Safety is our number one priority at EAGLES/EDGE.
We are monitoring guidelines presented by the Department of Public Health daily.
Here are some of the guidelines that you will see in place this summer for all of our programming.
What are you doing to keep my camper safe?
Great question! This summer, campers will be placed in small, 10 camper cohorts. Those groups are over staffed with counselors, and those counselors will stay with the group all day and all week. We’ll have a staggered arrival and departure schedule, do health screening every day for staff and campers, and clean much more often. Everyone will have masks, and will wear them when distancing is not possible.
Will my camper have to wear a mask?
Each family must bring their camper to camp in a mask each morning, since the screening process is an up close one. We ask that they bring 2 more clean ones, so they have something to change into if theirs gets wet or dirty. Our staff will wear masks, as well. If we are playing outside, and can maintain distance, we will allow campers to take their masks off. And no masks in the pool!
What will the day look like?
Camp this summer will not look like it usually does. There won’t be field trips or special visitors. We will swim twice a day- we can’t offer traditional swim lessons, but we will have a more instructional style swim, and a free swim, maintaining distances. There will not be traditional activities this summer, since groups cannot visit specialists except specially licensed ones. The camp day will be counselor led- supported by a creative team of leaders, counselors will plan and lead arts and crafts and games activities that we can do at a distance, and outdoors whenever possible. We will eat picnic style- outside, whenever possible. Drop off and pick up will happen in the cohort zone. This is a lot different than it usually is, but we think that campers will enjoy easing into the summer after so long at home.
What about lunch?
Campers can still order lunch through our campus partner, Sage. They will have the opportunity to select from choices and pre-order through their counselors, and then we will deliver their box lunches to them. This summer, we’ll eat picnic style! Of course, your camper can bring their own peanut/nut- free lunch. This summer, we are not doing a snack provided by the camp- your camper is encouraged to bring a separate, nut free snack for snacktime. Everyone should bring a water bottle, and we’ll have plenty of opportunities to refill!
I need to know the pickup/dropoff times.
We know – we are working on it as fast as we can! The camp day is 9am to 4pm, and you can expect a variation of those times, but not a drastic one. We will have separate camper drop and pick ups in each zone, so if you have multiple campers in multiple groups, you should allot more time, as you’ll be making several stops. In the morning, each camper will need to be pre-screened before entering camp – we’ll ask you to fill out a survey online each morning for each camper, and then we’ll do a face to face screening when they arrive.
How will I know what I need to do and bring?
We will send you a welcome email with times and dates and as much information as we can before your camper’s start date. In the meantime, we will keep pushing information out via email updates weekly. To get started, here’s what a camper needs to bring every day:
- Backpack, labeled with their name
- Swimsuit (two if they hate putting wet swimsuits back on)
- Two towels- one will be their picnic blanket for the day, and where they sit to do arts and crafts and activities outside. The other will be for the pool. Please label!
- A mask to wear, and at least one spare. Label, and make sure that it is evident which is the side that goes towards the face – we anticipate taking them off and putting them on, so we need to know what side goes in.
- Sunblock, and a hat
- Raincoat, if it is rainy
- A peanut/nut free snack
- A peanut/nut free lunch, if you have not purchased a meal plan
- A water bottle, clearly labeled- no-one wants to swig from someone else’s water-bottle!
What can I do now to keep everyone safe?
Currently, MA asks that travellers out of the state quarantine for 2 weeks when returning. If you are planning to travel this summer, please do not do so 2 weeks before camp. Make the kind of social distancing choices that you hope other parents are making with their campers- avoid gatherings of over 10 people, encourage mask wearing in public, etc. You can work with your camper to practice ways of staying 6 ft apart, and good hand-washing, not touching your face, mask wearing without moving it.
What if my camper gets sick, or someone in my family gets sick?
Please let us know as soon as possible.
My camper has a friend request – will they be in a group with their friend?
This summer, camp groups are only 10 campers, and we will try to keep them the same as much as possible this summer, to limit community exposure. We may not be able to accommodate all friend requests- but we will work hard to make sure that your camper has a friend in their group. We cannot group campers from one program with another- your junior eagle camper cannot be placed with his golden eagle buddy.
I am waiting to hear if I got the week I wanted from a cancelled week reschedule, when will I hear?
We are working on those lists – you will hear by Monday at the latest, hopefully sooner.
I am waiting to hear about weeks on the waitlist. When will I hear about that?
Cancellations end next Monday. We anticipate making decisions about the waitlist by the end of next week.