ALFORD LAKE CAMP COVID-19 PLANNING

Last spring, our global community faced challenges that none of us had ever experienced. Alford Lake Camp closely monitored developments with the COVID-19 virus. ALC’s COVID-19 Task Force (our Directors, winter leadership team, head nurse and camp pediatrician) reviewed the latest information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as Maine Summer Camps and the American Camp Association. 

With great sadness, we determined that we could not open camp safely. We did not have adequate time to implement all of the safety regulations required to protect our campers and staff.

 

Hallmarks of the ALC experience that remain regardless of any limits of covid. 

 

  • Friendships  

  • Time outdoors 

  • A summer without screens 

  • Loving community  

  • Fun activities

2-0-2-1 at Alford Lake, no other year the same!

 

This past summer our whole community reminded us that ALCers are FLEXIBLE! While there’s no way to know what our world will look like in 2021, we do know that we will work everyday to get ready to welcome ALCers back to Hope, Maine next summer. 

 

There are many things we already do that will help if COVID is still an issue:

  • We are lucky to live in tents! We roll up the flaps during the day which allows great air flow. We have always set up the beds in our tents so that campers’ heads are 6 feet apart from each other.

  • We give everyone a squirt of hand sanitizer when they come into the Dining Room before a meal (or as they line up for outside meals) and also ask them to wash hands before a meal.

  • All campers and staff are required to have a health exam within 12 months of camp.

  • We have Registered Nurses in residence 24 hours a day who work closely with a local pediatrician who is also a camp dad. 

 

Ongoing Preparation:

  • We listen to briefings from the Maine CDC and our Governor. We want to stay up-to-date on continuing developments, recommendations, and rules as they evolve in Maine and throughout the country. We are VERY lucky to be in a state that has responded well to Covid-19. 

  • Our team participates in meetings and serves on committees with our membership organizations: Maine Summer Camps and the American Camp Association.

  • We have frequent conversations with colleagues from other camps as we all work together to provide the best and safest summer in 2021. 

  • We monitor ACA Standards, knowing that there may be some updates between now and June of 2021.

 

We know that there may be some changes to the way we function and interact at ALC next summer. We may need to wear masks, we may need to keep in small groups, we may eat more meals outside, we may not be able to welcome visitors. We may need to stand really far apart when we sing camp songs, but we will find a way to sing! What we DO know is that a summer at ALC is more important than ever and we will FLEX, be educated and up to date and ready for an amazing summer! 

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