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UPDATE: June 3 COVID Statement

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time as we research, plan, and prepare for a happy and safe summer at Camp Talooli. Camp experiences are a critical component of the social, emotional, and academic growth for the thousands of children and families we serve each year. However, our first concern is always for the health and safety of our campers and staff, and our operations this year will be grounded in this principle.

Based on the statement that Governor Cuomo made yesterday, “summer day camps can open and overnight camps are still under review”, our staff and Board of Directors have made the decision to move forward with offering programming at Camp Talooli this summer. However, there are still many details to work out. We are waiting for the parameters and guidelines from the New York State Department of Health. We ask for your continued patience as we solidify our plan and we promise to communicate and share that information with you as soon as we are able.

In the meantime, we have been busy reviewing the guidelines for summer camps published by the CDC and the American Camp Association. This document provides parameters for every facet of our operation, and it will form the basis for how we proceed. Some of the major recommendations call for small groups led by consistent staff, social distancing, increased hand washing and sanitizing procedures, as well as daily health screening for campers and staff.

Camp Talooli is fortunate in that our programs already conform to many of the new recommendations, and the additional social distancing protocols may be more easily implemented here than other locations due to our property size and program design. For example, the guidelines counsel against staff rotation, open cafeteria settings, and shared equipment. Our model already operates with small groups led by the same staff member each day, who live, eat, and work together in a family-like setting. We are busy reworking our typical schedules and routines that include allowances for increased staggering of activities, sanitization, and regular handwashing.

While our planning is primarily focused on health and safety, we are also mindful that  Talooli is also a special place, where tradition is important. The new guidelines may mandate fewer large gatherings, which will complicate the campfires and camp-wide activities. Our directors and program staff have been working for months to develop contingency plans, re-imagining the framework of camp for a time of social distancing. Where we must remain apart for safety, we will do so. Where adjustments can be made to accommodate our traditions, we will embrace change.

 

For Families of Registered Campers:

  • Once we have guidelines from the Health Department and have developed our new safety protocols, we will share those plans with you.

  • Anticipate changes to drop off and pick up. We will have to make changes in order to accommodate staggered arrival and departure times, as well as daily health screenings.

  • We recognize that some families have already made the decision not to send their child to camp this summer. We will soon reach out to all registered families with information regarding cancellation and refunds.

  • If we are not able to operate overnight camp, but day camp can move forward…

    • we will offer each family a full refund.

    • we will work with families to possibly switch enrollment to day camp. This may be complicated as many of those sessions are already quite full.

    • we will offer an option for CIT 1s and 2s to participate in a day camp version of this program.

 

For Families Seeking to Register Now:

  • For the time being, we are not taking any new registrations. Until we know more about the guidelines from the Health Department and answers to questions about bussing and capacity, our registration system has been turned off.

  • If and when we are able to take new registrations, we will announce that on our website and social media.

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