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COVID-19

We are thrilled to be welcoming campers for Summer Camp 2021!  Below are a series of Questions and Answers that you will find helpful regarding Summer Camp. Please be sure to read our Pre-Camp Requirements

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 and quarantining. Staff members will spend their days off within camp and Glen Brook will not host visitors. With very few exceptions, no one inside the bubble will leave until they depart camp for good. 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, particularly overnight in the cabin and indoor mealtimes.

We anticipate dividing the Camp into two 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, which you can see here: https://www.glenbrook.org/pre-camp.


In addition to the above, 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.
  3. We plan to administer a fourth test shortly before the end of each session to make sure we are sending campers and staff home as healthy as they came to camp.
    1. It is possible those time frames will change and narrow– we’ll keep you updated.

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 are working to determine when and where we will require masks this summer. We are focused on establishing cabin “households” that can be mask-free with each other and their counselor(s) throughout the summer, and on establishing a camp-wide bubble to reduce the need for masks in general. We only anticipate needing masks if cabin groups are mixed, indoors, and cannot maintain distance from one another.


We will conduct daily screenings to monitor everyone at camp. This will include temperature checks and a set of screening questions for COVID symptoms.


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.


We will follow New Hampshire and CDC guidelines. The person diagnosed with COVID would be isolated immediately and may 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.


Some support staff such as kitchen staff are commuting to camp. They will have to follow masking and distancing protocols at all times and have no contact with staff and campers in the bubble. Our preference is to have support staff live on-site.


We will modify how we interact with the companies that deliver our food. They will likely drop off food in the parking lot across the road, from where our staff will sanitize and bring it into the kitchen.

Enrollment Questions


We will be enrolling at nearly full capacity.


Because we are making a bubble, we can’t introduce new campers into the bubble mid-way through the session. For this reason, we will only offer our Fox sessions at the beginning of each session.


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.


We are still working out how to best accommodate two-session campers given the three-day gap between Session I and II. We also will devise a plan for campers who need to stay with us during the three-day break. All campers who stay past Session I will go through the process of testing and a few days of staying in “households” with their new, Session II cabin groups.


Yes – it will be prorated for the time spent at Camp.

Transportation Questions


Under the current guidelines, the only way to come to camp is by personal transportation, i.e. you drive your child to camp. If your child must fly, you will have to fly and then unergo 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.


We will follow state guidance. Presently, New Hampshire has strict quarantine and testing requirements for out-of-state visitors, and those requirements change based on infection rates in the visitors’ points of origin. Campers and staff coming from areas with high infection rates may be subject to restrictions that make it difficult to come to camp, but we do not expect it to be 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. Our staff members will stay inside the Glen Brook bubble for the entire summer and will not be able to leave camp on days off, as they normally do. The mid-summer break will give them much-needed time for self-care and to prepare for our Session II campers.


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.


Your child can be a Falcon in 2021! We’ve added a new age group to Camp– the Bear group. The 2020 Lynx group will be Bears in 2021, and everybody else will progress as normal.


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

Updated April 2021

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