As our state combats the coronavirus, Governor Baker is reopening Massachusetts businesses in phases: Day Camps will be allowed to open in Phase 2 and Residential Camps in Phase 3. Since each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase, we will be offering day camp only this year. We will open our doors to day campers when we have fulfilled state guidelines that include: social distancing strategies; designated hand washing stations; guidelines for who, when, and where to wear facemasks; and proper disinfecting procedures.
Camp Good News places highest priority on camper and staff safety and wellness. These two factors are essential to a successful and fulfilling summer for all. Guidelines from the American Camp Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Red Cross will guide our policy to maintain a clean, healthy environment. Our communicable disease plan will be revised in cooperation with ongoing guidance from the public health authorities.
The camp staff attends a week of pre-camp education and training on camp policies pertaining to the health and wellness of our campers and many other important topics such as camp craft, swimming, boating, child development, home sickness, etc. Staff will be trained on social distancing, proper hand washing, and mask wearing rules during pre-camp. Camp Good News preventative measures will include:
- Clear signage
- Reduction of large gatherings and limit the number of attendees per gathering
- Regular health checks (e.g., temperature and respiratory symptom screening) of campers and staff
- Reduction of parent and visitor interaction in camp
- Daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures before and after camp
- Campers at increased risk of illness will be encouraged to implement individual plans for distance learning and return home as needed
Swimming in the lake remains a refreshing, fun exercise, and also helps provide a good night’s sleep. Our program will include daily disinfecting, minimizing shared equipment, sanitizing shared equipment between usage, and the use of masks or cloth face coverings. Our communicable disease management plan also outlines strategies to use when an outbreak occurs.
Our opening day health screening procedures reflect current best practices recommended by public health authorities. The goal is for all the campers and staff to arrive rested and healthy. Children not feeling well can delay the start of camp or come to a different session. The camp nurse will review other important health at practices such as personal hygiene, cabin cleanliness, caring for personal belongings, and individual camper needs.
Knowing that children benefit from the outdoors and making new friends, we will cautiously open our program to small groups of children. We will spread the camp community out during morning chapel, mealtimes, and during activities such as arts and crafts, tennis, and field sports. Swimming, boating, and sailing are a big part of our program and offer children the chance to exercise and improve their skills in the water. Out of state trips will not be offered this year. Local field trips or outings, such as to the ocean or off camp biking, will be limited and will require parental permission.
The office staff is always ready to help, so please call or email us anytime. Should camp need to be cancelled your money will be refunded, but at present we are proceeding optimistically with the hope that children can once again enjoy another great summer at Camp Good News. To learn more about the state of MA Covid guidelines, please click on the link below: