Current Safety Guidelines
Back in March, the Board of Directors decided to take a position of measured response rather than a reaction to the developing COVID-19 situation. They determined to take the proper time to gather the right information from the experts. Therefore, we have spent a great deal of time in the past 12 weeks listening to experts at the American Camp Association, the Christian Camp and Conference Association and local officials. While we are still waiting for the final guidelines to be issued by the State of New Hampshire, we have seen a preliminary draft of these recommendations and felt comfortable announcing our intention to open Brookwoods and Deer Run on schedule, June 28th.
Our first and primary concern is the health and safety of our campers and staff. In close consultation with our full-time staff, seasonal staff, experts, and our medical team, we have developed what we believe to be the safest plan. In order to host campers, we will institute the following major changes to our “normal operations.”
- We will need to limit attendance to just 4-week campers, 12 and over. This will limit the amount of exposure to everyone at camp, as we can create a “compartmentalized program” to help protect the campers and staff.
- We will not conduct regular “cabin overnights” off our property for the younger campers.
- The activity program will be adjusted for smaller groups, and we will be introducing strict cleaning and hand washing protocols. Masks might need to be worn in certain situations or activities.
- We will not be able to accept International campers or those that arrive by airplane.
- We will ask all campers and staff to pre-quarantine two weeks before arriving at camp and a form will be required to be signed by the parent and delivered upon arrival at camp.
- We will also ask that parents pick up campers, who attended the first month, on July 24th. This will allow the camp to be totally cleaned before the final set of month campers arrive.
- The camp program will need to be modified to reduce the risk of someone getting sick. We will be splitting the camp in half and running double shifts in the Dining Hall, Chapel and at activity areas, to help us maintain distancing guidelines.
- At camp we expect to spend the first 14 days in smaller cabin group cohorts, where the Counselors will actually get to lead and run the various activities with the campers. After 14 days, we anticipate the cohorts group size to “open up” into larger groups to further expand the fun.
- We will eliminate most of the outside of camp trips, to further reduce exposure to the general public.
- Inside cohorts, we anticipate no usage of masks. Outside of established cohorts, and if social distancing cannot be maintained, we will ask campers and staff to wear masks.
- We believe we can run most of the normal activities at camp; not all, but most. We will be cleaning and sanitizing the activity areas at the being and end of each activity period. We are still trying to figure out how to sanitize a horse!
- We are constructing new hand washing facilities to ensure we enter the dining hall with clean hands. The food in the Dining Hall will be served by the Food Service Staff who are wearing masks; think Chipotle!
- Camp Store will happen through a window.
- Incoming day will be different as we will screen everyone at the gate, and not permit everyone into the cabins to reduce the risk of contamination.
- We will continue to communicate to parents between now and the start of camp, we will continue to listen to your feedback and ideas.
New information will be added as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible camp experience within the current safety guidelines.