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COVID-19

We had an incredibly safe and joyous summer in 2021, with zero COVID-19 Cases!  Below are a series of Questions and Answers that you will find helpful regarding Summer Camp. These are still in regards to Summer 2021, and we will update them with any changes for 2022. Please be sure to read our Pre-Camp Requirements

If you’re looking to read more about our Family Program COVID-19 Guidelines, please click here.

Updates

These are some of the questions we anticipate you might have looking ahead to summer 2021. Our answers are based on what we know as of now and current best practices for COVID safety at camp. The American Camp Association and Y-USA have worked with Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. to develop a “Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.” This document, which helps inform Glen Brook’s policies, will continue to evolve. Our plans will likewise evolve alongside best practices and New Hampshire’s COVID guidelines.

We expect that conditions and guidelines will change as the months pass. For now, we are making plans that address conditions as they are, not as we hope they will be. We will keep this page up to date with changes, and enrolled parents will hear from us directly as changes are made.

General Questions


Currently, yes, we plan to create a COVID-free bubble, using a combination of testing, quarantining, and vaccinations. Staff members will spend their days off within camp unless fully vaccinated and following specific guidelines, and Glen Brook will not host unvaccinated visitors. Anyone who does enter camp this summer will follow masking and distancing protocols.


To adhere to current state guidelines, we will consider each cabin group of campers and staff to be a “household.” Each “household” will be able to be close to one another without masks upon arrival, particularly overnight in the cabin and indoor mealtimes.

We anticipate making much larger cohorts of who can interact closely with one another as long as there is no presence of the virus in Camp. This will, of course, depend on the results of testing and monitoring in the first week.


We have a full page of pre-arrival requirements for those who are not fully vaccinated, which you can see here: https://www.glenbrook.org/pre-camp.


In addition to the above, for anyone who is not fully vaccinated we plan to:

  1. Administer a second COVID test on arrival at camp
  2. Administer a third COVID test taken 5-7 days after arriving at camp.

The tests administered at Glen Brook will be PCR tests, also known as molecular tests, which detect the virus’ presence. These will be mid-turbinate or shallow nasal swabs, but will not be the deep nasal swab.

Additional tests would be administered if a camper or staff exhibited COVID symptoms. Our healthcare staff will be able to administer tests on-site in Glen Brook’s health room.


We anticipate that masks will rarely, if ever, be required.  We only anticipate needing masks if cabin groups are mixed, indoors, and cannot maintain distance from one another.


We are designing our protocols to prevent COVID coming to camp this summer. However, if a camper or staff member is diagnosed with COVID during the session, they will immediately be isolated and we will discuss with the parents whether they need to go home, or whether they are able to remain at Camp. If a camper has to go home with COVID, this presents a number of challenges, most notably for campers coming from considerable distance, so we ask you to consider these challenges if you are coming from far away.


The person diagnosed with COVID would be isolated immediately and may need to leave camp. In the meantime, their household/cabin group (including counselors) would be quarantined from the rest of the camp community until COVID tests could be administered to the group. The cabin group could continue doing activities during that time, but would need to stay separate from everyone else. Presumably, once the appropriate period time passed and they received negative COVID test results, they could return to normal activities with the rest of Glen Brook’s campers and staff.


Yes. We will immediately notify all families by email.


Glen Brook’s healthcare staff will handle illness and injury at camp as they always have while taking added precautions against COVID. Our modified modified procedures at the health center will look and feel much as it always has.


To the extent that we can minimize trips to the clinic, we will – telehealth appointments are a possibility, as is adding an on-site physician to the staff. Should a camper or staff require treatment at the local urgent care center or emergency room, they will follow appropriate COVID safety protocol while off-campus and will follow a re-entry procedure upon returning to camp.


We will have some commuter staff who work on the facilities and in the kitchen. These individuals are fully vaccinated and will exercise precautions.

Enrollment Questions


No, there will be no COVID surcharge. Glen Brook will cover all the many costs associated with COVID planning. They are significant, and as always we welcome financial support and donations. But we chose not to put this burden on our families.


If you are planning to be with your unvaccinated child between sessions, we will ask you to follow the pre-arrival guidelines before visiting with them.  We will also have the option for 6-week campers to stay at Camp between sessions at no extra charge.

Transportation Questions


Under the current guidelines, the only way to come to camp is by personal transportation, unless your child is fully vaccinated (including 2 weeks after their second shot if 2 are needed). This means if your child isn’t fully vaccinated you need to drive your child to camp. If your child must fly, you will have to fly and then undergo the modified quarantine period outlined here: https://www.glenbrook.org/pre-camp.


Campers and staff coming from outside the country will be subject to the same measures as campers and staff who come from any significant distance, which includes quarantine and testing after they arrive in the country but prior to arrival at camp. New Hampshire’s guidelines make bringing foreign campers and staff to camp difficult, but not impossible.

Programming Change Questions


We plan to offer trips for the Falcon program, and are exploring the best opportunities for camping and wilderness experiences either on our 240 acres or beyond. For other cabin groups, we will be modifying the Trips program to highlight outdoor adventure and living skills on our expansive property.


This summer, we are creating a three-day break between sessions, rather than our usual 24 hour turn-around between Sessions 1 and 2. The break will allow us to thoroughly clean the facility, and will give the staff time to restore their energy before welcoming a new batch of campers. The logistics of this summer will be more demanding than ever, so our staff needs to have enough time to rest, prepare, and be ready for the start of Session 2.


We probably will dine outdoors a lot more this summer. When we need to be indoors, we will only have half the number of people eating in the dining hall together.


Yes. Staff will regularly sanitize indoor areas, bathrooms, activity areas and materials, camp vans, etc.


Unfortunately, we do not anticipate being able to offer these programs until 2022. Existing state guidelines make it next to impossible for 2021.

Updated May 18 2021

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