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Camp Re-imagined
& COVID-19 Updates

In our effort to communicate thoroughly, we recognize the value of having all of our information in one place. We will keep this page current with new information, communication, and updates.

Maplewood Covid-19 Overview

Since the founding of our camp in 1965, nothing has ever been more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of our camp families.

In preparation for a healthy summer, we are implementing a wide array of additional procedures to minimize any possible effects of COVID-19.

Please find our step-by-step plan below:

Gather The Best Information

Since March, we have been speaking with contacts at the Local and State Health Departments and the American Camp Association to determine how best to prepare for camp this summer. As best practice recommendations and timelines are released, we are making informed decisions about camp and communicating with our families about what to expect. In addition, we are planning and re-imagining our program to operate camp in a healthy manner.

Experienced Medical Team


Every summer, we assemble an experienced medical team. We hire 2 nurses to work on-site for each session, with at least one nurse on duty throughout the camp day. Additionally, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, MD, acts as the supervising physician for the camp. This year, all of our medical staff will be thoroughly trained on COVID-19 medical procedures and equipped with the appropriate PPE.

Dedication to Sanitation


We have raised our already thorough sanitation standards to match and exceed recommendations from health care professionals. Our maintenance team is already working hard to keep the camp clean. We will increase the frequency with which we perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities, and deploy extra maintenance teams throughout the day and a professional cleaning crew at night.

Personal Hygiene


While personal hygiene has always been an important part of camp, it will be a point of special emphasis this year. Maplewood will utilize a comprehensive daily health check for all campers and staff. There will also be additional hand sanitizing stations throughout camp, and counselors will be prepared to model best hygiene practices.

Physical Distancing Measures/ & Masks


This summer we will modify certain elements of our camp program to achieve reasonable distancing standards. Campers and staff will stay with their assigned group throughout the day and will not interact with other groups. Staff and campers will need to wear masks during indoor activities and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.  Our staff is up to the task of being innovative and flexible so that the campers feel like this is just another terrific summer at camp.

Closed Community


There will be no visitors during the summer, and we will limit entrance into the property to essential business only. We will adjust the way we do drop-off and pick-up each day to minimize interaction between groups.

Quick Response Protocol


Maplewood is prepared to react swiftly if the need arises. In the event that someone does fall ill at camp this summer, we have established procedures that will allow us the time to determine the best response.

Thorough Communication


As always, Maplewood strives to communicate with parents in a thorough, accurate, and transparent manner. We recognize the importance of sharing the best information available as quickly as possible. This summer, we aspire to be better than ever; thoughtful, detailed communication is more important than ever in keeping our community well-informed and highly-prepared.

If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 and summer camp, please give us a call (508-238-6758) or send us an email summercamp@maplewoodyearround.com

Camp Available Weeks

Proposed Procedures

Maplewood’s Summer Camp 2020 will provide wonderful opportunities for campers to reconnect with peers, dis-connect from technology, and reclaim the joys of childhood. We believe in the power of summer camp as a means of furthering the social and emotional growth of our children. We are thrilled to provide not only a place of happiness and comfort for our eager campers, but also a healthy daily rhythm, filled with swimming, boating, sports, art, laughter, and so much more!!!

Campers that have already enrolled for this summer thank you, we are so excited to see you. We are enrolling and have limited availability. Some of our groups are full and we are working off a wait-list.  

Based on what we know to be true today, we have made the following changes for Summer 2020. We have made these changes for the safety and health of our campers and staff.

Transportation


Due to physical distancing guidelines, we regret that at this time, we will not be able to offer bus transportation for the upcoming summer. We feel that parent drop-off and pick-up will provide the safest mode of transportation. To make your mornings and afternoons run smoothly we will be implementing a drop-off and pick-up schedule that will utilize different areas of the camp and may include a staggered schedule. More information about this process will be coming shortly.

Before or After Care Program


We will not be offering extended day this summer due to the guidelines limiting the mixing of groups.

Changes to Minimum Camper Age


As a result of the current physical distancing guidelines, we must change the minimum camper age for this summer to campers entering First grade and above in September 2020. Sadly, we are unable to host campers entering Pre-K through Kindergarten due to the physical distancing guidelines that are likely beyond their developmental abilities. We will greatly miss our youngest campers this summer and look forward to having them back with us for the summer of 2021. If you have a Pre-K or Kindergarten child enrolled, you can access the Tuition Option form at the end of this letter.

Group Structure


This summer we will modify certain elements of our camp program to achieve reasonable distancing standards. Campers and staff will stay with their assigned group throughout the day and will not interact with other groups.

We are significantly reducing the number of campers at Maplewood this summer to maximize the health and safety of our camp community. We are awaiting word from Governor Baker as to what will be allowed for group sizes. Since we are planning for a much smaller camp, groups for this summer may be mixed ages as well as co-ed. So, for example, one of our groups maybe 1st and 2nd-grade boys and girls.

Camp Re-Imagined with Physical Distancing


Camp brings up memories of high-fives, large group celebrations, and communal games. As you know, we have all needed to change our habits when it comes to interacting with those outside our families. Camp this year will also require these same adjustments in habits of interaction. In alignment with requirements laid out by our state health officials and the ACA, we will need to keep groups at camp physically distanced from one another.

Staff and campers will need to wear masks during indoor activities and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. All campers will bring at least two face masks to camp. These should be labeled with the camper’s name.

While this is not what our campers are used to, we find solace in the fact that these regulations are in the best interest and safety of everyone at this time. With that being said, we anticipate that some parents may have concerns about their child’s ability to thrive under this new camp structure. We are asking all parents and guardians to answer the following questions before committing to camp this year

  1. Is my child capable and willing to follow physical distancing guidelines at camp?
  2. Will this different style of camp be enjoyable and compatible with my child’s temperament and interests?

The Same Outstanding Counselors & Lots of Amazing Activities


For the past 55 summers, Maplewood has been known for our outstanding staff and diverse programming. In that respect, this summer will be no different but, to ensure camper and staff safety, some time-honored Maplewood activities and events will be on “sabbatical” for 2020. We have had our “thinking caps” on for months and we are excited to say that our daily group schedules are action-packed. We are planning to hold most activities outdoors but will take advantage of our abundant air-conditioned indoor space for those hot and rainy days. Here is a sneak peek of some of the activities our campers will be able to enjoy this summer:

  • Swim Lessons (the tried and true staple of Maplewood)
  • Boating
  • Pedal Karts
  • Dancing
  • Art
  • Laser Tag
  • Sports
  • Free Swim
  • Drama and More

Important Health & Safety Enhancement


We have purchased in bulk, quantities of CDC recommended hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting products, non-contact thermometers, and masks for our staff. Our maintenance team will be going above and beyond in having our facilities cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and all equipment will be sanitized and disinfected after each activity.

Campers will be monitored for washing hands and/or sanitizing before and after each activity, eating snack/lunch, and bathroom use.

There will be expanded medical screening and protocols including but not limited to daily health screening for campers and staff upon arrival.

The camp nurse will have specific protocols for separating any camper or staff who feels ill from the rest of the camp populations until they can be picked up from camp.

If a camper falls ill, there will be expanded parameters regarding when a child can safely return to camp after an absence.

What to Bring to Camp this Summer

Important Items To Bring To Camp

Please supply the following items. Be sure to label everything:

  • String bag which campers will remove from their backpack and carry with them throughout the day. String bag will be used to carry masks, disposable water bottle, sunscreen, snack
  • 2 clean cloth masks or face coverings that are clearly labeled and marked to distinguish which side of the covering should be worn facing outwards. Store in separate labeled plastic bags
  • 3 disposable water bottles
  • Spray sunscreen
  • Dry snack in a separate bag from the lunch
  • Lunch in a brown paper bag
  • Close-toed shoes, preferably sneakers
  • Swim shirt
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Lifejacket – Maplewood will supply each camper with their own lifejacket during their stay at camp. If you would like to provide your own lifejacket it must be U.S. Coast Guard Approved and appropriate for your child’s weight

Important Things to Remember

  • Complete the electronic screening form each morning before 8:00 a.m. in which your camper is scheduled to attend camp.
  • Have your child wear a bathing suit to camp
  • Apply sunscreen in the morning at home
  • Have your camper use the bathroom right before driving to camp each morning
  • Masks like neck gators or with short clips are recommended so they are not lost throughout the day and can be washed and dried each evening at home
  • Print the drop-off pick-up placard landscape style on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper and place it on the passenger side dashboard. In large print please write in your last name, group(s), and spot(s)

Pre-camp Health Screening

The best camp sessions start with healthy campers and this begins at home. Please be diligent, ask questions of friends and family, and notify us immediately if you learn that there has been an exposure. While we certainly cannot impose restrictions on your actions when your child is not at Maplewood, we hope that you will make careful choices, considering others that will spend time in the company of your child during their time at Maplewood. 

In an effort to minimize illness at camp we are asking that all staff members and campers check on their health daily beginning 14 days prior to camp by completing the Pre-Camp Health Screening Form.  The intent is to create a conscious effort for self-examination of potential symptoms.  This form must be submitted prior to the first day of camp. 

Pre-camp 14-day Health Screening checklist

Pre-Camp Information

The best camp sessions start with healthy campers and this begins at home.  Please be diligent, ask questions of friends and family, and notify us immediately if you learn that there has been an exposure. While we certainly cannot impose restrictions on your actions when your child is not at Maplewood, we hope that you will make careful choices, considering others that will spend time in the company of your child during their time at Maplewood.   
 
In an effort to minimize illness at camp we are asking that all staff members and campers check on their health daily beginning 14 days prior to camp by completing the Pre-Camp Health Screening Form.  This form must be submitted prior to the first day of camp.   
 
We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your camper home if they show any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please review the CDC Symptom Screening List:   In addition, please click on these links that you can use as a tool to teach your children how to do proper handwashing and how to properly wear a cloth face covering
 
We are recommending that parents/legal guardians of higher-risk campers to consult their child’s medical provider to assess their risk and determine if attendance is acceptable.  If your camper has any pre-existing conditions, you must contact camp at least 2 weeks before arrival. 

Environmental Field Guide

coming soon

Massachusetts Day Camp Protocol

Massachusetts Child and Youth Reopen Approach
Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety 

Health Guidelines

coming soon