Summer 2021: Jun. 14 - Jul. 30
Join us for 7 fun-filled weeks!
what to expect for summer 2021
REQUIRED NUMBER OF WEEKS
We will not be requiring enrollment in all weeks this summer. That said, we will require a minimum number of weeks (3 or more out of 7) in order to register. We believe this will help keep groups moderately stable while also allowing for greater flexibility than we were able to provide last summer. Also, after we reach 75% of our projected capacity, PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN to families registering for 6 or more total weeks.
More than ever, it is extremely important that you only sign your child up for the weeks they will attend this summer. After registering, if you cancel a week by June 1, there will be a 50% cancelation charge. Cancelations after June 1 will still require full payment.
GROUP SIZES / CAMP SIZE
Target group sizes will be 15 - 16 students. Similar to last summer, camp groups will not mix for classes / activities, particularly indoors. Some larger events will occur in the sanctuary or multi purpose room with multiple groups in the same room, but adequate social distancing will be in place. Some larger events may also occur outdoors. Total camp enrollment will be limited to approximately 2/3 of our normal camp attendance in previous summers.
FACE MASKS (UPDATED)
As mentioned in the registration packet, the current situation is "fluid" and the camp mask policy is / was subject to change. After much consideration, working with church leadership, and in light of the determination (already) made by area schools / school boards for summer session and next school year, we will be amending the camp mask policy for the start of camp.
As of the start of camp, face masks for CAMPERS will be optional to enter the building and for most regular daily activities. Campers will still need to bring / have a face mask at camp, as some field trip locations may still require them (or camp may deem them as extremely beneficial for a specific trip or trips). We may also have campers utilize face masks at specific times or for specific activities if / when physical distancing is not able to be accomplished. While the mask policy is changing, please note that we will continue to practice other safety measures including not intermixing groups. We will also continue to be thorough with cleaning / sanitizing practices, hand washing practices, and other methods of prevention. As you may remember, last summer we allowed campers to attend unmasked / masks optional and we did not have any known camper cases of COVID-19. While we cannot guarantee that track record will continue, we obviously hope that will be the case this summer (and we believe with your help it can be). Please remember that the most significant way to prevent this and many other illnesses is to NOT SEND your child to camp if he / she is feeling ill in any way or has potentially been exposed to someone who was ill.
Of course there were many factors that influenced this decision, but one of those is due to the amount of time our campers are present each day, if a camper or staff member does have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the Department of Health will still require the quarantine period be enforced for everyone in close contact with that person - regardless of whether everyone was wearing a mask or not. While I know that there are many different view points on this issue (and I am someone who has supported masks thus far), I am hopeful that allowing campers to attend with masks being optional will provide the best summer camp experience possible for our campers, and that is always what drives my point of view.
Staff and parents / eligible pickup persons may also enter the building as masks optional AS LONG AS those individuals have been FULLY VACCINATED, For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
FIELD TRIPS / ONSITE ACTIVITIES
We are pleased to announce that we WILL BE taking field trips for Camp CUBBER 2021! We are planning on bringing back one off site field trip per week (for all age groups) this summer... but we will of course be doing those as safely as possible. That means field trips will either be at outdoor / open air locations, be at locations where we will be able to rent the entire facility and therefore limit interaction with other groups and the public, or be at locations where we believe face masks and safety protocols will be strictly adhered to. To be as safe as possible, we will also be limiting the number of campers on transportation and not intermixing group seating on the same transportation. Some transportation may have more than one group, but will have buffer / barrier seats or rows in between groups. Campers will also enjoy at least one special onsite activity and one fun spirit day each week as well. Those will be listed on the field trip / activity schedule once finalized (prior to the start of registration).
Camp CUBBER 2021 weekly tuition will be $155 for campers in K - 4th grade, and $165 for campers in 5th - 8th grade. Session 4 (July 6 - 9) will be offered at a discounted rate of $125 (K - 4th) / $135 (5th - 8th) since we will be CLOSED on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
MEALS / SNACKS
Meal plan will not be offered for Summer 2021. Because safety is our top priority, having multiple groups eating in a cafeteria still does not make sense this summer. Campers will need to bring a lunch from home daily (and campers will eat in their classrooms). We are happy to announce that we will again provide a pizza lunch on Fridays for all campers at no additional cost (included in your tuition). Pizza lunch will include one or two slices of pizza, chips, dessert, and drink. If you feel like that will not be enough lunch for your child, you are obviously welcome to pack a supplemental lunch on Fridays. Camp will also continue to offer afternoon snack (also included).
DROP-OFF (AND STUDENT TEMPERATURE CHECK)
In the morning, we will offer car circle from 7:00 AM - 9:15 AM. Using the car circle will be the only way to drop off campers in the morning. Campers will be assigned to one of three drop-off locations (based on grade of the child). When you pull up to the assigned spot, you will be able to check your child in with a staff member. If there is a line, please note that campers must remain in their vehicle until driver is able to pull up to the check in staff. Parents must remain at the drop-off location until camper is temperature checked each morning. Campers with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be admitted to camp for the day. Once his / her temperature has been checked, the child will be taken to the appropriate classroom by a secondary staff. Families with campers in multiple age groups may have to visit multiple check-in locations. While projected enrollment numbers are smaller than previous summers, with 3 check in locations and because of this new process including temperature checks (and the fact that you may need to visit more than one drop off location), you will want to ensure you have more time allotted for morning drop-off. As mentioned above, if your child is not present by 9:15 AM when car circle closes, he / she will be considered absent for the day.
PICK-UP (AND PARENT TEMPERATURE CHECK)
We will not be offering an “express” style of pickup as in previous summers as there is no safe way to have that many campers (from different groups) in a room, or even multiple rooms, together. Instead, between 3:45 PM and 6:00 PM you will need to park and come into the building using the double doors underneath the large blue overhang to pick your child up. Again pick up time should occur between the hours of 3:45 PM and 6:00 PM. Advance notice will be needed if pickup must occur outside of those times. Parents picking up WILL NEED TO WEAR A FACE MASK. Parent pickup will be straight down that main hallway, with the entry to the camp area just before the sanctuary's lobby doors. While in line, parents should be standing 6 ft. apart (as marked). Similar to campers and staff, parents will be temperature checked upon arrival (prior to heading to their child's room). Parents will be granted access in a timed manner (allowing the parent in front of you time to get out of the current hallway and to their child’s classroom). Parents should not be going inside camp classrooms again this summer. As with drop-off, because of this new process you will want to allot yourself additional time for pickup as well.
Most groups will have 2 group leaders working opposite shifts. One group leader will work a morning shift, and one will work an afternoon shift. These will primarily be the same group leaders interacting with your child throughout the course of the summer. We hope that campers will establish fantastic relationships with their group leaders again this summer as that has always been one of the best parts of Camp CUBBER. And with fewer campers per group than most previous summers, camp staff will have more time to spend with each child. All camp staff will also be temperature checked before their shift and camp staff will wear face masks when around children or parents.
Being active is a big part of camp and that won’t change! Campers will have both indoor and an outdoor active play time. Indoor active play will be in the gymnasium or another larger room and outdoor active play will be on the playground, field, court, etc. Both indoor and outdoor active play time will still be with only the campers in their group. Play equipment will be cleaned / sanitized before and after each use. There will also be active games as part of the regular daily camp activities in each group’s room.
ROOM ROTATION / CLASSES
Out of an abundance of caution, campers will not be constantly rotating rooms throughout the camp day like they would have back in 2019. Campers will have a homeroom where extended care, lunch, group activities, as well as many of their other daily activities will occur. That said, campers will have the opportunity to leave their homeroom several times throughout the day including for: indoor active play, twice for outdoor active play (weather permitting), a visit to the game room or build & play (which will be cleaned in between groups), and of course for field trips and special onsite activities. In addition, campers will enjoy both art and STEM as a classroom teacher visits each room to do projects with each group. Plus, group leaders will be provided with materials, curriculum, and technical assistance to do several camp style activities during the day including things like art, STEM, music, group games, and more.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but as we are taking all of the above listed precautions, we are also adding to our already stringent cleaning practices. Campers will wash hands regularly (and always before and after doing things like going to / from active play, going to use the bathroom, or even playing a group game in the classroom with any shared materials, etc.). Hand washing will be done in the presence of a staff member to make sure it is being done appropriately and hand sanitizer will be used if / when a staff member cannot directly observe hand washing (or a sink is not available). Classrooms will continue to be thoroughly cleaned at night and areas that are likely “hot spots” like doorknobs, handles, faucets, and shared play equipment will be cleaned / sanitized rigorously.
Camp CUBBER is proud to be a ministry
of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church