As Salaamu Alaykum- Greetings Parents/Guardians,
The Covid19 impact on our communities is constantly changing. While we are happy to bring you Camp ISMAH this summer, we want to make sure we are running our programs with proper Covid19 safety measures. The following notice explains the requirements to attend camp, how we will run our programs and what to expect.
Our Commitments to You:
Camp ISMAH COVID-19 Response Summary Updated April 29, 2021 per CDC Guidance for Operating Camps and the NJ Department of Health Youth Camp Safety Standards Before Arrival
●Camp ISMAH will not require campers to quarantine prior to arrival. However, per the CDC guidelines, we strongly encourage campers and their families to follow guidance for travelers in the 14 days before arrival to reduce exposure to COVID-19. It is recommended to abide by physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of your household.
●Health screening is the most important step we can take to protect each other. Camp ISMAH is partnering with Johnsonburg Retreat Center and Diligent Urgent Care (DUC) to provide COVID testing for our campers and staff for the summer of 2021. Upon arrival to camp, each guest will complete a rapid antigen test. Campers are strongly encouraged to monitor their health and note any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to arrival at camp. Please communicate with the camp if any should appear.
●To stagger the number of people arriving on site at the same time, parents will select their drop-off times prior to check-in.
●Parents/guardians/drivers are required to stay in their car during the check-in process and to wear a facemask when interacting with Camp ISMAH’s staff. All campers will go through a health screening process and orientation to their stay at camp.
●All Camp ISMAH staff will be wearing protective masks during check-in.
●Each lodge windows may be opened for fresh air circulation.
● Beds are physically placed 4-6’ apart and all campers will sleep head to toe, per CDC recommendations, abiding by the 6’ rule.
●All programs will take place outside whenever possible.
●Lake: No more than 1 group swimming and 1 group boating (maximum of
24 campers) will be permitted at a time.
●Pool: No more than 1 group is permitted at a time.
●Lake Cleaning Procedures
●PFD (Personal Floatation Devices) will be distributed to each group for the duration of their session.
●Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized between each group's swim and boating time, and after the last group has left the lake.
●Campers will be required to wear their mask on the dock if there are other groups present. Campers will be required to maintain at least 6 ft. of distance between other groups.
Pool Cleaning Procedures
●All surfaces and bathrooms will be disinfected between each group activities with equipment (Archery, Zip-line, High Ropes, Rock Wall, etc.)
●The use of shared items will be minimized (recreation equipment, craft supplies, etc.) and will be disinfected between uses.
●If the equipment is unable to be disinfected (ropes, harnesses, etc.), they will have at least a 24-hour “rest” period between uses.
Food and Meals
●All meals will be eaten outside at designated picnic tables for each group. In the case of inclement weather, groups will be appropriately staggered and distanced in the Dining Hall, Dining Hall Conference Room and porch. The Dining Hall windows will be open with ceiling fans on to promote airflow.
●Group Meals: Dishware and food will be ready for each group to eat at their table to reduce contact with others. The salad bar- a favorite at camp- will occasionally be available (staff will serve).
●Packed Lunch: These meals will be picked up by the group and taken to wherever they decide to eat on site.
●Cookout: Some meals may be served from a grill or cooked on the campfire. This will be done in small groups.
●We will continue to follow all NJ Department of Health and CDC guidelines for hygiene and cleanliness. Frequently touched areas, including all bathrooms, will be sanitized often.
●All surfaces will be cleaned thoroughly with an EPA-approved disinfectant through an electrostatic sprayer.
●Outdoor hand washing stations will be available in several areas around the camp. Campers will be encouraged to practice frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Campers will be required to wash their hands before and after each activity and meal.
●All counselors and staff will carry hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol on them at all times.
●Staff will self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If a member of staff has any symptoms, they will be quarantined in the Health Center until we can be sure they are safe to reintegrate, per the NJDOH.
●Every staff member will be tested weekly and go through a health screening process with a Physician Assistant from Diligent Urgent Care.
●All staff will practice good hygiene and wash hands frequently.
●All Program Staff who are not housed with a camper group will be required to wear facemasks and maintain appropriate distancing between campers and staff.
●There will be a tent in front of the Health Center for triage for all concerns brought to our health staff.
●Campers/staff in need of private care or quarantine will be admitted inside the Health Center.
●Counselors and specialist will carefully monitor the following COVID-19 symptoms throughout
●Fever or chills ●Cough ●Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ●Fatigue ●Muscle or body aches ●Headache ●New loss of taste or smell ●Sore throat ●Congestion or runny nose ●Nausea or vomiting ●Diarrhea
Suspected Case of COVID-19
●Per recommended procedures, Camp ISMAH will retain a separate quarantine area for any campers, staff and guests who experience COVID-19 symptoms.
●If a camper/staff/guest tests positive, Camp ISMAH will implement the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Plan. We will be in touch with their familyimmediately.
●We will remain in contact with the family, and in the case of a positive test result, we will work with your child’s group to notify the families of the group. We will also be in touch with the local health department, as required, and follow their recommendations at that time.
●CDC guidance for summer camps, ACA field guide on implementing
●Camp ISMAH will be limiting any non-essential visitors to the site.
●After camp, monitor for child for any potential symptoms. We will send an email check-in 10 days after the last day of your visit, where we will inquire whether anyone has developed symptoms, become ill, or received a positive test result. If any of these occurs, we will begin the process of contact tracing and we will notify the people who were in contact with the affected person(s).
●Communication will be key. We will communicate with you and ask for your assistance in communication with Camp ISMAH. We understand that this is a stressful time. We will do our best to make sure that Camp ISMAH remains a safe, peaceful, spiritually enriching space for campers and their families. If you have any questions or concerns about our COVID-19 response, please contact our office at or (516)410-1886.