COVID-Summer 2021 Plans
What will Summer 2021 look like?
Updated as of 03/16/2021
In the Wico office, are excitedly planning for the reboot of our 100th summer. We feel confident that we will be able to provide the safe and fun experience you have come to expect from Wicosuta. Our goal of instilling confidence, competence and community will remain at the forefront this summer.
The information below will inform you of some of the steps already being taken to ensure the Camp Wicosuta experience will be safe and fun for our camp community. Our commitment is to prepare as much as we are able to now, and to adjust our plans as more information comes to light. Waiting for additional information will allow us to provide the best possible experience for our campers. We appreciate your patience and partnership.
We know that camp will feel, in large part, normal this summer, and that we will need to pivot our operations in certain areas. Wico will operate as a modified bubble—think of camp as a castle with a moat and draw bridge.
As always, we will continue to take guidance from the American Camping Association, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and other relevant governing bodies. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions related to the information below.
Camper & Staff Health Screening
The health of our camp community continues to be a priority. We have been in regular contact with our local health care providers and will continue to partner with them to make sure that our protocols are consistent with their recommendations.
Prior to arrival, required pre-screening of our camp community will include PCR testing and completion of a health attestation. Upon arrival, our Health Center Staff will complete a health check of each camper and staff member and an additional PCR test. There will be an additional Covid test given to everyone within 5-7 days of their arrival to camp. The timing and type of any subsequent in-session tests will be determined based on recommendations of our medical team. Throughout the session, we will perform daily health screenings to ensure the ongoing health of our camp population.
We have a quarantine protocol in place for any community member who becomes symptomatic and requires isolation.
We will continue to encourage regular hand-washing & expanded disinfecting/cleaning of all areas of camp.
We will ask you to be careful and thoughtful about your daughter’s exposures in the 10-day period before camp and to limit her to only “safe” activities like attending school, camp or extra-curricular activities where strict Covid-protocols are in place.
“High risk” activities to be avoided during this time include: sleepovers, playdates, family travel, dinners out, weddings or other group gatherings.
If a child tests positive on the at-home PCR Test, they would be eligible to come to camp once they are no longer contagious. Following current CDC guidelines, a camper would wait 10 days since symptoms first appeared, be fever free for at least 24 hours without medication, see improvement of other Covid symptoms and be cleared by their pediatrician. Once cleared, we will welcome your child to camp.
If a child tests positive on the first day of camp or when we test again during the first week of camp, they will be isolated and must be picked up from camp within 24-36 hours.
Note: We realize that some children who test positive may “feel fine” and given that, that some parents might want their child to remain at camp. Unfortunately, we have limited capacity to fully isolate children on camp for the required time period of 10 days.
Elective Program, Special Events & Trips
We continue to develop our 2021 program and to evaluate if shifts are needed. Any adjustments to our program will not impact our focus on skill building. Developing competence in kids will remain at the forefront of our program development for this summer.
Campers should expect to spend the first few program days with their cabin group (or pod). We look forward to watching girls bond with their bunkmates, while being able to participate in almost every activity we have at camp! We plan to use testing to gradually expand our pods and transition to our fully elective schedule as soon as we are able.
Campers look forward to our annual special events and we look forward to running everyone’s favorites this summer! Any tweaks to the programming of these events (i.e. podding of groups) will not take away from the high energy and carefree fun that campers have come to expect from these special days at Wico.
Reimagined camp trips: We are currently investigating COVID-safe off-camp locations for both outdoor adventure-type trips and programming. Visits to amusement and water parks will have to wait until 2022.
Pods, Masks & Outdoor Activities
We plan to use a combination of pods, masking and outdoor spaces in order to provide the safe and fun camp experience that you have come to expect from Wicosuta!
We plan to use pods for some portion of each session with the goal of expanding and merging pods as camp progresses. Pods will be viewed like your household– when with your pod you do not have to practice social-distancing or masking wearing. When outside your pod/household or when these groups are combined, campers should expect to wear masks and socially distance.
When you mix (pods), you mask! This will be our motto for the summer! Just like at home, when with your household or pod, campers and staff will not be required to wear masks. When we are outside and socially distanced, masks will not be required. When the pods mix either indoors or when they are in close proximity to one another, masks will be worn.
Outdoor activities are the name of the game this summer! We plan to tent areas around camp to increase outdoor capacity for activities that often take place indoors and for use on rainy days. Additionally, we will maximize the ventilation of any and all interior spaces with fans and open windows and will decrease the number of people in these spaces at one time.
Sanitizing and Cleaning
Wico has a dedicated team who cleans and sanitizes our cabins and common areas each day.
Campers are reminded by our health center team and bunk counselors about hand washing, hydration and looking after their personal hygiene.
For 2021, disinfecting of high touch areas will be added to our cleaning teams list of responsibilities. Additionally, each activity and program area will be sanitized before and after each period.
Our health center and our bunk counselors will continue to remind campers to wash hands, stay hydrated and look after their personal hygiene. These reminders will now also include self-screening for COVID symptoms. Hand sanitizer will be readily available and hand washing protocols will be established between activities and before mealtimes.
Meals and the Dining Hall
We are committing to providing quality, nutritious food to our camp community. A goal for this summer is to continue to serve safely while also maximizing food variety. Both remain top priorities for us.
We are fortunate to have a spacious, well-ventilated dining hall with extensive indoor seating, as well as a large area outside that we typically utilize for cookouts. For this summer, we will expand and tent an additional outdoor dining area just adjacent to the dining hall.
We will use both indoor and outdoor areas for dining and food service, so that campers and staff may eat safely, while also enjoying the traditional communal dining hall experience.
Transportation to Camp
We offer various ways for campers to get to and from camp. We are committed to getting campers to and from camp as safely as possible.
- Car: We encourage in-person drop off to camp this summer. Car arrivals will be scheduled and staggered, to account for a health check of each camper before she departs her car and is united with her cabin group.
- Bus: Whether we can provide this service is in question at this time. We hope to be able to assist parents with the transportation of campers to camp, and imagine that any bus transportation we can provide will look different than it has in the past.
- Plane: Please reference this communication that went out to our families whose daughter(s) typically fly to camp.
The last day of camp is typically both our camper departure and visiting day.
While we cannot offer our traditional visiting day this summer, we will offer camper transportation home via charter bus to the New York and Boston metro areas, as well as Connecticut and will escort campers who fly to the airport. We are prepared to offer this service to any/all camp families.
Those who prefer to pick up in person will be able to do so, but will not be able to visit camp grounds while here.