We are happy to announce that after many, many, many meetings and discussions with state leaders and health officials, we are moving forward with opening Melody Pines for the second half of the summer! They have given us clarity and direction regarding the current guidelines, and we are looking forward to laughter and smiles at Melody Pines beginning July 20th!
We have a lot of information to share with you and ask that you please read carefully! This information is based on guidelines as they stand today. We do anticipate that there may be further adjustments and changes before the start of camp and over the course of the summer. We will notify you of any changes to our program prior to implementation.
Hours: In order to protect against the spread of COVID-19, individuals will be required to stay with the same cohort group throughout the day. This includes both campers and staff. As a result, our operating hours will be limited to 8:00 am-4:00 pm in order to comply with state and federal labor laws. Drop off will take place from 8:00 am-9:00 am. Pick up will be from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm.
Waiver: Please understand that even with the steps we are taking to clean, sanitize, and prevent COVID-19 from entering camp and spreading, we cannot guarantee that COVID-19 will not enter the camp, or that your child will not get it. If you are choosing to send your child to camp in 2020, each parent/guardian must sign a waiver prior to your child/children attending acknowledging this risk. We will be sending the waiver out this week.
Drop-off and Pick-up: In accordance with State Guidelines, parents and other visitors will not be permitted onto the camp property between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. As such, we ask that all drop-offs and pick-ups take place during the designated hours. Parents must remain in their cars during drop-off and pick-up. Campers will be sent directly to their groups upon drop-off. Camper activities during drop off and pick up may be a little quieter than usual. Your child may bring a book, coloring book, or quiet activity if they wish. Please do not send any phones or electronic devices.
Screening: All campers and staff will be screened upon arrival. Individuals with any COVID-19 symptoms, those who report close contact with someone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, or those reporting travel risk factors will not be allowed into the day camp. Traveling risk factors include travel within the past 14 days internationally (outside the U.S.), by cruise ship, or domestically (within the U.S.) outside of NH, VT, or ME on public transportation (e.g., bus, train, plane, etc.). Additionally, staff temperatures will be taken prior to camper arrival.
Cohort Groups: Campers will be assigned to a cohort group for the week. In order to limit the size of cohort groups, grade level groups may be divided. Each cohort group will stay together throughout the camp day. Since campers and staff from different cohort groups cannot mix, we will not be able to have our standard afternoon free-choice time. Cohort groups will have the opportunity to request their afternoon activity areas. In addition, we will not be able to run our traditional Olympic Week, Carnival Day, or other camp-wide special events.
Masks: We have been advised that younger children are not to routinely wear masks at camp as they are more likely to play with or adjust the masks. We do, however, ask that all campers wear a labeled mask at morning drop-off and during afternoon pick-up when they are more likely to cross paths with others outside of their cohort groups. Older campers (ages 10+) will be asked to wear masks during the camp day but will be able to remove them for swimming, eating, and for all games when kids can be spread out (we are planning for these activities as much as possible). Staff members will be asked to wear their masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Cleaning and Sanitizing: Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and sinks will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the camp day. Campers will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival and between activities. Camp equipment will also be sanitized between group activities. Equipment that cannot easily be sanitized has been removed from camp.
Activities: We will be swimming, boating, doing crafts, and playing creative games! Our counselors have worked hard to put together activities where the kids can stay socially distant but still have fun! Please understand that we are going to be asking for social distancing, but these are children and it is in their nature to gravitate towards one another. We cannot guarantee that every child will keep their social distance 100% of the time. The climbing wall will not be in operation as we cannot adequately sanitize it between use.
Rainy Days: On rainy days, we ask that you send your child with appropriate rain gear. In order to avoid having campers congregate in enclosed areas, campers will be staying outdoors. In the case of thunder, they will be brought under cover and asked to wear their masks.
Water Bottles: Drinking fountains will not be in use this summer. We ask that all campers bring a reusable water bottle that is clearly labeled. There are sinks available in which to refill them.
Lunches: Under day camp guidelines, campers belongings are not to touch the belongings of other campers. Therefore, we will not be refrigerating camper lunches together this summer. Please include an ice pack in your child’s lunch every day and consider excluding items that may spoil easily. Campers will also be taking their bags with them from area to area so that belongings do not touch within the locker rooms.
Snacks: We will be providing our traditional afternoon popsicle break (Canteen). Popsicles will be delivered to each cohort group. Snack shack items will also be available for morning snack. Campers will order snacks with their group counselors and the snacks will be delivered to them. We ask that you please refrain from sending large bills as making change within the cohort group will be difficult. A price list will be sent prior to your child’s start of camp.
Cancellations: All cancellations for Weeks 6-10 are due by July 10, 2020. We understand that there are many factors that will go into each family’s decision as to whether to attend camp this summer. Please know that whether you choose to send your children this summer or not, you will still be considered a returning family in 2021. If you are canceling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be sure to state that in your cancellation email. If you wish to have those weeks and their payments rolled to 2021, please let us know. If you do not wish to roll those weeks forward, we will issue you a full refund, including your deposits. All other cancellations for vacations, etc. are subject to the $40 non-refundable deposit. We appreciate your honesty in this process.
Payments: All payments for Weeks 6-10 in 2020 are due by July 10, 2020. In order to make your payments, please go to www.melodypines.campbrainregistration.com and sign into your account. Click on View Details under Summer 2020, not Summer 2021. Payments for weeks transferred to 2021 are not due until May 15th, 2021.
If you have any additional questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Steve and Erika