campers for White Water Rafting until the new 2021 NH DHHS guidelines come out. It is possible that out of camp trips will not be permitted. If these trips will be allowed and we can offer them safely then we will open up registration for them at that time.
With all these regulations and changes, will camp still feel like camp?
Yes. Camp will not look the same this season but, the true spirit of camp will remain intact. All of us have adjusted to a new normal with mask wearing, social distancing and increased sanitization. During to 202 season we hosted an array of alumni events, user groups and family camp. During these events we successfully followed all safety protocols and participants were still able to have an amazing time being campers.