Questions Asked and Answered

Kabeyun is delighted to welcome campers back for another summer. Below you’ll find questions and answers about our COVID-19 policies and protocols.

While we recognize that COVID now feels like less of a threat to many people and that many communities have done away with COVID precautions, we regard Kabeyun as a place where we must be especially vigilant. The consequences are too great, as a COVID outbreak at camp likely would end the season for all of us.

In addition, we want to do everything we can to move closer to give campers a Kabeyun experience without masks, cohorts, or restrictions on boys sharing meals, tents, and indoor spaces. That means requiring vaccinations, testing, and taking precautions in the days leading up to camp.

Kabeyun’s leadership continues to monitor the state of COVID and stands ready to refine our protocols based on the latest guidance from New Hampshire, the CDC, the American Camp Association, and other resources, including the "Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance", developed by the ACA, Y-USA and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. This document will continue to evolve, as will Kabeyun’s plan.

Thank you sincerely for your understanding and flexibility. Thank you, as well, for your care and diligence in doing everything you can to keep our community healthy and safe. While there are still protocols to follow, there is so much promise in the coming summer! Let’s continue to support each other as we work towards creating a healthy and memorable Kabeyun summer for our boys.

Are vaccines required?

Yes. All campers and staff members are expected to be fully vaccinated and if eligible, fully boosted against COVID-19 (read the full policy here). 

My son’s vaccines are up-to-date now, but what if the cdc changes its guidance before camp starts?

We are using May 15 as our cut-off date. Families will not be required to meet CDC guidance that changes after May 15. However, if the guidance changes after May 15, we strongly encourage families to meet the new guidance whenever possible. In addition, if your camper becomes eligible for a booster after May 15, we recommend he gets that shot, but will not require it.

What will you ask of campers and staff before camp? Do they need to isolate?

Kabeyun will require all campers and staff to be fully vaccinated and, if eligible, fully boosted against COVID, and to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours before their arrival at camp. As an added precaution, we ask campers and staff members to do everything they reasonably can to arrive at camp COVID-free. Avoid unnecessary exposures and take precautions such as masking, distancing, and being with other outdoors. Consider wearing a mask indoors 7–10 days before camp and take precautions while traveling to camp.

What is the drop off plan? Will there be assigned time slots? Will I be able to see my son’s cabin?

For now, we plan to repeat the 2022 drop-off procedure to reduce the risk of COVID entering camp. That means parents will not visit their son’s cabin at dropoff, although you will have a chance to meet at least one of your camper’s cabin counselors. Our video “Arriving at Camp” demonstrates how this process works. We plan to stagger arrival times and we suggest families limit the number of people who travel with their camper to Kabeyun.

How about pickup? Will I pick him up at his cabin?

We hope so! We tentatively plan to invite families to walk around camp when they pick up their sons. We will ask all family members to self-test before coming to camp and to meet with staff members outdoors only. As always, we put the health and safety of our community first and may revise this plan if infection rates increase significantly, or if we have active COVID cases at camp.

My son travels to camp via airplane or train. Will you offer pickups and dropoffs at airports and train stations this year?

Kabeyun cannot promise to provide transportation to and from airports or train and bus stations. For campers coming from afar, we recommend that an adult accompany your camper and handle transportation directly to camp, or that you explore private limousine services. Everyone coming to camp is required to follow CDC guidelines for safe travel and to create a travel plan that minimizes exposures to others.

What are your plans for COVID testing?

At this point, we expect a similar series of tests to 2021 and 2022 – the first will be taken at home before departing for camp. The second will be taken immediately upon arrival and before entering Kabeyun's campus to confirm the first test. We also will test anyone who becomes symptomatic during the session.

Kabeyun will follow the latest CDC guidance to determine which type of test – PCR, molecular, or antigen – will be most effective for screening and diagnosis. Our healthcare staff will be able to administer rapid antigen tests on-site at Kabeyun’s health center.

Kabeyun will cover the costs of all COVID tests except the first, which will be administered before leaving for camp. Please contact the office if you need help scheduling or paying for this test.

What will happen if my son gets COVID while he's at camp?

We are designing our protocols to do everything possible to prevent COVID from coming into camp. However, if a camper or staff member is diagnosed with COVID during the session, they will immediately be isolated and likely have to go home. This presents a number of challenges, most notably for campers coming from considerable distance. Kabeyun will have the means to keep campers safely at camp for as long as it takes for a parent or legal guardian to arrive.

Anyone who tests positive will need to spend a minimum of five days in isolation, away from camp. After a minimum of five days, that person could return to camp once they are asymptomatic for 24 hours and after completing two negative rapid antigen tests taken 24 hours apart.

What is Kabeyun's plan for the overall community if someone gets COVID?

We will follow New Hampshire and CDC guidelines. The person diagnosed with COVID would be isolated immediately and leave camp as soon as possible. In the meantime, their cabin group (including counselors) would be monitored for symptoms and tested periodically.

Will you require masks? In what settings?

While we expect that vaccination, testing, and precautions will maximize the likelihood of keeping COVID out of camp this summer, we suggest campers pack 5 re-usable cloth masks, labeled with their full names, for use in the event a case of COVID is identified. We have a good supply of disposable masks. Otherwise, we do not expect to require masking while at camp.

Will boys eat meals in cabin groups this summer?

We will continue our normal system of sitting in mixed-age and mixed-cabin groups in our dining hall this summer, provided there are no active cases of COVID.

My son stays for 6 or 8 weeks. will i be able to visit him? will he be able to leave camp for a night?

We love having two-session campers, and those boys who enroll in the Full Summer or Extended Stay sessions will be able to stay with us through the one-day break between sessions. We anticipate two-session boys can see their families off-campus if they are careful to stay isolated. Please contact Ken to discuss your family's plans.

Will you allow visitors such as alumni, prospective families, etc?

We anticipate allowing visitors this year, by appointment only. Visitors must follow the same two-test protocol as all our campers and staff members before entering camp.

Will Kabeyun put boys in pods or cohorts?

No, provided there are no active cases of COVID-19 at camp.