On March 24, the state of Maine issued updated guidance for summer camps. I’m happy to report that the multi-layered protocols we are putting in place are aligned with Maine’s guidelines. For us, this translates to full speed ahead!
Summer Dates & Visiting Day
Creating a Bubble
- Staff will be required to arrive at least two weeks before campers with proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. After they get to camp, we will administer two more PCR tests before campers arrive.
- Campers will also be required to submit results of negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and will be tested two additional times after they arrive at camp. Keeping our camp community “negative” will give us the confidence that our bubble is working and allow campers to operate more freely within their age group.
We have made arrangements for PCR testing with a regional laboratory in Maine with same-day results. This will optimize our ability to identify and isolate anyone with a positive result, and it will enable us to quickly contact trace for exposure.
We have our fair share of runny noses and overheated boys under normal circumstances, so we will have antigen rapid tests in camp for anyone who exhibits even the slightest COVID-19 symptoms. While not as reliable as PCR testing, it does allow us to identify anyone with a positive result and take immediate and appropriate precautions.
Our Takajo Medical Team
- Bulletin #2 with information about the clothing and equipment your son will need for camp. Link: Cover Letter, Bulletin #2, and Camper Packing List. Visit our official provider, The Camp Spot, for our 2021 Clothing & Equipment Catalog and online store.
- March Bulletin with information on Medical Forms required for camp and preliminary baggage preparation.
- Medical Forms are accessible whenever your son is scheduled for his pre-camp annual physical exam. (We will be adding required forms for COVID-19 daily symptom checks for the fourteen days leading up to the start of camp on June 26.)
- CampMeds: If your son will take any medication IN PILL FORM on a regular basis during the summer, you MUST register with CampMeds. If applicable, check out CampMeds’ information for parents and FAQs.
Personal Note from Jeff
I have spoken with many of you during these past several months. We all agree that, in the past year, our children have suffered a substantial loss of social and emotional growth along with the constraints on their physical activities. If they ever deserved a “do-over,” this is it. My pledge to you is that we will do everything in our power this summer to help your son make up for lost time.
We will continue to provide regular updates, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns along the way. We are completely available, and you can always reach us by email or by phone at our Armonk office, (914) 273-5020.
Looking forward to being in touch with you in the weeks ahead. Until next time, Warren joins in sending warm regards.