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This summer, Kabeyun is asking our campers, staff, and their families to take all reasonable precautions to avoid bringing COVID to camp.
We are relying on you to do everything you can to drop off a healthy, virus-free boy.
While we recognize that the CDC has relaxed some masking and distancing guidelines, Kabeyun expects its families to exercise caution and adhere to stricter standards in the ten days before campers arrive. This will greatly reduce the risk of anyone bringing COVID to camp. It also will increase the likelihood Kabeyun can run our camp program with fewer restrictions and give your son an experience that is closer to a normal, non-pandemic summer.
Our goal is to create a COVID-free bubble at the start of each session and then to maintain that bubble during camp. Our two-pronged approach requires 1. a testing regimen and 2. behavior modifications in the period before camp and just after the session begins. While it would be easier to rely on a testing regimen alone, we believe pre-camp behavior modifications are crucial to avoid the incredible disappointment your son will experience if he tests positive and is denied entry to camp or is sent home after testing positive at drop-off.
These pre-camp expectations apply to everyone, even those who are vaccinated or have had COVID recently. If you anticipate any difficulties with these expectations, please contact Ken to discuss.
Understanding that COVID can incubate for up to 14 days, please avoid any high-risk activities. Specifically, we ask that campers, staff, and their household members:
If any of these expectations pose a challenge for your family, please contact Ken to discuss your situation.
In addition, during this time period or before, please begin planning for the required pre-camp COVID test. All campers and staff members must arrive at Kabeyun with a negative RT-PCR test (also known as a molecular test) that is not more than 72 hours old. Use this time to locate a testing facility, make an appointment, and learn how you will receive your results.
Many states and/or health insurers are covering testing costs, but not all. Please contact the office if you need assistance paying for the pre-camp test. Once everyone arrives at camp, Kabeyun will cover the costs of the multiple COVID tests we will administer during each session.
Please note: we prefer that Kabeyun families address their sons’ pre-camp needs such as haircuts, dental, medical, and other appointments more than ten days before arrival.
Get your COVID PCR test. Remember, you must arrive at Kabeyun with a negative RT-PCR test that is not more than 72 hours old. We will accept what are called “PCR” or “molecular” tests, or any comparable NAAT test. You can email the results to the office or bring the documentation when you drop off your son.
Please note, if your son has had COVID in the past 3+ months, he may test positive again. If that happens, please provide Kabeyun dated copies of both positive tests -- the one when he initially tested positive and the test administered just before his camp session. If your son has had COVID just prior to camp, he will need to complete a 14-day quarantine before his arrival.
We ask that once campers are swabbed for a PCR test, they interact only with their household family members and engage in low risk behaviors to prevent COVID exposure between the time of testing and arrival at camp.
Once tested, campers and staff members should:
It is essential your family continue to follow the pre-camp behavioral expectations and take care to reduce the risk of COVID transmission during your travel to Kabeyun. This includes all safe masking, physical distancing, and hygiene measures.
Try to travel to camp as directly as possible with no or reduced layovers. Please avoid dining in restaurants; consider packing your food. Take care to wear masks while getting gas, using a restroom, etc., and wash your hands afterwards. As a reference, here are the CDC’s guidelines for safer domestic travel.
In 2021, Kabeyun is not providing transportation from airports and bus or train stations.
New Hampshire no longer requires travelers to quarantine for domestic travel. Anyone traveling internationally must quarantine in the United States for 10 days prior to arriving at camp. The person has the option of ending quarantine after Day 7 with a negative molecular test collected on Day 6-7.
While we are still working out the precise details of our drop-off procedure, parents and campers should plan to say goodbye on our Senior Ballfield to reduce the risk of COVID entering camp. Staff members will help campers bring their items to their cabins and get settled there. We suggest families limit the number of people (and pets) who travel with their camper to Kabeyun this year.
We will ask that each camper arrive during a specific, pre-determined 15-minute window. We soon will create and share a way for families to sign up for time slots. More to come soon.