We are excited to welcome campers back to the mountains and plan to operate camp as normally as possible, while making necessary adjustments to our program and following best practices for a healthy and safe summer. Our top priority, as always, is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of each camper and staff member. Will camp this summer look a little different? Yes. Will it still be fun? YES!! While it is understandable for campers to worry about how camp might change, here are some things we know will not: reconnecting with friends and making new ones, enjoying time outdoors away from screens, gaining skills, and discovering new talents. We’ll sing; we’ll dance; we’ll laugh; and we’ll play!
Protocols may change as we receive guidance from local, state, and national authorities (and we will adjust as required), but we are planning for the following changes:
Drop-off and pick-up: Opening Day and Closing Day will have to operate differently in order to limit visitors in camp. This means we will not have our traditional lunch with families on the first day of camp or performances for parents on the last day. In addition, we will set up staggered arrival and departure times for campers to allow for check-in at your car. More details will follow about the schedule.
Daily Camp Life: We will operate most of our daily activities in cabin area groups. These cabin groups will consist of campers who are the same age. Fortunately, Glen Arden’s cabins are already divided into distinct areas by age group (Junior Row, Intermediate Row, etc.). In summers past, campers have always appreciated activities that focus on bonding with their cabins and age-group peers, so we expect Glen Arden girls will welcome this additional time with them. We plan to offer the traditional activities our campers know and love, but some modifications may need to be made to these activities. Our small camp size will still allow for us to gather safely as a whole camp community for special traditions and evening activities, although we may change venues and make other adjustments as needed.
Masks: Campers will wear masks when they are in enclosed spaces (not including their cabins) or outside of their cabin area groups and unable to maintain more than 6 feet of distance. Masks will not be required when campers are in open air spaces (and able to maintain social distance) or when they are within their cabin area groups. One of the best parts of camp is our abundance of wide-open spaces and fresh mountain air. Very few activities are housed indoors.
Meals: Each table has space for 6 campers and 2 counselors, which allows for one cabin per table. It has always been the custom at camp to have counselors serve the campers at their table, and this will continue. Instead of switching tables weekly, cabins will remain together at meals throughout the duration of the session. Our spacious dining hall allows for us to move tables farther apart than we would normally have them set, and we plan to utilize outside space for dining as well.
Health and Safety Measures: Partnering with our families to ensure that campers arrive at camp healthy is our top priority. As guidelines from the CDC and NC Health Department continue to evolve, we expect that pre-camp screening requirements will include a negative COVID-19 test before arriving at camp and completion of daily temperature and screening logs in the days leading up to arrival. In addition, we ask that our families commit to limiting exposure to the public as much as possible in the 10 days prior to coming to camp. We believe this will be the best way to maintain a healthy camp community.
Below we have provided some frequently asked questions to help you understand our adjustments to the program where campers will be most affected. While we will make every effort to operate camp in a safe and responsible manner, it is important to note we cannot guarantee that we can operate this summer without exposure to COVID-19. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have. We appreciate each of you and look forward to a safe, happy summer!
If a camper tests positive for COVID-19 prior to her session, she may join camp once she is symptom-free and has completed her quarantine period.
Please make sure to follow social distancing and mask guidelines and commit to the 10-day quarantine period prior to camp as we will not refund tuition.
Campers will be required to wear masks when they are in enclosed spaces or outside of their cabin area groups and unable to maintain more than 6 feet of distance. Masks will not be required when campers are in open air spaces (and able to maintain social distance) or when they are within their cabin area groups.
Partnering with our families to ensure that campers arrive at camp healthy is our top priority. As guidelines from the CDC and NC Health Department continue to evolve, we expect that pre-camp screening requirements will likely include an at home isolation period, negative COVID-19 test before arriving at camp, and daily temperature and symptom screening logs in the days leading up to arrival.
We will continue to place campers in cabins based on their grade-age. Mutual cabin requests will be honored in the order they are received. Smaller than normal cabin groups may be necessary.
The activities that campers love and look forward to will be available this summer, with possible reductions in the number of campers per activity session. Progressions will be available in afternoons.
This summer will still be filled with the exciting and fun evening programs that we have had in the past - and a few new ones, too! If guidelines require, some programs may be operated by age groups to limit group size.
Our infirmary will be staffed with full-time nurses as usual. Pre-camp screening and testing will be required for all campers. Hand washing and sanitizing stations have been added around camp for campers to use, as necessary. Daily screening and temperature checks will be conducted by our medical staff. Campers will wear a mask when they are inside closed spaces or outside of their cabin area groups. Masks will not need to be worn while in cabins, in activities with cabin groups, or during outdoor activities in which social distancing is possible.
Should your daughter become sick at camp, our medical staff will admit her into our infirmary for observation and to monitor symptoms. If COVID-19 is suspected and she tests positive for it, we will require that you make arrangements to pick her up within 24 hours. Our medical staff will provide care for her until you can arrive.
We contract with a team of local doctors at Blue Ridge Health that provide health services to camp. A kiosk equipped with digital diagnostic equipment and person-to-person video imaging is located in our infirmary. This technology will allow our nurses to work with doctors without physically having to take campers in for office visits. Having this technology limits the exposure that may occur in a doctor’s office. Should a camper need a procedure or a physical exam, campers will be seen by a physician either on-site at camp or at one of the Blue Ridge Health locations. Our doctors also have admitting privileges at Margaret R. Pardee Hospital, where emergency room services are available.
No. We cannot guarantee that your daughter will not be exposed to COVID-19. Please review all of our FAQ’s above for more information on our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at camp, or please give us a call with further questions.