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FAQs - COVID-19 & Camp


Will Camp Shelanu be in person?

Yes! Camp Shelanu will be operating completely in person this year with some modifications to ensure we are following all current local, state, and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. Read more about our commitment and expectations for keeping everyone safe in the Covenant of the Camp Community.


Will masks be required?

Yes, masks will be required throughout the day. The exceptions to this will be during strenuous outdoor activity, water activities, and mealtimes (during which physical distancing will be required). All other times of the day, masks will be required, especially during indoor activities.

What if someone tests positive for COVID-19 during camp?

If your camper tests positive for COVID-19, please email as soon as possible. We will use contact tracing to determine which individuals were potentially exposed so that they can be advised to quarantine and test per current CDC guidelines as quickly as possible. Should a camper display symptoms during the day, they will be placed in a quarantine room until a parent or guardian can pick them up; next steps would be discussed at that time.  In the event that a counselor or other staff member tests positive, we will communicate with affected families and limit exposure.

What is the plan for cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day?

High traffic areas (bathrooms, common spaces) will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis and between use by different cohorts. High touch points such as doorknobs will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the day. Sports equipment and arts and crafts tools will be cleaned and sanitized between users.

How will drop-off and pick-up work?

To limit the amount of people on campus, parents will be asked to remain in their cars while dropping off and picking up campers. Parents will drive through the parking lot to meet counselors at the designated check-in and check-out station. 


What health requirements must my child meet to attend camp? 

Campers and staff are NOT permitted at camp if any of the following apply:

  • They have had symptoms of any sickness in the past 72 hours.

  • They have had a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, any respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc), chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell in the past 14 days.

  • They have had known contact with a person who has COVID-19 or any of the above symptoms in the past 14 days.

  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. If your child has a fever or illness while at camp, you will be notified and will need to pick up your child from camp as soon as possible.

Will vaccinations be required for counselors and other staff?

It is highly encouraged that all counselors and staff get vaccinated but it is not mandatory at this time. Any staff members who are not fully vaccinated (two weeks after the last dose) by the first day of camp, will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing until they are considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines. 

What will meal and snack times look like? 

All activities involving eating food will take place outdoors with physical distancing protocols in place. 

Will there be swimming this year? 

For the safety of our campers and staff, we will not be setting up the swimming pools this year. Instead, we have tons of other fun water activities planned that allow for physical distancing! 


Covenant of the Camp Community – Brit Kehilah Shelanu


Throughout Jewish history, a covenant has exemplified the shared responsibility between people or parties. Biblically, there are the covenants made between God and Abraham (brit milah), God and Noah (the symbol of the rainbow after the flood), and Moses and the Jewish people (receiving the Ten Commandments at Sinai) are just a few examples. Our Brit Kehilah Shelanu elevates the importance of arayut and areivut, individual and collective responsibility, between the camp, our campers, and our camp families in order to mitigate as much risk as possible regarding the spread of COVID-19 within the camp community. 

Our camp will ensure that: 

  • The grounds and buildings are sanitized and set up in a way that mitigates risk in camper activity areas. 
  • Summer staff are trained around all expectations of compliance to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 spread in camp.
  • Congregation B’nai Israel’s medical advisory team will be available before camp opens and throughout the summer to consult on infection control protocols.
  • Camp will function as a closed community – there will be strict limitations and protocols for visitors essential to the operations of camp. 
  • Campers will spend much of their time in small group cohorts for activities and meals. 

Our camp families will ensure that the following best practices are followed for your camper(s) in the ten days leading up to camp, including: 

  • Wearing a mask that covers both the nose and mouth when outside of the home.
  • Maintaining physical distancing. 
  • Prolific hand washing and sanitizing. 
  • Avoiding any large gatherings and parties. 
  • Immediately informing the camp if anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 within the two weeks prior to the session your camper(s) is/are attending.

Additionally, camper families commit to being available during the camp day in the event their child shows symptoms and needs to leave the camp community. Camp is committed to honest and ongoing communication with camper families should there be a COVID-19 related incident in camp. Together, we will ensure a safe and wonderful summer for our camp community! 

NOTE: This information is subject to change based on CDC and city/county/state guidelines related to COVID-19.

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782