In the last week we received another updated version of the COVID guidelines for summer camps, followed by the recent announcement by Gov. Cuomo about restrictions being lifted across NY. Camps were mentioned, however it is still unclear to what extent the guidelines provided to us are no longer relevant. We have been adapting our plans and doing our best to keep up with the ever-changing regulations that will help us keep our campers and staff safe and healthy this summer. It is our belief that regardless of the restrictions being lifted, we will still be taking certain precautions in order to ensure a safe and care-free summer for all.
Just to keep you up to date and provide an overview of what FLC is currently planning:
TESTING before and upon arrival at camp
Campers who are unvaccinated will need to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival at camp. Parents are responsible for getting their own test through your local provider. We will also require a negative rapid antigen test upon arrival at camp for ALL campers. We will have testing on site on opening day where parents will swab their own campers with the assistance of camp nurses. It is an anterior nasal swab (lower nasal) with results in 15 minutes. If you prefer to have a test done at home or on the way to camp, the negative result must be within 6 hours of your arrival at camp. If you do your own rapid test on the way to camp you will have to show us proof on arrival of your camper’s negative rapid test (even showing us a picture is fine). Face masks and social distancing will be required during testing and screening on camp.
*Transportation: If your camper is arriving at an airport and we are providing transportation, a temperature screening and questionnaire will happen before they board the bus. The rapid test will be performed at camp upon arrival. Campers will be required to wear face masks during transportation with spaced seating. Siblings may sit together.
We will implement a hand washing routine in cabins before every meal assembly and sanitizer will be available at all activity areas around camp. Counselors will do morning health checks, as we do every summer, and take special note of any symptoms that may be related to COVID. Campers who are not feeling well will be temperature checked by the nurses and will have a rapid test on camp if necessary. We will contact parents of campers who test positive using a rapid test on camp and need to be sent to the health center to receive a PCR test. Campers with a positive PCR test will be isolated in the infirmary and parents contacted to come pick up their camper within 24 hours of notification. If you are unable to pick up your camper in 24 hours parents may give camp permission to provide onsite isolation. All other campers within their cohort or Junior/Senior camp will receive a rapid test.
Other safety measures and protocols
FLC will provide sanitizer at all activity areas for use during all activity periods. Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized daily and sanitizing spray will be provided for counselors to use inside their cabins in addition to regular cabin clean-up done by campers. Masks will not need to be worn for regular daily activities done by junior/senior camps separately. They MAY need to be worn for camp wide activities IF they occur indoors or when spacing is not possible. We do not anticipate this being the norm as all of our activities will be conducted outdoors or in open air spaces.
Junior and senior campers will still be allowed to eat in the mess hall together, with tables spaced 6ft apart. Singing and cheering will not be restricted.
FIRST SESSION OPENING DAY (June 27th)
Arrivals will be anywhere after 9 AM, we do not anticipate staggered arrival times based on cabin.
The order of arrivals will be:
- Park in front of the welcome pavilion or behind the mess hall
- Proceed to the Confer Pavilion for COVID testing/document check. Wait 15 minutes for results.
- After a negative result, proceed to regular check-in with Brenda in the Welcome Pavilion
- Head to the infirmary for health screening including lice check with the nurses and dropping of medication
- Go to STORE to pick up your camp t-shirt if ordered
- Meet your cabin counselors and proceed to your cabin
- Parents will not be allowed into cabins or cabin areas to say their goodbyes UNLESS you are the parent of a first time camper. If it is their first summer at FLC you will be allowed one family at a time, masked, into cabins to help them pick a bunk, but please do not stay for a prolonged period of time to unpack etc. Please make your visit to the cabins as brief as possible. Masks will not be required outdoors, however we ask that you please maintain social distancing outdoors with other families and staff.
To help us cover the costs of rapid tests which will be available throughout the duration of camp, specialty cleaning equipment, sanitizer, thermometers and all other COVID related costs we are adding a COVID fee of $25 per camper. Thank you for your understanding.
We are looking forward to welcoming our first campers in just 10 days! Our staff has already started arriving and we can finally feel the pre-camp butterflies and excitement that we have been waiting so long for. We can’t wait to open our doors again for another amazing summer.