SUMMER CAMP 2020 COVID-19 FAQ

Summer Camp 2020 COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 26, 2020

Project Oceanology is working hard to plan a fun and healthy summer!  Our mission for summer 2020 is to get kids outside and away from their devices for a week of fun on the water.  We know that children who spend time outdoors are healthier and stronger, with stronger immune systems, lower stress, and longer attention spans.  We are working closely with our camp physician, the camp community, and the state of CT to ensure a safe and healthy environment at our summer camps.    

 

On Monday May 18, the State Office of Early Childhood announced that CT summer camps can open as of June 22, 2020 with new health and safety guidelines for best practices against COVID-19.  However, overnight camps in CT will not be allowed to open for summer 2020. Project O has offered overnight camp for almost 2 decades and we are feeling very out-of-sorts!  We are sad for every returning camper who has made Project O part of their extended family and those who were "testing the waters" for the first time.  Please assure your camper this is a blip on the radar screen and we are already dreaming of summer 2021!

Also, due to recent state regulations, our Partnership camps with Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and NESS are also cancelled this summer.

Moving forward, we are excited to roll out our new camps!  We are now offering the Day Camp version of Ocean Camp and Marine Science Research Camp, as well as 2 new virtual camps: Ocean Explorers at Home (Grades 3 - 6) and Research Experience at Home (Grades 7 - 12).  We will also be offering additional weeks of our new UnderSea Technology Camp and Ocean Explorer Academy.

Here are the latest modifications we have made to our Day camps to ensure best practices for camper and staff safety this summer:

 

  • Each camp will have a maximum of 10 campers

  • Camps will not interact; check-in, meals and activities will be separate

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout each day are in place

  • Hand and Respiratory hygiene and social distancing instruction will be added to the Camper Handbook for discussion prior to camp, reinforced at the start of camp and supervised during camp

  • Campers and staff will be screened upon arrival for any observable illness and confirm temperature reading below 100 degrees.  Campers and staff will be excluded from the program if their wellness screening is not acceptable

  • Staff are required to wear a face mask/covering.  Campers are not required to wear a face mask/covering but are encouraged to do so or have one with them

  • If a camper develops any symptoms while at camp, they must remain in a designated quarantine area until arrangements can be made for them to leave.

 

More to come very soon!  

Many aspects of our camp already allow for safe practices. Our shoreline studies take us to mile-long beaches and marshes, with plenty of room to explore. Small camp sizes also mean that we can share ideas without sharing equipment! Aboard our vessels, we make full use of deck space… and gulps of fresh sea air.

Please check back regularly for updates to this notice (revised notice date will show at the top of the page).  You can also email us at projecto@oceanology.org

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What extra steps will Project Oceanology take to ensure proper sanitation during camps?

This will be an ongoing conversation but will include increased deep cleaning of all areas of use, self serve sanitization stations, health and safety signage and instructions for campers and revised daily activities to incorporate CDC and CT-OEC recommendations, etc. Here are the latest modifications we have made to our day camps to ensure best practices for camper and staff safety this summer

Each camp will have a maximum of 10 campers

Camps will not interact; check-in, meals and activities will be separate

Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout each day are in place

Hand and Respiratory hygiene and social distancing instruction will be added to the Camper Handbook for discussion prior to camp, reinforced at the start of camp and supervised during camp

Campers and staff will be screened upon arrival for any observable illness and confirm temperature reading below 100 degrees.  Campers and staff will be excluded from the program if their wellness screening is not acceptable

Staff are required to wear a face mask/covering.  Campers are not required to wear a face mask/covering but are encouraged to do so or have one with them

If a camper develops any symptoms while at camp, they must remain in a designated quarantine area until arrangements can be made for them to leave.

2. Will Project Oceanology be allowed to run summer camps this summer?

Project Oceanology is licensed by the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Education (CT-OEC) as a Summer Residential and Day Youth Camp, and is committed to meet (and go above and beyond) all relevant guidelines from CT-OEC and from the CDC to keep our campers safe.  CT-OEC has not issued any guidelines that would prevent us from running our summer day camps, however, overnight camps in CT will not be allowed to open for summer 2020. As the COVID-19 crisis develops over the coming months, we will be working closely with CT-OEC to make sure we are following best practices. 

3. I can’t bring my child in to her/his doctor for a camp physical - what should I do?

During this declared state of emergency, the OEC has stated: Children that have been attending school (temporarily closed due to COVID 19) with Health and Immunization records on file at school (and/or submitted for camp last year) do not have to submit a new form this year.  Parents can attest in writing that the child is up-to-date with physical examination and immunizations and provides information regarding any disabilities and/or special health care needs.

4. Should I still register my child for camp this summer?

Sure!  If you want to register your child for camp now to secure their spot, you should proceed knowing the refund options mentioned above are available to you.  You will have the choice of paying camp tuition in full or paying a 25% deposit to register, with the balance to be paid by June 15th.

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