This page represents all the work we did to prepare and then execute what turned out to be a 100% COVID-free summer in 2021, a feat for which we are very proud!
We have left this page up as-is for now to offer parents and others insight into our process leading into to Summer 2021 and the stringent protocols we put into place to create as normal a summer as possible. (It turns out that our protocols aided it feeling almost as normal as usual!)
Should we find that we need to have the same, similar, or lesser protocols in place for our historic 100th summer in 2022, we’ll update this page with that information if or as it becomes necessary.
As part of our preparations for Summer 2022 we are staying in close contact with the American Camp Association’s recommendations and monitoring releases from the CDC and West Virginia state resources. Health and Safety are a part of every summer at Alleghany. Whether they are standard precautions and procedures or unique demands and protocols, we are ready to meet them all with transparency, professionalism, and preparedness.
Archived 2021 Information About COVID Protocols
We can’t wait to have you here for our traditional summer programs in 2021 — Mother-Daughter Weekend, Mini Camp, Term Camp, Leaders-In Training, and Family Camp. (Registration is still open for Term Camp and there are still some spaces left so register now. Mini Camp and Mother-Daughter Weekend have Wait Lists, but you can register to secure a spot on the Wait List!)
However, out of an abundance of caution and with the desire to stay one step ahead of the game (as well as keeping all our camp families in the loop), we’ve prepared this page to anticipate any questions you may have about next summer, as well as to plan for and strategize our approach to COVID-related adaptations, and to share those with you.
Please see below for 3 important documents to guide you through how our summer will look:
- Camp Alleghany’s COVID Action Plan, a detailed and thorough guide for parents, and a must-read if you have a camper registered for 2021 (updated May 25, 2021)
- The ‘Ghany Girls’ Guide to 2021, a shorter document intended for campers and LITs
- FAQs, frequently asked questions that are all answered in the document. If your question isn’t answered here, please reach out!
What will camp look like in 2021?
But since that isn’t the way things are trending, we’ve crafted various Plan B scenarios to ensure a positive 2021 Camp Alleghany experience that is as close to normal as possible, yet also as safe and healthy as possible in the COVID-19 era.
To that end we’ve produced three documents for helping you and your camper prepare for the summer ahead:
This simple parent-child guide offers your family a quick, easy, and reassuring way to talk about the fun summer up ahead. Dispelling fears and myths that “camp just won’t be camp,” it overwhelmingly shows that most of camp won’t change at all!
It also helps you prepare her for those few changes in supplies, routines, and added health measures that she’ll easily adapt to this one summer. Created in bite-sized nuggets, The ‘Ghany Girls’ Guide to Summer 2021 lightly covers all the major issues in an age-appropriate way that keeps her focused on what her actual summer will look like and how excited she can be for it!
The Camp Alleghany for Girls COVID-19 Action Plan is a much more comprehensive and detailed document outlining myriad behind-the-scenes issues of prevention, detection, and response related to COVID-19.
Covering pre-camp prevention, this document has key details and requirements for parents in readying your camper for camp and as such is an absolute must-read in order to do your part in helping camp secure the best possibility at a COVID-19 free summer.
Should you wish to go into more detail with your camper, The COVID-19 Action Plan gives the granular specifics necessary to answer any questions she may have, while putting your mind at ease about all of the background work/back-up plans that will make for a safe and healthy summer at Alleghany.
Finally, our FAQ page (ever-evolving, so continue to check back as we add more questions and edit the answers we have) should answer most every question you have as you prepare for this summer. Don’t see your question listed? Please get in touch!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail our Director, Elizabeth Shreckhise, to discuss anything.
‘Ghany Girls Can Do It!
Having seen our colleagues in other camps successfully operate camp with similar adaptations and under state restrictions and emerge with little or NO cases of COVID, we too feel confident that with required adaptations, we can easily have a fun, meaningful, restorative, summer camp experience with safety at the heart of our mission.
We teach our campers to be resilient, and as we imagine any given scenario for next summer, we’re modeling that resilience ourselves with optimism, can-do-ism, and our ‘Ghany Girl spirit!