Covid-19 Information

CAMP TACONIC 2021 SUMMER UPDATE  

We are adapting our physical space and program to allow all of our campers and staff to be safe and healthy while enjoying all of the summer fun in our home away from home. We plan to implement a multi-layered approach to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. We’ve outlined a number of these layers below but will continue to update and adapt them as the summer approaches.


Creating a "Camp Bubble"
Physical site updates
Testing
Travel to camp
Phasing at Camp
Face Masks
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Dining
Health Center and Medical Team
Trips and Tournaments
Staff Time Off
Visiting Day

Creating a “Camp Bubble” 
To create a safe environment for campers and staff we will likely operate as a “Camp Bubble”, similar to the NBA during last year’s playoffs. This approach will create a closed community at camp, which will allow our campers to finally get back to playing with their friends and socializing in person. Campers can expect to experience most of the activities, special events, games and traditions they are accustomed to each summer! 

Updated 3/1/21

Physical Site updates 
We’ve added hand sanitizing dispensers to every building at camp, including inside and outside of every bunk. We’ve added hand-washing stations outside the health center and dining hall.  We’ve installed high powered exhaust fans at the front and back of every bunk to exchange air and we’ve added circulation fans in our communal buildings.  We’ve also ordered a number of large tents so that we can conduct as many activities outside as possible.  We will continue making updates and improvements to our physical site as needed before Summer 2021.

Updated 3/1/21

Testing 
Our current approach is to require our camp community to take a pre-arrival PCR test (3-5 days prior to camp), administer an arrival day PCR test and administer another PCR test on day 5 of camp.  This will give us the foundation we need for our bubble.  We may also conduct “pool testing” for surveillance purposes.

We’ve become an FDA certified CLIA-Waived Clinical Laboratory so that we can administer rapid tests on site as needed throughout the summer.

Updated 3/1/21

Travel to Camp
To limit exposure and ensure the safety of all of our campers, all campers will be dropped off by a parent or guardian at camp. For more detailed information, please refer to the Parent Handbook availabile on CampInTouch.

Updated 4/1/21

Phasing at Camp
The summer will begin in Phase I with everyone in small cohorts while we wait for tests to come back. Each cabin will be a family unit. Within your family, you will not have to wear a mask. Activities, dining tables and other parts of the daily schedule will be programmed by cabin for the first 7 days. During this phase, we will still be able to play sports in larger groups but we will utilize masks in order to do so. Cohorts will increase in size and other protocols will relax as the summer progresses and we hit certain milestones.

Updated 3/1/21

Face Masks
Campers and staff will not have to wear face masks when they are with their cohort. During Phase I, everyone will wear masks when interacting within 6ft of other cohorts, or inside any building other than their own bunk. We hope to relax mask-wearing protocols when we get our day 5 tests back and progress into Phase II.

Updated 3/1/21

Cleanliness and Hygiene
Extra precautions will be taken this summer to ensure every facility across camp is cleaned and sanitized thoroughly. We will have ample cleaning supplies, including electrostatic sprayers that can efficiently sanitize large surface areas in a matter of minutes. We will also ensure that all campers and staff incorporate healthy and hygienic routines into their programmed summer fun.

Updated 3/1/21

Dining
We are redesigning our dining experience this summer so that it meets all CDC guidelines.  All campers and staff will eat in open-air locations, either on our dining hall porches or under tents directly next to the dining hall.  Meals will be served cafeteria style by our wait staff. Our Directors, Executive Chef and veteran kitchen team are already hard at work planning a delicious menu for our camp family.

Updated 3/1/21

Health Center and Medical Team
We are working closely with our pediatricians on Health Center procedures that will keep our camp community safe this summer.  We will send out detailed medical procedures when they are finalized.

During the summer we will have a pediatrician at camp 24/7.  During week two, we will have an additional pediatrician on site to ensure a smooth transition out of Phase I.  As always we will have a strong team of nurses at camp, led by our long time head nurse, Blake Mouch.  We will have more nurses and nursing assistants on staff this summer than ever before.

Updated 3/1/21

Trips and Tournaments
Traditional camp trips are unlikely but we are working on trip options that are safe and will not jeopardize our “camp bubble”.  Tournaments are also unlikely but we are not ruling out intercamp games at this time. There is a lot of time between now and camp and if we (and our neighboring camps) feel we can engage in intercamp competitions safely, we will.

We are planning  in-camp tournaments throughout the summer.  These tournaments will cross over between age groups and will feature the campers who would ordinarily be partaking in tournaments.  There will be try-outs, practices, an elevated level of competition and ice cream parties - just like the travel team experience.

Updated 3/1/21

Staff Time Off
Staff time off will likely take place at camp at designated staff only areas.  We are also looking into off-camp destinations that we can rent out for staff, without jeopardizing our “camp bubble”.

Updated 3/1/21

Visiting Day
In the interest of keeping our camp bubble closed, we will not host an in-person Visiting Day.  Instead of Visiting Day, we are planning meaningful ways for parents to connect with their campers by video conference and to virtually meet their counselors and camp leaders.  These virtual alternatives will be available more frequently than traditional summer phone calls.

Updated 4/1/21

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