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 proud 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 safe 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 be following the same science-based guidance for Summer 2022.
While we can’t predict the public health environment that we will encounter this summer, we will continue to use a multi-layered approach to keeping our community safe and healthy. The greatest single step we can take in this regard is to require all 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 medical exemptions, which will be determined by us on a case by case basis.
Our ultimate goal is to have as close to a ‘normal’ summer as we can, with campers once again able to enjoy off-camp trips, 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. We are also currently planning to hold Visiting Day in person this year on Saturday July 16th (public health conditions permitting) and again, vaccination 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 this vaccination requirement 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. Camp is only a few short months away, and we will spend each and every day preparing to welcome your children to the summer home!