These have been challenging times for all of us. Our goal this summer is to provide another fun, safe camp experience and the lasting memories we have been providing for the past 45 years.
Although camp will be different from any year in our history, our goal is to make it the best summer possible while operating within necessary safety constraints to minimize (although we cannot eliminate) the risk of transmittal of the COVID-19 virus. We will be following the guidance and direction of the CDC, the American Camp Association, and most importantly the NJ Department of Health.
Rambling Pines believes camp is an essential part of a child’s summer but these are unusual times. We certainly understand if, after seeing the changes, you may rethink your enrollment at Rambling Pines this summer. Every family has to make the best choice for themselves about what they are comfortable with. Our goal is to be completely transparent and realistic about what we can do.
All that said, it is vitally important that we know how many families we will have this summer. While we have every intention of opening July 6, ultimately the number of enrolled families we have could change that decision.
After reviewing the changes you will be asked to complete and submit a form recommitting to your enrollment. This form does not change your financial commitment, but let’s us know that you will be joining us!
Please provide us this important information by Monday, June 15th.
The Rambling Pines Day Camp 2020 Season Best Practices
After a great deal of consideration we have come up with our best practices on how to run camp. These practices are still subject to change, pending further guidance from the State, medical experts and others.
- Camp will open July 6 and run for 7 weeks. Enroll 2 to 7 weeks.
- Camp will be indoors and outdoors but more outdoors than in the past.
- Trips are not allowed. Teen Campers will be charged Day Camp tuition.
- No LIT program since groups may not intermingle. LITs may attend Day Camp.
Arrival and Dismissal
- The camp day is 9am to 3:30pm.
- Staff and Camper temperatures will be checked each morning before entering.
- Bus service will be central pick up a reasonable distance from everyone’s home.
- Bus drivers and bus staff will wear masks.
- Bus campers are encouraged to wear masks.
- Bus windows will be open.
- There will not be Beforecare or Aftercare.
- The group size will be limited to 10 children when indoors and up to 18 for outdoor activities.
- Each group will be treated as a "cohort" doing all activities together.
- Groups(cohorts) will not interact with other groups.
- We do not currently anticipate enforcing social distancing within a group.
- Group staff will be required to socially distance themselves, and/or wear face coverings if they have to be in close contact with campers.
- We will be running almost all of our camp activities this summer.
- Pools will be open.
- Groups will have one combined instructional and recreational swim.
- Instructors will be required to socially distance themselves while teaching, and/or wear face coverings if they have to be in close contact with campers.
- There will be no Overnights or Late Nights.
- There will be no outside entertainers or amusements(water carnival).
- There will be no large camp events such as carnival.
- No Clubs and Electives since groups may not intermingle.
- There will be no gymnastics.
- There will be no horseback riding lessons.
- There will be no guitar lessons.
- In case of rain, Camp will run as scheduled.
- We have sufficient indoor and covered space at camp so each group can maintain social distancing.
Food and Water
- Lunch will be served daily.
- The picnic groves will be arranged with proper spacing between each camper group.
- Each camper's lunch will be served in an individual portioned container.
- As always, we will accommodate a variety of food allergies and restrictions.
- Snacks and Ice Cream will be served daily. We only serve pre-packaged snacks and ice cream/ice pops.
- Campers will need to bring a water bottle clearly labeled with their full name to camp. each day and it should be washed by you each night. Water bottles can be refilled during the day.
Cleaning and Sanitation
- Activity staff as well as our cleaning staff will disinfect equipment between uses.
- Cleaning staff will be performing enhanced cleaning throughout each day, including bathrooms, playground equipment, the lunch groves, changing rooms, and activity equipment, to insure we meet all DOH standards.
- Enhanced sanitation will take place after camp.
- Buses will be sanitized after each use.
- Handwashing and Hygiene.
- We will have multiple handwashing and hand sanitizing stations throughout camp.
- Staff will be trained and will supervise campers to insure that proper handwashing procedures are followed during the camp day.
- Campers will wash or clean their hands before and after all activities, including before lunch and snacks.
- We will have three full-time Nurses on staff, with full supplies of PPE, as well as an isolation area if needed.
- If your child has a fever or other COVID symptoms, he or she will be isolated, and you will be notified to pick up him or her up within one hour. Your child must be tested that day for COVID and parent must report test results back to camp. If the diagnosis is COVID, your child must remain home until medically cleared in accordance with DOH guidelines.
- If a camper is diagnosed with COVID, we will notify the families of all other children in that group, who will need to stay home until medically cleared in accordance with DOH guidelines. We will maintain the confidentiality of any affected campers.
- If a camper is sent home because of a COVID diagnosis (either that child's own diagnosis, or the diagnosis of another child in the group), Rambling Pines will credit you for the 2021 season for any days of camp missed.
- If a child is sent home for any non-COVID illness or injury, there will be no reimbursement, credit or make up for days missed.
- No parent visitation or camp tours.
- Complete a COVID-19 Exposure Disclosure form prior to the camp season.
- Sign a Statement of Risk Awareness.