COVID-19 Update as of February 24, 2021:
Dear Awosting and Chinqueka families,
We hope that you are doing well and that your family & friends continue to remain healthy and safe.
Many parents have reached out to ask about this summer and we want you to know that if we receive the green light from the state of CT, we plan to open camp in 2021. The State of NY recently announced that camps are allowed to operate this summer and we are hopeful that the State of CT will follow suit.
We are awaiting guidance and recommended safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Connecticut and the American Camp Association (ACA) regarding how to safely open residential camps in Connecticut this summer. We expect to have this information by Spring, if not sooner, and will be sure to share with you our COVID-19 operating plans developed with our camp physician and health center teams when available. At this time, we expect these plans to include the following safety and wellness measures, but all are subject to change as we get additional guidance/requirements:
Testing: Everyone will be required to provide proof of negative PCR COVID-19 test done within the 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. Once on campus, we will require mandatory testing of all campers and staff (more details to follow).
Public Health Measures: We plan to use our cabin groups to create pods/cohorts and require campers and staff to wear masks when outside their cabin until their on-camp covid test comes back negative, wash hands and social distance, as recommended/required by the State of CT and the CDC (pending final guidance).
Covid Pickup Protocol: If your child tests positive or is exposed to a camper in their cohort who tests positive, a parent or approved guardian must be available to pick up their camper within 8 hours of contact from camp. The camper will remain in isolation until pickup.
Camp Arrival & Departure: We expect opening day and pick-up procedures to change, where parents will not be allowed on camp except in our designated drop off/pick-up zones.
Transportation: We will not be able to provide airport pick up or drop off this summer or bus transportation. Parents must drop off their child at camp and pick them up via car.
Visiting Day: For those campers who are with us for 4, 6 or 8 weeks we expect we will only be able to provide virtual visits this summer, in order to keep our camp “bubble” as safe as possible.
Electives and Evening Programs: Electives will be done by cabin (cohort) and while we hope some Evening Programs can be expanded to include a few cohorts and/or by division, we anticipate starting each session off by cabin group.
Meals: As current guidelines require limited indoor dining, we will be modifying how we serve meals to facilitate mostly outdoor dining, seated in cohorts/pods. We expect these plans to evolve as we get more specifics from the state of CT, CDC and ACA.
Awosting/Chinqueka interaction: Socials, July 4th BBQ, Watersports Day and other events between our two camps will not be scheduled initially. If state guidelines allow and we believe it is safe to visit, we will explore opportunities to bring the camps together safely during the summer.
Vaccination: Guidelines for staff (and campers, if available) will be announced as part of the State of Connecticut’s safety policies.
Sanitation: We are increasing the number of staff hired on maintenance and housekeeping crews to sanitize cabin areas, dining, activity equipment and any other shared space throughout the day/evening. This includes sanitizing all equipment regularly.
Hand washing: New hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout our camp properties and will be constantly monitored by staff.
COVID-19 training: Our health center and camp staff members will be thoroughly trained about COVID-19 and the importance of our safety and wellness measures.
While we know this is a lot of change, there are so many things we love about Awosting and Chinqueka that will remain the same. We believe our campers need camp now more than ever and we are dedicated to helping them continue to learn new skills at our activities and facilitate friendships and independence. As we make COVID-19 related adjustments to our operations, we are committed to keeping our families informed. Regardless of these changes and the challenges they present, we are confident that summer 2021 will be full of fun, laughter and great memories and we can’t wait to see all of our campers soon!
Yours in Camping,
Kris Ebner Martin
Director, Camp Awosting
Director, Camp Chinqueka