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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S) AROUND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
We understand that choosing an overnight camp for your son can be overwhelming especially during a nationwide pandemic. For your convenience and reassurance, we’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions specific to COVID-19 and camp.
Will there be traditional overnight camp this year?
YES! WE have been working closely with various working groups to aid in the development of new guidelines for NH overnight camps. That guidance was signed by the NH Governor on March 11, 2021. The Granite YMCA was able to operate several successful day camps last summer and Mi-Te-Na hosted a family camp and other groups for overnight stays. We experienced first-hand the most effective protocols that proved to keep our participants and staff safe. The approved NH guidance and the knowledge gained over the last year will allow us to operate a safe and fulfilling camp experience.
What is this COVID fee?
In the effort of providing a safe and positive experiences for all campers, we are instituting a mandatory, non-refundable $25 COVID fee per week per camper this summer. This fee is required upon registration and is in addition to the session costs. It will be used to offset the new expenses related to the safety and wellbeing of our campers and staff. Some of these expenses include:
- – Camper and Staff Testing
- – Additional cleaning supplies
- – Additional Staff training
- – Hiring additional staff to aid in required cleaning and sanitizing protocols
Why are there less one week options this year?
We are re-instituting some exclusive two week options which will be offered mid-summer. This will allow our families a choice of selecting a session that reduces the amount of campers in and out during the two week period. All campers will be arriving at camp on the same day and departing at the same time two weeks later. New campers and/or visitors will not be permitted intersession during our exclusive two week options: July 11 – July 24 and July 25 – August 7.
We are still offering one week options; however, these will only be available during the first two weeks and last two weeks of the summer (Mi-Te-Na: June 27 – July 10 and August 8 – August 21 and Foss: June 27 – July 10 and August 8 – August 14). During these particular sessions, parents have the options of sending their child/ren for a one or two week session with the understanding that it is a shared session with one week campers.
What steps will be taken to mitigate COVID-19 from entering camp?
We will be requiring campers and staff to quarantine prior to camp arrival. Upon arrival, campers and staff will undergo an in depth screening process with our healthcare team. Additionally, all campers and staff will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test that was taken 3-7 days before camp. Proof of this negative test will be requested upon camp arrival.
Will you be providing a COVID-19 testing program at camp?
Yes! We are excited to announce out partnership with Quest Diagnostics this summer which will allow us to provide a comprehensive testing program. All campers and staff will be pool tested upon arrival to camp. Campers staying more than 1 week will be tested again on day 5. Additionally, our nursing team will order tests as needed based on observed symptoms.
Who is covering the cost for the COVID-19 tests?
Through our partnership with Quest Diagnostics, all testing will be billed through third party insurance. Any testing fees that are not covered by insurance will be paid through the CARES Act. Quest Diagnostics will be taking care of all insurance billing. Ultimately, there should be no additional testing costs for our camper families.
Will my camper(s) have to wear a mask the entire time?
Campers and staff will not be required to wear a mask the entire time. We will require everyone to have several masks with them at camp and will ask campers and staff to wear it when social distancing is not possible. This may occur at certain activities and when in transit indoors. For the most part camp allows for plenty of social distancing. Every day will have periods of time that masks will be required and times when they will be optional. Due to our testing program, campers will not have to wear a mask when in their cabin.
Will there be major changes this summer?
Yes. This summer will be different than previous seasons but not unlike changes that have occurred in other areas of our lives such as school and sports. We will be using a cohort model that has been outlined in state guidelines. In an effort to keep campers within their same cohort, our program will shift to maximize the time being spent in cabin and village groups as opposed to camp wide events.
Will there be an increase in cleaning and sanitization?
Yes, we will be hiring additional staff members to solely focus on keeping camp clean. High touch areas will be sanitized several times a day. Additionally, over 30 hand sanitizing stations will be spread out around each camp.
Will you be offering white water rafting trips?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to offering white water rafting this summer as well as several of our other out of camp events. We intend to bring these trips back in future seasons.
With all these regulations and changes, will camp still feel like camp?
Yes. Camp will not look the same this season but, the true spirit of camp will remain intact. All of us have adjusted to a new normal with mask wearing, social distancing and increased sanitization. During to 2020 season we hosted an array of alumni events, user groups and family camp. During these events we successfully followed all safety protocols and participants were still able to have an amazing time being campers.
Where can I learn more about the NH guidance and what Camp Mi-Te-Na is doing to keep campers safe this summer?
On the 15th of every month we are hosting a Zoom Q&A session for our camper families. To accommodate times that work for all, we change the time each month. Get the information for the next zoom session by contacting Lauren Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn even more about NH Guidance, click here.