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COVID-19 Information and Guidelines



Information, Guidelines, and FAQs


As we prepare to open for our Summer 2021 camping season, we would like to do our best to communicate any changes to our camps and policies to allow for you to plan your upcoming summer. We are currently operating under the NH “Safer at Home” guidelines for overnight summer camps. These policies are subject to change, and we will do our best to communicate those changes and what they mean for our camping programs.

If you would like to review the Safer at Home Guidelines (updated March 2021) that we are planning to open under, they can be found here. With those guidelines in mind, we have instituted the following policies for the 2021 camping season:

  • Three to seven days prior to arrival at camp, all campers, staff, and volunteers must be tested for COVID-19 using a PCR based test taken through a person’s normal healthcare provider. Results must be back before a person can arrive at camp and nobody may arrive to camp who tests positive.
  • Pre-arrival screening of campers and staff must be done in the 7 days prior to arrival at camp and upon arrival at camp
  • All staff and campers will be tested for COVID-19 on the first day of camp.
  • 5-7 days after arrival at camp, all staff and campers staying for longer than one week must have another PCR-based test (or other comparable NAAT test). Special Needs Week campers and staff will be tested again 4 days after arrival at camp.
  • All campers and staff will undergo daily COVID-19 screening and have their temperature taken daily.
  • Campers and staff who show COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated and those exposed to a person who is symptomatic will be quarantined. Isolation and quarantine facilities will be set up on the camp premises. Naturally, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 at camp would need to leave camp.
  • In the 2 weeks leading up to camp, your camper must have participated ONLY in low-risk behaviors as outlined in this document issued by the CDC: choosingSaferActivities.pdf (
  • Staff will quarantine at camp two weeks prior to campers arriving.
  • Campers will be placed into small cohorts not exceeding 15 people (counselors plus campers) per cabin.
  • Campers  must have direct to camp / direct to home transportation. (No Long Island bus transportation).
  • Parents / Guardians must remain in their cars when dropping off and picking up campers.


For Special Needs Week 2021

  • We are requiring that for SNW 2021 all campers that are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine complete vaccination more than 20 days prior to the start of camp.
  • Campers that are fully vaccinated against COVID do not need to quarantine prior to camp.
  • Camper physical forms must be uploaded to your CampBrain account prior to the start of camp.

Additionally, for this summer we have created a $300 COVID-19 Surcharge per camper per session ($225 for Special Needs Week) in order to cover the increased expenses of operating within a COVID environment.

Below, we have some of our frequently asked questions regarding camp in a COVID environment. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the implementation of these guidelines, please don’t hesitate to contact the camp office.

What happens if my child tests positive for COVID while at camp?

You’re expected to pick them up the same day and you will receive a prorated refund for tuition.

What happens if my child tests positive for COVID in the week prior to arrival at camp?

If a camper tests positive for COVID prior to camp, tuition minus the COVID surcharge will be refunded with with documentation of the positve test.

What happens if my child has symptoms?

The nurses will determine if it is a possible COVID case and what determines a cause for concern, we are working with a medical director to create a protocol.  If COVID is suspected, the camper will be tested and the cabin will be quarantined until the test returns 24 hours later.  The symptomatic child will be isolated at the infirmary.

Will my camper need to wear a mask at camp?

When campers are with their cohorts (just the members of their cabin) or in their physical cabins they do not need to be masked.  Whenever they are in a public building or not with their cohort they need to be masked.   Cabins are off limits unless you live in it.   Every activity will be done as usual just as a cohort.

What happens if another camper in my child's cabin tests positive?

If a camper within your child’s cohort tests positive, all unvaccinated campers in that cabin will be required to go home and quarantine.  We will refund your camper their prorated tuition.

Can parents take campers out for the day between sessions?

Many parents have elected to visit between sessions in previous summers. Unfortunately, in 2021, under the current guidelines, there will be no visits allowed.

Will we have to quarantine post the camp when returning to our home state?

That depends on your home states individual guidelines regarding travel from New Hampshire.

When you say normal health care provider for testing before camp... can you use a walk in clinic if you can’t get an appointment with your child’s normal provider?

Yes, you may use a walk in clinic for your testing before arriving at camp and then provide results to us. 

Will there be designated pick up and drop off time to prevent bottlenecks on the camp road?

We are currently discussing this and a tiered drop off and pick up time are certainly being explored – we anticipate that is something we will likely be doing.

Will campers at Fatima and Bernadette get to see each other during camp?

Under our current guidlines, we will not be able to host Bernie/Fatima days for this coming summer.

Are you offering laundry service for campers staying multiple sessions?

We will be offering a laundry service once per session for $22. Campers staying for multiple sessions not signing up for laundry must pack enough clothes for the duration of their stay.

What do they mean by car to directly to camp?  Are we allowed to stop for the bathroom??

There is nothing in the guidance that says bathroom visits are disallowed.

Why not administer a rapid test when they arrive for faster results?

NH does not allow rapid testing at this point. 

Will all activities still be offered?

We will be running most activities as usual, limiting indoor activities, requiring cohorts that engage closely to wear masks.  We will be implementing cleaning and sanitizing procedures between each activity and group. Some activities that won’t be available this summer include Bernie/Fatima days, horseback riding for Bernadette campers, and night activities involving the full camp that cannot be socially distanced.

Are you accepting international campers?

We can accept international campers if they are able to follow quarantine guidelines in NH for 10 days prior to arrival at camp.

Is starter camp happening this year?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer Starter Week for Summer 2021 under our guidelines. We hope to bring back Starter Week for Summer 2022.

When will registration open up for first time campers?

Registration for summer 2021 two-week sessions opened for first time campers on November 9th at 9:00. New camp families may register for any available sessions at this time