Frequently Asked Questions

Backed by successful and safe 2020 and 2021 camp seasons, our top priority remains the health, safety, and security of our campers and staff. We will be following the guidelines of the State, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC). We have adjusted our already high standards to protect the health and safety of our campers and staff. Detailed policies and staff training to handle illness will be sent at a later date. Our staff is more committed than ever to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our campers.

Please keep in mind that the guidance from the state can change between now and our target start date of June 20. We will continue to communicate changes to you as we learn about them.

 

How will camp sessions be structured?

We will conduct two 4-week sessions.

Session 1: June 20 - July 15

Session 2: July 18 - August 12

 

Can I register my child for both sessions?

Yes, you can.

 

Can I register for a partial session?

No. The CDC and OEC strongly suggest groups of children remain consistent. Camp planning must minimize the mixing of children as much as possible.

 

Will camp staff be vaccinated?

All staff will be required to be vaccinated for Covid -19.

 

Will campers ages 5 and up be required to be vaccinated for Covid-19?

Camper Covid vaccine requirements are currently under review.

 

What is the mask policy for campers and staff?

Presently, all campers and staff will be required to wear a mask if they are going into an indoor space. Mask wearing when outdoors will be determined when we get closer to the start of camp.  

 

Will JCC Day Camps be providing transportation?

We hope to bring bussing back in some capacity, but honestly not sure what will be possible at this time. Decision will be based on Covid-19 situation and driver availability.

 

Will I be refunded for program-mandated quarantines or closures?

Due to the difficult nature of staffing programs during the Covid- 19 crisis, the JCC will not be offering refunds for time missed by program participants for any reason. This includes program-mandated quarantines or closures, individual decisions to quarantine or state mandated closures.

 

Will Before/After camp options be available?

Camp will operate from 9AM-4PM with drop off starting at 8:30AM and pick up beginning at 3:30PM. Enrichment programs will be offered after camp hours. JCC staff will be available to walk campers to these programs.

 

How will groups be structured?

Campers will be placed in groups comprised of 10-12 children depending on age.

 

Will campers social distance from the other groups?

Yes. Groups of campers will social distance from other groups. There will be no mixing of children between groups whatsoever. Camp planning will ensure that grouping of children remain intact throughout the entire camp day and session.

 

Can my child pick a friend to be grouped with?

Yes. Campers are allowed to select one friend to be in their same group, and we will do our best to put those two campers together. This friend must:

a. be in same unit/age group

b. reciprocate the selection

 *To maintain compliance and safety standards, there will be no switching between groups or camp sessions under any circumstances.

 

Will the JCC be providing food/snacks/water?

In order to allow campers to stay in their contained groups, we are asked to discourage communal food and drinks.  You will need to send your child to camp with a lunch that has an icepack, snacks, and 32 ounce refillable water bottle or enough for a full day (without refills).

 

Will there be swim lessons?

Weather permitting, all campers will have the opportunity to get into our beautiful, newly resurfaced pool for free swim time. Lessons to be determined based on Covid situation at the start of camp.

 

What if it rains?

Camp will remain open; however, campers will stay outside unless it is dangerous to do so. If campers cannot stay outside, they will be permitted inside our facility, with each group in separate rooms. We ask that you send your children to camp with a raincoat if inclement weather is in the forecast.

* The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and as such CDC and State of Connecticut guidelines may change in response. Our priority is always the health and safety of all campers and staff. As such, JCC Day Camps reserves the right to make changes to camp policies and procedures at any time and will notify you as these happen.