Q: Why did you switch to two-week sessions?
A: Due to COVID-19 protocols we had to reimagine what our camp program would look like in order to keep both campers and staff safe. In summer 2021 we moved to 3-week sessions that allowed us to create stable cohorts that didn’t have new members coming in and out. These sessions had tremendous programing upside, because they allowed our specialists to complete larger projects, allowed our counselors to create more group cohesion, and campers to form deeper bonds with each other and counselors. On our end of year survey, the vast majority of families indicated that they would like to see longer sessions continue. We landed on two-week sessions that allow us to maintain the programatic upside and give families more flexibility in scheduling their summers.
Q: Are K-5 campers going on trips this summer?
A: YES! At this point we are planning for the return of field trips with the addition any necessary health and safety persuasions that might be needed this summer. If the course of the pandemic changes, we will of course revisit this decision.
Q: What steps are you taking to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Camp
A: The risk of viral spread at camp will be significantly reduced by layering the following six mitigation strategies on top of each other, at all times throughout the summer:
Here are some of the steps we are taking at Lincoln Summer Camp to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
- Screening and Protecting our Most Vulnerable
- Daily pre-screening completed at home prior to coming to camp which asks participants to monitor their symptoms.
- Visual screening by the Camp Head Staff upon arrival at camp.
- Social Distancing and Using Face Coverings
- Camp groups will act as cohorts, staying 3 feet or more from other cohorts most of the time.
- All campers and staff will be advised to keep 3 feet of distance from others within their cohort as much as possible. but are permitted to come within 3ft while at play.
- All staff members and campers will come to camp with multiple, personal face coverings. These will be used at all times indoors.
- Hand Washing and Promoting Good Hygiene
- Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations will be set up at each activity and campers will be required to visit them before and after each activity.
- Holding Activities Outdoors
- Most activities will be held outdoors when possible.
- Tents will be utilized to provide shade.
- Cleaning and Disinfection of Equipment and Facilities
- Staff will disinfect all shared equipment between each activity.
- All tables and surfaces will be disinfected between each activity.
- Remaining Vigilant and Responding Immediately to Threats
- Campers or staff who are symptomatic will be sent home and enter COVID-suspect protocols
- A COVID-suspect individual must test negative using a PCR test and return to camp only after they have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
- If a camper is a close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred at camp or outside of camp, they must quarantine for 10 days. They can only return to camp with a negative PCR test dated 5 or more days after the last known exposure.
Q: What is the earliest time I can drop my camper off?
A: Drop off begins at 8:50 am in front of the Brooks Gym. You may park your car in the mod school lot and walk your camper over to The Arena (Brooks Gym) or may drive through our drop off line, where counselors and staff will help campers out of their vehicles and escort them to their groups. However we now offer a Early Riser Program that features a 7:45am drop off. For more information check out the program page here.
Q: When is pizza day?
A: Pizza day is on Tuesday and Thursday this year. Slices can be purchased for $2 or $3 or 2 slices.
Q: Does my camper get a camp shirt and when do they wear it?
A: Camp shirts are provided for all campers and are worn on our field trips days (Fridays) in the Pioneers, Ramblers, and Pathfinders camps. Shirts will be distributed on Monday of each camp session.
Q: Who can pick up my camper?
A: In order for a camper to be dismissed the caregiver picking up the child must be listed on the Camper Release Form (either the paper form or online at Campdoc.com). If you intend to have someone else pick up your child please call the office at (781) 259-0784 to have them added to the list. All persons picking up may be asked to provide photo ID so we can confirm he or she is permitted to pick up your child. Trailblazer and Trailbreaker Parents please refer to the family handbook for instructions about self-dismissal.
Q: Can you help my child re-apply sunscreen?
A: It is recommended that you apply sunscreen to your child every day before camp as they will spend a good deal of time outdoors. We at camp are happy to help campers re-apply sunscreen however we are not permitted to do so unless we have received written permission via your Camp Sunscreen (either the paper form or online at Campdoc.com). Also please note we do not provide sunscreen, please send your child with his or her own bottle.
Q: Do you have a lost and found?
A: Yes! Located inside the doorway to the Trailreakers Lounge (Hartwell A-pod) you will find our lost and found items. Do note Codman Pool has their own lost and found so it is possible campers’ items could be there as well.
Q: Does my camper need a bathing suit everyday?
A: At Lincoln Summer Camp campers receive swimming lessons and have free swim Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Fridays we have field trips, some of which will require bathing suits (Water Country, Davis Farmland, Canobie Lake etc.) Best practice is to send your camper in his or her bathing suit daily, and pack a set of regular clothing in their bag for them to change into later.
Q: What type of footwear should my child wear?
A: Please send your child to camp with sneakers or closed-toed shoes. Closed-toed shoes provide the safety necessary to participate in athletic activities and are required for such participation.
Q: Can my child bring games or electronics to camp?
A: No. Do not send your child with cell phones*, toys, radios, or similar items! This includes card games (playing, fantasy, trading or others). *Due to the nature of the Trailbreakers Camp, cell phones may be permitted on some trips. Please refer to the Trailbreakers Family Handbook for more information.
Q: Do you refrigerate lunches and or microwave items at camp?
A: No. Each day please provide your child with a snack and a lunch that do not require refrigeration or heating. We do make every effort to keep lunches in the shade or indoors. On trip days please be sure that both lunch and snack are in a disposable bag.
Q: How are swim levels determined?
A: Campers will be evaluated the first day of each session and divided into appropriate swim levels. The camper will receive a written progress report or level card at the end of each week. Campers returning for subsequent sessions should keep their progress report or level card to ensure proper placement the following session.
Q: Can my camper purchase snacks from the Codman Snack Shack?
A: Yes. However please note that we are not responsible for any lost money or for monitoring campers’ purchases. We suggest that if you do not wish for your camper to purchase multiple snacks you send a limited amount of money.