Eagle's Landing was successfully Covid-FREE last year! Come join us for a safe summer!
For a full copy of our 2021 Safety Plan and Operating Guide, please click here.
Camp will look different this summer.
The health and safety of our camp community continues to be our highest priority. We are monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Contol, the American Camp Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the NJ Department of Health to shape our Summer 2021 program.
As summer approaches, Ruth Ann, Hanna, and I are continuing our work to create a safe, positive, and fun summer experience so we can open our doors on June 28. As camp professionals, we believe that there are many benefits to camp. Outside of the joy it brings, it’s good for mental health by allowing kids to socialize, to play, and to grow independently of their parents, especially after being cooped up inside for so long. It’s also good for both families and the economy by letting more parents return to work.
To us, the benefits of camp outweigh the risks. However, it’s important to understand that it’s impossible to reduce the risk to zero. Our goal is to reduce the risk of infection where it is low enough that the benefits outweigh the harms. We understand that some kids have health conditions that will have their parents hesitate. Others live with adults who do, and the same concerns will apply. Each family will have to decide if they are comfortable sending their children to camp this summer. Every decision comes with some risk, and we appreciate those families who believe in Eagle's Landing. In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, we are operating at a limited capacity this summer and we already have waiting lists for certain age groups. If you are uncomfortable with our guidelines detailed below and would like to cancel for this summer, please let us know now so that we can fill your spot from our waiting list and give another child this special opportunity. As a reminder, our refund policy extends through June 1.
The Department of Health is currently working on their final set of guidelines for summer camps. We will continue to update you weekly with changes to our program and the procedures we are implementing to ensure camp is a safe and meaningful experience for everyone. Changing the basic operating design of a summer camp is a tremendous effort and we're working both day and night to make this a reality so we can open our doors this summer. As our revised safety guidelines solidify, we want to share with you some of the changes for this summer.
Screen everyone, every day
Both campers and staff will be screened daily BY EAGLE’S LANDING STAFF before entering the property.
- Upon arrival at camp, we will ask staff and camper parents about symptoms and potential exposures.
- If anyone reports anything positive or if they have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be not allowed on the property.
- If anyone believes that someone they are living with is ill or has been exposed, they should stay home.
Parents and staff will also fill out our Pre-Camp Health Screening Form for the two weeks prior to the start of camp. This will include daily home temperature checks and reporting any symptoms. This form will be in your Campminder account. We all want to stay safe and daily health screenings are an important part of that process.
How can camp operate with social distancing? By minimizing the spread of germs!
Guidance from the CDC and American Camp Association recommends not to mix camper groups. To comply with best practices, this summer each camper group will be considered a "household" and will stay together for all 8 weeks. Just as you are close to the people you live with at home, the group members will not require social distancing. The Health Department recognizes that campers in a group cannot/will not stay six feet apart at all times. Therefore, each group will travel together, take bathroom breaks together, and go to activities together. This group of campers, along with their Counselors, will not social distance from each other. Similar to your personal household, the group of 15-20 people will be sharing personal space and germs. Group members can hold hands -- they just have to wash with soap and water or sanitize regularly.
- Every group household will have no more than 20 campers during the largest weeks.
- Eagle's Landing staff will wear face masks while inside.
- Staff will only wear masks outside when they cannot be socially distanced from other groups.
- Campers will not be required to wear masks once they are with their group, but parents have the option of requesting this. We will do our best, in this case, to keep the masks on those campers.
- Hand washing will become a regular activity, especially before eating.
- Camp groups will have time after each activity to wash their hands.
Groups will share activities with other households in the same grade, but each group must stay socially distanced from the others when possible. We say "when possible" because there are times, such as during a soccer game, when groups will mix due to the nature of the activity. Each division, by gender, will be called a "family", i.e., 3rd grade boys. We have two 3rd grade boys groups, or households, that will have activities together as a family, while maintaining social distancing. These 3rd grade boys groups will not mix with any other groups at camp to reduce the potential for spreading germs. It’s all about minimizing risk. We have created a set schedule for every group.
Stay outdoors as much as possible
Studies show outdoor activities are much less likely to result in virus transmission than indoor activities. This means that we will spend as much time as possible outdoors.
- Social distancing decals are located around camp to remind campers and staff where they should stand while in line or sit at an activity.
Clean and disinfect facilities regularly
While we wait for the final health department guidelines, here are a few of our policies that we are implementing for this summer:
- Dozens of hand sanitizer stations are located around camp.
- Disinfecting wipes are located at all of our program areas to help disinfect equipment between groups.
- Maintenance and cleaning crews will wear PPE and be constantly wiping high touch areas like door knobs and sinks.
- We will “fog” the property and playgrounds every night for additional safety. Our electrostatic foggers use CDC and EPA approved disinfectants.
- Our common bathrooms use touchless toilets, faucets, and hand dryers.
- All delivery personnel must wear masks and gloves when entering the camp property.
- No visiting during camp hours or while campers are present.
Lunch and snacks
- Lunch periods are staggered to reduce the number of campers and staff in one location at any time.
- Everyone will sanitize their hands before entering the lunch tent.
- Our Food Service Staff will all wear PPE, including face masks, gloves, and aprons.
- No shared condiments. All condiments will be in individual packets.
- Lunch tables will be deep cleaned and sanitized between groups.
- Campers will sit by group, spaced 6 feet from any other group.
- Food Service Staff will serve food to campers and staff from the salad bar.
The CDC has confirmed that Covid-19 is not spread in pool water.
- Swim instruction is limited to one family of groups per pool.Campers will be socially distanced if not within the same group.
- Campers will not be allowed to wear masks while in the pool.
- Swim Instructor will wear a mask when they cannot be socially distant while teaching.
- We are assigning bunk so whenever possible, only one groups will be using it to change at a time.
- To reduce time spent indoors, campers in 1st grade and older may opt not to change out of their bathing suits after swim. Kiddie Kingdom will have additional staff to help our youngest campers change more quickly.
- All sunscreen will be applied outside the bunks. We ask that you send spray sunscreen for our staff to apply when possible.
- We will continue to offer one-on-one private swim lessons after camp.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow parents to watch the lessons since no visitors will be allowed on the property. If you are interested in a private swim lesson please email us at SwimLessons@EaglesLandingDayCamp.com.
There are 2 different types as far as camp is concerned. There’s an all-day soaking rain and then there’s the unexpected afternoon shower. Similar to the school system's handling of snow, we are now including two "rain days" in our camp schedule. If the forecast is for all-day rain, we will send a text to parents to keep their kids home so that we don’t have to crowd groups of campers into a building for a movie. If your camper is here for more than 2 rain days, we will issue a credit per day used.
- In the case of a sudden rain or thunderstorm, we will ask the campers to use their mask while together with other groups in their camp family.
- We have 2 Registered Nurses in our Wellness Center to help keep everyone healthy and happy.
- Our nurses will wear PPE while evaluating campers.
- Nebulizer treatments of any camper will occur outdoors to avoid mist spread.
- We will have a pop-up tent set up outside our wellness center for quick fixes and treatments such as bandaids and ear plugs.
Will we be informed if a camper or staff member tests positive Covid-19?
Our goal is to keep our ELDC family as informed as possible while remaining in compliance with various privacy laws. While those privacy laws prohibit us from providing detailed information about any specific individual(s), we intend to share generalized communications about any confirmed cases of Covid-19 among our staff or campers.
We are changing our transportation options to create more opportunities for parents to drive to camp as an alternative to using our buses. Please read the options below and send us an email immediately if you would like to change your current choice. If your schedule is flexible, we suggest that you drive your kids to camp and not take the bus to minimize the spread of germs.
- Please be mindful of your arrival time for pickup and drop-off so as to reduce arrivals and traffic through the Main Office. Please call the camp office for assistance at 732-821-9155 when you arrive.
Buses and Vans
- There will only be a driver and 1 other staff member - the Bus Counselor - on each bus this summer to ensure safety.
- Everyone riding a bus will wear masks and the Bus Driver will wear gloves at all times.
- Everyone taking a bus will have their temperature checked by the Bus Counselor with an infrared thermometer before boarding.
- Buses will operate with windows open to circulate fresh air.
- Everyone riding a bus will be seated by themselves on a seat, unless they are siblings.
- All vehicles will be fogged every morning when they arrive and again every evening.
- Our busses will depart camp at 4:15 pm.
Parent Transportation (PT)
- Parents may drop off at camp from 8:15-8:45 am and pick up in the afternoon between 4:20-4:45 pm. We are hopeful that more families take advantage of our extended hours in an effort to reduce the number of campers on our buses and in our Extended Day (ED) program.
- All campers will have their temperature checked before exiting their cars.
- Parents are asked to remain in their car due to CDC regulations. Our staff will assist your children out of your car and assist them into your car in the afternoon.
- There is no charge for Parent Transportation (PT).
Before and After Care (ED)
This summer, our staff will meet campers at the white tent in the front parking lot. Our staff will perform a temperature check before they sign your child in each morning. The ED staff will also call for your child in the afternoon. We are limiting the number of people who enter our office to reduce to risk of spreading germs. This new process will take additional time, so please be patient.
- The hours for Before Care and After Care (ED) are now 7-8:30 am and 4:20-6 pm.
- We will separate all campers by age to keep them in smaller groups and socially distanced.
- Camper and staff will be required to wear masks during Extended Day since they will be around other campers and staff that are not part of their group.
What happens outside of camp is just as important as what happens within it
In past years, how people spend their evenings and weekends really wouldn’t matter. Now it does. Counselors and staff will need to be rigorously safe during their off-hours so that they don’t bring danger in. All staff are required to sign a "Code of Honor" before the start of camp stating that they will be more cautious than normal outside of camp. The same applies to campers’ families. Everyone will be in this together, so everyone will need to be able to trust one another’s actions outside to feel safe inside.
Other program changes
- Whether we are allowed to have Spring into Summer or not is to be determined once we receive final guidelines.
- Overnights are changed to Stay Lates and will end at 9 pm. The 2nd Grade Stay Late ends at 7:45 pm.
- We are in the process of figuring out how to safely consuct electives. We will update you once we receive final guidelines and have more details.
- Out of camp trips will be limited. More information will be released as it’s available.
- Our lower camp shows for KK-2nd grade continue and will be recorded/streamed.
- The LITs will stay together as group households with a counselor. LITs will not work with camper groups to reduce the mixing of campers.
- LIT community service projects will be completed by group households within the LIT family.
- CITs will be assigned to and stay with one group household for the entire day, for all 8 weeks. We will have a special celebration for the CITs at the end of the summer.
- We have a full-time Behaviorist on staff to assist with campers who may struggle with the structure of camp after being home for over a year.
- Meet & Greets have been modified. More information will be released as it’s available.
If parents can't visit, how can we stay involved in our child’s camp experience?
Eagle's Landing is using the new Campanion app for your phone that will allow parents to view pictures of their campers and stay up to date with all things ELDC. In addition to Instagram-like photo streams and posts, our Campanion app includes facial recognition software to "push" camp photos of your kids directly to your phone! Details on where to download this app can be found in your Enrollment confirmation Email, or it can be found by searching for it in and App Store.
If you have any questions at all, please call the camp office at 732-821-9155. This summer is unique and we all understand that it will be different. Some of you may not be comfortable sending your child to camp. We get it. This is not for everyone. If you are uncomfortable and prefer your children not attend camp this summer, that's ok. All we ask is that you let us know as soon as possible.
This is a lot of information and we will have more to share once the final guidelines are released. We anticipate that campers will be swimming and playing outside, having fun, and making slime as usual. There are obviously new requirements, which we outlined in this email. We are trying to keep everyone updated regularly and we will let you know more once we finalize our plans. You should expect weekly updates as camp gets closer.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you and camp will be here before you know it!