Covid Resource Page – Updated April 5
We know COVID–19 continues to impact the daily lives for our campers and families. We also know the guidance around prevention, testing and treatment are changing rapidly. With that in mind, the Huckins staff are working with outside experts, as well as collaborating with state and national officials, to do all we can to be ready to open camp safely in 2021.
We will update this page regularly as our guidelines, policies and procedures are finalized. The safety of our campers, staff and families is our top priority, and we will base our decisions on science and medical best practices. Please reach out with questions, and know we are hopeful we will be together here at camp next summer.
UPDATED April 5, 2021
This page is dynamic and will be updated as information becomes available and decisions are made. If you have questions not answered below or in previous communications (see bottom of page), please reach out to the Huckins Registrar, Angela, at [email protected].
Pre-Arrival Expectations ***Updated April 5
Traveling to Camp using Public Transportation ***Updated April 5
The current State of NH guidelines do not require that travelers quarantine for domestic travel. If traveling internationally families must quarantine in the United States for 10 days prior to arrival at camp. We are asking all families to practice low risk pre-arrival activities prior to their camp session.
Arriving Late/Leaving Early from Camp
Because of the added complexity created by COVID, families will be assigned a designated check-in time. COVID-19 protocols require all campers arrive to camp on Check-in Day at their scheduled time. Current testing requirements prohibit late arrivals.
Campers may leave their camp session early, however, COVID-19 safety protocols dictate they will not be able to return once they leave. Campers that wish to leave camp mid-session for an event will not be able to return to camp.
Check-in and Pick-up Days ***Updated April 5
COVID safety protocols will result in changes to the check-in and move in process. Current planning includes designated check-in times for families to support social distancing, reduce wait time, and allow for COVID screening with the Health Staff. We anticipate check in times to range from 9am – 5pm. Our program staff and counselors are working on scheduled activities for campers to participate in throughout the day. We are coordinating check-in scheduling with Camp Belknap to accommodate families that have both Huckins & Belknap campers. Please help us by remaining as flexible as possible with your schedule on Check-In Day, as we will have limited flexibility.
At this time, we expect that Check-In Day will be designed to limit movement around camp by non-campers to mitigate health risks. All people, campers and families, entering camp on Check-In Day will need to wear a properly fitting mask at all times and families will likely remain in their vehicles. We currently expect that only campers and staff will be able to enter camp buildings. Camp staff will help campers get settled in their cabins.
Covid Fee Information-coming soon
Arrival Day Test Insurance Reinbursement- We will supply families with documentation of the arrival day test. This documentation can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. The majority of insurance companies are now covering the cost of surveillance testing.
The store will not be open during Check-In Days. However, in addition to our usual Spring Online Store open from May 3-17, we plan to open the online store from April 1-15 just for camper families to order clothing bundles that will be delivered to campers’ cabins on Check-In Days.
Pick-up day will look different in 2021 to ensure the safety of campers & staff. We anticipate designated check out times between 9-11am. More information will be coming soon.
Packing for Camp***Updated April 5
Our updated 2021 Packing List. Please note, campers will be limited to a trunk, 3 drawers, and a bedding bag.
Face coverings for all campers and staff will be part of Huckins plan to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID at Huckins. We will provide more information about what type and how many masks campers should pack. We are anticipating campers may need to bring five or six masks with them to camp. Campers and staff can be unmasked when sleeping, eating, showering, and swimming.
Outside of the Leadership Division, camper housing will be structured the same as any summer, 3rd & 4th graders will live in the Junior Division, 5th & 6th graders in the Middler Division and 7th & 8th graders in the Senior Division.
During summer 2021, our Leadership program will consist of 9th and 10th grade W programs and the Counselor–in–Training program for 11th graders. The 9th grade W campers will be housed in the three W cabins and the 10th grade W campers will live in the CIT cabin. CITs will be housed in cabins Q1 & Q2 in the Junior Division.
Camp Life During COVID
Huckins mission remains unchanged. We are working on modifications to facilities and program to enhance safety and remain true to the core principles of a Huckins experience. We are improving ventilation to cabins and program spaces, renovating the health center, and creating new spaces through tent rental.
COVID will require we make changes to the program schedule and activities for the 2021 season. We will provide update on planning here.
- The horseback riding program has been cancelled for summer 2021. We are hopeful that our horses will return to Huckins for summer 2022.
COVID Testing***Updated April 5
Current state requirements include COVID testing of campers and staff before arrival and during camp.
- Campers must have a negative PCR test within 3-5 days of arrival at camp. Please schedule the test to ensure you have the results prior to Check-in Day, and as close to arrival as possible, so they can be sent to camp before arrival. Camper’s results of the PCR test must be back before a person can arrive at camp.
- We encourage families to protect their COVID test results and increase the likelihood that campers will arrive COVID free by limiting camper interactions to only their immediate household. This protects the integrity of their pre-camp COVID test.
- The State of NH requires this negative test prior to arrival, so we cannot make any exceptions. Your camper will not be able to attend camp if we have not received this negative PCR test.
The specifics around timing for on-site testing, type and procedures are currently being developed based on guidance from the State of NH and our Medical Advisory Team. We will communicate our testing policies and procedures once they have been finalized.
Camp Response to Positive Test***Updated April 5
Campers with a positive COVID test, as well as campers in that cabin and close contacts, will have to leave camp within 12 hours. A close contact is anyone that has been within 6 feet for 10 minutes over a 24-hour period, so a positive test could require multiple cabins to go home.
We are asking all families to follow the pre-arrival guidelines to decrease the likelihood of a positive COVID-19 test. We recognize that some of the expectations may be challenging, but we are asking all campers and their families to do their best to reduce exposure. Your mindfulness in following COVID safety guidelines will help bring happy campers and staff back to Huckins this summer- something we are ALL looking forward to!
We are developing a pledge to ensure compliance and clear focus on keeping ourselves and each other safe. More information to come.
Permission is required to visit camp during the non-summer months. When camp is in session, for the safety of our campers and staff, visitors will be strictly limited. Updated information regarding this policy will be provided here.