Summer Camp COVID-19 Updates

The health of our campers is our first priority. We have reimagined summer fun with social distancing measures in place. All of our safety measures have been approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health.

COVID-19 FAQs – Updated June 17, 2021

Do you have a pre-camp screening policy?

We ask all campers and staff to self-monitor for symptoms and record their temperature for 14 days prior to the start of camp. We also ask campers and staff to refrain from travel, large gatherings, and any situations that might be considered high risk in the time leading up to the start of camp.

Please note, adjustments may be made as new information and guidelines become available.

What protocols are in place for the 2021 summer season?

We will follow the most current city, state, and federal guidelines as well as guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Camp Association (ACA).

Our safety protocols include:

  • Daily temperature checks (at home) and health screenings for both campers and staff
  • Face covering requirement when indoors (except when eating, in the pool, or exercising vigorously)
  • Face covering requirement outdoors when staff and campers are unable to socially distance themselves
  • Accessible hand sanitizer stations
  • More frequent hand washing
  • Portable hand washing stations placed throughout the campus
  • Smaller group sizes
  • Pre-packaged lunches
  • Camp nurse on site
  • More frequent disinfecting and cleaning of spaces and equipment
  • Water fountains have been replaced with bottle filling stations

What is your mask policy?

Staff members and campers are required to wear a face coverings indoors except for when they are eating lunch or snack(s), while in the pool, and while exercising vigorously.

Campers wear face coverings at arrival and dismissal. Campers are permitted to remove their masks while participating in outdoor activities with their group.

What is your quarantine policy if my family travels out of state during camp?

We will follow current CDC travel and quarantine recommendations.  For the most up-to-date recommendations surrounding both domestic and international travel, please visit the CDC website.

What is the protocol if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

If an individual tests positive, we will follow the contact tracing protocols we have in place for George School Day Camp. A group may be required to quarantine for a set period of time out of an abundance of caution.  Account credits will be offered to campers in any group affected by a mandatory quarantine.

What is the protocol if an individual begins to feel sick at camp?

If an individual becomes sick while at camp, he or she will be sent to the nurse’s isolation area and sent home immediately.

How much time is spent indoors?

Campers are inside approximately 30% of the day and outside approximately 70% of the day. If we are experiencing inclement weather, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

How many campers are in a group?

The Lower Camp Division (grades Pre-K through 1st) has a capacity limit of 10-12 campers with three counselors assigned to each group. Our Middle Camp Division (grades 2nd through 4th) and Upper Camp Division (grades 5th through 8th) have capacity limits of 14-16 campers with two to three counselors per group.

Do groups interact with each other?

Groups follow individual schedules throughout the day. Groups will have minimal interaction with the exception of the swim period.  Campers are separated by swim levels.

If I have additional questions, who should I ask?

If you have additional questions, please contact Mike Bailey at 215.579.6689 or mbailey@georgeschool.org

Summer Camp COVID-19 Update – December 10, 2020

As we look ahead, we understand that it is impossible to know exactly what this summer will look like right now. We do know Summer 2021 will look different than previous years.

Our community’s health and safety are of the utmost importance to us and will continue to be the driving force behind all our decisions. In order to plan and develop protocols so that we can operate safely this summer, we will continue to follow the guidelines provided by our state and local health officials along with the CDC and American Camp Association.

We are diligently planning for the various scenarios that this summer may bring and will keep you informed about any updated policies and plans for 2021. Because information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing, we don’t anticipate having our camp procedures finalized until later in the spring. The list below outlines what we are anticipating being in place.

  • Limited enrollment in each camp group so that we can guarantee every enrolled camper a space should we need to run at reduced capacity.
  • Temperature and symptom checks conducted daily.
  • Increased hand sanitization areas and consistent handwashing.
  • Extensive cleaning of equipment and spaces before and after activities.
  • Staff training specific to COVID-19 policies and procedures.
  • Dining hall procedures and food service will look different.
  • Masks will most likely still be a part of camp. Along with physical distancing, we hope to use masks only when necessary. With 240 acres, we have ample space for outdoor activities and adventures.

We will keep this page updated as we continue to plan.

We are working hard to make summer 2021 the best one yet!

If you have any questions about this summer, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to talk through any questions or concerns you have. Email Mike Bailey, GSDC Camp Director, at mbailey@georgeschool.org or call him at 215.579.6689.