We are thrilled that New York State has given overnight camps the green light to open this summer! All of us at Camp Treetops are committed to providing a safe, healthy, and exciting camp season – the 100th summer at Camp Treetops. Though Camp may look different this summer, based on Covid guidelines, our philosophy remains the same—giving children time to experience the natural world and an array of activities in an unplugged, unhurried, child-centered environment. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions concerning our COVID protocols. May 26, 2021: We have updated this page with recent guidance from New York State, the CDC, and the American Camp Association. We will continue to communicate with Camp families and staff as we receive further guidance.
What are the quarantine requirements for campers prior to arriving to camp?
To minimize exposure to COVID-19, in the 10 days prior to arrival at Camp, all campers and staff who are not fully vaccinated should be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19, wear a mask when not at home, maintain social distancing, and avoid extended periods of time in public, contact with strangers and large congregate settings.
What are the travel requirements for international campers and staff?
At this time, all international travelers to NYS must follow the NYS Travel Advisory and the current CDC requirements. Campers will need to have a negative Covid test not more than 3 days before their arrival at Camp and complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.
Will you require testing for campers and staff prior to the start of camp?
Yes, New York State will require that all campers and staff must provide proof of negative PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival at camp. Please note: A PCR test is not necessary for campers and staff who have been fully vaccinated (completion of vaccination series at least 14 days prior to arrival) or documentation of laboratory confirmed positive COVID-19 test in the previous 3 months.
Will you require campers and staff to get the Covid vaccine?
Now that the FDA has authorized emergency use of the COVID vaccine in adolescents ages 12-15, the New York State Department of Health strongly recommends the full vaccination of all eligible individuals (e.g.,12 years of age and older) who will be working in or attending a children’s camp.
Will charter buses from NYC be an option for traveling to camp this summer?
We do plan to charter buses from New York City to Camp on opening day. It is likely that campers will have assigned seats and will need to wear masks while on the bus. Please consider driving your child to camp, if possible, to help minimize exposure to COVID.
The chartered buses will depart from 7 East 96th Street, New York City (former location of the Manhattan Country School). Please be there promptly at 9:00am with a bag lunch; planned departure time is 9:30am. Each bus will have two Camp Treetops staff members as chaperones that will screen each child for COVID symptoms, formally check each child onto the bus, collect medications and any outstanding paperwork, and ensure that all campers have a safe, enjoyable trip to camp.
What will the drop-off procedure look like at the start of camp?
Unfortunately, due to COVID, at drop off, all family members must remain in their cars. Families who accompany their children to Treetops should plan to arrive between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday, June 26.
Will there be a health screening on arrival day?
We always do a basic health screening on arrival day. This summer, in addition to our basic arrival screening, we will do temperature checks and ask questions about any symptoms of illness. For campers arriving by car, this screening will occur before campers exit their car. For campers traveling by bus, this screening will occur before boarding the bus.
We require an up-to-date and completed health form and proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours for every child prior to arrival to camp. We also ask that all health concerns be communicated prior to arrival day as access to our Camp nurses will be very limited.
Will you be requiring campers and staff to wear face masks and to physically distance?
We will be outdoors as much as possible. Campers will be organized in pods for the first week of Camp, at least. During this time, masks and distancing will be required at all times except when campers are eating, swimming, and sleeping.
What will mealtimes look like at Camp this summer?
We have rented two large event tents that will be outside of each dining room, so that we will be able to physically distance as much as possible during mealtimes. As always, our meals will be wholesome and nutritious and will be sourced as much as possible from our own farm and gardens.
Will COVID-19 affect camp program offerings?
We anticipate that we will be able to offer all of the activities of a typical Treetops summer.
Will you test campers and staff during the summer?
Yes. We plan to test all non-vaccinated campers and staff during the first week of camp using a saliva swab test and to test campers and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms on an as needed basis with either an in-camp rapid test or a nasal swab test at the Adirondack Health Center. To do this, we must have parental consent. Please complete the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form by June 1st. It is located in the Forms and Documents section of your Camp Treetops Account.
Will there be Visitors’ Weekend this summer?
To help keep our community safe and healthy, Visitors’ Weekend has been canceled for this summer. A Zoom call with your camper during that weekend will be an available alternative. We will send more information about this in a parent mailing early in the summer.