COVID-19: Update

April 30, 2021

Dear All,

Testing Protocol Modifications

Testing Prior to Camp: As testing has thankfully become more readily available around the world, we are requiring that the PCR Covid-19 test be taken for all First Session campers on or after Thursday, June 10, 2021. The result MUST be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, June 14, 2021.

Rapid Testing at the Busses: Our initial plan was to test all of the campers upon arrival. However, after further review with Dr. Laura Blaisdell, we have decided that we are going to have all the campers take the rapid test prior to boarding the busses to camp. Yes, that means that campers flying into Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit, and Pittsburgh will test upon arrival prior to boarding the busses to camp from the airport, and yes, that means that in each city where busses will be departing, we will be setting up testing stations. Once your child has a negative rapid test, he or she will be permitted to board the bus to camp. This process will help us out tremendously. For example, if a child develops Covid-19 symptoms on the second day of camp and then tests positive, we will not have to do contact tracing back to the busses. This will, in turn, avoid the need to put multiple different bunks into quarantine. We are thrilled that we can make this work, and eliminate a lot more of the uncertainty upfront.

NO CAMPER WILL BE PERMITTED TO BOARD THE BUS TO CAMP WITHOUT BOTH A NEGATIVE PCR TEST AND A NEGATIVE RAPID TEST.

Day 5 Pooled PCR Test:
This test will take place as scheduled on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Day 10 Pooled PCR Test:
If all day 5 tests are negative, this test will be eliminated 🙂

Testing Method

Many parents have inquired as to the method of testing. Both the rapid test prior to boarding the busses as well as the Day 5 Pooled PCR test will be a lower nasal swab and will be the least invasive but effective method available to use for children.

Covid Positive

Question: What if my child tests positive prior to boarding the bus?
Answer: We will retest your child on the spot, and if your child remains positive, our team will make arrangements for your child to be driven to camp, either by you or by us, and observe protocols there until cleared. You, as the parent, also have the option of simply bringing your child home and receiving a full refund.

Question: What if my child tests positive on the Day 5 pooled PCR test at camp?
Answer: Our plan for this has not changed. We will keep your children in camp, provide parallel programming and a full daily schedule, and we will reintegrate them back into their bunk cohort as soon as possible.

Makeup Machal

A PCR Covid-19 test must be taken for all Makeup Machal campers on or after Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The result MUST be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Makeup Machal campers will have a rapid test prior to boarding the bus and a Day 5 Pooled PCR test – the same protocol as set forth above for the rest of camp. However, if your child is vaccinated, then he or she will not be required to be rapid tested before boarding the bus to camp or take the Day 5 Pooled PCR test.

Second Session

Testing protocols for Second Session will be updated closer to July.

MyMedBot

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with an organization called MyMedBot. They have created an app for all smartphones that allows you, as the parent, to upload your Negative PCR test result, answer health questions for the 10 days leading up to camp, and much much more! It’s simple, easy to use, and provides daily reminders on the app itself. You will receive a separate signup email when we activate the program.

Covid Questions

If you have any follow up questions, please send a WhatsApp to our Marp Administrator, Ann Williams, at +972-58-405-1705 or email her at ann@campstone.org.

Thank you for your partnership and commitment to Camp Stone.

Sincerely,

Sincerely, Yakov & Estee

About the Chanukah Raffle

Dear Camp Stone Community,

It is an incredible feeling to reconnect with everyone once again at the beginning of our 2021 camp season.

We are writing to you today, first and foremost, to express tremendous gratitude.

Hakarat HaTov, literally “recognizing the good”, is an important and fundamental principle in our community. We, at Camp Stone, want to express our Hakarat HaTov to everyone receiving this email for your unwavering support, especially this past summer. Whether you provided financial assistance through your donated tuition dollars, participated in Indoor World, or connected with the Camp Stone community in other ways, together we had an incredibly successful, albeit different, summer experience.

There is no substitute for being in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and this summer, B’ezrat Hashem, we will be back at Camp Stone, in person, in full force.

To achieve that goal, we must continue to ensure the financial success of our home away from home that we all know and love so deeply. The logo on top, featuring the slogan “Stone. Forever.” also features a Ner Tamid, an “eternal flame.” The year 1969, etched into the logo, is the year camp was founded. Symbolically, the overall image represents the idea that Camp Stone began many years ago and must endure forever, always burning brightly, and always an integral part of our collective conscience.

On that note, we are excited to announce that our annual Chanukah Campaign will be a raffle taking place over all 8 nights of Chanukah with prizes for both campers and parents/alumni!!

Please go back to the web page  to purchase raffle tickets and help us achieve 100% participation from our entire camp community!

Looking forward to being in touch with all of you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors

Thank you so much for your interest in Camp Stone :) Please email Randi Mashmoor

with the name, age, and gender of your child AND whether you are interested in Session 1 or Session 2, and we will let you know if there is space available in that bunk.

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