Every summer presents its own set of challenges and issues to work through and improve upon, and Summer 2020 was no different because of COVID-19. As a team we stood strong in two of our beliefs: that children need Camp now more than ever and, as always, the safety and well-being of our campers and staff remain our first priority. Through modified programming and adaptive safety standards that exceeded the CDC, the state of North Carolina and local authority guidelines, Sea Gull and Seafarer successfully completed a COVID-free 2020 Summer Camp season.
Through the input and support from so many of you, we “adjusted our sails” to ensure a summer experience that was both safe and impactful. Dining Hall protocols and schedules were enhanced, cabins became a cohort, and programs were run in smaller capacities. Yet, through all these adaptations, the feedback we heard time and again was, “Camp still feels like home and it was exactly what we needed.” The resiliency of our staff, counselors, campers and families, proved yet again why our Camp community is the best.
Now, we’re setting course to do it again bigger and better.
Building on the success of last summer, our track record of effectively adapting and delivering Camp in a COVID world, learnings from our fall programs and strong confidence in our ability to deliver a safe and meaningful experience, we’re eagerly looking forward to Summer 2021. We will continue to follow health authority guidance and consider every medical resource available to implement protocols that create a safe and fun experience for campers and families this upcoming season – making sure that “Camp still feels like home.”
No matter what, Camp will continue to focus on what’s always been most important: safety, character development, learning new skills, independence, building the next generation of young men and women and a whole lot of fun. A.
Ensuring a safe and health Camp will require a strong partnership among all of us.
As always, our top priority is to keep our campers, families, and staff safe. In light of our current reality, we have reviewed and updated our medical protocols and practices using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), North Carolina State Department of Health and Human Services, American Camp Association (ACA), Pamlico County Health Department, and with guidance from our Camp Medical Advisory Committee.
In our commitment to the health and protection of our families and staff, we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and other state health agencies. We recognize that recommendations and guidelines will change and commit to updating our programming and protocols accordingly.
At Camp, cabins will be the designed cohort, or “family.” When with that cohort your camper will not need to wear a mask (inside their cabins, sleeping, cabin nights, etc.) Wearing masks and social distancing will be expected when campers and counselors are outside of their cohort. You will be assigned to your cohort by your cabin however activities, evening programming and meals will include a broader group beyond just your cabin cohort. We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and when exactly campers will be required to wear them. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance to your camper.