Information, Guidelines, and FAQs
I hope this letter finds you doing well and that your child is looking forward to an incredible camp experience this summer at Camp Bernadette or Camp Fatima. All of us here at the camps are excited for the upcoming season and we pray that our campers and staff will learn new skills and grow in faith, confidence, and friendship while they are with us this summer.
We are fortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic is trending in the right direction and hope that it will continue to do so. Nonetheless, we know that the virus will still be in our communities this summer. As such, COVID-19 mitigation protocols at camp will include current recommendations that reflect a new phase of pandemic management and the current improvement in infection rates.
It is important to understand that residential, overnight summer camps, like ours, are congregate settings where campers and staff live and sleep in close quarters. In such an environment virus can spread very quickly unless common sense and effective protocols are in place. Therefore, we will implement guidelines and non-pharmaceutical interventions that help protect against COVID-19 from coming into camp. But if the virus does come into camp, we are prepared to control its spread so that many people do not get sick.
In 2021, we had nearly 1,400 campers at our camps. With the proper guidelines in place, we had just three campers who were diagnosed with COVID-19 while at camp. We know from experience that smart protocols work, and they allow our campers to enjoy camp to the fullest, making friends and making moments that they keep for life.
Working closely with our medical director and listening to recommendations for summer camps from the State Epidemiologist for the NH Division of Public Health Services, we are sharing our COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines for 2022. We believe these guidelines will, like last summer, allow our campers to have a terrific, safe, and fun, camp experience.
As you can imagine, running residential, overnight summer camps in a pandemic environment is not easy. But the need for our campers to enjoy summer camp in our joyful, Catholic community is stronger than ever. Kids need camp! And they need our camps! Please pray for our campers and staff, and their families, that all of us will benefit from the holiness and joy that our Catholic camps provide.
Camps Bernadette & Fatima Summer 2022 COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines*
- 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-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 a negative COVID PCR test taken within three to five days prior to arrival at camp. (If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of arrival a negative PCR test is not required, but proof of the positive test is required.)
- 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 two days of arrival at camp, campers and staff will be screened 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.
- Unvaccinated persons living in a cabin with someone testing positive with COVID-19 will need to quarantine. As such, they will need to leave camp. Up-to-date vaccinated persons living in a cabin with someone testing positive for COVID-19 can stay at camp but will be tested using a rapid antigen test.
- Campers and staff riding the bus from Long Island to camp will need to present their negative PCR test 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 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. Details for staff nights out will be forthcoming.
*Subject to change at any time. Separate vaccination guidelines apply for Special Needs Week and Exceptional Citizens’ Week
For Special Needs Week 2022