Yes! We understand this concern, of course, but camp will definitely still feel like Eden Village.
We will still be swimming, hiking, farming, learning about herbalism, boating, feeding the chickens, milking the goats, spinning fire poi, making art, throwing pottery, playing frisbee, playing gaga, giggling, making new friends - and in general, having the best life of our life! While the activities above are often the initial draw for campers, we know that healthy and positive relationships is core to creating the camp that our community loves. And we are bursting with staff, with more hired at this point than in any other season, who are eager to connect, be present, co-create fun and engage your campers.
Will there be differences from previous years? Yes, of course. We won't be doing off-site field trips, for example, and we won't have horseback riding since that's an off-site program. Most of our all-camp activities will be in smaller groups. We'll be eating outside much more often. However, on balance we are extremely confident the experience will still be magical, transformational, and everything you have come to expect from Eden Village.
Here are some at-camp protocols as they relate to Covid safety:
- During the first week of camp, campers will be kept in their bunk pods for all activities and meals.
- After the first week, assuming negative COVID tests for all campers, the campers will be move into unmasked, non-distanced cohorts with campers of the same age group
- After the first week, campers will be able to participate in daily all-camp outdoor shmooze (structured free time) while masked
- Campers will gather for large, outdoor programs like Havdalah and Kabbalat Shabbat, unmasked but with each cohort sitting together distanced from other cohorts
- If all the campers in an age group are vaccinated, they will be able to mix with their entire age group cohort beginning on Opening Day.