Covid 19 Procedures
Berkshire Running Camp is committed to providing a safe, meaningful and fun week this summer of all of our campers. To do so we have committed to follow and/or exceed all of the requirements and advised best practices outlined in The Recreational Camps and Programs Health and Safety Standards for Reopening (May 29, 2021)
While vaccines are not required for campers to attend BRC, the advised best practices outlined in The Recreational Camps and Programs Health and Safety Standards for Reopening strongly encourages vaccines for campers. Our staff will all be fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated campers do not have to test or quarantine per the reopening guidelines.
If campers are unable to be fully vaccinated by the start of camp, they must adhere to the testing and quarantine requirements outlined below.
Proof of vaccine can be uploaded to your camper portal via ActiveCamps.
Fully Vaccinated: an individual is fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. (updated 6/2/21)
Individuals who have tested positive within the last 90 days, have been cleared from isolation, and can provide lab results do not need to meet Arrival Testing requirements.
Our current approach is to require all unvaccinated campers to take a pre-arrival conventional PCR test within 72hrs prior to arrival at camp, as well as an at-home antigen test (BinaxNow) the day prior to arrival.
Upon arrival, we will administer a rapid COVID-19 test. These tests are the financial responsibility of the campers. This will give us the foundation we need for our camp bubble. We may also conduct additional testing as needed throughout the week. (updated 6/2/21)
Vaccinated campers do not have to follow the above testing protocol.
Camp Taconic has become an FDA certified CLIA-Waived Clinical Laboratory so that we can administer rapid tests on site as needed throughout the week.
As we prepare for BRC 2021, our medical team has advised us with the following pre-camp protocols. It is imperative that we all remain healthy and safe before arriving at BRC. In order to do so, we are asking our families of unvaccinated campers to be extremely cautious about contact outside the home during the two weeks before arrival. (updated 6/2/21)
Unvaccinated campers will be required to complete a “modified quarantine” until after they receive a negative result from the rapid test administered during check-in.
Staggered arrival to ensure that there is minimum overlap with campers and their families and so that unvaccinated individuals can complete “modified quarantine" pending test results.
Upon arriving at camp, unvaccinated campers will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72hrs and a negative at-home antigen test taken the day prior. Inability to provide this will result in the camper being refused entry to camp.
Masking and Social Distancing
Based on requirements and advised best practices outlined in The Recreational Camps and Programs Health and Safety Standards for Reopening campers will not have to wear masks if they are vaccinated or have completed the testing protocol.
Please Note: The camp reserves the right to ask a camper to leave in the event that they feel the camper is failing to cooperate with COVID protocols, or for any reason suspect that the camper poses a health risk to other campers or staffers. (updated 6/2/21)
Isolation and Quarantine
In the event that a camper/staff tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact, they must isolate or quarantine until a parent or guardian can pick them up to return home. There will be no refunds for individuals who test positive or are identified as a close contact.
Vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine.
Covid 19 Precautions
Per the advised best practices outlined in The Recreational Camps and Programs Health and Safety Standards for Reopening, BRC will be cohorting campers by cabin to insure that indoor and transportation cohorts are maintained during our week. Campers will not have to remain in cohorts during outdoor activities.
Berkshire Running Camp will have access to all of Camp Taconic’s “girls side” accommodations across their 100 acre campus. Camp Taconic has recently installed high powered exhaust fans at the front and back of every bunk to exchange air and will provide enough sleeping accommodation to allow sufficient spacing between beds and will meet all CDC guidelines.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Camp Taconic has developed a plan in accordance with CDC Guidance for camp/program cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing practices and frequency. Extra precautions will be taken this summer to ensure every facility across camp is cleaned and sanitized thoroughly. We will have ample cleaning supplies, including electrostatic sprayers that can efficiently sanitize large surface areas in a matter of minutes. We will also ensure that all campers and staff incorporate healthy and hygienic routines into their programmed summer fun.
We have completely redesigned our dining experience to meet all CDC guidelines and to ensure that groups can eat safely for the full duration of their stay. Our Directors, Executive Chef and veteran kitchen team are already hard at work planning a delicious menu for our camp family.
Camp Taconic will provide 3 meals a day and facilitate all of the meal time logistics.
Meals will be served cafeteria style by our wait staff behind protective plexiglass, which will then be taken outside to enjoy socially distant indoors or at one of our new outdoor eating locations.
Camp Taconic has added additional outdoor eating locations to allow adequate social distancing for all of our guests.
Berkshire Running Camp will have its own exclusive eating location for the duration of its stay.
Camp Taconic staff members will be required to wear masks at all times, when retrieving food inside the dining hall.
Physical Site Updates
We’ve added hand sanitizing dispensers to every building at camp, including inside and outside of every bunk. We’ve added hand-washing stations outside the health center and dining hall. We’ve installed high powered exhaust fans at the front and back of every bunk to exchange air and we’ve added circulation fans in our communal buildings. We’ve also ordered a number of large tents so that we can conduct as many activities outside as possible. We will continue making updates and improvements to our physical site as needed before BRC 2021.
Off Campus Running Trips
Planned trips to surrounding areas and recreational facilities are permitted. While off-site, BRC must comply with applicable face covering requirements and will have procedures in place for isolating a camper/staff who develops symptoms and arrange for separate transportation to seek medical care from the off-site location. Campers will travel via bus with their cabin cohorts.