Summer 2021 Updates

For the past year, our children have shown remarkable resilience and resolve. If they ever deserved a summer to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and revel in each other’s company, this is it. We are “All In” for the 2021 season! Here is a brief overview of where we are currently in our planning.

Creating a Bubble

Operating in a “bubble” has proven to be the most effective way to create a self-contained environment and suppress viral transmission.

  • 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.

Testing

We have made arrangements for PCR testing with NorDx, the largest regional laboratory in Maine. NorDx will supply the test kits, our medical staff will collect the specimens, and we will transport them immediately to the NorDx lab in Scarborough, Maine. We’ll have results within 24-72 hours which optimizes our ability to identify and isolate anyone with a positive result.

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

We are currently working with a team of medical professionals who are continuously reviewing and updating our protocols. Several doctors, whose sons will be in camp this summer, have been incredibly helpful and gracious with their time. We will send a complete summary of protocols in the spring with detailed information, including specific instructions leading up to opening day. We will implement all recommended safeguards, but rest assured that camp will feel the same as always and include our iconic special events like Council Fires, Independence Day Fireworks, and Olympics!

Summer Dates

We are planning to run our normal seven-week season, but remain flexible should circumstances dictate a change. Needless to say, we all share the desire to create the safest possible environment for our children. While we haven’t ruled out visiting days, it is hard to imagine a scenario where it would be prudent to invite hundreds of visitors from all over the country to travel to Maine and mingle with our camp population. If that’s the case, we will come up with some fun ways for you to have some “face time” with your child during the summer!

What's Next?

All camp bulletins are posted in your myTakajo.com account.

  • Bulletin #2 with information about the clothing and equipment your son needs for camp is now posted. 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.
  • Bulletin #3 with information on travel arrangements to and from camp will reach you in early March.
  • Medical Forms are currently posted in your myTakajo.com account so they are accessible whenever your son is scheduled for his yearly exam. (We will be adding required forms for COVID-19 symptom checks for the fourteen days leading up to the start of camp on June 26.)

Personal Note from Jeff

We have a team of seasoned veterans in all the key positions at camp. There is no detail too small as we put together our plans for a fantastic summer for your son!

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 at our Armonk office, (914) 273-5020.

Looking forward to being in touch with you in the weeks and months ahead. Until next time, Warren joins in wishing you all the best in 2021.

I have come to learn that one of the most important aspects of summer camp is to let your kid have experiences that you can’t give him at home. I still can’t believe how much he enjoys the “swim the freezing lake” as I like to call it, but I’m deeply thrilled that he enjoys it every year.

He already has told me he wants to go back next year which I’m just thrilled about. Thank you once again for everything.

Hope
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