COVID-19 Safety Information

COVID-19 Saftey Information

We are looking forward to this summer and counting down the days until Session 1 starts on July 4! On February 25th, Massachusetts gave the green light for overnight camps to reopen. We expect updated minimum standards guidelines to be released ASAP and are continuing to prepare to implement the best safety practices for our camp this summer. 

Undoubtedly, summer 2021 will be different. We acknowledge that changes can be challenging and are focusing on making the very best of the opportunity to return to camp. Camp will still be camp, and the WA WA spirit will be the basis for everything we do this summer! 

While we know that these next few months will continue to teach us a lot, we are planning for what may be the biggest changes for the summer and sharing that with you at this time. If your questions are not answered below, please reach out to our camp director at lily@campwaw.org

*last updated March 15, new updates will be added soon. 

COVID-19 Fequently Asked Questions

Our cabins are currently capped at 6-7 campers and 1-2 counselors in order to maintain an overall cap of 8 (instead of the typically 10 person occupancy). These cabin groups will form a pod that can stay together for daily classes, activities, and free time in order to track camper interactions.

Siblings that are close in age may choose to request to bunk together, as this is also allowed during a more typical summer. Or they may enjoy the camp program more by being placed with their age peers in separate cabins. Either way, siblings and friends in other cabins will still see each-other- they would just save hugs and close contact for when camp is over.  

Many all-camp favorite activities would still be on the daily schedule; however, they may be adapted to keep the cohort structure in place. 

We are still researching how testing during camp can be used to create larger cohorts during the session.

At this time, we are certain that a negative test prior to arriving at camp will be required. We are continuing to research at what point additional testing will be done, and within what window of time a prior test will be valid for attending camp.

Camps that implemented the multi-pronged approach of pods, testing, and masking saw great outcomes in summer 2020- asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 were identified prior to, and during the early days, of camp and spread was mitigated to allow for the majority of camp programming to continue as normal.

For now, we anticipate masks to be worn at all times when social distancing outside of cabin pods is not possible. For example, masks will be worn when using our bathhouse, “The Beacon,” when travelling to and from different parts of camp, and as an added precaution if we are able to create larger cohorts for activity choices.

“Visitors Day” is a great WA WA tradition, however we will not hold it this summer in order to limit the number of outside people within base camp. Letter writing is always a treasured point of contact while campers are at camp. The landline phone is also available for phone calls as needed.

Our camper cabins, bathhouse, lodge and dining hall are all already extremely well ventilated and have a notable amount of open air capabilities. In addition, our daily activities take place outside on our lake, fields and trails as much as possible. 

We are still evaluating the best method for delivering meals and have several options to work with including using our parade field, and both our inside lodge & dining hall (both areas are surrounded by open windows).

As we have learned over the past year, families can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks in public, using proper hand washing and cough covering methods, staying home when sick, and getting vaccinated when eligible. 

Currently, Massachusetts requires a negative test within 72 hours of travel to the state and best practice is to quarantine from the time that the test is taken. We will continue to monitor these travel requirements for how they will impact the trip to camp.

Our camp is licensed by the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Camp WA WA will follow all CDC and MDPH guidelines for summer camp operations this summer, and will put in place any additional measures deemed necessary for our particular camp community. We work closely with our local health department, as well as the Massachusetts Camping Association, and the American Camping Association (ACA) New England Chapter. Our health care is supervised by Nella Stoltz, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PNP-BC, ACNP, CCRN-P, and delivered by a team of nurses and doctors- all of whom have pediatric experience during the rest of the year.

Family Camp during the first two weeks of August, 2021 will also follow CDC and MDPH guidelines for COVID mitigation and prevention. Family groups will register as one family and will be defined as those that are sharing a cabin. 
 
Activities in our common areas like the lake, parade field, lodge, and dining hall, will all be socially distanced. Just like last summer, and this summer during youth overnight camp, we will require mask wearing whenever social distancing is not possible. 
 
Meals will be served family style. Families will also have access to dry food storage in their cabins for safely storing food they want to bring for themselves. We are still researching the best locations for eating meals but, just like for youth overnight camp, we have a range of safe options available for families. 
 
And similar to our youth overnight camp, we will also ask families to do what they can themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19 prior to coming to camp. At this time we do not know what the testing requirements will be in August for out of state travel to Massachusetts and we will update this page with more information when we have it. 
 

Our partners in planning for Summer 2021:

  • Massachusetts Camping Association
  • American Camping Association
  • Health Supervisor Team