Camp Chewonki June 8 Newsletter

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From the Camp Office

Hello camp families!

We wanted to share some information about arrival and departure days.

Arrival Days
We are excited to see campers on our Arrival Days! In order to keep the community safe heading into both sessions of camp, we are going to keep drop-offs short. We’ll be sharing a map that will walk you through the drop off process so you and your camper know what to expect. You will also receive a confirmation email 72 hours in advance of your arrival to confirm the arrival plan we have for your camper.

As indicated in the travel form you filled out in CampInTouch, arrivals will be between 12:30-3 pm. Please plan on arriving within a half hour of the time you indicated on your form and anticipate there may be a line as we get everyone through the drop off process. Families will have 10 minutes to say your goodbyes at the drop off point, so we highly encourage you to have your big goodbyes prior to drop off. It can be really helpful for campers and families to mark their departure to camp before the actual drop off. Families will be asked to stay masked outside of their vehicles during drop off and campers will be masked as they move through the check-in process and can unmask when they are dropped with their cabin group.

We understand that this is a stricter policy than current CDC recommendations, but we are making our best effort to keep COVID out of our camp community and ensure a healthy staff as we head into camp. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation while on campus!

Departure Days
We are excited to bring back an on-campus departure day! Assuming COVID rates stay as is or improve, we will be welcoming families onto Chewonki Neck for departure day.
Departure day will run from 9 am to 12 pm. After meeting up with your camper, we’ll be offering tours around camp. At 10 am we’ll have sample activity periods for families to join to see the camp experience first hand. At 11 am we’ll be offering snacks and having a brief campus meeting on each side of camp to hear from the Directors.
Please limit visitors to immediate family only. While we will keep all activities outdoors, please bring masks if you need to go into buildings to use the restroom. This plan is weather dependent. Again, you will receive an email 72 hours in advance confirming your camper’s departure plans.
For campers attending Puffin sessions 1a and 2a departure day will look different as camp will still be in session. We will email you with different plans for departure day.

Looking forward seeing you at camp.

~Katie

From the Health and Wellness Center

Dear camp families,

On May 19, 2022 the US CDC updated its recommendations for children 5-11 years old. This is an important new development with our vaccine requirements at Chewonki. Being fully vaccinated and up-to-date is going to ensure that each of our campers has the healthiest summer possible by decreasing the risk of a severe infection and/or hospitalization from COVID-19.

The CDC recommends a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for:

  • Most children, at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
  • Children who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, at least 3 months after the final dose in the primary series

If your child received their initial vaccine greater than 5 months ago please schedule a booster for them prior to camp.
Children are considered up to date and fully vaccinated once they have their booster dose. At this time the CDC is NOT recommending a 2nd booster for children.
Please reach out if you have any questions.
Best,
Angie

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