Night Eagle Will Be Open This Summer!

                                                             A letter to our Night Eagle Family

April 24, 2021

We hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. 

 

Waiting for the state of Vermont to give summer camps the go ahead to open has been a long process, and we want to thank you again for your patience and understanding, and for the support you have given during this long process. 

 

While we were excited to be one of only two boys’ camps in Vermont that opened last summer, one of our priorities has always been to do whatever is necessary to protect the health and safety of our campers and staff. So this summer we have updated our protocol.

 

Nurse Trudy, Summer Bear (EMT), and I have been hard at work the past two weeks adapting the State of Vermont’s Reopening Guidelines to Night Eagle and are adhering strictly to the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations. As a matter of fact, we have learned that many of the CDC’s current recommendations for prevention of Corvid-19 have always been part of our standard operating procedures at Night Eagle:

  • We wash our hands regularly before all meals and after using the Maxwell Houses.

  • We maintain the integrity of our community by not allowing visitors during the summer.

  • We close and lock our camp gate to deter people from wandering into camp uninvited.

  • We eat balanced meals designed by a certified dietician and we get plenty of exercise and sleep.

  • We clean and disinfect the food shelter, counters, and serving tables before and after meals.

  • We have everything in camp, including our water source, inspected each summer by an official from the Vermont Department of Health who consistently scores us in the 90’s.

  • Our staff arrives a week before the campers to learn how to be great counselors.

 

So how will Night Eagle be different this summer? 

  • We have a Communicable Disease Plan in place based on information from the CDC, the ACA/YMCA Guidelines for Summer Camps, and the State of Vermont Department of Health Guidelines for Re-opening Summer Camps.

  • Prior to Staff Week, all counselors are required to complete the online Health and Safety Training developed by Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency to inform them of the safety measures necessary to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • During Staff Week, the staff will be trained on what they need to do to prepare the COVID-19. We will emphasize good hand washing and cough etiquette during Staff Training and teach symptoms of illness and methods of transmission.

  • Campers and staff will have to quarantine at home before camp opens. The three options of quarantining can be found in the “Documents” section of our website.

  • Parents will submit a pre-camp screening form when campers arrive.

  • Campers will be met at the front gate when they arrive, be screened by an EMT, and walk into camp with the counselors; however, parents and other family members will not be allowed to walk in with them this summer. Once campers arrive in camp, Nurse Trudy will do a complete screening.

  • We will have disinfectant in the Maxwell Houses, in the food shelter, in the tipis, and on the serving table when meals are not being served.

  • As each session ends, counselors will accompany any departing campers to the front gate to meet their parents.

  • Social distancing will be in effect, but that won’t be difficult on 140 acres. 

  • This year, in addition to Nurse Trudy, we will have an EMT and a Wilderness First Responder on staff.

 

There will be other changes, but we hope that your sons will be having so much fun that they won’t even notice them!

 

We know that Night Eagle plays a vital role in the lives of your sons, and we are thankful that you allow us to be part of their growth. Now more than ever, we remain committed to supporting you and your family because we feel that summer camp has never been more important than it will be this summer. Boys need a break from technology, a refuge to escape the worries of the outside world, and a chance to play in the woods among friends as they deeply connect with Nature. 

 

We hope your son can join us as we strive to provide the kind of experience that boys desperately need and deserve!

Stay Safe and Think Summer!

Bruce

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