Summer 2021 Reopening Information

We are excited for summer 2021 and have been busy preparing to welcome our campers and staff. Ramah Nyack is referred to as the happiest place on earth and we promise to retain that feeling this summer! Nurturing role models will continue to work with your children in our joyful Jewish summer home.

Guiding Principles
We are guided by two principles in every decision we make:
1. The health and safety of our campers and staff continue to be our top priority.
2. Camp will feel like camp this summer – with appropriate and necessary modifications.

Our team is guided by:
-The National Ramah Commission (NRC) Medical Committee, chaired by Dr. Cliff Nerwen
-The National Ramah Commission Day Camp Medical Sub-committee
-The Ramah Nyack Reopening Taskforce, comprised of medical experts,
school operations professionals, parents, alumni, and facilities experts
-The local Rockland Department of Health and New York State
-Recommendations from the CDC and the American Camp Association (which reviews our protocol and re-accredits us annually)

Ramah Day Camp in Nyack

COVID-19 Protocols

Summer 2021

Updated as of June 15, 2021
SECTION 1: COVID TESTING, AT-HOME NIGHTLY COVID SCREENER & MEDICAL OFFICE PROTOCOLS
  • Campers will be required to have a COVID PCR prior to the beginning of their camp session. Nasal swab and saliva based PCR tests are both acceptable.
  • Full & First Session Campers:
    • Please have your child(ren) take a PCR test on Thursday, June 24 or after, with enough time to ensure we receive the results before the first day of camp (first day of camp is Tuesday, June 29). 
  • Second Session Campers:
    • Please have your child(ren) take a PCR test by Thursday, July 22 to ensure we receive the results before the first day of second session (first day of second session is Monday, July 26).
      • If your child(ren) are attending an overnight camp and will not be home within 72 hours of the first day of Ramah Nyack’s second session (Monday, July 26), please contact us and we will determine the best way forward to ensure our pre-camp testing requirements are met.
  • If a camper has tested positive for COVID within the past 90 days, two documents are required to be emailed to info@ramahnyack.org at least 72 hours prior to the first day of camp (either session):
    • COVID Test or MD letter — please submit the COVID test results or a letter from a physician confirming the date of illness was within 90 days; 
    • Antibody Test Results.
  • Test results should be uploaded to a new form, the Pre-Camp COVID PCR test, which is available on your Camp-In-Touch account.
  • Please note, rapid COVID tests will not be accepted.
  • We will determine throughout the season if additional testing is required and will communicate with you, as needed.
  • Every evening, Sunday thru Thursday, between 6:00-9:00 PM, parents/guardians will be required to complete the Nightly COVID Screener for their child(ren). Automated reminder emails will be sent each evening. 
  • It is imperative that wellness checks are completed. Campers without a completed wellness check will not be permitted to attend camp the next day. 
  • Please note that the bus routes will be updated each evening to reflect the status of the Nightly COVID Screener and our buses will not pick-up campers the next morning without these completed wellness forms on file
  • A separate email with instructions regarding how to access the screener will be sent to you soon.
  • Pro Tip! We recommend setting up a reminder in your personal calendar with a link to your child(ren)’s Nightly COVID Screener.
  • We have expanded our Medical Office. There are now two separate areas within the Medical Office: 1) dedicated to addressing typical visits to the medical team (e.g., minor cuts and scrapes) and, 2) created to triage any campers or staff who may present COVID-like symptoms during the camp day.
  • If your child has any COVID-like symptoms during the camp day, our medical team will contact you and ask that you immediately pick-up your child. We understand that this presents a challenge for some families and ask that you please have provisions in place.
  • If your child has COVID-like symptoms, you will need to take your child for a PCR test and keep him or her at home until the results are available. As per NYS guidelines, members of our community who test positive for COVID will remain at home for a minimum of 10 days and will consult with our medical committee prior to returning to camp.
  • If a camper or staff member in your child’s pod tests positive for COVID, we will call you immediately. According to current guidelines, children in the same pod are considered “close contacts” and will need to quarantine for 10 days. 
SECTION 2: IMPORTANT UPDATES IN CAMP
  • Everyone (children and staff) will be required to wear masks on buses and when indoors (e.g., bunks, restrooms), regardless of immunization status.
  • Masks will not be required when outside.
  • Both reusable and disposable masks are permitted, however, gators or masks with vents are not approved
  • Masks should:
    • Be made with 3 layers of breathable material.
    • Fully cover your child’s nose and mouth and be secure under the chin.
    • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your child’s face.
    • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
    • Please note, mask lanyards will not be allowed in camp.
  • Please send to camp daily:
  • 2 ziplock bags: one gallon size and one quart size, both labeled with your child’s name (these will be used for storing masks during outdoor activities).
  • 2-3 extra masks with your child daily; these will be kept in your child’s back packs. 
  • We will also have disposable masks available at camp.
  • A note about our Lost & Found: while we have always made an effort to reunite campers with their belongings, please note that we will dispose of all masks found during the camp day. Please have ample masks available at home. Thank you for your understanding, as we want to provide a safe environment for our maintenance workers.
  • Similar to what many schools have implemented this year, camp will operate in a pod system. Pods will consist of approximately 20, a group size that will enable campers to form friendships and socialize while limiting potential exposure.
  • Pods will participate in all activities together, will be mixed gender and will not combine with other pods.
  • Each pod will be led by four to six exceptional counselors who will remain with their assigned pod throughout the day.
  • All eating will take place outdoors.
  • Lunch will be served in one of our two open-air pavilions. 
  • Counselors will distribute food to their pod, and campers will sit picnic-style in a socially-distanced circle to allow for both safety and socialization when eating. 
  • We have replaced all water fountains throughout camp with faucets for refilling water bottles. New this summer, all campers and staff are required to bring water bottles from home each day so they can drink and refill their bottles regularly throughout the day.
  • As always, eating on buses is not permitted.

 

  • Most activities will take place outdoors, with the exception of a handful of COVID-safe activities that will take place indoors (e.g., Omanut). 
  • Pods will participate in all activities together and will not combine with other pods. This includes both instructional and free swim.
  • We have reduced seating capacity on our buses to 50% (plus siblings and bus counselors) to ensure ample space.
  • Windows will remain open and all riders (including bus drivers) will be required to wear masks. 
  • Campers will be sitting in assigned and consistent seats throughout the summer.

Parent Town Hall Meeting (June 14, 2021)

Parent Town Hall Meeting (May 13, 2021)

Parent Town Hall Meeting (March 15, 2021)

Parent Town Hall Meeting (January 19, 2021)

Enrollment for Summer 2021 is open!

Join us on the migrash in…


Registration is now open for our traditional camp program in Nyack (including for our new PreK edah), our Sha’ar Hebrew Immersion program, and our one-week specialty camps.
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