Announcement about Camp 2020
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We are pleased to announce that we will be opening JCC camp this summer!
After carefully reviewing the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), American Camp Association (ACA), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), we are confident that we can implement the recommended health and safety actions they have set forth and at the same time provide our campers with a summer experience that fosters friendship and community, instills values, nurtures growth and is lots of fun.
In order to best safeguard the health of our children, we are assembling a camp medical committee comprised of camp staff, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals which will be responsible for developing COVID-related camp policies and procedures. Camp staff will receive intensive training in COVID-related policies and procedures. Additionally, we plan to bolster our summer camp medical team to include an on-call physician who will be able to address COVID-related issues in real time, should they occur.
We plan to offer most of our traditional camp activities with modifications when necessary, including: swimming, animal exploration with Brian Lark, sports, archery, nature, arts and crafts, music, fun science, drama, yoga, and celebratory events such as weekly Shabbat, July 4th, Israel Day, Day of Caring and Sharing, and Maccabi Games.
Additionally, we plan to offer all five of our specialty camps this summer: Core 24 Basketball Camp, Soccer Camp, Aquatics Camp, Gymnastics Camp, and Performing Arts Camp. To ensure easier physical distancing, Basketball Camp will move to the Avis Building and Performing Arts Camp will move to Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds.
In adherence to the CDC, ACA, and NYSDOH guidelines, we plan to make the following modifications to our camp operations and programming. A parent manual, which will include a more detailed description of COVID-related policies and procedures, is forthcoming.
- We have changed our camp start and finish dates to Monday, July 6th and Friday, August 28th, respectively.
- We will not be offering transportation to and from camp.
- There will be no trips this summer. Teen Travel and Marvin’s MORE campers (should Marvin’s Camp run) will have the option of enrolling in a traditional camp program based at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds.
- Our camp lunch program will be offered and will follow guidelines that include temperature checks for catering staff and packaging lunch individually. Snacks will be in individually wrapped packages.
- We will be offering AM and PM extended hours at their usual times.
- Parent Visiting Day will be cancelled.
- Upon arrival at the campgrounds, campers and staff will be required to have daily temperature checks and provide our camp with a completed form attesting to the fact that they are not currently experiencing COVID-like symptoms and have not been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID.
- Group sizes will range in size from 6-10 campers maximum, with a minimum of 2 counselors per group.
- These camp groups, will not mix with other camp groups and will remain physically distanced from other groups. Within their groups, however, campers will not be expected to physical distance from one another or their counselors.
- Camp staff will be required to wear face masks throughout the camp day.
- Campers will not be required to wear face masks while on the campground. If campers prefer to wear a face mask, they will be permitted to do so.
- There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols put in place, including: ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of bathrooms, pool locker rooms, tables, shared equipment, and other items.
- Protocols will be put in place that will assign times for campers and staff to wash their hands throughout the day.
- We will be offering daily swimming at the campground as a feature of our programmatic schedule.
- Gatherings that do not allow for physical distancing will be restricted.
- Except for the Teen Travel division, the stated camp rates will remain unchanged. Teen Travel camp rates will be adjusted to equal the Maccabiah division camp rates. To compensate for the lack of trips, we plan to increase our specialist offerings and provide additional programming this summer. Please recognize that we will be incurring a significant amount of COVID-related costs, such as cleaners and disinfectants, masks, and other protective gear, which will increase our costs to run camp.
It is important to note that this is a fluid process, and some of the guidelines above may change as we receive more guidance from the CDC, ACA, and NYS and NYC health officials. We will communicate any such updates as they become available to us.
We are in the process of updating CampMinder, our camp online registration system that reflects the changes noted above. In order to update Campminder, it will be offline until this coming Monday and no changes to registrations will be able to be made until then. Beginning Tuesday, you will be able to either register your child for camp or update your current registration.
Please note that due to the changes in group sizes, spaces are now limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.
We hope that the above information is helpful to you in making your decision whether to send your child to camp this summer, and we hope to see your child back at camp this summer.
In the meantime, please email questions to Glenn at email@example.com.
What does this mean?
- The JCC/Lillian Schwartz Day Camp has passed a rigorous review of its operations including standards such as emergency management, first aid and health care, staff training and development, programming and staff to camper ratios.
- Reviewers included experts from the American Camping Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Red Cross and other youth serving agencies.
- Camp families can be assured that their camp of choice is committed to providing their children with a safe and nurturing environment.
For more information about the American Camping Association, you can visit their website at ACAcamps.org.