Summer’s Edge Community Guidelines and Responsibilities
for the 2021 Season

We are approaching the 2021 camp season with great enthusiasm and appreciation. After closing for the 2020 season, we are eager to be together as a community this year. We welcome new and returning families to our community and look forward to offering your camper a summer of learning and adventure.

As you know, Governor Baker’s changes to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Protocols will be in effect on May 29th. Additionally there have been updates to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Camp Regulations, CDC guidance for camps, and the American Camp Association Field Guide for Operating Camps in COVID-19. You may be wondering how all of this guidance impacts our previously stated policies and procedures? Below you will find an updated version of our operational processes. Please keep in mind that we may remain conservative in some areas because the majority of our campers are unvaccinated. Additionally, we want to offer our families choices that align with their comfort levels.

Covid-19 Prevention Plan

Parents/Guardians will screen campers each morning before leaving the house. If the camper has any of the signs or symptoms below the camper may not attend camp:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.0 F or above), felt feverish, or had chills?
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficult breathing
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell/taste
  • New muscle aches
  • Any other signs of illness


Indoors

  • All campers and counselors wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status
  • Abide by the minimum of six feet of distancing indoors
  • Each group will remain as a cohort
  • Each group is assigned their own designated classroom space for rainy days or extreme humidity
  • In the event of rain or extreme heat, campers will stay with their group, in their assigned classroom with desks 6 feet apart
  • In the event of rain or extreme heat, campers will eat snack and lunch with their group, in their assigned classroom with desks spread 6 feet apart.
  • Campers and counselors will use Fareva Morton Grove Hand Sanitizer (66.5% alcohol) before and after each activity
  • Campers may share supplies and equipment within their cohort
  • Tennis is held in a spacious gymnasium with the courts spread apart (we will try one week of outdoor tennis as an experiment)


Outdoors

  • Campers will remove their masks outdoors at their counselor’s discretion.
  • If you would like your camper to wear a mask outdoors at all times, let us know, by choosing your preference below.
  • Campers and counselors will use Fareva Morton Grove Hand Sanitizer (66.5% alcohol) before and after each activity
  • Campers may share supplies and equipment within their cohort
  • Snack and lunch will be outdoors with campers in their group will be spread apart at least 3 feet and groups spread 8 feet apart
  • As a pre-COVID practice, campers and counselors always sanitized their hands before and after snack and lunch, and that protocol will continue


Swimming & Traveling to the former Lexington Boston Sports Club Indoor Pool

  • Campers and counselors will board the bus with their masks, swimsuits, and sneakers on
  • We will stagger the campers boarding and exiting the bus
  • Campers and counselors will use hand sanitizer before boarding the bus
  • The windows of the bus will be open
  • No one will sit behind the masked bus driver
  • Campers and counselors will sit in assigned seats by groups
  • Campers will be assigned a place to put their towel and mask on the pool deck and then report to their assigned swimming quadrant
  • Lifeguards will be on the deck in masks, and counselors will be in the water without masks, keeping campers distance
  • Campers that are not water safe will be required to wear a life jacket; we will have lifejackets available
  • You may send a life jacket vest that is Coast Guard approved with your camper
  • Summer’s Edge has exclusive use of the entire aquatics facility Tuesdays through Fridays at 11:00 am
  • Campers may opt-out of swimming and either remain at camp or sit on the spacious pool deck and read, draw, or make a small craft.


Snack and Lunch

  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will send non-perishable food or include an ice pack. Campers and staff will keep their snack and lunch in their backpack in their designated group classroom
  • Campers and staff will bring their own filled water bottles to camp, and water bottles can be filled at water filling stations in the school building and gymnasiums (water fountains are shut off).
  • Snack and lunch will occur picnic-style on the grass with their assigned cohort group. Snack and lunch will be outdoors with campers in their group will be spread apart at least 3 feet and groups spread 8 feet apart.
  • In the event of rain or extreme heat, campers will eat snack and lunch with their group, in their assigned classroom with desks spread 6 feet apart.


COVID 19 Response Plan

Identifying Illness

  • If a counselor feels ill or they notice that a camper shows symptoms of illness, the person feeling ill must go to the Health office to be assessed by a health supervisor. In the case of a staff member becoming symptomatic, a leadership team member will be assigned as back up to their group.
  • The school building is equipped with an isolation room and designated bathrooms. The health supervisor can further screen and assess within the designated isolation room.
  • The health supervisor will contact the symptomatic camper’s parent/guardian to be picked up. The camper or staff member must remain in isolation until they are transported home.
  • Summer’s Edge will work with the local board of health to help identify and notify close contacts and for guidance on quarantine requirements. You must quarantine if you are unvaccinated: If 10 days after your exposure you have no symptoms, you can end quarantine. You can end your quarantine after 7 days if you get tested and are negative for the virus. Testing should occur on or after the 5th day.
  • If asymptomatic individual tests negative, they may return to camp after their symptoms have improved, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Summer’s Edge guarantee a COVID-free camp experience?

No. We can put all Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI) measures in place to reduce the potential spread of the virus by everyone wearing a two-ply mask at all times (except during snack & lunch), cohorting groups and counselors, spacing campers 6-feet apart, outdoor time, assigned spaces/rooms when using indoor space, and handwashing/sanitizing before and after activities.

Will there be a reduced number of kids that Summer’s Edge will admit?

Summer’s Edge camper to counselor ratios meets or exceed the recommended ratios for grouping campers. We moved to a two-session model, to decrease the number of campers “coming in and out of camp.”

Is the tennis camp indoors or outdoors?

The tennis school will be held in the spacious Minuteman gymnasium. In the tennis camp, we operate on a 5 to 1 or less player to coach ratio (this is less the camp COVID ratios). Our new gymnasium is bigger than the former gym so will space the courts further apart from one another; the gymnasium has a brand new ventilation system. Each tennis player can either bring their own tennis racket or one will be assigned to them. Players will also have an assigned ball tube for ball pick up. While they are playing tennis the players and coaches will wear 2-ply masks and abide by the physical distancing measures. The tennis players will meet outdoors for morning check-in, proceed inside for their tennis lesson, have an outdoor snack break at 10:30 am and return to the gym for their tennis lessons. A brief outdoor activity will be offered prior to pick up at noon.

What happens when it rains or if it is extremely hot outside?

Groups will retreat to their pre-assigned classroom spaces. Furniture and spaces have been reorganized so campers and counselors will be within the recommended physical distancing requirements. The newly built Minuteman building has been open for two years with all new ventilation systems.

Will the summer of 2020 count toward camper's 10 year T-shirts, 15-year hoodies?

Yes! We all planned to be at Summer’s Edge in 2020 and the cancellation due to the Global Pandemic will not impact camper milestone awards.

Since Summer’s Edge did not open in 2020, can a Senior Camper/L.I.T. spend an extra year in the program before applying to the C.I.T. program?

Yes! In 2020, there were many cancellations related to camp, school, sports, and extracurricular activities. If a Sr. Camper/L.I.T. decides that they want their 2020 year at Summer’s Edge back, we will honor their request.

When is the deadline to pay the tuition balance due? 

At this time, the final payment will be due on April 1, 2021. 

We will follow the most current guidelines set forth by the state. Once the updated state guidelines are released, we will have a better picture of what camp will look like. There is, of course, the chance that the state will not relax any of the 2020 camp regulations because of the new strain of COVID-19 that spreads faster and that children are not vaccinated. 

We realize that these are very uncertain times and things change at a moment's notice. We hope that the information that we have provided is of some assistance to you in these turbulent times. Please feel free to ask more questions or reach out to Ann Marie Gallo at any time amgallo@summersedgedaycamp.com