Why We Opened

We remember in March when the NBA cancelled their season, that the world as we knew it was going to change. As we quarantined with our two young sons, we began to brainstorm ways that camp could open safely. We knew as soon as the guidelines were released that we had to open – for our camper’s and our staff’s well-being.  We’d all been locked in our homes, socially distant and hiding behind screens. We had to get back to being together mentally and physically, we needed to see our Woodmont family laughing and smiling and most importantly, we needed to provide a safe place for our community to feel “normal” again. At the completion of the summer, we understood that not only was it the correct decision, it was the best decision we’d ever made! 

How We Did it

Camper Screening

  • Pre-camp online health & history questionnaire. 
  • Daily submission of at-home health screenings.
  • Health Monitoring throughout the camp day.

Staff Screening & Testing

  • Pre-camp online health & history questionnaire.
  • Daily submission of at-home health screenings.
  • Health Monitoring throughout the camp day.
  • Pre-camp COVID-19 testing.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided.

Cleaning & Disinfection

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • Hourly cleaning and disinfection of each bathroom.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of all activity areas, equipment and supplies between each group’s use. 
  • Designated activity supplies for each group’s exclusive use.
  • Use of EPA-approved soaps and sanitizers.

Hand Washing

  • Mandatory hand washing and sanitization protocol between each activity period.
  • Hand sanitizing stations were used upon arrival, before lunch, and at the end of each day.
  • Hand sanitizing stations located at each cabin, at food service areas and at every activity area.
  • Use of EPA-approved soaps and sanitizers.

Reasonable Contact Reduction

  • Group sizes were limited to no more than 15 campers per group.
  • Safe social distancing practices were maintained between groups.
  • Staff wore face coverings and masks when engaged with campers.

Symptom Management Plan

  • Medical Professionals assessed campers & staff with possible COVID-related symptoms.
  • Quarantine facilities were established.
  • Strict symptom management, including isolation, communication, tracing, and post-illness protocols were enforced.

Groups Did Not Mix

  • Groups were required to maintain appropriate social distancing from other groups.
  • Elective and choice periods were not offered.
  • Each group traveled around camp following the specific camp routes planned to limit minimal group crossover.

Activity Period Checklist

  • All campers and staff members washed/sanitized hands when they arrived and departed each activity period.
  • Cleaning and disinfection was completed on all equipment and supplies before being used by another group.
  • One group was scheduled at each activity.
  • Sports and games focused more on skill-building and drills to limit contact as much as possible.
  • Commonly touched surfaces, switches, sink knobs, tables, benches or handles etc., were wiped down after each program period.
  • Staff members increased spacing and physical distancing with campers when possible.
  • Every group was provided with a supply box that only their group uses, for example scissors, markers, crayons, pencils, glue and other widely used high touch items. This craft supply box was only used with that particular group of campers throughout the summer.
  • Field trips off camp were not offered during the summer.

Daily Lunch & Snacks Safety Protocols

  • Hand washing/sanitizing stations were located in each cabin for everyone to use before and after each meal and throughout the day.
  • Limited seating per table.

Snacks and Ices/ Ice Cream

  • All snacks and ice creams were served in individual, pre-packaged servings.

Water Stations

  • Water was available in all activity areas.
  • Only specialized staff with masks and gloves poured water in hand disposable cups for each camper.

Allergy Awareness

  • We are a nut-aware camp – peanut and tree nut products are not permitted.

Letters From Our Families

We wanted to say thank you for the incredible effort and magic you put in to make camp happen this summer. It’s hard to imagine what 2020 would have looked like if our kids didn’t have the experiences they had or if they didn’t create the new friendships that they made in camp. It was obvious how much work you put into preparations for ensuring safety because to us, it seemed flawless. I think I was in tears on a daily basis because I was so grateful and happy that my children were able to be children again. We hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy during the school year and we cannot wait to see you again in 2021!!

He didn’t have the easiest time at the beginning of quarantine with remote learning and camp was exactly what he needed. Thank you for taking the chance to open and running such a safe, fun, and thoughtful program. Not once did he mention any of the restrictions, and only came home healthy, happy and excited to tell us about all of his adventures and friendships. We’re already counting down the days til next summer!

It meant so much to all of us that you opened camp. It is truly our child’s happy place, she just seems to come alive during the summer and was happier and more excited than I’ve seen her in months. She was beyond thrilled to be back with friends, playing and just having fun. She never once felt it wasn’t a “normal” summer and that meant the world to us.

We wanted to take a moment to thank you and your amazing staff for giving my boys a wonderful experience this summer. We were hesitant to send this summer but after a few days, it was clear that Woodmont was the right choice. After spending months in quarantine, camp gave them a chance to be kids again. We cannot thank you enough for the unimaginable hard work you put in to make this summer possible. Our first year at Woodmont may have not been the “true” Woodmont experience but it was amazing and very special. 

Looking forward to next summer already!

Our Thoughts on Summer 2020

The summer of 2020 was the most incredible and meaningful summer yet. So many people never thought camp would open, let alone operate safely, but WE OPENED AND THRIVED! With proper precautions and protocols, we were able to keep everyone safe and healthy. In a year that tested all of us, we helped make camp more exciting, more fun, and more memorable than ever! We were able to give our campers and staff a summer they will never forget, a release they needed physically and more importantly, mentally. We cannot wait to do it all again, bigger and better in the summer of 2021!

BIGGER AND BETTER IN 2021!