COVID-19 and Coniston

This page will be updated as information becomes available and decisions are made. Detailed instructions will be coming the weeks before Camp starts.

March 2021 General Summer Update

May 2021 Summer Update About Camper Testing and Vaccines

May 2021 Vaccines Change Camp Procedures

PRE-CAMP

Current recommendations and guidance requires: Every camper be monitored for COVID symptoms (temperature, cough, runny nose, headache, etc.) for 7 days prior to arriving at Camp.

We will provide detailed instructions on this in the weeks before Camp starts. All campers must receive a negative PCR COVID test within 7 days before arriving on check-in day. Results must be back before traveling to Camp. The state of NH no longer requires travelers to quarantine for 10 days prior to their arrival in the state. Camp is asking all campers (regardless of where you are traveling from) to limit unnecessary contact with others outside of their household such as: sporting events, birthday parties, family reunions, etc. in the 7 days prior to Camp.
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CHECK-IN

To limit the amount of people in Camp, families will all receive a check-in time to drop off their child/children.

Counselors will meet your family and their cabin on the a-field. We will send out more information before you arrive regarding this process. All campers will take a COVID test once they arrive at Camp.


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TESTING

Current recommendations and guidance requires: Unvaccinated campers must arrive with a negative test, Camp will conduct a test on check in day for all campers, and campers will be tested again within 7 days of arriving at Camp.

VACCINE

As of March 17, all camp staff and campers over the age of 16 working in NH are eligible to receive the vaccine regardless of their state of residence.

We do not anticipate campers having a vaccine at this time. We will follow safety procedures regardless of vaccine status.

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FACE COVERINGS

We will follow CDC and NH DHHS guidelines. We anticipate the following:

When Conistonians are inside their cabin with their ‘cabin family’ they will not be required to wear masks, but will be encouraged to when possible.

When Campers and staff leave their cabins and cannot maintain social distancing or are inside public buildings masks will be required.

Mealtime: once you are seated at your table masks can be removed for eating.

Masks are required in program areas where campers and staff are interacting with people from other cabins. Masks will not be required during water activities (water activities will be scheduled by cabin).

Masks will be required during all large group activities and when traveling around Camp.



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CABINS & BATHHOUSES

One of the keys to minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 throughout our full Camp community is the mindful separation of those who do not share a living space.

The counselors and campers that all live in the same cabin is a cabin family.


Bunk beds – Coniston staff will assign bunks ahead of time and each camper will stay in that bed for the entire session. Staff will assist all campers in unpacking and making beds on check-in day.


Bathhouses – We will require masks to be worn in the bathrooms, except when showering. Showers will be scheduled by cabin to reduce the chance of exposure.

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DINING

We will dine outside when weather permits. In inclement weather we will dine inside on a staggered schedule, in smaller groups to ensure social distancing.

HEALTHCARE

We are growing our summer nursing staff for this summer.

There will be additional day and night time RN’s on staff each session. There will be at least two nurses on site 24 hours a day to care for your child. Rapid Covid tests will be administered to anyone who exhibits symptoms. Our infirmary is set up to be able to quarantine anyone until they are able to be picked up by their emergency contact. 

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CAMPER MEDICATIONS

Campers who take medications will utilize a new pre-packaged system.

Coniston is working with a local pharmacy for this service. Parents will need to send their camper’s prescription to the pharmacy in the weeks prior to Camp. More details to come.

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INDOOR SPACES

We have contracted with an engineer to assess indoor spaces and are modifying as needed. This will include additional ventilation, fans, capacity, etc. We plan to do as much outside as possible.

SANITATION & HAND WASHING

We will increase sanitation at Camp and have purchased electrostatic foggers and sanitation equipment.

Increased handwashing with mandatory times will be scheduled throughout the day.


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RESPONSE TO POSITIVE TEST

Any individual who tests positive for COVID while at Camp must be picked up immediately.

At this time, all individuals that have had close contact with that person will also be required to leave Camp. This is why emergency contacts must be available to pick up your child if needed.

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EMERGENCY CONTACT

All campers must have a local emergency contact within a reasonable drive of Camp who is available to pick up your child if necessary.

MAIL, PACKAGES & STORE

Camper packages are typically screened for food/candy. This is to help control rodents in our cabins. More details to come.

ALTERED ACTIVITY

We know that our plans for the summer including the daily schedule will change based on recommendations and guidelines at the time.

We are prepared to run Camp in a variety of ways. This could mean each cabin travels through Camp as a group throughout the day, it could mean the Camp schedule looks like a typical year with individual schedules, it will most likely be a combination of the two. 

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VISITORS

We will restrict all non-essential visitors during your child’s Camp session.

LEAVING CAMP DURING SESSION

Campers will not be able to come and go during their session. If a camper needs to be picked up for any reason they will not be able to return.

Information updated on March 17, 2021 based on NH guidelines.

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