Current COVID-19 updates

Deaf & ASL Camp: July 25-30, 2021; Ages 7-19; Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, and KODA kids welcome!

Hello campers and families!

We know that many of you are thinking about summer and Deaf & ASL Camp 2021. Maybe you’re feeling excited or apprehensive, or both! We are partnering closely with Manidokan, which owns and operates the camp facility, as they learn to implement the current guidelines from the American Camp Association and the State of Maryland. The coronavirus situation continues to change, and our response will evolve to meet those challenges. We can give a quick update on what we know today to help you get a better idea of what camp will probably look like:

Groupings:

  • We will have the same 5 groups this year, but they will be smaller. Manidokan calls each group a “cohort.” The cohorts will not be able to mix throughout the day like in previous years.
  • Younger Deaf & Younger ASL Camp will have 9 campers each. They will live together in 1 lodge, but in separate bedrooms. We do not know yet if these cohorts will be able to share their activities throughout the day.
  • Middle Deaf & Middle ASL Camps will have 9 campers each. They will live together in 1 lodge, but in separate bedrooms. We do not know yet if these cohorts will be able to share their activities throughout the day.
  • Older Deaf/ASL Camp will have 16 campers total. They will live in the cabins near the pool.
  • Campers in the same cohorts will still need to follow precautions including: wearing masks, physical distancing, and having as many activities as possible outdoors. Whenever possible activities will be adapted to include at least 2 of the 3 precautions.
  • We will follow local health department and CDC guidelines at the time of camp about the use of masks. Manidokan and Deaf Camps, Inc. are working on a mask option that allows for clear communication in ASL.
  • Meals will be served outside whenever possible. If there is bad weather and meals must be inside, cohorts will be physically distanced or stagger to eat at separate times.
  • Manidokan staff who work with all cohorts will follow local and CDC guidelines for physical distancing and mask wearing.

Cleaning:

  • Each building or activity area will have hand sanitizer available. Campers and counselors will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer when sinks are not available.
  • For indoor meeting spaces used by only one cohort, the spaces will be deep-cleaned between each week.
  • For indoor meeting spaces that are used by more than one cohort in one day, the space will be cleaned between cohorts.
  • The counselors in each cohort will have cleaning supplies to clean high-touch surfaces throughout the week.
  • The pool, bathhouse, and shared equipment will be cleaned between each cohort.
  • Bathrooms shared by more than one cohort will be cleaned 3 times per day.
  • Vans will be cleaned between trips.

Registration:

  • Registration is open now!
  • We have fewer spots available for campers, but will have a waiting list for each cohort/camp.
  • If Manidokan has to cancel Deaf & ASL Camp, all campers will receive a full refund.
  • If a camper cannot attend camp because they are sick with COVID-19 or have a possible exposure, that camper will receive a full refund.
  • If a camper is sent home early or a program is ended early due to COVID-19 precautions there are no refunds.

For more information:

For current COVID-19 precautions & policies from Manidokan in written English, go to: https://www.bwccampsandretreats.com/rcm-home-2/covid-19-updates/summer/

For monthly updates from Manidokan in written English, go to: https://www.bwccampsandretreats.com/manidokan/about-us/news/

To register today: https://www.bwccampsandretreats.com/manidokan/summer-camp/

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