Health and Safety Updates

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Last updated: June 19, 2021

The CL team is heartbroken to announce that we will not be able to run our Day Camp Program for the 2021 Season. Our overnight program will be running as scheduled.

We are excited to welcome our day campers back in 2022!

Please see below for our updated COVID-19 Planning Document.

January 2021

Dear Camp Laurelwood Family,

We hope that this letter finds you well as we all look ahead toward another amazing summer! Since last May our staff team has been working continuously to prepare for the summer of 2021. This summer marks 84 years since Camp Laurelwood first opened its doors in 1937 and we could not be more excited to welcome our community home in a safe and healthy way.

Since we opened registration in August, the support from our 2020 families has been evident by the large number of campers that have already registered for the upcoming summer. Health and safety have been at the forefront of our minds as we plan and prepare for 2021. Our focus is to be able to reopen safely and to welcome our campers back home, and our staff team meets regularly with our local medical team as well as national experts to study how camps that opened last summer were successful, as well as to plan for the unique needs of our Camp. Our Executive Director, Rabbi James has met with leadership staff at the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and with our local and state health officials. Our goal is to create a bubble that allows campers to experience Camp in ways that will resemble and feel like the experience we all know and love.

Our team is starting to make adjustments to our environment, facilities, and routines at Camp to make sure that we can provide sufficient social distance between areas of Camp and run our programs safely. So far, these include creating additional handwashing stations around Camp, establishing facilities necessary for our quarantine procedures in the case they are needed, and adjusting meal times and other large gathering moments. Additionally, our reopening working group is meeting regularly to review all the practices and procedures that might need to be altered. Finally, we have invested in additional PPE and cleaning supplies, as well assignificant COVID-19 testing supplies, to ensure we can bring campers and staff to Camp safely.

Our camp families are partners in this process. To that end, we are sharing with you our current COVID-19 planning document (posted below). As you can imagine, we expect some of the material in this document will change as the pandemic continues to evolve. But, we also expect many of these practices to remain in place throughout the summer to help keep our community safe and healthy. This will likely include masking, creating camper/staff cohorts, limiting off-site travel, and robust testing.

We will continue to communicate with our camp community on a monthly basis, or when any significant information becomes available.

We are planning to safely operate Camp in Sumer 2021, and our commitment to you is to prioritize the physical health, emotional health, and safety of our campers and staff. If you have any questions about this document, or would like to discuss our current planning, please do not hesitate to reach out to Camp’s Executive Director, Rabbi James at james@camplaurelwood.org or by calling the Camp office.

Thank you for partnering with us to provide a safe, healthy camp experience in 2021! We look forward to seeing you on Summer Hill Road this summer!


FAQs: 4/27 April Parent Meeting UPDATED COVID-19 Planning Document