Preliminary Safety Protocols for Summer Camp 2021

**State Regulations for 2021 have not yet been set. As they become available to us, we will notify you as soon as possible. The following rules were from 2020 and may or may not apply for 2021 as vaccinations become more available.

If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 and summer camp, please give us a call (508-888-2634). Social distancing of 6ft., use of masks in cases this is not possible and handwashing will play a major role this summer.

  • Campers and staff must be residents of Massachusetts.
  • Visitors, including parents are not permitted on campus except during drop off and pickup.
  • One entrance and one exit will be used for drop off and pickup.
  • At drop off parents and campers will be required to wear masks.  
  • Each camper and staff member will have their temperature taken when they arrive.  Anyone with a temperature of 100 or above will not be admitted to camp.
  • We will stagger drop off times if campership warrants it.
  • At drop off parents will be asked a few simple questions each day as part of a health screening. We will be asking about camper and family health. Any fever, cough, shortness of breath, rashes.  
  • You will be asked if any family member has been exposed to anyone with suspected Covid-19 or has travelled internationally in the past 30 days.
  • Hand sanitizer will be used at drop off and pick up as well as throughout the day. 
  • Campers are also asked to bring a mask and a small bottle of hand sanitizer to camp each day.  
  • Camp will have multiple hand sanitizing stations set up around camp and will also have plenty of extra disposal masks available.
  • We will create groups of up to 10 campers and 2 staff members that will serve as a pod throughout the week. These groups will not mix with other pod groups. Parents will be able to request who they would like in their child’s pod group.
  • There will be no field trips off campus this summer. Campers will remain on camp property the entire day.
  • All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between use. This includes all waterfront, pool and athletic activities.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized as often s needed and at the end of each camp day. One camper will use the bathroom at a time so social distancing can be maintained.
  • Activities will be done outside as much as possible. This includes arts and crafts, rocketry and other stationary programs.
  • When not maintaining social distancing and with any inside activities masks will be required.
  • Our staff will be encouraged to wear masks whenever possible.
  • Over the course of the day and after activities proper 20 second handwashing and hand sanitizing will be done by each camper and staff member.
  • At this point we will be asking parents to supply snacks, drinks and lunch for their campers. All chairs and tables will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. We will have water stations around camp with disposable cups.  
  • Any camper who does not feel well will be sent to the camp nurse for immediate evaluation.
  • As a precaution, PPE will be used by our medical staff.
  • Camper will be placed in our isolation room in the infirmary for precaution.
  • Any camper with Covid-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100 or higher will be sent home. The camper will be discharged to a parent who must be wearing a mask.
  • Follow up with camp contacts, contract tracing will be initiated immediately.


Activities and Scheduling

Each weekly camp session campers will attend activities in the same group of 10 campers. Each group will be comprised of 10 campers and camp staff.  These groups will attend all activities together, including counselors and shall not intermix with any other groups at camp. When possible and age appropriate, siblings or those campers arriving and departing from camp together shall be in the same group. Parents can request groupings.

Campers should come to camp with cloth face coverings to be worn when social distancing of 6 ft. or more cannot be maintained. This includes the other campers and staff within their own group. A face covering does not have to be worn in the water, but social distancing must still be maintained. Staff will also practice social distancing and face covering when necessary.

Scheduling for camp activities will be done within these groups and will cycle through various camp activities. Each day campers will be scheduled at least two periods of waterfront time (one for swimming(our pool and the pond are available) and another for boating activities like tubing, kayaking, waterskiing and also fishing). 

There will be no sharing of lifejackets. 

We are requesting you provide lifejackets for your campers but Camp Bournedale will also be able to provide lifejackets that will be exclusive for each camper all week.

An athletics period (which includes social-distance-friendly, active instruction), and optional activities campers decide upon as a group (tennis, arts & crafts, rocketry, archery, etc). 

Equipment and surfaces will be sanitized after each group rotation. Our goal is to give each group as much input as possible to decide on their daily activities.

Due to the requirements of Phase 2, we will not be having our classic specialty focus weeks. We will include options throughout each week to include things like marine sciences, fishing, and rocketry as much as possible.

Bagged lunches should be brought by campers.
A cooler bag and ice-pack are recommended.  If a cooler and ice-pack are not available, the lunches should be packed so as in to not need refrigeration.  Lunches will be consumed outside with camper pods.


An example day*: Exact drop off and pick up times still to be determined.

9:00 – 9:30 Drop-off

9:30 – 10:30 Swimming

10:30 – 11:30 Waterfront

11:30 – 12:30 Rocketry

12:45 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 Athletics

2:15 – 3:15 Arts & Crafts

3:15 – 4:15 Archery

4:30 – 5:00 Pick-up

*This schedule is only a sample of what a single activity pod’s day may look like.


Experienced Medical Team

Every summer, we hire a full-time nurse to work on-site for each session, with at least one nurse on duty throughout the camp day. All of our staff will be thoroughly trained on COVID-19 medical procedures and equipped with the appropriate PPE.

Dedication to Sanitation

We have raised our already thorough sanitation standards to match and exceed recommendations from health care professionals. Our maintenance team is already working hard to keep the camp clean. We will increase the frequency with which we perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities, and deploy extra maintenance teams throughout the day and a professional cleaning crew at night.

Personal Hygiene

While personal hygiene has always been an important part of camp, it will be a point of special emphasis this year. 

Camp Bournedale will utilize a comprehensive daily health check for all campers and staff. There will also be additional hand sanitizing stations throughout camp, and counselors will be prepared to model best hygiene practices.


Physical Distancing Measures/ & Masks

This summer we will modify certain elements of our camp program to achieve reasonable distancing standards. Campers and staff will stay with their assigned group throughout the day and will not interact with other groups. Staff and campers will need to wear masks during indoor activities and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Our staff is up to the task of being innovative and flexible so that the campers feel like this is just another terrific summer at camp.


Keeping Your Camper Safe

There will be no visitors allowed on camp during the summer, and we will limit entrance into the property to essential business only. We will adjust the way we do drop-off and pick-up to minimize interaction between groups.


Quick Response Protocol

Camp Bournedale is prepared to react swiftly if the need arises. In the event that someone does fall ill at camp this summer, we have established procedures that will allow us the time to determine the best response.


Straight Forward Communication

As always, Camp Bournedale strives to communicate with parents in a thorough, accurate, and transparent manner. We recognize the importance of sharing the best information available as quickly as possible. This summer, we aspire to be better than ever; thoughtful, detailed communication is more important than ever in keeping our community well-informed and highly-prepared.



Due to physical distancing guidelines, we regret that at this time, we will not be able to offer bus transportation for the upcoming summer. We feel that parent drop-off and pick-up will provide the safest mode of transportation. To make your mornings and afternoons run smoothly we will be implementing a drop-off and pick-up schedule that may include a staggered schedule. More information about this process will be coming shortly.

Important Health & Safety Enhancement

We have purchased in bulk, quantities of CDC recommended hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting products, non-contact thermometers, and masks for our staff. Our maintenance team will be going above and beyond in having our facilities cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and all equipment will be sanitized and disinfected after each activity.

Campers will be monitored for washing hands and/or sanitizing before and after each activity, eating snack/lunch, and bathroom use.

There will be expanded medical screening and protocols including, but not limited to, daily health screening for campers and staff upon arrival.


If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 and summer camp, please give us a call (508-888-2634)