Summer 2021

Covid-19 Preparations for Summer 2021

*As of April 15, 2021

First of all, please know that we at Weequahic will continue to research and learn best practices from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CDC and OSHA. We will pair this learning with input from Weequahic’s Medical team – made up of MDs and RNs who are also camp parents – the American Camp Association, and our many friends who lead schools, colleges, residential and day camp experiences. 

Camp Weequahic looks forward to welcoming our fantastic staff by June 11, 2021 and our incredible campers on June 26, 2021. The information below will lay out our plans for keeping camp healthy while having a blast.

*Please Note: This plan is ‘living’ document that will change as our understanding increases and the Summer ’21 recommendations from the PA Department of Health develop. The approach below is based on what was asked of camps for Summer 2020. While we hope things will greatly improve for Summer ’21, we’ve created our initial plan on what we know from the past.


Prior to Camp

Campers and staff will be asked to be smart in their connections outside their homes and schools. Our ‘quarantine-lite’ approach will allow campers to attend school but not end-of-year parties. There should be no trips or situations in which they are in high-transmission settings. We will require all campers and staff to be tested for COVID-19 five days in advance of arriving to camp, have limited interactions with others outside their school and family, and to fill out a daily health questionnaire. We will be working with Quest Diagnostics for all pre-camp and in-session PCR testing.

Camp Arrival

Camp families will have the option to drop their child off at camp on the first day or choose one of bus pick up locations. We will also provide a chaperoned flight from the Fort Lauderdale International and pick up children who are flying as unaccompanied minors at both Newark International and JFK International Airports. All campers will received a rapid antigen test before arriving at Weequahic on their first day, regardless of their mode of transport. All campers will be required to mask during the travel to camp.

Testing at Camp

Regardless of how our campers or staff arrive, in addition to a full health screening, we plan to administer a rapid antigen test for each upon their arrival to camp. We will also provide a Quest Diagnostics PCR Covid-19 test for our campers and staff five days into each of our three-week sessions. Our Super Six campers will be tested on the first day and fifth days into camp. They will also be tested on the fifth day of our Olympic session.These tests will be administers at no cost to the families. The results will be communicated via a secure website.

Camper Program

Our campers will enjoy the first five days of each session in a ‘pod’ made up of their bunkmates and staff from both sides of their cabin. Activities will be varied and the vast majority enjoyed in open-air or outdoor situations. 

We will very likely not allow any ‘off-camp’ trips this summer though we are exploring the ideas of taking a ‘Weequahic-only’ hike and playing golf at the local course. At this time, we do not plan to compete with our friends in the Wayne County Camp Alliance. 

Masks

Campers and staff members will remain in their bunk ‘pods’ for the first five days of each session. When with only their pod, campers and staff will not need to mask. When mixing with campers or staff outside of their pod, masks will be required. It is our hope that we’ll be Covid-free following a our third Covid-19 test taken by all members of the community five days into each session. Should this be the case, we will no longer require masks while on camp.

Our Staff

We are creating a ‘camp bubble’ for our staff this summer. Staff will arrive by June 11th and remain only with other Camp Weequahic staff and campers until their departure. We will create a wide variety of experiences and places on camp for our staff time-off enjoyment.

All Clear

When we have three ‘negative’ test results from each camper and staff member (a pre-camp PCR test, Arrival day rapid antigen test, and Day 5 PCR test), we will ‘open’ camp to our normal choice-based program. Our Super Six kids will move back into the ‘pod’ system for the first five days of our Olympic session and will be tested again on day 5.

Healthcare at Weequahic

Camp Weequahic is fortunate to have multiple doctors and RNs who will help us through the summer. We will always have a physician on property along with at least four RNs and two healthcare assistants. We have developed plans for medicine delivery and healthcare triage outside of our Health Center.

Campers and staff will complete a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken each morning when on site. Hand washing will be performed often and thoroughly before and after each meal and throughout the day. We have designated space for quarantine should the need arise. If a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be sent home to quarantine. They may return to camp after the time prescribed by the CDC which, currently, is ten days. Should this separation occur, campers will not be charged for this time away from camp and staff members will continued to be paid.

We will remain in constant contact with Wayne County Memorial Hospital and the local office of the PA Department of Health throughout the summer.

Vaccine

The American Camp Association has worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the US government regarding vaccine access for people who work with children in after school settings. This will allow summer camp staff to receive a Covid vaccine once their residential State moves to the Phase 1B aspect of their vaccine rollout. While strongly encouraged, it is not at this time a requirement for our staff to receive the vaccine prior to camp.

Ongoing Camp Daily Precautions
  • Masks for all campers and staff when mixing with campers or staff or other pods.
  • We have arranged for a number of large tents to be erected at camp to help create outdoor dining and activity space for our campers and staff.
  • Daily Cleaning has been increased and the necessary supplies are already available at camp.
  • We’ve increased airflow in each bunk by installing attic fans. With our screened windows, we can create a constant influx of fresh air into each bunk throughout the day and night.
  • Delos Air Filtration Systems have been purchased and will be in constant use in our two air-conditioned facilities: the Dining Hall and Health Center.
  • We will work with both the Wayne Memorial Hospital and Quest Diagnostics to quickly handle all testing needs.
  • Meals will be prepared and served individually with disposable plates and single-serve condiments. Water will continue to be plentiful around camp with disposable cups rather than water fountains. We plan on having two Dining Halls this summer – one outside under a large open-air tent and the other inside our normal facility. This will allow for less than 50% capacity in both areas.
  • Campers and staff will complete a health questionnaire and have their temperature taking each morning.
Visiting Day

While we LOVE to see our parents and siblings and grandparents, bringing so many from outside our bubble is not a choice we will make this year. In lieu of physical Visiting Day, we plan on offering a Virtual Visiting Day for our Super Six campers and their loved ones back home. We will provide more details on this as we move closer to the summer.

Camp Departure

Campers will either head home by bus to major metro areas near camp, be picked up by their parents at camp during a specific timeframe, fly home on our chaperoned flight to Fort Lauderdale, or be delivered by our staff members to their unaccompanied flight home from Newark International or JFK International.

Camp Luggage

Parents will have two options for getting their campers’ bags to and from camp this summer. For those who live in the local area and would like to drive them to camp, you may do so as long as the bags arrive at camp 5 days prior to the first day of your camper’s session. All other bags should arrive via Camp Trucking. On the last day of the session, bags must either be picked up by the parents or sent home via Camp Trucking. Luggage cannot be accommodated on the buses or flights home.


What If….

There are simply too many ‘what if’ scenarios to go through here. That said, we’ve got a long list in our office with answers next to each one. 

One thing we can offer here: Camp Weequahic will over-communicate and provide complete transparency this summer. All camp parents will have both our ‘day time’ and Director Cole’s ‘after-hours’ phone number. We’ll be available whenever needed. 

Speaking of which, if you’d like to learn more about how Camp Weequahic will approach the coming summer, please don’t hesitate to call us at 570.798.2716. 

*This was first published on November 15, 2020. We plan on updating this information by the middle of each month going forward.