Summer 2022 COVID Plans

We are excited to be planning for summer 2022 at Camp Akeela! As always, our goals of friendship, community, growth, pride and fun are guiding all of our preparation work, in addition to an unwavering commitment to the emotional and physical health of our campers and staff.

Vaccination Requirements

After our successful experience last summer and ongoing discussions with our medical team, we are requiring all campers and staff to be fully vaccinated, including boosters for those who are eligible. We feel this requirement will be a key ingredient in our approach to another healthy and fun-filled season. Please let us know right away if your camper will not meet this requirement.

Testing Requirements

All campers are required to get two COVID tests prior to their arrival at camp. The first must be a full PCR test, administered within 3 days of the camp start date. (Campers who present medical documentation of a positive COVID diagnosis within 90 days are exempt from this first PCR test.) The second test must be taken within 24 hours of arrival. For that second test, we are recommending a “rapid-result PCR”. If families are unable to access a rapid PCR, they may opt for an antigen test. In any case, both tests (3 days prior and 24 hours prior) must be “proctored” — in other words, administered by a pharmacy, urgent care center or health care facility. Documented results from an established testing center must be presented to camp; home tests will not be accepted.

Required Packing List Addition: 2 Rapid Antigen Tests & Masks

To ensure ample testing capacity at camp, we are asking each camper to pack and send ahead to camp (with their camp baggage) two at-home COVID rapid antigen tests. Examples of these tests are BinaxNOW, BD Veritor and Flowflex. Please also send 10 K-95 or KN-95 face masks or 50 (1 box) disposable surgical face masks. While masking will not be part of our routine at camp, it’s important that campers have access to them in case they’re needed.

Travel To and From Camp

To-Camp Transportation – We anticipate providing opening day transportation from Tarrytown, NY, Lexington, MA and Boston Logan Airport. It is likely that campers will be asked to wear masks on the buses. Alternatively, parents may drop their campers off at Akeela. In the event that we are not comfortable busing campers to camp, we will replicate the successful parent drop-off system that we put in place last summer.

From-Camp Transportation & Pick-Up / “Visiting Day” – Similarly to last summer, we will provide optional transportation (for a nominal fee) to Tarrytown, NY and Boston Logan Airport. We also plan to return to our tradition of welcoming families to camp on the closing day of their session to pick up their campers. That morning is a wonderful chance to tour camp, meet friends and counselors, see a camp activity in action, and have a “Visiting Day” experience. If this interests you and you are making hotel / travel reservations, we recommend they be refundable, just in case COVID conditions prevent us from hosting you.

We will update this page accordingly and of course share final policies and procedures with our camp families closer to the beginning of summer. Last update: May 6, 2022