Every summer presents its own set of challenges and issues to work through and improve upon, and this past summer 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 in summer 2021.
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. As we finalize plans and details, we will update our Camp families in early 2021.
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.
All persons age 5 and older are required to wear face masks when they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others and while in shared spaces outside of the cabin. We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and how they are feasible in the day-to-day life of Camp. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance throughout the weekend. Please note that there are some exceptions to this order. If you or your family members meet these criteria, please communicate with the Camp Director upon arrival.
If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please contact us.