We will add to these FAQs throughout the summer.

We certainly understand that every family has a different comfort level during this pandemic. With the help of our camp nurses, the camp doctor and following the guidelines of the CDC and American Camp Association, we feel we can provide a safe summer experience. There is always going to be a risk of contracting COVID, but we feel we had minimized this risk as best we can. If you do not feel comfortable, we ask that you do not register for summer 2021. We hope you will consider joining us in the future.

Please email or call the camp and let us know you would like to cancel. If you cancel a session that we are still planning to run, our normal cancellation policy will be applied. If you cancel within two weeks of your registration, everything is refunded expect the $55 non-refundable deposit required during registration. Registrations are not transferable to other campers or future seasons.

Yes, for Summer 2021 we are running transportation and we are running it at full capacity. We will require all campers and staff to wear masks while on the bus. If feel more comfortable driving your camper to camp, we strongly encourage you to do so. We have established a smooth drop-off and pick-up procedure for those interested. Email camp@whippoorwill.com if you would like to switch to car rider.

Masks are required for all campers and staff on the buses. Upon arrival at camp, masks will be required in the following situations: Monday morning council ring, every afternoon council ring prior to boarding buses, at select activities such as kitchen and crafts, and in rainy-day shelters. Please note that the majority of their day is spent in their dens which do not require masking.

In a normal summer, dens are divided by grade and we do our best to pair campers up with their preferred den request as well as other school friends. This summer will be the same. As of now, campers will remain in their dens for the entirety of their day and will pick activities as a group. We hope to add some flexibility to this as 2021 progresses.

Bear Cubs will maintain 6 campers and 1 staff member for a total of 7
Log Cabin will maintain 8 campers and 1 staff member for a total of 9
Teepee will maintain 8-9 campers and 1 staff member for a total of 9-10
Teepee Elders will maintain 9 campers and 1 staff member for a total of 10
Trailblazers will maintain 8 campers and 2 staff members for a total 10

When you arrive at your bus stop, you will line up socially distanced from other camp families or you can wait in your car. When it is your turn, the counselor will take your child’s temperature using a government-approved infrared thermometer. All staff will be trained on proper usage by camp nurse. The counselor will record the temperature. The counselor will then ask the parent/guardian the following screening questions and record the answers:
1. Have you had a fever in the last 14 days?
2. Have you, or anyone in your household, had any symptoms (fever of 100.4°F or greater, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.) in the last 14 days?
3. Have you been in contact with someone who is positive for Covid-19 in the last 7 days?
4. Have you taken any fever-reducing medication today?
A similar screening process will be conducted if the camper is driven out to camp by their parent/guardian.

Probably the biggest adjustment for our long-time campers will be the way our daily schedule is run. We are working hard with our programming staff to create a schedule that still allows campers the freedom to choose while maintaining their den groups. This may mean more compromise with their peers, but we find this to be a valuable character-building trait. We will allow campers to vote within their group on how to spend their activity periods and to make sure all campers are getting to do their favorite things. After selecting activities in this manner in 2020, we feel we can improve upon this method to ensure fair and equal voting is happening in each den. We hope to be more flexible with how activities are chosen should case numbers lower significantly, but that is something we will not know until summer arrives.