We take safety seriously

COVID is an ever-changing reality and we are committed to reviewing, adapting, and communicating our policies to ensure the best practices for this summer. This means our policies are subject to change as we get closer to camp. We follow recommendations from the CDC, Maine Summer Camps, American Camp Association, and the Association of Camp Nurses.

COVID FAQs

Do you reqiure Vaccinations?

Yes! We require all campers to be vaccinated. As of now we strongly encourage them to be up to date with boosters. Campers who are vaccinated but not up to date with boosters may have stricter quarantine/masking requirements when at camp based on the recommendations at that time.

For staff, we require everyone to be vaccinated AND fully updated on boosters.

We appreciate your understanding, please feel free to contact us if you have any further vaccination/booster questions.

What are the 2022 COVID Policies/Procedures?

Current Plans for Summer 2022:

Since the COVID landscape is ever changing we will continue to monitor the situation and update our policies as appropriate.

(Updated 6/10/22)

  • As mentioned before, we require vaccinations.
  • We will require campers and staff to take a rapid test the day before they arrive to camp (24 hours).
  • We will test campers and staff upon arrival to camp using rapid tests
  • We will test campers and staff 5 days into camp using rapid tests, and will test symptomatic people throughout the summer, in addition to anyone who is exposed.
  • Everyone should bring a supply of masks – we will use them during the first 5 days for large indoor gatherings.
  • We will have the same drive-thru and staggered drop-off times. If parents wish to enter cabins, they need to wear masks.
  • We will not be taking campers off camp for trips
  • We are HAVING Parents Day for both sessions, as long as all goes well during our sessions!
    • We will ask all guests to take a rapid test the morning of Parents Day (we suggest taking a test 1 day before and the day of if possible).
    • We will ask all guests to wear masks while on camp, except while eating.
What Will Family Visiting Days Look Like?

We are planning on having Family Visiting Days this year as long as all goes according to plan during our sessions (with regards to Covid-19). Please review the following!

Covid Precautions for Family Visiting Days

  • Families should test the day before Family Day and the morning of Family Day
  • Families should wear masks all day unless eating or in a large non-crowded outdoor space
  • If it is a nice day, we will have an outdoor barbecue for families, and if the weather is not ideal, we will stagger meal times to limit the number of people indoors
  • Campers may not leave camp with their families until they are being picked up for the session. Families will be asked to depart by 6 pm and campers will eat dinner in camp.
  • We ask that families only attend their own camper’s performances to keep indoor crowds to a minimum. Others are welcome to pull up a chair and listen from outside the building

About Family Visiting Days

Family Visiting Days take place on the final Friday of 1st Session (July 22nd) and the final Saturday of 2nd Session (August 13th) and feature performances and workshops by all of our performing ensembles including theater groups. At any given time, several ensembles are likely to be performing in different locations, and many campers participate in several ensembles. We coordinate the overall schedule of the day carefully so that campers can get in all of their performances without conflicts.
 
A typical Family Visiting Day schedule is as follows:
 
9:30 am  Grab & Go Coffee and donuts from the main office porch
10:00 am Concerts and workshops begin
11:30 am Buffet picnic lunch begins and continues until 2 PM
 
Concerts and workshops continue through the day

2:00 pm Lower Camp Theater performance in the concert hall
4:30 pm Upper Camp Theater performance in the concert hall
   
**for the summer of 2022, all campers will stay in camp for dinner and will depart the following morning. Campers may not leave camp, but families are welcome to remain on camp until 6:00.

How Will Drop-Off Work This Summer?

Every camper should take a rapid test the day before arriving to camp and will be tested again upon arrival to camp 

For Families and Campers Arriving by Car:
-Families must wear masks when indoors (cabin, bathroom, etc)

-We ask that families limit their time inside the camper’s cabin to 10 minutes

-Families are welcome to walk around camp and explore 

-Drop-off times will be staggered in the following way:

  • 11:00 am – CITs (finished grades 10&11)
  • 1:00 pm – Seniors (finished grades 9, 10, 11)
  • 2:30 pm – Intermediates (finished grades 7&8)
  • 4:00 – Lower Campers (finished grades 3, 4, 5, 6) 

If there are siblings in different age groups they may choose either arrival time.

 

How did E/C handle COVID safety in 2021?

Before Camp:

  • Asked all campers and staff to limit activity for 2 weeks prior to arriving on camp (no indoor dining, no large gatherings, etc.)
  • Asked all campers and staff to complete a 10 day symptom checker to be turned in on Drop-off Day
  • All campers and staff had to be PCR tested within 72 hours of coming to camp with results turned in to camp (we worked with an outside testing company–Heed Health)

Drop-off Day:

  • All family members were asked to stay in their vehicles and wear masks when interacting with staff
  • We had a drive-through health screening with our camp nurses where we took temps, collected the symptom checker and confirmed the PCR test status. Anyone with a high temperature was given a rapid test
  • Anyone who was flying in was given a rapid test

First 5 Days of Camp:

  • We structured our camp around cohorts, which started as individual cabin cohorts. When you were with just your cohort, you were allowed to be unmasked. Any cross-cohorting required masking and distance.
  • On the 5th day we retested the entire camp with PCR tests
  • We got the test results back and each session they all came back negative!

During Camp:

  • Once we had negative test results, we expanded the cohorts to upper camp and lower camp.
  • All meals were eaten outdoors when weather permitted
  • We rehearsed outdoors in tents as much as possible
  • We asked all wind and brass musicians to have playing masks and bell covers
  • Singers wore masks when singing
  • Concerts were often staged differently to maintain distance requirements
  • During indoor All-Camp activities audience wore masks
  • Staff were allowed to leave camp but were required to stay away from groups of people (i.e. a large line or outdoor dining area)
  • Campers adjusted to this ‘new normal’ easily and we had a great time!

Pick-up Day:

  • We did not have our usual Parents Day performances, but the campers performed for each other! Those performances were recorded and shared with families in the fall.
  • Pick-up procedures were the same as drop-off.
Who is on the Health Care Team?

In addition to the head staff which meets daily during camp to discuss all matters of camp including COVID protocols, we have a wonderful team of Registered Nurses! Our Nurses are committed to monitoring the health and safety of all of our campers. They communicate with the Bridgton Family Practice and are up to date with protocols suggested by the Association of Camp Nurses. With their expertise and our experience of a COVID free summer 2021, we are confident we will meet the challenges of 2022 with thoughtful preparation and skilled solutions.