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Continuing to Navigate COVID-19

Updates & our 2021 plan

Updated December 22, 2020

Dear Falling Creek Families,

First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and have found silver linings from this past year. We have missed you. Through careful thought and planning, we are committed and excited to welcome campers back to the mountain in 2021. We know this pandemic has been stressful to many and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with others, particularly after spending quite a bit of time at home.

We will continue using the American Camp Association and CDC considerations as guidance. The health and safety of our campers, families, staff, and our community remain our highest priority. Based on current guidelines some of the actions we will put in place to help mitigate the risk, follow:

  • Encourage spring tours for first-time families that want to see camp. Opening and Closing Day parent drop-off will look different as we will limit all visitors in camp in the summer.
  • Wear a cloth face covering as feasible, and in times when physical distancing is difficult.
  • If a camper does get sick at camp, we have identified an area where they can rest and be cared for while they isolate from others. If our medical staff judge through testing or examination that coronavirus is the suspected cause, we will ask the parent to arrange a quick pick up to care for their son at home.
  • Communicate frequently and in a transparent way with parents before, during, and after your son’s camp session.
  • Ask campers to strictly follow guidelines limiting exposure, including self monitoring, 10 days prior to camp.
  • Expand our eating area to covered outside seating to allow for increased space between our dining tables.
  • Use testing options that may be available prior to arrival and/or upon arrival at camp.

You need to also be aware that while mindful of keeping the culture that makes Falling Creek unique, we intend to:

  • Operate in “family units” that eat, play, and live together within cabin groups, without masks.
  • Use the “2 out of 3” rule of thumb - between wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart, and open air/outdoors - 2 out of 3 are in place when with those outside of your cabin.
  • Continue eating family-style meals.
  • Travel in vans (with masks) for adventure trips or necessity.

We will implement these and other procedures and are ready to adjust if recommendations loosen. If this doesn’t feel comfortable to your family or if you have unique health concerns regarding your child, our existing cancellation policy applies and can be found on our website, www.fallingcreek.com. You have until January 1st to receive a full refund.

We are looking forward to safely reuniting as a community again in 2021 and enjoying a much-needed summer of social, emotional, and spiritual growth with our camp family. If you have a specific question about camp this summer, please let us know. Thank you for your support and confidence you have shown in choosing Falling Creek for your son’s camp experience. Bring on 2021 and let the fun begin!

Yates and Marisa

Please understand that this page is a working document. As much as we have wanted fast answers, we have prioritized getting to the right answers. This page will continue to be updated in the months leading up to the 2021 summer.

The camp experience is needed now more than ever. In 2020 we were fortunate to offer 5 weeks of modified programming for 108 campers and 94 families with 0 cases of COVID-19. We are committed to running a residential summer camp program in 2021, and look forward to having our campers back on the mountain for a safe and fun summer.

We are working with our state and local health officials along with the CDC and American Camping Association to provide the safest camp experience possible, while maintaining as many aspects of a traditional summer as we can.

Questions?
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If anything, the loss of community and personal connection has only made us realize just how vital camp is for children. The effects of the pandemic have given us a clear-eyed view of what boys need to thrive. I firmly believe that there will be an even stronger demand for camp in 2021. The children’s summer camp industry, which contributes in so many ways to a child’s social, emotional and spiritual growth, will figure out how to deliver a safe camp experience next summer.

Bob Ditter / child and adolescent therapist from Boston, Massachusetts