COVID-19 Preparations for Summer 2021

*January 15, 2021 Update

Our goal is to make camp feel as normal as possible while ensuring everyone’s safety. As they have for the past 97 summers at KMKW, our campers will grow in independence and resilience, they will make life-long friends and they will create unforgettable memories.

We wanted to share with you the highlights of our current plan, which is based on the best available data. We have every expectation that these plans will modify as time goes by, so please expect further information as we will regularly update our protocols.

Below you will find some of the most important aspects of our plan that will hopefully answer many of your questions as to what the summer will look like. They are drawn from our extensive operating manual, which we are constantly reviewing and updating. As we get closer to your preparing for camp and we have additional guidance from the state of CT, we will provide more details. However, as always, we are available at any time to answer any and all of your questions and concerns.

We will be using a “testing strategy” to ensure that our community remains safe. Everyone will be required to have a COVID test prior to their arrival at camp, another upon arrival at camp (administered by camp’s medical personnel) and at least one additional test approximately seven days after the start of camp (administered by camp’s medical personnel).

From opening day, campers will form a pod of approximately 16 campers in which they will have most of their daily activities and meals.

  • If camp is Covid free after ten days, pods may be expanded.

While campers remain in pods, the following protocol will be in place and then adjusted after we can expand the pods:

  • Meals will be served in multiple sites to ensure proper distancing. We will not be eating buffet style for summer 2021 but may use both serving line and family style. (Special diets will, of course, be accommodated)
  • Large camp events will be held outside with social distancing.
  • Masks will be worn by campers any time they are outside their pod and unable to maintain social distancing.
  • With limited modifications, camper programs will remain basically the same as in past years. Most of these activities will take place outdoors.

There will be multiple hand washing and sanitizing stations around camp, with campers constantly instructed to use them.

Our current plan is to have no out of camp activities. If we are able to adjust this later with some socially distanced options, we will add that into the program.

We will have very limited outsiders (such as delivery drivers or utility workers) in camp. If on site, they will have to wear a mask and remain physically distant.

Staff will remain on site for the entire summer, and will be regularly tested.

Procedures for transportation to and from camp will be forthcoming as more information becomes available.

The health center will include a separate pre-screening location to ensure that anyone needing medical attention is checked for Covid-19 Symptoms prior to gaining access to the health center. Facilities, separated from the health center, will be available for anyone suspected of having Covid-19 while awaiting test results.

What will be the same:

  • We will have amazing activities and evening programs
  • We will have 4th of July fireworks.
  • We will have weekly campfires #KMB #KWS
  • We will have Olympic Day for KenWood
  • We will have World Cup Day for KenMont
  • We will have our Vacation Day and the Blueberry Island Swim
  • We will have Carnival Day
  • We will have Color War
  • We will have burning of the numbers

And much, much more in a summer that promises to definitely provide memories that will last a lifetime!!!!!!

We are in constant communication with local and state authorities, our camping community, resident camps that did operate successfully last summer and our own medical advisors. While it is hard to know exactly what the world will look like in June, we are confident in our ability to operate camp successfully.

In the spring, we will be offering a series of “Town Halls” for campers and parents to acquaint you with the details of our procedures and to explain exactly how camp will operate this summer. In. the meantime, we will be continuously updating our website as additional information and standards for safe operations become available. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Tom Troche and Hylton Wener