As the Coronavirus continues to impact how people gather around the world, this isn’t business as usual for anyone. We are vigilantly following camp-specific guidelines from the CDC and ACA and making necessary adjustments to our usual protocols. We are taking guidelines very seriously and are evolving best practices for how to operate safely.
Our family and team of staff have been preparing to make camp as healthy and enjoyable as possible. We’re sure you have a lot of questions, so we’ve put together an overview of what to expect.
Read more below, or see our Covid-19 Policies for 2021 here.
Updated May 25, 2021
What Will Summer Look Like?
We will be running camp this summer!
We know that you may have questions about what camp will be like this year, especially as more people receive vaccinations and COVID-19 restrictions are being loosened or lifted.
Camp Friendship is following the current guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we have implemented specific steps and updated our summer protocols and procedures to meet the guidelines. We also worked with our local health department, the CDC, and the American Camp Association on best practices and steps needed to meet the state regulations.
We aim to have a safe, healthy, fun Summer 2021! Please read below for more specifics.
We will ask families to monitor their campers’ health prior to arrival. On Opening Day, all campers will take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. During camp, we will conduct daily screenings for campers and refer any campers or staff with symptoms to our Health Center.
Our cabins provide natural ventilation and air movement with screened windows. Some cabins will have reduced capacities.
We will eat in shifts in small groups. Tables in the Dining Hall will have adequate space between cabin groups. Some meals may be enjoyed outside.
Campers typically choose their own activities and travel around camp for them. This year campers and staff will be grouped into cohorts within their Village to minimize exposure, optimize contact tracing protocols, and maximize mask-free opportunities. To limit mixing campers from different cohorts, daily activities will be done with each cohort by cabin and activities will be assigned. Campers will get to sample almost all of our activities! We will not be able to offer ESL or 1-Hour and Half Day Riding this year due to the cohort mixing that would need to occur to run those activities. Most of our activities take place outdoors, and indoor activities will have proper spacing and ventilation.
Cleaning is a large part of our camp routine with so many people living in our community. We will continue regular cleaning and sanitizing with CDC-approved cleaners of high-touch areas, equipment, bathrooms, and common spaces.
Will you require a vaccine?
We are not requiring campers be vaccinated to attend summer camp. We highly encourage all campers to be vaccinated who are eligible. Most of our staff will be vaccinated.
Will you require testing?
Yes. On Opening Day we will conduct rapid COVID-19 antigen testing upon arrival.
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
We are changing our refund policy for this year. We don’t want families to feel forced to attend camp or lose their money if they aren’t comfortable with the landscape of COVID-19 when we reach the summer. We will offer full refunds or rollovers to 2022 to enrolled families who cancel at any point prior to the start of their session.
We expect to have camper waitlists this summer and ask that you are mindful regarding the date you choose to cancel. If you cancel with advance notice, we can offer your spot to another camper who is on our wait list. Please reserve last minute cancellations for COVID-19 related concerns — Scout’s honor! If you need to cancel your camper’s enrollment, please email email@example.com or call us at 434-589-8950.