COVID-19 Info and Resources
Please note the below changes and adjustments that are being made in Summer 2021 to prioritize the health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers. We will move forward with this plan, and capacity, unless local or state government requires us to cancel.
Camp will be at HALF CAPACITY (35 campers per week)
To accept as many campers as possible, no typical siblings will be invited to attend this year
Physical distancing (minimum of 6 feet) will be enforced throughout camp, and as many activities that can take place outdoors will be outdoors
Our campers will travel in small, closely monitored 'cohorts' (which we refer to as tribes), small groups of campers and counselors in order to minimize cross contamination, and keep any potential outbreaks small
Bunkbeds will be distanced, and counselors/campers will sleep head to feet
Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) such as masks, physical distancing at meals, activities, bathing etc., hand sanitizer, hand washing (more stations will be built) and others will be either implemented or more closely monitored than ever before
If your camper must be sent home due to illness, or camp must close due to a potential outbreak, no refunds will be issued. This has always been the policy. The cohort system should minimize this risk.
No visitors will be allowed at camp this summer, therefore Talent Show will take place Friday night & be streamed via social media.
Additional COVID-19 waivers and health protocol forms are added to the application & must be completed to be accepted.
Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns you may have. We will do everything we can to minimize the risk of COVID, and other illnesses, being contracted at camp, but there is no guarantee.
1) How can we support Camp SMILE during this time?
Camp SMILE will be impacted by loss of funding and resources. As we plan for our at home camp activities, and hopefully for further in person programming at later dates, we are asking that you consider camp as a place to make a donation to overtime. We, like everyone else, are unsure what the future holds and when we will be back to ‘normal’ (whatever that may mean later). We want Camp SMILE to be there for you on the other side. If you are interested in making a donation at anytime, you may do so online here.
2) Will you be offering future programming?
We are doing everything we can to plan for a safe camp experience. As of now, no plans are finalized, and we will update the community as soon as we are able. In the meantime, please check out our at home programming from this summer, as well as our current fall and upcoming winter activities!
3) What is camp doing in the meantime?
Camp SMILE is actively planning for the 2021 camp season, as well as putting together virtual programming. We are engaging with our campers and their families via social media and email, to keep everyone safe and informed!
To Our Dear Camp SMILE Campers, Volunteers, Staff and Their Families,
We hope you are all safe, healthy, and at home. We, like many of you, are facing new challenges while trying to find the brighter side during this unusual time.
Camper, volunteer, and staff safety is of huge importance to Camp SMILE. Over the years, we have been able to offer a safe place for campers by being beyond diligent about maintaining a safe and healthy environment. We have closely monitored the COVID-19 pandemic, and have reviewed the best current information available. In light of recent developments, we feel it is in the best interest of our campers and staff to cancel Camp SMILE for the 2020 summer session.
This was a very difficult decision to make. We wanted to wait until the last possible moment, with the newest information, before moving forward with this decision. We are heartbroken, but determined to keep everyone in the Camp SMILE family safe and healthy.
As we move forward, we are hopeful we will be able to offer Fall Respite Weekends. We’ll stay focused on the health considerations of our community, our campers, and our volunteers, and keep everyone informed of our plans.
We know everyone who planned on being a part of Summer 2020 is incredibly disappointed, and sad, to have a summer go by without Camp SMILE. Please know, camp leadership shares the same disappointment and sadness. As we move forward in these uncertain times, we will be doing everything we can to keep the Camp SMILE Spirit alive and well. We have already shared some #CampSMILEatHome activities, and will continue to do so, bringing even more excitement into your homes. Camp SMILE has always been more than a place. We know this is not ideal, but we also know that we’ve always marched to the beat of our own drum, and if anyone can make the best of adapting to tough surroundings, it’s our campers. Keep an eye on your emails and our social media for more information.
Camp SMILE has No Limit to the Adventure, and as we move forward in these uncertain times, we know we will not let our camp spirit be deterred.
Peace, Love, and Camp SMILE,
Matrisza Alvarez, Camp Director