Our thoughts go out to all the families affected by COVID-19. We hope to continue to be an anchor point for families through this pandemic.
The physical and emotional safety of our staff and the community remain our top priority in responding to COVID-19. We are closely monitoring announcements made by public health officials and attending webinars to engage first hand with experts from the CT Office of Early Childhood and the American Camp Association. We are adjusting our policies and putting new ones in place based on these recommendations. Below are details of how we are planning to move forward based on the most current information. Please check back as this is a fluid situation and things change quickly. We will email enrolled families with any updates that affect your programs.
What’s happening with summer camp?
The state of Connecticut has authorized summer camps to operate this season starting June 22nd, with new public health and safety requirements in place. Our camp season will start June 29th and we are still enrolling. Read below for more information about what new policies will be in place this summer.
What happens if I have already paid for camp and you end up cancelling due to COVID?
If you have already enrolled your child in camp this summer and we need to cancel a session or reduce group sizes due to COVID, your money will be refunded or can be credited to a future program.
Should I register for summer camps now? What happens if I need to cancel?
Any new camp registrations will have a reduced deposit of $25, allowing you to hold your child’s spot, set up a payment plan, and request a scholarship if needed. Final payments will be due June 1.
Camp sessions are starting to fill up and we are keeping waitlists in case anyone’s plans change. If we run camp and you choose to cancel your child’s registration after June 1st, our typical registration policy will apply.
What new policies have you put in place to safeguard children from COVID-19?
While the recommendations from the state and the CDC may evolve, at the moment we are planning to implement the following:
– All staff and adults onsite will be wearing face masks. Parents can decide if they want their child to wear a mask as well.
– Children will undergo a health screening at drop off. Parents will be asked to confirm each child does not have a temperature over 100 and is not exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms. Staff will go through a similar screening process each morning.
– Groups are limited to 10 campers and 2 staff. Camp groups will be kept separate from each other all day. Drop off, morning circle, end of day circles, and pick up will happen in small groups. Siblings will be kept in the same group where possible.
– Within a group of 10 campers, children are not required to stay 6 feet apart from each other. We will modify activities to minimize touch and close contact and will increase hand-washing where appropriate.
– Parents will be asked to pack lunches with ice packs to keep in the camper’s backpack all morning.
– We will recommend items you can purchase for your child in order to minimize sharing tools or other basic materials during the day. Any shared items will be disinfected after each use.
– Any high touch surfaces or communal spaces will be disinfected consistently between uses.
– We will have a designated area for any camper exhibiting COVID-related symptoms to wait until they can be picked up.
– We will be more likely to cancel a day of camp if the weather could force us to go inside. This will depend on the specific location and if there are enough shelter options to keep groups separate.
– Overnight camps will have new sleeping arrangements and mealtime practices.
What will you do if you find out a camper or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
We will report the case to the CT Department of Public Health and will follow DPH recommendations on when to notify families of children that may have been in contact with that person.
Will you have a remote option should we not be able to attend in person?
Yes. We developed Connected Coyotes, an online nature mentoring program, for students who were enrolled in our spring classes. Based on the success of that program this spring, we are confident we will have an awesome online option for your children to connect with their mentors, friends, and nature this summer should we need it.
For now, you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to see snippets and short videos of what our mentors & students are working on, to activate your curiosity and build new skills. Check out sample lessons for 5-7 years old and 8-12 years old.
Are there still scholarships available for this summer?
Yes! Please apply for a scholarship when you register for a session on Active. Read more about our new scholarship process here.
Is there a way that I can support Two Coyotes at this time?
Yes! We would love to hear from you. Our team is incredibly grateful for all who have sent words of encouragement and concern, and donations that have kept our staff and the organization stable. Your donations, along with federal support, have allowed our team to keep our mission alive in a new format, while we plan for how to best support the community when we meet in person again.
You can make a gift today to help ensure the long-term financial stability of Two Coyotes. You can also provide camp scholarships so that no child is turned away from camp this summer. Make a donation here.
Updated May 28, 2020.