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The Path to Summer 2021

Our Lokanda Family back together and we couldn't be more excited!  We have gained so much knowledge, data, and information about COVID-19 throughout this past year and are paving the path to a safe and fun summer for all of our campers and staff.  As expected, we have made some modifications to our plans to align with changing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Camp Association, and the New York State Department of Health. With your support we are looking forward to a safe, healthy and happy summer.  As always feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions. 

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Hygiene

While we have always prioritized the cleanliness and hygiene at camp, the following additional measures will be implemented at Lokanda this summer: • Increase the frequency and perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities; • Use of electrostatic sprayers, steam and other tools to help us efficiently keep areas clean and disinfected; • Additional hand sanitizing points placed throughout camp; • Additional hand washing stations;
• Hiring additional housekeeping staff for the summer;
• Require frequent handwashing and sanitizing throughout the day;
• As always, our kitchen and Dining Hall will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal as well as utilizing disposable plates and utensils;
• Wherever possible, we will eliminate contact with high-touch surfaces (ex. propping a door open or lid-free garbage cans, etc.).

Our Camp Environment

This summer we will have a controlled campus at Lokanda in order to mitigate risk and keep our camp community safe. Our campers and staff will remain on camp grounds throughout the summer. We will not be hosting Visiting Day or Rookie Day. We will limit access to camp to only essential service providers (eg food service delivery, etc.) following strict safety protocols. We are considering low-risk, low-contact trips to local parks, hiking trails, private movie theatres and rafting. Our camp programming will be top notch, including more in-camp tournaments, traditional camp activities and even more special events!

Camper Testing

Testing is going to be key for us to establish and maintain a safe environment at Lokanda this summer. All of our campers and staff habe been required to undergo our mandatory testing protocols, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or previously had and recovered from COVID-19. To accomplish this, we partnered with East Coast Health Logistics (ECHL) to provide our families with a white glove concierge testing service that has been subsidized by Camp Lokanda. ECHL also handled our extensive staff testing program.

We truly appreciate your cooperation in helping to ensure a safe camp experience for everyone!
DURING CAMP: Please note that during camp, we will continue to screen and monitor our campers and staff. In the event that a camper or staff show symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at any point throughout the summer our Health Center will administer Rapid Antigen Testing and/or a PCR Nasal Swab Test. You will be contacted immeditaly with any positive COVID-19 test results. Camp Lokanda has CLIA Laboratory certification and will have both a Rapid and PCR testing machine on site in our Health Center.

Cohorts, Social Distancing, Masks and Meals

Cohorting is one of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of the spread of the virus in community settings. We will start off in smaller groups which will expand to larger groups based on test results and consultation with our medical team. It is our goal to function as one camp as soon as possible. Inside the bunk where campers are considered a cohort or "family unit" campers will not need to wear a mask much like in their homes. During this time (the beginning of camp), campers still will enjoy all of the traditional activities that they have always done in their first week. They will jump in our waterpark, swim in the pools, play on the fields, rinks and courts as well as enjoy our arts and adventure programs. There will be ample space at each location (so much outdoors space). Outdoor programs will take place with friends from outside of the smaller pods while maintaining a physical distance or wearing a mask. Masks will be required when not in their group and social distancing is not possible, and when moving from activity to activity These protocols would be considered our tightest forms of mitigation early in the summer. On Day 5 of camp we will PCR test all campers and staff. Once negative tests are received our phases should then progress towards increased interactions between divisions and co-ed events and opportunities for full camp events as well. The better we adhere to early protocals in the initial phases, the sooner we can open up to our traditional experience at camp. The health and safety of our camp community will drive all of our decisions. Siblings will be able to see each other in a socially distanced way. We ask you to send a 50 pack box of 3-ply disposable masks with your camper. Additional fabric mask are allowed but not necessary. No gaiters, bandanas nor face shields. If your child brings additional fabric masks please send 2 small mesh bags for washing. We are fortunate to have a large and a very well ventilated dining facility with many windows, doors and 2 very large commercial overhead fans (BAF's- Big Ass Fans). We can easily stagger our indoor dining and reduce seating capacity by 50% so that tables can be socially distanced. We have a large outdoor covered dining pavillion and have added for this summer additional tenting for dining and many more picnic tables. Every contact surface will be thoroughly cleaned after each meal. We are looking at every aspect of our meal service plan and making any changes necessary to ensure campers will have the great Lokanda menu they are used to and to ensure that it will be delivered in the safest way.

Camper Experience

We are increasingly aware of how much camp is needed more than ever for all of us. We will all need to disconnect from our devices and get back to socializing in the best environment, CAMP!! While we are fortunate that most of Camp Lokanda's programming already utilizes our vast outdoor spaces and open air pavilions, we have purchased additional tents, picnic tables and coverings to allow us for even more flexibility. This gives us the ability to ensure outdoor fun all summer; rain or shine! Our traditional Lokanda-only leagues and tournaments will continue and we are organizing many other special events and campus appropriate activities to ensure that this summer is exciting and fun!

Our Staff

We need to make sure that our awesome staff have a safe, fun and rewarding experience at camp as well. Should we have a more controlled campus this summer, it would mean that staff time off will be spent in camp, rather than outside. In addition to our on-site staff lounge, we are creating space within Lokanda for our staff to recharge, relax and spend time with their peers during their time off. Our staff followed the same testing protocols that our campers follow, including pre-camp COVID-19 PCR testing, upon arrival COVID-19 PCR testing, and a 3rd COVID-19 PCR test prior to the arrival of the campers. Additionally there will be a quarantine period at camp prior to the campers' arrival (with social distancing and safety protocols in place). Vaccine We have strongly recommended the COVID-19 Vaccine for all Camp Staff and provided vaccination to those staff members needing it on their arrival to camp. Our Leadership Team and our entire Health Center Staff is fully vaccinated.

Visiting Day

After careful consideration and thought, we have made the difficult decision not to host our traditional in-person Visiting Day. This decision was made in the best interests of the health and safety of all of our campers and staff. Please know that we are working on plans that allow our campers to connect with their families so that you will be able to virtually visit them. We have updated our package policy for Summer 2021 to allow our parents to send a box with their camper's favorite snacks and candy to enjoy as a mid-summer treat from home. At Arrival Day Drop off on June 26th, parents will receive the box from camp that they will need for this package. This is the only box that may be used and shipped to camp for delivery during the end of week 2. For Florida families, we will make arrangements for you to receive your box(es). Parents should pack prom outfits and Color War (Red and Grey) Spirit Wear in their campers’ trunks.

Health Center

Camp Lokanda will have both a doctor and multiple nurses present at camp 24/7. This summer we have increased our nursing staff to provide additional support for COVID procedures and have focused on hiring nurses who have experience working with COVID patients over the past year. Camp Lokanda has been certified by the FDA as a CLIA-Waved Clinical Lab which will allow us to have testing capabilities on site at our Health Center. In the event that a camper or staff show symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at any point throughout the summer our physician will administer Rapid Antigen Testing and/or a PCR Nasal Swab Test as part of the health screening. Parents will be contacted if their camper has a suspected case of COVID and will be provided with the results. We will maintain consistent contact with local health facilities and the NYS Department of Health and will have all necessary PPE in accordance with all guidelines. All of our Health Center Staff will be vaccinated.

What if my camper tests positive for COVID-19?

If your camper tests positive on any subsequent COVID-19 PCR test (arrival day, or anytime thereafter) we will call you immediately and your camper will be comfortably isolated and well taken care of by our medical team at camp until your arrival. He/she will need to be picked up within 12 hours. Remaining at camp would not be in the best interest of your child or other campers and staff. After isolating at home for 10 days and following CDC, local Public Health Guidelines and Camp Protocols the camper can return to camp. Before the camper returns to camp, parents must submit a “documentation of recovery” from their pediatrician. This document from your pediatrician attests that a patient with COVID-19 has met the CDC guidelines for ending quarantine and is medically cleared to attend camp. Camper families that live further away from camp will need to establish a more local person that can pick up their camper, in the event of illness. Your child will be comfortably isolated and well taken care for by our medical team until your arrival.

 Keeping our Camp Community Safe