Your Camper Deserves a Fun (and Safe!) Summer
We are thrilled to welcome your camper to J Day Camps in 2021! We are excited to offer 11 weeks of camp beginning June 7. While we are optimistic that this summer will bring a return to normalcy, we are also realistically aware of how unpredictable the situation remains. So, we are simultaneously planning for an appropriately-distanced summer with a COVID-19 safety plan in place. Regardless of which way it turns out, we will be prepared and your child will have a summer filled with fun and friendship, as it should be!
We will build on the foundation for the safe and fun summer we provided last year. In 2020, J Day Camps utilized ACA, CDC and other professional guidelines to provide a safe experience where kids were able to play with one another and connect in a way that had been missing for months – all while following COVID-19 safety protocols. As a result, our campers grew as individuals as they camped safely with us.
As always, the top priority for J Day Camps is the health and safety of our campers, staff, and their families. For summer 2021, as we did last summer, and as the J continues to do year-round, we will operate in accordance with St. Louis County, CDC and American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines with the further support/guidance from the J’s Board Safety Committee.
We plan to continue to sanitize, disinfect, distance, wear masks, and maintain small groups as guidelines dictate to best ensure the health and well-being of our J Day Camps families. Campers have access to multiple hand washing/sanitizer stations, our staff are trained and regularly disinfect frequently touched items.
In addition, we plan for our traditional camp-wide gatherings, like Flagpole and Shabbat, to be lively, yet separated this summer, with areas designated for each small group. For safety, snacks will be pre-packaged, and we’ll use water bottle fill stations instead of water fountains.
We continue to monitor all health and safety recommendations. As more information becomes available, we will provide updates on summer 2021 protocols in the weeks leading up to camp. Camp fees are fully refundable 14+ days before the start of each week, excluding the non-refundable $50/child/week registration fee.
Because we follow the guidance of St. Louis County (and others), restrictions are subject to change. Based on current St. Louis County Department of Public Health guidelines, masks will be required at all times indoors and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Should the County update their guidance before camp begins (or during the summer), we will revisit this policy. Campers will be asked to bring their own masks, though we will have extra should a camper lose one during the day.
If your child’s cohort has a positive COVID-19 case, there will be a short (2-3 day) closure of that cohort as we consult with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to determine the next steps which could include up to a two-week quarantine.