Hello Moosilauke Families!
We hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy.
As you can imagine, planning for summer 2021 is in high gear. Given this, we thought we would write with an update. In formalizing plans for the summer we continue to draw on our experience at the boarding school we work at (that has had students from around the world in residence all year), a working group of peer camp directors that has been meeting every few weeks throughout the year, and of course the experts who are helping the NH Camp Directors Association finalize the policies all camps will be following this summer.
In summary, much of camp life will be routine this summer but there will also be changes aimed at keeping campers and staff happy and healthy. Here is a summary of the changes we are imagining, but please know that we will likely be finalizing plans right up until campers arrive.
Testing, quarantining, and sanitization:
- We will require PCR testing of all campers and staff before arrival, on opening day, and again about 5 days into each session. The timing and type of subsequent testing will be determined later this spring based on the recommendations from the medical professionals and the NH guidelines.
- We will also require a seven day quarantine at home before arrival day at camp. We understand some campers might still be attending school which is fine during this period.
- We will have new handwashing stations throughout our campus and required usage protocols for all of our campers and staff.
- We will also have increased sanitizing and cleaning throughout the camp.
Programming and Mask wearing:
- During the first week of each session while initial testing is being undertaken, daily activities will be with cabin and small age group cohorts only.
- From the first day campers will not need to mask or social distance in their cabins and small cohorts. However, during the first week of each session when campers are outside of their cabin/cohort, they will need to wear masks and be socially distanced. Once we get through two rounds of on campus testing we hope to expand cohorts so mask wearing is reduced.
- Day and overnight outdoor trips will be undertaken; however, they will be limited to areas where we will not have to interact with people from outside camp.
- Athletic competition will be intra-camp only. We will not be playing against other camps unless the pandemic landscape changes dramatically before opening day.
- We will dine by cabin and have social distancing between cohorts when eating. To allow for this we will expand the areas where we dine.
- By car: Arrival times will be assigned and staggered and drop off will be modified to keep parents separate from the camp population.
- By plane: We ask that families be extremely careful in their travel. We will provide transportation from the airports to camp for campers traveling on their own.
- By bus: At this point in time we do not think we will be able to provide bus transportation to camp, but we should be able to provide bus transportation home from camp. More details about bus transportation will be communicated in the spring.
Moving forward, here is a timeline for upcoming communications:
- Late February, the Family Handbook
- Early March tuition statements and payment information
- Early April, health, camper and parent forms
Please know that we are happy to talk at any time if you have questions about the upcoming summer.
Finally, enrollment is robust but we do have a few spots remaining in various age groups, so please tell your friends to sign up as soon as possible for a virtual reception. (Dates and times are available here.)
We are looking forward to a wonderful summer!
Bill and Sabina