4/22 Update: Arrival

We appreciate your patience as we continue to develop our Covid-19 guidelines to ensure maximum physical and emotional safety for our campers and staff this summer. As more research, guidance, and rules comes out from the CDC and NYS DOH, we will work with our Medical Advisory Committee to update our guidelines accordingly. Keep an eye out for a Medical Town Hall before the start of camp, which will answer any pressing questions. In the meantime please make sure to read over this, and our Covid Resource page carefully.

In our previous update, we stressed the importance of having only one arrival day in order to properly manage and mitigate the threat of Covid on our campus. Turning Shomria into a Safe Bubble will not only severely limit exposure Covid exposure, but also ensure that our camp can function as close to ‘normal’ as possible.  

That being said, having only one start day will only work with proper arrival procedures to ensure that no Covid enters Camp Shomria. This update will cover arrival procedures to camp this summer, including Vaccinations, Screening, and Testing.

Vaccinations

All of our staff is required to be fully vaccinated before the start of camp, unless they show proof of medical exemption. 

Prior to Camp

We cannot control how people behave outside of camp, but ask that you take extra precautions in the 14 days leading up to camp. This includes limiting travel, maintaining social distancing, and paying special attention to any symptoms. If you are arriving from abroad, you should follow CDC guidelines for quarantining after your flight. We will do everything in our power to ensure that campers arrive to camp healthy and safe. 

Everyone is required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to camp, including vaccinated individuals. Covid-19 testing is available at no cost in the US; please arrange testing in advance because your child will not be allowed on camp without this.

Transportation

Everyone will be required to submit a covid screening form before boarding the bus (or entering camp, if driven). We will be in touch with you about transportation times and locations closer to date, but please make sure to arrive in a timely manner to help ensure efficiency.

Upon Arrival

We will have Pool PCR testing by cabin after 3 days at camp, to account for possible exposure between the negative PCR test and arrival at camp. If there is a positive result in a pool test, we will isolate the cabin and do individual testing.

Until we test and receive all negative results, we will follow stricter social distancing by limiting non-distant and/or indoor activities to Pods (kvutza).

We expect the CDC to release guidelines for summer camps next month, and for NY to do so shortly before the start of camp. Please stay patient and flexible as we will update our guidelines accordingly.