As we prepare for another successful summer, we want to keep you informed of the policies that are being implemented as part of our ongoing Covid-19 safety efforts. This is meant to be an overview. More details can be found in the Parent Handbook which will be available sometime in April.
While none of us can know exactly what the world will look like by the time camp starts, based on our experience in providing an amazing Covid free experience last year, we are confident in our ability to operate safely in 2021.
Since the situation with Covid-19 changes regularly we will be updating this page to reflect those changes.
Last Updated: March 12, 2021
Prior to Covid-19, we were able to pick-up and drop-off campers at both the Boston and Portland airports. We also offered bus service to and from New York City. Last summer, we had to cancel all bus and airport transportation. The health and safety protocols we are abiding by for 2021 are similar to those we had in place last summer. As such, we will not be able to pick up or drop off campers at airports or at the bus station this year. It will be necessary for all campers to be dropped-off and picked-up at camp by parents or other designated adults.
Parents must complete a 10-day prescreening form and bring it with them to camp, like 2020. Campers should not attend weddings, funerals, parties, etc. during the 10-day period. Campers may attend day camp or similar program during the 10-day period.
While we would like nothing more than to invite our parents to help their campers move-in to their cabins, we anticipate our procedures will be similar to last year. This required parents to remain in their vehicles during drop-off.
We also know the importance of keeping Covid-19 out of camp. In that vein, we will again be requiring all campers to present a negative PCR test taken within five days of arriving at camp.
Campers must arrive on the opening day of their sessions. Late arrivals will not be permitted.
Contact tracing, quarantine and Covid-19 related pick up procedures will also be the same as last year. Any camper who tests positive for or is reasonably suspected of having Covid-19 will be placed in our quarantine facility and will need to be picked up by a parent or other adult within 48 hours. Any other campers in the same cabin or cabin group as a camper testing positive for Covid-19 will also need to be picked up within 48 hours. We understand the extreme inconvenience and disappointment such a situation would cause for those involved. We are grateful we did not have to implement any of these procedures last summer. However, it is important parents understand our policies, and the critical need to keep Covid-19 out of camp.
In terms of refunds, within the context of Covid-19, we want to be as fair and reasonable as possible. The deadline for refunds is April 1, 2021. There will not be any refunds after this date, with the following exceptions:
1.) Any camper who tests positive for Covid-19 by PCR test in the ten days prior to camp will receive a full refund upon presentation of the official test results to the camp office and review by our medical staff;
2.) Any camper who is required by Kingsley Pines to be picked up from camp as result of Covid-19 will receive a pro-rated refund of their tuition, based on the number of days they attended camp;
3.) Our First-Time Camp Guarantee.
We expect children will not be vaccinated this summer, as no vaccines are currently approved by the FDA for administration to children under the age of 16.
We are hopeful all staff can be vaccinated prior to our camp season. The CDC has recommended that camp workers be deemed as essential workers. It is however up to each state governor to ultimately decide which workers are deemed essential in their state.
The 2021 State of Maine Covid-19 requirements for summer camps were published in late March. We are happy to report that they are generally compatible with the plans that we have already made for this summer.
Like 2020 campers will be divided into groups to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19. There will be “families” and “neighborhoods.” A family is a cabin of 2-3 counselors and 6-10 campers. There will be no restrictions on behavior within a family, they can be inside buildings without a mask and eat meals together.
Neighborhoods will be made up of 4-5 families of similar ages and both genders. Campers were only allowed to be in activities with someone from their neighborhood. They did not have to wear mask if they were more than six feet apart. When closer than six feet to a person in their neighborhood, campers were required to wear a mask.
Campers will have limited interaction with others outside of their neighborhoods, and when they do, they were required to be six feet away and wear a mask.
Large group gatherings will be held outside like 2020. Families will sit together and be grouped by neighborhood.
The extent to which testing will be utilized at camp is still under evaluation.
There will be special activities for older campers (those entering 9th, 10th, or 11th grade) at camp, but there will not be any trips out of camp.
Adventure trips, which in the past included the ocean beach, ocean sailing and white water rafting, are not being offered.
Wilderness camping trips are not being offered
The Teen Leadership Program will be running this summer. The first week will be spent camping in Acadia National Park like previous summers. Participants will be a family just like a cabin, which will allow them to ride in vehicles, sleep in tents, etc. The only limitation is they will not be allowed to interact with the public when they are out of camp. They will be their own neighborhood when at camp.
With so many camps having to close last summer, we were grateful to be able to provide a safe, fun and fulfilling experience to children who needed camp more than ever before. Several measures were taken to ensure a healthy summer at Kingsley Pines. Click here to learn more.