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Spring COVID-19 Update

A Message from Jared & Phil

We are very excited that there is currently a decrease in the prevalence of COVID-19. However, we are prepared to run camp regardless. As camp directors, we must be able to keep your children, our staff, and their families safe. We have never taken a risk with safety, and we never will.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you would like more detail, please call us (845.354.1600), watch our COVID FAQ videos on our blog, or visit our COVID manual for parents. This information will continue to change as we approach summer in response to updated regulations, new information, and changes in the virus’ behavior.

Camp will be safe, fun, and rewarding for campers, staff and their families.

With gratitude,

Jared Gelb & Phil Rainone

Directors

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Frequently Asked Questions

For more details, please call our office at 845.354.1600 or view our COVID Manual for parents.

How is Ramaquois preparing for summer 2021?

In preparing for 2021, we are now working with the New York State camp guideliens that were released on May 19th, 2021. Fortunately, these guidelines were similar to what we were expecting.

The main components of a COVID-safe summer are:

  • Health Screening and Testing - We’ll use best practices, and err on the side of safety, in order to keep anyone who might be sick out of camp.
  • Outdoor Activities - Ventilation is crucial to stopping the spread of Coronavirus. We’ll shift our activities outdoors to keep our community as safe as possible.
  • Cohorting - Keeping campers in groups reduces the likelihood and size of outbreaks. Cohorting also minimizes the number of people impacted by a contact trace.
  • Face Coverings - Masks are remarkably effective at reducing the likelihood of transmission, and have become part of our daily lives! It is very likely that face coverings will be a part of our 2021 camp season.
  • Cleanliness - We have always taken great pride in keeping Ramaquois clean. This summer, there will be an increased focus on sanitizing, disinfecting, and handwashing.

Will Ramaquois provide transportation in 2021?

Yes! We have done extensive research on mass transit and busing systems. There will be extensive “behind the scenes” changes to our transportation program, and we are working closely with our bus company partners regarding sanitizing, driver testing, and protocol compliance. From a camper’s perspective, it is likely that they will notice the following changes.

  • Ventilation will be increased by opening windows and using non-recycled air-conditioning.
  • Face coverings will be required.
  • There will be assigned seating that maximizes distance between campers. Campers will also be health screened and temperature checked before boarding the bus. We will ask for parents’ cooperation with this process.

What will lunch be like?

Lunch at Ramaquois is a daily highlight, and it will continue to be in 2021! Similar to transportation, there are many behind the scenes changes that will keep our staff and campers safe. Our kitchen complies with the same Department of Health regulations that are placed on restaurants. Though subject to change, we are planning for three major changes that campers will notice:

  • Increased ventilation - Rather than remaining enclosed and air-conditioned, we are planning for all campers to eat outdoors.
  • Increased separation - There will be more room between and within groups/cohorts and there will be plexiglass barriers in certain instances.
  • Procedure changes - Campers might notice some changes in lunch procedures that will reduce the amount of shared surfaces and utensils. We don’t anticipate these procedural changes impacting the experience in any meaningful way for campers.

Will Ramaquois be open on Rainy Days?

Since many day camps are planning to close on rainy days (similar to snow days in school), some parents have asked if Ramaquois will be open during inclement weather. Yes! Ramaquois will be open on rainy days!

If it is raining, we will use all of our covered areas, as well as some indoor areas. Only one cohort will use each area at a time. Face coverings will be required, and all surfaces will be sprayed with disinfectant between groups. We have seen that this combination of cleaning, cohoroting, and covering faces has been very effective in schools and will be implemented on rainy days.

Will Swim Instruction be offered?

Yes! Ramaquois will continue to offer top-notch swim instruction for our campers. Because we have nine pools, we can offer swim instruction to each group (cohort) separately. Campers will have the same quality and quantity of swim instruction as in pre-pandemic summers.

Additionally, general swims and lake activities will remain, though cohorting restrictions will be enforced.

There are so many incredible activities and special events at Ramaquois. What will change?

In a COVID environment, we will move all activities outdoors (except for Woodworking, for older children, which would be unsafe to do outdoors). Ramaquois offers over 60 different programs, and we anticipate being able to offer about 95% of these programs. All of our program areas will be modified to varying degrees to keep our campers and staff safe, and to abide by regulations. However, our activities will still provide the outcomes that are important to the Camp Ramaquois experience - building community, having fun, and encouraging teamwork, sportsmanship, and self-confidence.

Will camp’s capacity be limited?

The maximum cohort size for a group based on the New York State guidelines is so high that it is irrelevant for Ramaquois. We will have our normal group sizes. We have, however, chosen to limit the total number of groups in camp in order to accommodate COVID-19 best practices.

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