June 2021 Update:
We are looking forward to a healthy, safe, and fun summer camping season and we hope you can take part. Since our last communication plans for in person summer programs have been completed and registration is open for campers and staff on the Hodia website. All who wish to participate in these programs (campers and staff) should apply by registering soon since capacity for overnight camps will be limited, but we still have room (and need more staff) to have a great return to camp!
Summer camps will look somewhat different this year with some new program venues and a changing landscape regarding COVID-19. Our goal remains a fun and safe camp experience for all. Our camp directors and medical subcommittee have worked hard to put together fun camp programs, being as inclusive as possible while respecting our duty to assure safety and minimize the risk of illness or disease spread in light of the COVID epidemic which is thankfully beginning to recede but not yet gone. In doing so we have reviewed current guidance from the CDC and American Camping Association, and consulted with the local health district and other camps around the country.
With the above goals in mind, we strongly encourage all who are eligible for the COVID vaccine to do so, but we will not require immunization to be participate, respecting limitations for camp capacity. Most staff have been immunized, and we again hope most eligible campers will have done so as well, but we realize not everyone can receive the COVID vaccine, so there will be some unvaccinated participants at various camps. With that in mind, we will take several precautions. Those who sign up for camp will receive a separate communication detailing our approach. Briefly, we will screen for symptoms or illness on arrival (and throughout camp), emphasize hygiene continuously, maintain appropriate distancing as much as feasible, and require facial coverings where appropriate (primarily indoors in larger group settings), while minimizing indoor close gathering. We believe these precautions will minimize the risk of respiratory and other illnesses for all. This will allow fun and rewarding programs while respecting our duty to keep everyone safe. We will continue to monitor and update plans as appropriate.
Again, if you would like to participate in camp all are encouraged to apply. Please register soon and help us make the 2021 camp season successful. We look forward to seeing you at camp!