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What will camp be like in 2022 and how will we be ready?

Covid-19 Info

The physical and emotional safety of our campers and staff has always been our top priority at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, and this summer is no exception. We were fortunate to have had a successful, COVID-free summer in 2021 and to be able to provide the important and enriching experiences that our community of campers so badly needed. We were able to create this environment with policies and protocols designed in collaboration with the CDC, the American Camp Association, public health officials and experienced medical professionals, and we will continue to follow science-based guidance for Summer 2022.

This summer presents some unique challenges, albeit in a lower risk environment. Omicron and its variants have so far proven to be less likely to result in serious illness than previous variants, but are much more contagious. Given this, it is possible that we may have Covid cases at camp this summer, but we are prepared to address them if any should arise using the quarantine and isolation protocols we have in place. So much depends upon the public health environment that we encounter this summer, and we will continue to adjust our plans and use a multi-layered approach to keep our community safe and healthy. 

The greatest single step we can take in this regard to prevent serious illness is to require campers and staff to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and any applicable boosters before they arrive at camp. What will be required for each camper and counselor to be “up to date” will be determined by the CDC’s recommendations for adults and children before the start of camp and will apply to everyone except those with valid exemptions, which will be determined by us on a case by case basis. All campers and staff will also be required to be negative by a PCR test administered as close to travel to camp as possible, unless they were positive for Covid within 90 days before the start of camp. Documentation of PCR results and any positive Covid diagnosis will be required prior to travel to camp. Campers who have tested positive for Covid in the 90 days before camp are required to complete two antigen tests – one two days before arrival and another on the morning they travel to camp.

Our ultimate goal is to have as close to a ‘normal’ summer as we can, with staff taking time off away from camp and campers once again able to enjoy off-camp trips, some inter-camp sports and tournaments, and group activities. Our fellow NH camps have all agreed that in order to participate in intercamp games and tournaments this summer, all players must be up to date with their Covid vaccinations, so our policy will align with that shared understanding. Additional testing may be added. We are also currently planning to hold Visiting Day in person this year on Saturday July 16th (though this may change based upon the level of community spread) and again, up to date vaccination and pre-arrival PCR testing of all family members is a critical component to this being both viable and successful.

While the protocols associated with maintaining a healthy community of campers and staff will continue to evolve based upon new scientific insights and a dynamic public health environment, we are hopeful that these steps will help us achieve our goal of providing your children with a fun, safe and engaging summer of growth, friendship and joy. We are your partners in your children’s summer journey and will continue to communicate with you and share what we learn as summer approaches. The first day of camp is coming up quickly, and we will spend each and every day until then preparing to welcome your children to their summer home!

Covid-19 Testing

All campers and staff will be required to be negative by a PCR test administered as close to travel to camp as possible, unless they were positive for Covid within 90 days before the start of camp. Documentation of PCR results and any positive Covid diagnosis will be required prior to travel to camp. Campers who have tested positive for Covid in the 90 days before camp are required to complete two antigen tests – one two days before arrival and another on the morning they travel to camp.