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 normal summer camp programs during Summer 2021!
We are waiting on guidelines from the State of Connecticut, which we anticipate by late April 2021. Our final plans will be 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on guidelines available as of now, processes and protocols for Summer Camp 2021 will include the following:
- Camp will run in “Cohorts” of up to 18 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.
- Final decisions on cabin capacities will not be made until the Spring of 2021, however currently we are anticipating limiting camp capacity to a minimum of 50%. Please note that we are ensuring that we are being as flexible as possible for changes for this summer.
- 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.
- Regular hand-washing 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.
- Water fountains will be converted into water bottle filling stations.
- 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.
- Face masks will be required when doing activities indoors (outside of the cabin), in the dining hall (before eating), and while passing other groups around camp.
- 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). 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.
- 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 to avoid 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.
- 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.
- Once we receive the final go ahead that camp can operate, you will have 2 weeks during which your deposit is fully refundable. After those two weeks, the deposit is non-refundable.
- If any program is forced to cancel, we will guarantee a full refund.
- In the event that local, state, federal, or internal YMCA protocols prohibit summer camp from operating at full capacity, available spaces in each session will be given on a first-come, first-served based on the date of registration.
Final determination for policies, procedures and opening guidelines will be made closer to the start of summer camp. Again, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out for more information.