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Our Safe Summer Plan

For COVID-19

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

Frequently Asked Questions