Information, Guidelines, and FAQs
In consultation with our medical director and consistent with best practices for overnight summer camps, we have made updates to our COVID-19 guidelines. Please read them below. The changes include a rapid home antigen testing option for the pre-camp testing requirement and a new “Test to Stay” protocol that is less restrictive than our prior guideline for a COVID-19 exposure at camp.
We hope that you find these new changes helpful and we look forward to welcoming our staff and campers to camp beginning very soon!
Please pray for us that we may enjoy a safe, fun, and faith-filled summer and be assured of our prayers for you and your family as you enjoy the warmth of summer.
Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Camps Bernadette & Fatima Summer 2022 COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines*
UPDATED June 3, 2022
- We strongly encourage, but do not require, all campers and staff to be up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccinations prior to arriving at camp. Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC
- Campers and staff will conduct at home, pre-camp health screening in the seven days prior to arrival at camp and present the screening form upon check-in.
- All campers and staff need to arrive at camp with either:
- proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within three to five days prior to arrival at camp AND proof of a negative home rapid antigen test taken the morning of camp arrival
- proof of 2 negative home rapid antigen tests: 1 taken 2 days prior to camp arrival AND the other taken the morning of camp arrival
for proof, please take a cell phone picture of the tests results and show them at camp check-in
NOTE: (If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of arrival that person should not take a PCR test but should take the two home rapid antigen tests and show proof of a prior positive COVID test.)
- All individuals will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at camp.
- In the week leading up to camp, we ask all campers and staff to engage in low-risk behaviors such as avoiding large indoor gatherings.
- Within one day of arrival at camp, campers and staff will be tested at camp for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must be isolated and, therefore, will need to leave camp.
- Campers and staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 at camp will be tested using a rapid antigen test. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must be isolated and therefore, will need to leave camp.
- All persons living in a cabin with someone testing positive with COVID-19 will undergo our rapid antigen “test to stay” protocol (testing on day 2 and 5) to ensure COVID is not spreading in that group.
- Campers and staff riding the bus from Long Island to camp will need to present proof of their negative PCR test and arrival day antigen test or proof of their 2 negative home rapid antigen tests and screening form (mentioned above) prior to getting on the bus. Persons riding the bus will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to boarding the bus.
- Persons riding the bus are required to wear face masks for the duration of the trip. Face masks are also required at rest stops where there are other people in public buildings.
- Parents may visit their campers on change weekends and take them out of camp but must acquire and show proof of a negative rapid antigen test upon return.
- Staff may take days off out of camp but will be tested with a rapid antigen test upon return.
If you choose the PCR test option you may access a test here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/221287940982162
*Subject to change at any time. Separate vaccination guidelines apply for Special Needs Week and Exceptional Citizens’ Week
For Special Needs Week 2022
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, or you can re-register your son/daughter for another session if space if available.
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 will be refunded with with documentation of the positve test or you can re-register your son/daughter for another session if space if available.
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. The symptomatic child will be isolated at the infirmary.
Will there be designated pick up and drop off time to prevent bottlenecks on the camp road?
We will be doing a tiered drop-off and pick-up. You may register for a particular timeframe in your campbrain registration account, and we ask that you try to adhere to that time as closely as possible. We will once again be doing a drive-through check in process.