Opening Safely in 2021

We’re excited to welcome you home in 2021!

We missed hosting campers last summer, yet we’re thrilled to be planning to reopen the Lair and be together again in 2021.

The safety and well-being of our campers and staffers is our top priority, which is why we’re implementing expanded health protocols and heightened hygiene standards. Some programs may be modified to increase safety, yet it won’t reduce the fun and good times we’ll have together.

Of course, everything is subject to change, hopefully for the better, as the development of more available rapid testing and vaccines are on the horizon.

As of this writing, here are some of the modifications we are envisioning for the 2021 camping season: »
  • Smaller sessions: To help with social distancing, we will keep some tents open/unbooked to assure fewer people in the camp. Information about how we intend to handle reservations can be found on our 2021 Reservations page.
  • Six-night sessions: The week will still start on a Saturday night! Yet our week-long sessions will now be six nights, ending Friday afternoon to allow for more thorough cleaning of our camps before the next session’s arrival.
  • 11th Week is back! We’re adding back an 11th Week at all three camps. The dates are August 14 – 20 and will be at discounted rates. Consider changing weeks this year only—it won’t impact your priority to return to your usual week in 2022.
  • Per tent pricing. We’ve simplified our pricing for Camps Blue and Gold from a per person rate to a per tent rate (Camp Oski rates will continue to be per person since most tents are larges). Learn more on our Rates page.
  • Covid Protocols: Campers ages 12 and older will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test received within 72 hours of arrival, even if vaccinated. Our medical team will have rapid tests available in camp for testing those who may develop symptoms after they arrive. We will have protocols in place to quarantine and isolate anyone who shows symptoms so they can remain a safe distance from other campers and their own family tent. If someone tests positive, they will be required to leave camp along with everyone in their tent. We will follow Tuolumne County protocols for contact tracing in the event of a positive test in camp. Because of the uncertainty around the pandemic, we encourage you to consider looking into your trip insurance options.
  • Updated safety protocols and policies when at camp: We’ll be following local, state and CDC guidelines to ensure camper safety during these days of coronavirus. All protocols and policies will be subject to change.

Yet you can still look forward to many of your favorite Lair activities and programs, including:

  • Daily family programs, see below for more details
  • Evening campfire shows
  • Disco Bingo
  • Cub Corral playground will be open
  • Pool time
  • Hikes
  • Art, including ceramics, tie-dye, lanyards
  • Guest Speakers
  • S’mores
  • Family fun!

Kid activities in 2021

We realize that organized children’s activities are a key component to a normal Lair summer. With the world today being anything but normal, we’ve made the difficult decision to forego our traditional age group programs for 2021. If conditions dramatically change, we will consider adding back some age groups but we are in no position to commit to that at this point.

That being said, we plan to create and facilitate more opportunities for family programming each day in camp. Each day, Sunday through Thursday, we’ll have a fun family activity you can do with everyone in your group. We’ll provide the materials and instructions, and our student staff will be available for guidance. Examples of these activities include scavenger hunts with prizes, tie-dye, evening s’mores, nature hikes through our network of newly linked trails throughout all three camps, frisbee golf, and more. Be on the lookout for detailed plans as we get closer to summer.

You can read Lair Director Mike Yaley’s newsletter on what we’re working on for 2021 HERE.

Keeping our community safe works best when all of us do our part. We appreciate your understanding and acceptance of these safety protocols for 2021, and we look forward to a safe, fun, and memorable summer together.

All policies are subject to change as CDC and local and state guidelines change.

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