Camp Jewell YMCA as always, is committed to the safety and well-being of our campers, guests, and staff. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty in the world, but rest assured, our team is working hard to update our guests, improve our processes and ensure a safe experience for all who come to camp.

The good news is Camp Jewell is planning on running our summer camp programs during Summer 2021 based on recent state approval to open! 

Our plans have been developed based on state and local health department guidelines along with those from the CDC, American Camping Association, YMCA of the USA, and Trinity Health of New England. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available to inform our processes and protocols. If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing camp at

UPDATED 6/8/21

Based on guidelines and protocols for Summer Overnight Camp 2021 will include the following:


  • Per CDC guidelines we recommend that campers and their families who are not vaccinated engage in a 2-week prearrival quarantine. This means that you should practice social distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoid unnecessary travel, and refrain from indoor social gatherings with people outside of your household.
  • All campers will be required to have a negative test within 72 hours prior to the start of the camp session, the results of which must be brought to camp for check-in. This can be either a PCR or Antigen test but cannot be a at home test kit. If your child is vaccinated, you can bring proof of vaccination in lieu of a test. If you child is attending multiple sessions and ARE NOT staying for holdover then we will conduct a test within 5 days of returning to camp.  We recommend that campers staying longer than 2 weeks do stay for holdover. To add holdover please contact our office at 860.379.2782.
  • In addition, we will be performing a PCR test at camp during the first week of the session, staff will also be tested on a weekly basis if they are not vaccinated.
  • At check in you’ll be asked to confirm the answers to our health screening questions. The questions are related to travel, symptoms and contact with others. We recommend avoiding all unnecessary travel prior to attending camp.
  • We will be requiring families to ensure all paperwork and payments are submitted prior to arrival to limit interactions with others. In addition, we will ask parents not to enter the cabins during check in.


  • Firstly, and most importantly camp will remain the same fun, experience that it has been for the past 120 years. It will look different than in a normal year, but rest assured it will still be the Camp Jewell your camper has come to love!
  • Camp will run in “Cohorts”, although the number of campers in a cohort may vary on average there will be up to 20 campers in any one group. A cohort is the number of different children your child will interact with.  This means we will be able to have two of our traditional cabin groups in one cohort. Programs such as Ranch, Seniors, LIT’s and CIT’s traditionally have a lower number of campers enrolled and as such that entire program will be one cohort.
  • Our traditional and ranch camp villages will not be going on their overnight tent camping experiences this summer to ensure adequate distance when sleeping. Instead, cohorts will have the option of a cabin cookout.
  • To maintain cohorts instead of picking activities the entire cohort will rotate through camp activities based on age and interest.
  • We will be adjusting our daily activities to ensure that the spirit of camp remains, but that we can also ensure a safe experience for all. Interaction with other cabin groups will be limited, and limited to times when everyone can be outdoors, masked and where groups can have a minimum of 6 feet of distance between each other.
  • Our opening and closing campfires will be socially distanced, this may involve having multiple campfires to ensure enough distance.
  • Our Senior, LIT, and CIT programs will be adjusted.
    • Seniors- We are working on the final logistics for this program and will communicate any changes to those families directly.
    • LIT- we have eliminated the one-night overnight trip to Alander Mountain and hike on the Appalachian Trail.
    • CIT’s- we are finalizing any adjustments to this program. The CIT group will be one cohort and our goal is to keep the program as close to what it normally is.
  • Campers will not be required to be masked when in their cohorts. They will need to wear masks when by other cohorts.
  • We will conduct daily screening of campers and staff which will include temperature checks.
  • Regular handwashing will be incorporated into our daily schedule on a more frequent basis and hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the camp. There will be additional hand washing stations around camp to facilitate this routine.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning around camp, and we will utilize electrostatic sprayers to ensure surfaces and equipment are disinfected on a regular basis and in-between use. After each session, all cabins will be thoroughly cleaned using the same procedure before new campers arrive.
  • Meals will be held in shifts to limit the number of cabins in the dining hall, cabins will also have the option to eat outdoors (weather permitting). Tables will be placed with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between cohorts. While we will not have our traditional salad bars you can be assured that we will still serve healthy, nutritious meals in a modified family style setting. We will still be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions.
  • Cabins will have increased ventilation through window fans to increase airflow. We ask that campers do not bring their own fans as our fans are designed to push air out of the cabin rather than recycle it within the cabin.
  • While we love visitors during camp, we will be limiting any outside contact this summer. All staff who live off-site, and those making deliveries to camp will be temperature checked on arrival and their contact with others will be limited.


  • In the event that a camper or staff member has symptoms then our healthcare staff will evaluate the camper to assess if it is a possible case. We will contact any camper who is impacted parent/guardian to keep them fully informed.
  • If the camper has a documented history that manifests with similar symptoms, the camper will be given the appropriate medication and if symptoms do not improve they will be monitored by our health care staff.
  • If there is no history, and only one symptom presents, they will be monitored in the health center.
  • If there are multiple symptoms and there is no prior documented history, we will perform a rapid test. If the test result is negative, the person will remain in isolation until their symptoms have improved.
  • If the test is positive, you will receive a call to make arrangements to pick up your child. You will be eligible for a pro-rated refund or credit for 2022 at this years prices.
  • The parents of other campers within the cohort will also receive a call letting them know that there is a positive case within their cohort and will be asked to also pick up their campers.
    • Campers who are vaccinated will not be required to quarantine or return home if there is a positive case in their cabin but they will be reassessed if they show symptoms.


  • In the event your child shows symptoms of Covid-19 and tests positive within one week of leaving camp, please inform us so we will be able to assist with community contact tracing.
  • The CDC currently recommends that camp staff and campers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 3–5 days after traveling home from camp AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.