Staying Safe At Soccer Camp
On May 14, Massachusetts updated the regulations under which overnight camps will be required to operate this summer. Set forth below, in summary form, is how we currently expect to operate under the new guidance. Our Covid-19 Response Plan contains all of the details.
**Updated May 28, 2021**
A: Our masking guidelines apply whether or not a camper has been vaccinated. Campers need not mask when in their cabins, eating, at the waterfront or on the soccer field (except when gathering with those outside of their cohort). They will be required to mask when they are or there is a likelihood that they will be within three feet of those outside of their cohort. For example, they will need to mask when traveling to and from the soccer fields, since large groups will be moving together, or when roasting marshmallows around the campfire.
My daughter will have been fully vaccinated when we arrive at camp. Is there a risk that she will test positive for Covid-19 due to being vaccinated?
A: There is no evidence that the vaccine will trigger a positive rapid test result. All evidence is to the contrary. mRNA-based vaccines will not cause a Covid-19 PCR test or a rapid antigen tests to be positive. The proteins produced following vaccination are not expressed in the respiratory (i.e., nasal) tract, which is sampled for Covid-19 PCR or antigen testing.
A: Although our policy says that there are no refunds within 7 days of a session, we typically refund tuition pro rata for any camper who has to leave due to injury. The same policy would apply if a camper tests positive while at camp and needs to return home. We will return her tuition on a pro rata basis.
View the full Terms and Conditions of the Camper Application. Add CAP to your account when completing our Camper Application. CAP must be purchased within 7 days of submitting the Camper Application.
- Our Camper Assurance Program safeguards your investment should Covid-related issues arise that prevent you from sending your daughter to camp.
- The CAP program lets you cancel for ANY reason, including reasons related to Covid.
- If you purchase CAP and cancel, your entire investment will be returned either in cash or as credit toward a future camp session for your child or a sibling.
- For more information on CAP, view the Terms and Conditions of the Camper Application (Section 1b).
- Preferred mode of transportation to camp is via a family vehicle
- Campers who travel by air must be escorted to camp by a parent or guardian
- Face covering required for those traveling by air
- Arrival will take place in the parking area of the Knox Trail Inn in Otis, which is 1.5 miles from camp. On arrival, all campers will receive a rapid Covid test from the car. Campers who test negative will drive to the Academy, where bags will be unloaded
- Campers testing positive for Covid on arrival at camp will not be permitted at camp
- Starting 10 days before camp, families should monitor Covid-19 symptoms
- Prior to arrival, unvaccinated campers and staff must test Negative for COVID-19
- Unvaccinated campers must have a negative “Rapid” test upon arrival at camp
- Vaccinated campers can either submit a negative PCR test result before camp or have a negative rapid test on arrival
- Cabin Counsellors will be tested between all sessions
- Camper and staff cohorts will eat together, take electives together and train together
- Masks will be worn when 3 feet of distance from members of other cohorts can’t be maintained
- Masks need not be worn when training or competing on the soccer fields
- Masks must be worn when multiple cohorts are gathered (not practicing or playing) on or near the fields
- Daily temperature and symptom screening of campers and staff
- Immediate Rapid test for those exhibiting symptoms
- Ongoing hand washing during the day and at mealtimes
- Hand sanitizer stations prominent throughout camp
- All cabins equipped with air conditioners and medical-grade HEPA air filters
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all cabins, bathrooms, facilities and equipment
- Addition of large tented areas and expanded outdoor spaces for dining and evening programs
- Indoor activities reduced to absolute minimum; masks worn by all indoor activity participants
- No off-camp Bridge trips
- Staff will not leave camp except on essential camp business or if they will have no exposure to the public. Staff leaving on essential camp business will strictly observe masking and distancing protocols
- No visitors
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Directors Katy Kreiner and Paul Titley work full-time, year-round to plan and prepare for the summer. If you have questions or need help, send us a message and we will be in touch shortly.