Throughout everything we do we are guided by our most sacred value – the health and well-being of the children, staff, and faculty that are part of our community.
With that guiding value in mind, the OSRUI team has worked in partnership with our colleagues across the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), to begin to prepare for next summer amidst COVID-19. We have had numerous conversations with our medical advisors, with residential camps that operated in Summer 2020, and with partners at the Foundation for Jewish Camp and American Camp Association. We will continue to work closely with our partners, from now through next summer, to offer a safe camp experience for our community.
As we’ve seen in so many facets of our lives, the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. As summer nears we will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols, in partnership with our team of medical experts. Our camp families are our most important partners and we will share information with you from now through the time your campers are with us about the steps we take to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community. Below are answers to a couple of common questions.
***Please note that this information will be updated as we get closer to the summer. ***
How will you make decisions about COVID-19 protocols?
We are working with a team of medical experts, and our partners across the URJ camps, to guide our decisions and revamp our protocols and procedures. We are also working in close coordination with the American Camp Association and Foundation for Jewish Camp to gather learnings and insights from the field. In addition, we are in communication with camps that ran last summer and continually monitoring CDC guidelines.
We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. We will remain responsive to ever-evolving local standards and protocols.
Will camp look different next summer?
Yes, while we are committed to delivering OSRUI’s Magic with the same excellence you’ve come to expect from us, it is likely that some elements of camp will look different.
We will share updates on all of the changes as we finalize things, but some examples of what we are thinking about include (but are not limited to):
- Pre-camp testing and screening
- Quarantine protocols
- Travel to and from camp
- Procedures for the dining hall
- Procedures for the health center
- Limiting campers and adults coming and going from camp
- Cleaning protocols
What will the support for the mental health and social and emotional needs of campers and staff look like?
We recognize that while a return to camp life is much anticipated and exciting, it also brings with its anxieties and concerns. Our campers and staff have lived anything but normal lives over the last several months. Some of whom may have suffered their own losses and adjustments to new family situations due to COVID. Changes to our camp program and routine will bring some unfamiliarity and adjustment. Our staff will be trained in supporting our campers and building community at this unusual time. Our Camp Care Team made up of mental health care professionals, as well as our excellent Medical Team, will provide additional support to campers and staff. As always, we will communicate and partner with families as challenges arise. We know that the connection, routine, and support that camp life offers will be eagerly welcomed and is exceptionally important today for our campers and staff.
Our camp health center (or mirpa’ah in Hebrew) is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of nurses and physicians throughout the summer, and is the place to make sure campers are staying healthy and getting the care they need.
Campers who feel ill during camp will be seen at the Health Center. Our staff will respond based on the symptoms and will be in touch with you if the camper needs to stay overnight in the health center, go off camp for treatment, or receive a new prescription medication.
Campers who take prescriptions, supplements, and over-the-counter medications on a regular or as needed basis will store their medications in the Health Center to be supervised and dispensed by our nursing staff. In order to ensure the safety and integrity of the medication dispensing, all medications need to be ordered from the camp pharmacy, JDrug. Parents will be emailed with more information about ordering medication after March 1st.
We are committed to providing a safe camp community where our campers can develop self-esteem, a sense of independence, and comfort in expressing their inner-most selves.
Camp Care Staff — In addition to the health center staff, who focus on the physical health of campers and the camp community, we have a team of social workers and psychologists who focus on the mental and social emotional health of our campers and staff. The Camp Care team’s goal is to ensure each camper and staff has the tools and support they need to be successful at camp.