Here’s What We’re Doing
We are working tirelessly to prepare to welcome campers to Cedarbrook Day Camp this summer. Now, more than ever, kids need an outlet to play outside and just be kids. We are fortunate to be located on 27 shady acres with plenty of room to enjoy nature while following the recommendations of the American Camp Association (ACA), Environmental Health & Engineering, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NJ State Health Department. We embrace the opportunity to support the emotional and physical health of children while allowing parents the opportunity to return to a more normal work situation.
Just like every summer, we pay special attention to the health of our campers. This year we will have additional measures and protocols in place for summer 2021 that we want to make sure parents, staff, and campers alike are aware!
Smaller Camper Groups
Camper groups will be smaller – approximately 10 campers. These will be the groups that kids and staff spend the bulk of their day with – with NO social distancing – like family members. These groups will exist within larger groups.
Most activities at Cedarbrook will run as scheduled with very little modification – Athletics, Swimming, Arts & Craft, STEM and Adventure. There will be staggered scheduling to create social distancing. Most other activities should be able to run- although with a much pared down elective program.
Campers and staff will wash/sanitize their hands before and after every activity, every bathroom break, bus ride, etc. Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the camp.
Campers and staff will be screened regularly for disease, likely at drop-off. This would involve asking families about symptoms, exposures and checking temperatures before entering camp. If anyone reports anything positive, or if they have a fever, they must stay home. If anyone's parent believes that someone they are living with is ill, or has been exposed, the camper must stay home. Kids and parents will be asked regularly, even daily, about all of this.
Outdoor activities appear to be much less likely to result in virus transmission than indoor activities. This means that campers will spend as much time as possible outdoors. Many activities that used to be done indoors — like arts and crafts — will be moved outside. While we will screen and temp check every staff upon arrival, parents will need to help us by screening your own children every morning. We will give you specific instructions on what to look for, and you may have to fill out a form each day to show compliance.
Face-masks – on the bus, and in rare situations
For 2021, campers will be packing a towel, sunscreen, maybe a water bottle, and now a cloth face-mask as well. This will likely be protocols for schools in September as well. As Cedarbrook is mostly an outdoor experience, we are able to minimize the use of face-masks to indoor situations like the camp office or health center. The two main places we anticipate campers and staff utilizing face-masks are:
1) On the bus
2) If/when a liquid sunshine (rain) passes through and we have to stay dry under tents and cabins.
Transportation / Extended Care
We are planning and preparing for more families to use pick-up and drop-off this season, when possible. All bus riders over a certain age will wear cloth masks, and campers will sit one (1) camper to a seat unless they are siblings. Buses will be sanitized after each use, AM and PM.
Extended care from 7am to 6:30 pm will be offered if absolutely necessary, as campers will be restricted to remain with campers in the same grade.
Lunch protocols will eliminate self-serving, with campers being able to order lunch via online for the week, or a la carte on a daily basis. Water fountains will not be used. Disposable water cups will be the norm, and we will encourage campers to bring their own water bottle (with their name on it!)
New Parent Orientation and the Meet and Greet (with Counselors) will be done via our new best friend, Zoom. We plan on also creating kid-friendly videos that will explain the new-normal procedures. Nurses will make appointments to meet parents and accept/discuss medications face-to-face and on Zoom.
We will also have a camper orientation for campers/counselors to see the campus and meet their counselor in June.
Personal Tours by appointment are expected to resume shortly. Please give us a call.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email/call us! Office hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm., you can reach us at 732-595-5458.
Have a Awesome Day!
Your Cedarbrook Team