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Covid-19 and Camp Information

How we are running an in person 2020-2021 Nature Day Camp Season during the Coronavirus Outbreak?

The Tenafly Nature Center will be closely monitoring and adhering to CDC guidelines, State guidelines, County & Town guidelines, as well as ACA recommendations. We will update and change our policies and procedures as new information continues to be updated to keep our campers, their families, and TNC staff safe and healthy. 

Please check our 2021 Summer Guardian Guide for more information. 

FAQ

1. Will you be requiring face masks?


All campers and staff must wear face masks. We require campers to bring two of their own from home to have for their camp day. If a camper or staff need a mask break, they are welcome to do so if they stand more than 6 ft away from the group. NO gaiters, bandanas, or masks with built in valves or vents

2. Will there be temperature screenings?

Yes. Each morning at camp drop off a TNC staff member will be conducting temperature checks for campers, volunteers, and staff. If a temperature read of 100.4 F or high they will be sent home immediately and all personal in contact on site will be notified. 

3. What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 during the camp day? 

All participants, camper and staff, should stay home at any sign of illness. If someone tests positive for the virus while attending camp TNC will follow CDC protocols. All campers will be notified via email that camp is shut down for the remaining session. Any camper participating in camp from the last 14 days will be notified of a positive case. The family tested positive will remain anonymous. TNC will contact the Local Health Department, State Health Department, and Youth Camp Project and follow their guidance on re-opening. Camp refunds will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

4. Are you limiting group sizes?

We have reduced camp sizes. Our camp groups for 1st-8th grade are regularly limited to 18 campers. This season, they will be limited to 15 campers. The Pre-K/K group are regularly limited to 14 campers. This season, they will be 10 campers. 

5. How will you handle hand washing?

Before and after each meal (morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack) campers will be brought to the restrooms to wash their hands with soap and water. TNC staff will carry hand sanitizer in their first aid bag at all times to be used as needed throughout the day. If any camper wishes to clean their hands more, we are happy to take them to the restrooms as often as they wish. 

6. What are the restrooms like?

TNC has two outdoor restrooms normally used for the public. These restrooms have been locked and closed off to the public since March 2020. During camp hours, campers will be the ONLY ones permitted to use these restrooms. They will be sanitized and cleaned throughout the day. 

7. What happens when campers go indoors? 

They won't! Our 2020-2021 camp season will be 100% outside. We are a nature camp so this is not a big change! We will spend our days enjoying the fresh air and using the nature preserve as our classroom. 

8. If camp is outside all day what happens during inclement weather? 

We are a nature camp and getting caught in the rain is part of the adventure! The camp packing list includes a raincoat or poncho. Please, NO UMBRELLAS. Light rain we can keep exploring. In the event of heavy rain, wind, or thunderstorms, campers will remain under the covered wooden pavilion. We have plenty of rain games and activities to keep campers entertained. TNC has a lot of shade and is in higher elevation so we are naturally colder than the rest of the town. In cases of extreme heat, we play water games, offer icy treats, and relax under the cool pavilion. During the school year, we turn on our outdoor heaters and our older campers learn how to build and light a campfire! 

9. Are you offering before and after care? 

For the 2020-2021 camp season, we have decided to cancel extended camp hours. We understand this is putting working families in a tough position but we do not have the staff to run this additional program at this time. Changes may be made for the Summer 2021 season so stay tuned!

10. Has your refund policy changed?

TNC will be sharing the financial risk during this unique time. If there is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure and the Health Department closes camp we will determine refunds on a case-by-base basis depending on the severity of the closure.

  • If a child or household member is COVID-19 positive, that child will not be able to return to camp until cleared by their doctor. A refund will be determined given how many days the child will need to miss camp. If a full week of camp (5 days) is needed then a full refund will be offered minus the $50 cancellation fee. 
  • If you chose to withdraw your child for any reason other than a confirmed COVID-19 positive case in your household, your tuition payment is non-refundable if cancelled 3 weeks prior to the start date of camp. If cancelling for 3 weeks + to the start date of your session, you will receive a full refund minus the $50 cancellation fee. 

These policies are necessary to cover the costs we incur when we commit to you to have camp available this summer. TNC is a non-profit independent nature preserve and we need financial policies that provide some budget stability to keep us running.

11. How will you be social distancing and handling shared items? 

We will be limiting the amount of shared items needed in a camp day. We will be setting up "camp packs" for each camper to have basic supplies such as markers, glue stick, scissors, and other art supplies to be used by only them for their camp week. Throughout the day, we will be asking to give each other space. At meal times and craft times, we will spread campers out when sitting at tables. During lessons, we can spread out campers on assigned spots to sit. 

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