COVID-19

COVID-19 Protocols for 2022

*COVID-19 Protocols for 2022, if necessary, will be shared closer to the session start. For enrolled families, this information will be shared directly with you. For prospective families, check back here after January. 

    • For an idea of what Summer 2021 looked like with COVID-19 protocols, see below: 
      • Pre-arrival PCR COVID-19 test for unvaccinated campers.
      • Vaccination card uploaded prior to arrival for all vaccinated campers.
      • Day three rapid antigen COVID-19 testing for all unvaccinated campers.
      • All resident staff were vaccinated.
      • Masks required in public indoor spaces (dining hall, nurse’s cabin, etc.) but NOT required outside or in cabins.
  • This is an example ONLY and is NOT referring to our 2022 COVID-19 Protocols. We have not yet determined to what extent we may need to implement tracing and mitigation strategies for next summer and will provide clear and timely updates as necessary.

  

 

 

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

If my camper received their first dose before coming to MMR but has not received their second dose, do we need to provide a negative PCR?

Yes, unless fully vaccinated (defined by the CDC as two weeks after the final dose) you need to provide a negative PCR before attending MMR.

If my campers has both doses of their vaccine but two weeks will not pass before they join MMR, do we need to provide a PCR?

Yes, unless fully vaccinated (defined by the CDC as two weeks after the final dose) you need to provide a negative PCR before attending MMR.

What impact does the CDC’s new guidance on vaccinated individuals have on camps?

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides guidance for MMR and other camps throughout the state. At this stage guidance for resident camps advise that we continue to have protocols and strategies in place for COVID-19 if ANY camp member is unvaccinated (this includes all of our campers under 12). Until that guidance changes or we hear otherwise, our protocols will likely remain the same to ensure that our entire camp family is safe and healthy. 

Will these protocols change over the summer?

It is impossible to predict with absolute confidence how these protocols may change over the course of the summer. As California promises big changes early in June, we may see some of that impact resident camp guidance, or we may not. Rest assured any changes will be communicated to you before your camper joins us. See the above question for more on this topic. 

Will activities be done in cabin groups?

Nope! Campers will get to choose their own activities twice a day and spend time with campers from other cabins This is when the 2/3 rule comes into play (They must meet TWO of the following three criteria: be outside, be 3-6’ distance from others, wear a mask.)

Will my camper have to eat all alone at one table? 

Nope! Meals will be eaten as cabin groups all together around the table. 

Will my camper have to wear a mask all day in the hot sun?

Nope! When campers and staff are outside of their cabin group they will abide by the 2/3 rule and meet TWO of the following three criteria: be outside, be 3-6’ distance from others, wear a mask. 

All campers and staff will have masks on-hand (ideally hanging on a mask lanyard) that they can wear when necessary for small periods of time; such as, when a camper needs help with their harness at high ropes. 

When with their cabin group there will be no mask or distance requirements. 

Note: Although mask-wearing may not be a constant requirement at camp this summer, all campers and staff must be willing to wear a mask if necessary and asked to do so.

What kind of test is required to come to camp? When do I need to schedule it?

A negative PCR test within 72 hours of your session start date.

What if the test results aren’t ready by my camper’s session?

We must have your camper’s negative PCR test results OR verification fo vaccination to welcome them to MMR this summer. There are many options for getting a PCR test. When volume of testing is low, test results can be ready as soon as same day. If you are concerned the volume of testing in your area will be high, consider booking a testing appointment with a private company. 

Is the shuttle to MMR from Reno available for parents and campers?

The shuttle to and from MMR is a travel option available ONLY for campers. Parents are welcome to fly with their camper to the Reno Airport to meet the shuttle, but they will unfortunately not be able to join the shuttle to camp. We request any parents that choose to drop off at the Reno Airport say their goodbyes before getting to the drop-off location to mitigate congregation in this area. If you’d like to accompany your camper all the way to MMR, we recommend choosing the “drop-off at camp” travel option. 

We are not comfortable sending our camper to camp this summer, what is the cancellation policy?

If you are unsure or uncomfortable about sending your camper to camp this summer, please contact annamarie@mountainmeadow.com as soon as you are able. We have extended our cancellation policy until June 1 meaning you have until then to cancel a receive a refund less a $200 fee. After that date you may rollover any funds paid to 2022. 

How did you determine your protocols and procedures for COVID-19 at MMR this summer?

We have spent the past year reviewing, adapting, and modifying CDC, ACA, and CDPH guidance and requirements to fit our camp program. We continue to work daily to review and make updates to ensure that our program and protocols are the safest and most up-to-date possible. 

What if my camper tests positive for COVID-19 on the pre-camp PCR test?

Unfortunately, your child will not be able to attend their scheduled session. Due to CDC guidelines, any positive test, even if followed shortly after with a negative test, requires a 10-day quarantine period. We will work with you to reschedule your child’s camp stay to a later session or defer enrollment to 2022.

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp, whether as a part of camp-wide testing or individual testing following reported symptoms?

Your camper will be immediately quarantined at camp and you will be contacted to pick up your camper at camp within 12 hours. Unfortunately, due to current CDC guidelines and the length of our camp sessions, there isn’t a retesting option.

What if my child’s pre-camp COVID-19 test results are not ready before departing for camp?

We must have your camper’s negative COVID-19 test results (or verification of vaccination) prior to boarding a camp bus or being dropped off at camp.

Does my insurance cover the cost for the COVID-19 test done prior to and during my child’s camp session?

Some insurance carriers may cover testing, be sure to check with your insurance company.

If I have to pick up my child early from camp due to a COVID-19 positive test result will we receive a tuition refund?

Yes, we will provide a prorated refund starting at the time your camper is picked up from camp.

What if a camper or staff in my child’s cabin tests positive for COVID-19 at camp?

Campers who have been exposed to a camper with a positive COVID-19 result will continue with camp programming with some modifications to limit exposure to people outside their cabin group. Changes to programming will conclude after three days with confirmation of a negative test result. Monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms will continue for the remainder of the camp stay. 

Are you requiring staff or your campers age 12 and older to be vaccinated?

Per CDC recommendations for summer camps, we are strongly encouraging all members of our camp community who are eligible to receive the vaccination.

What if my child has a condition that may mimic the symptoms of COVID-19?

Please update your camper’s health form to indicate their condition and the symptoms to our Health Care staff. 

What if my camper is medically exempt from wearing masks? 

We invite them to join us for camp in Summer 2022 when mask requirements are less likely. We, unfortunately, cannot accommodate staff or campers that are unable to wear masks as this is a recommendation from the CDC and CDPH to keep our camp family safe. For any further clarification on why we came to this conclusion, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to answer this more fully.

 

 COVID-19 Expectations + Protocols Summer 2021

The following information is designed to keep our camp families informed of how we plan to adapt and modify our program as we welcome campers back to MMR this summer. We have developed these protocols based on guidelines and best practices from the CDC, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), American Camp Association (ACA), and our local health authorities. While we strive to communicate the most accurate information, please note that some protocols and policies may change as new information and guidelines emerge.

We are thrilled to welcome the MMR camp family back together this summer. And while COVID-19 has made operating camp much more challenging, we are ready to offer the connection, exploration, growth, and unplugged atmosphere our campers need in the safest and healthiest way possible.

While people within our camp family (campers, staff, and parents) may have different opinions about specific COVID-19 responses and procedures, we can all agree that our children need camp more than ever this summer. After a long year spent on screens and, for many of our campers, not with friends or outdoors, this summer will be an amazing time of getting back in touch with themselves and nature and connecting with others.

Our ability to operate camp successfully this summer rests on the cooperation of every member of our community abiding by our health protocols, regardless of our individual opinions about those protocols.

Mountain Meadow Ranch is well-suited for operating safely within the guidelines and expectations due to our mostly outdoor setting. Campers live in cabins that are easily ventilated due to mild summer temperatures, eat in the open air, and participate in outdoor activities. Cabins, bathrooms, and our Health Center are the only indoor facilities campers will be using this summer. We are adapting every aspect of our program – including dining, activities, and transportation – to mitigate the risk of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 while maintaining the fun and integrity of our camp program.

We are working hard to make this summer one of the best and as normal as possible under the restrictions. We will be implementing many layers of Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs), to help keep our entire MMR camp family safe.

 

 Pre-Camp COVID-19 Checklist

*Details for each step can be found in later sections

  • Review and submit all forms by June 1, 2021.
  • Complete your camper’s Pre-Arrival Screening Form. This will become available within your Parent Account two weeks prior to your camper’s session and must be COMPLETED and SUBMITTED on the Saturday prior to your camper’s session. 
  • Review and sign the Aj Ypekanbe Commitment. This is a camp family-wide agreement to keep each other and ourselves safe this summer. You can review, sign, and submit a copy within your Parent Account. 
  • Plan for your camper’s pre-camp COVID-19 PCR Test.

 

 Before Camp

In order to operate a safe and successful summer, we must all work together to send healthy campers to camp at the start of the session. We are asking all campers and staff to follow important health and safety measures before and during camp. The preparation for camp must include new things this year as we aim to keep the safety of our camp families a top priority. Thank you for supporting and adhering to the precautionary measures outlined below.

Pre-Camp Expectations: Staying Healthy Before Camp

As our camp family includes members from different areas, we are asking families to follow these precautions in the days leading up to camp to protect our community. A healthy camp starts at home.

Vaccinated campers: 

  • Follow all CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

Unvaccinated campers:

  • Avoid any unnecessary travel in the 14 days prior to camp. 
  • Follow common-sense health protocols to avoid COVID exposure while traveling to camp and in the days leading up to camp. These guidelines include:
    • Wear a face covering at all times when outside of your household.
    • Avoid close contact with those outside of your household.
    • Do not attend any large, indoor gatherings.
    • Do not participate in any sports tournaments or other large outdoor gatherings.

Campers who are still in school or must attend out-of-home childcare during the week leading up to their session are required to follow masking and distancing guidelines while there and maintain family bubble expectations while not at school. Campers who are attending a different camp program that overlaps with the two-week period prior to MMR arrival must be cleared by a Director to confirm the program’s health and safety protocols and that MMR’s pre-camp requirements can still be observed. 

COVID-19 Pre-Arrival Screening Form
(due the Saturday before your session begins)

This form will be available two weeks prior to your camper’s arrival at camp and must be submitted NO LATER than the SATURDAY (day before) before opening day. This is where you can submit your camper’s negative PCR test result, vaccination verification card, COVID-19 health history, and pre-camp behavior from the 14 days before the start of your child’s session. This form is REQUIRED for all campers attending camp this summer. If we do not receive this form by SATURDAY (the day before) prior to your session start, your camper will not be able to join the camp family. 

Testing
(taken the Thursday before your session begins)

Any updates to our testing program will be communicated prior to your camper’s session.

Vaccinated campers (unless symptomatic) do not need to provide a PCR SARV-CoV-2 test but they must provide a copy of their vaccination verification card on the Pre-Arrival Screening form to be exempt. 

All unvaccinated campers must provide results of a negative PCR SARS-CoV-2 test taken on the Thursday prior (within 72 hours) to the start of the session. Test results need to be included on the Pre-Arrival Screening form on the Saturday before your session begins.  Failure to provide proof of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of opening day will result in campers not being admitted to camp. 

Only PCR test results will be accepted.  Do not submit results of any antigen-based testing; these will not be accepted and the camper will not be admitted to camp. All expenses incurred from this test will be the responsibility of the families. 

All campers will be additionally screened upon arrival at MMR or the designated Reno Airport drop-off location. We anticipate additionally testing all unvaccinated campers 3 days after arrival at camp. We will also be testing and isolating campers or staff in the event they present high-risk symptoms not explained by other conditions.

 Arrival Day

Campers who are arriving by car should only travel with people from their immediate family. Further, while traveling they should follow the CDC’s travel guidance. You will be allotted a time window for drop-off. To ensure a smooth transition for all arriving camp families, please respect and honor your time. We encourage families to make use of the trip to camp and start their goodbye process early. 

To protect our camp community, these are our camper drop off procedures for this summer:

  • You will be greeted in the parking lot by our staff who will ask you medical screening questions and take your child’s temperature. You will then follow the signs to the designated drop-off location located in the heart of camp. 
  • At this time, you will have a small window of time to chat with a Director and say one last goodbye to your camper. 
    • All parents must wear appropriate face coverings and maintain distance during drop-off. 
    • To accommodate all of our campers, you will need to depart the drop-off location after your child has been screened and connected with a staff member. 
  • A staff member will help sanitize non-porous areas of your camper’s luggage and accompany them into camp to get settled in.
  • We will not be offering tours of camp beyond the designated drop-off location and only our campers and staff are allowed on camp premises. 

Traveling by MMR Shuttle 

In order to minimize the risk of COVID transmission, following the guidance of the ACA, CDC, and in consultation with health officials: 

  • Bus seating will be assigned by cabin group, so that campers are only in close contact with people who will already be in their bubble.
  • We will maintain physical distancing between bubbles on the bus.
  • In order to ensure that we can maintain appropriate physical distancing on the bus, we will assign a reduced number of seats on the bus.
  • To reduce risk of transmission at the bus stop, parents will not be allowed to exit their cars and intermingle with staff, other campers, or other camp families.
  • Everyone on the bus will be required to wear a face covering unless they are drinking water. 
  • No snacking will be allowed on the bus. The trip from RNO to MMR is just over an hour. Campers and staff, after screening upon arrival to MMR and connecting with their cabin group counselors, will have the opportunity to visit the dining hall for lunch outdoors where they can eat with their cabin group, appropriately spaced from other groups.
  • Your family will be assigned a specific time to arrive at the bus stop. In order to maintain the safety of our camp community, parents will not be allowed to exit the car (except for a goodbye hug). Each family will be greeted by a staff member who will ask medical screening questions, take your child’s temperature, move your luggage to the bus, and get your camper settled in and meeting friends. 
  • To accommodate all of our campers and safely board our buses, you will need to depart the parking lot after your child has been screened and has boarded the bus.

Traveling by Air

Campers arriving by air will follow the CDC’s travel guidance. Campers who travel to camp via a flight at the Reno Airport will need to schedule arrival/departure before or as close to 12noon as possible.  Campers are required to follow all CDC recommended health guidelines, including masking, while in public places or on public transportation traveling to camp. Campers will be greeted at the airport by camp staff, screened, introduced to other campers, and board the bus (with counselors) to travel to camp.

Travelers from outside the United States will need to comply with State Department requirements for travel at the time of their trip (a comprehensive list is available here). If the test used to fly will be older than 72 hours at the time of your arrival at camp or the bus stop, you must arrange for a test in the United States to meet that requirement.

Flight recommendations from LAX, SFO, and SEA-TAC can be found in the 2021 Parent Handbook. For recommendations or assistance booking flights from other areas, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 During Camp

Cabin Group

For each of our campers, their cabin group is their “household” for their time at MMR. They will live together in the same ventilated cabin, have meals together, sit together at campfires or other all-camp gatherings, and enjoy all-camp activities together. When with their group, masks and distancing will not be required. 

The 2 of 3 Rule

We will be following the 2 of 3 Rule any time campers are interacting with campers and staff outside of their own cabin group. 

The 2 of 3 Rule means MMR family members will meet two out of three of the following protocols:

  • Be outdoors
  • Wear a mask
  • Be 6’ apart (3’ if between campers)

Masks

When in larger groups or areas where they are mixing with other cabin groups, campers and staff will follow the 2 of 3 Rule. 

All campers and staff will be required to have a mask on hand at all times when outside of their cabin building. We recommend purchasing a mask chain or lanyard for campers to easily keep and locate their mask each day. Please refer to the 2021 Parent Handbook for mask and mask lanyard recommendations.

As mentioned in the “Cabin Group” section above, campers will not be required to wear masks when with their own group.

Activities

Unfortunately, we are not offering any out trips this summer. Fortunately, MMR is nestled at the base of a beautiful wilderness area beckoning to be explored. We hope to offer other types of “out trips” within the MMR property. 

Due to smaller camp numbers, we may not offer every activity every period. However, we will offer our most popular activities that many returners know and love. To pick activities, the camp family will meet at our campfire and sit in their cabin designated locations, distanced from other cabins. Once campers leave their cabin group and join an activity group, they will be required to abide by the 2 of 3 Rule

Meals

As always, campers will wash their hands thoroughly prior to each meal. 

We are following a staggered meal arrival schedule with cabin groups assigned a meal arrival time to reduce the overall number of people entering the dining area at any given time. 

While walking in and out of the dining hall for any reason campers and staff will wear masks, as when in any other indoor facility other than their cabin. Occupancy inside the dining hall will be limited and entrances and exits will be designated. While sitting down and dining with their cabin group, campers and staff will not be required to wear masks. 

Most meals will be served family-style or in an adjusted buffet style. We will share more information about how dining and meals will be conducted closer to your session start.

New Medication Protocol For 2021

To free up our Health Care staff to attend to the increased health screening, testing, and treatment protocols required this summer, all camper prescription medications, as well as any over-the-counter medications or vitamins taken daily, must arrive at camp in a strip of individually packaged single doses prepared by a pharmacy of your choice. The only exceptions to this new requirement are liquid, injection, or inhaled medications. For any questions or concerns please contact our office. 

For example, if the camper takes two different prescription medications in the morning, both medications must be placed in the same pharmacy labeled package for morning distribution by our Health Care staff. 

Please do not send over-the-counter medications that are NOT taken daily, as these are already stocked in our Health Center.  For over-the-counter medications taken daily, please have your pharmacy include those in the appropriate individual package(s) by dose if combining with prescription medication.

To help with the distancing of our cabin groups during medication distribution, cabins will be assigned a specific time to stop by the Health Center, and those times will correspond with the staggered meal arrival times and evening cabin time. You may choose any pharmacy to pre-package your camper’s medication. CVS is one of the large pharmacies that offers this service. 

We will not accept dosed medicines in unlabelled pill dividers, they MUST be allocated and packaged by a pharmacy. 

Daily Health Screening

Counselors will do a visual and verbal health screening as well as temperature check of each of their campers every morning prior to breakfast and will report to the Health Care staff the status of their campers’ health. Any campers with illness symptoms or health needs will be referred to the Health Care staff for assessment and treatment.

All-Camp Events

Large group events will be held outdoors and, if adequate spacing between cabin groups is not possible, masks will be worn. We will follow the 2 of 3 Rule at all times in these scenarios.

Communication

There are several ways we will be providing updates and information to parents while your camper is with us this summer. We will be using emails (be sure annamarie@mountainmeadow.com and fun@mountainmeadow.com are approved senders in your email), text messages, and calls from our Office Line at 530-310-9281 or Parent Line at 530-310-9215. Please check your email regularly before and during your camper’s stay. 

See below (in the FAQ) for more details about our criteria for contacting parents.

Vaccine

CDC Recommendation

If eligible, staff, volunteers, campers, and family members should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Ideally, wait 2 weeks after completing vaccination for COVID-19 before traveling to camp. 

We are working to ensure 100% of our staff are vaccinated prior to summer and hope that many of our eligible campers are also vaccinated this summer. The more people in our camp community who are vaccinated, the less likely we are to have anyone contract the virus and be required to shorten their camp stay.

Vaccinated campers will not need to submit results of a negative PCR test prior to arrival at camp nor take the additional screening tests at camp. Furthermore, vaccinated campers will not necessarily have all of the same quarantine precautions as unvaccinated campers should someone in their cabin test positive for COVID-19 while at camp.

Visitors & Tours

In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, we will not be hosting any camp tours or allowing visitors (including parents and relatives of campers and staff) onto camp premises this summer. Only staff and campers who have met the pre-camp and ongoing testing or vaccine requirements will be allowed on camp premises.

FAQ

We are not comfortable sending our camper to camp this summer, what is the cancellation policy?

If you are unsure or uncomfortable about sending your camper to camp this summer, please contact annamarie@mountainmeadow.com as soon as you are able. We have extended our cancellation policy until June 1 meaning you have until then to cancel a receive a refund less a $200 fee. After that date you may rollover any funds paid to 2022. 

 

How did you determine your protocols and procedures for COVID-19 at MMR this summer?

We have spent the past year reviewing, adapting, and modifying CDC, ACA, and CDPH guidance and requirements to fit our camp program. We continue to work daily to review and make updates to ensure that our program and protocols are the safest and most up-to-date possible. 

 

What if my camper tests positive for COVID-19 on the pre-camp PCR test?

Unfortunately, your child will not be able to attend their scheduled session. Due to CDC guidelines, any positive test, even if followed shortly after with a negative test, requires a 10-day quarantine period. We will work with you to reschedule your child’s camp stay to a later session or defer enrollment to 2022.

 

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp, whether as a part of camp-wide testing or individual testing following reported symptoms?

Your camper will be immediately quarantined at camp and you will be contacted to pick up your camper at camp within 12 hours. Unfortunately, due to current CDC guidelines and the length of our camp sessions, there isn’t a retesting option.

 

What if my child’s pre-camp COVID-19 test results are not ready before departing for camp?

We must have your camper’s negative COVID-19 test results (or verification of vaccination) prior to boarding a camp bus or being dropped off at camp.

 

Does my insurance cover the cost for the COVID-19 test done prior to and during my child’s camp session?

Some insurance carriers may cover testing, be sure to check with your insurance company.

 

If I have to pick up my child early from camp due to a COVID-19 positive test result will we receive a tuition refund?

Yes, we will provide a prorated refund starting at the time your camper is picked up from camp.

 

What if a camper or staff in my child’s cabin tests positive for COVID-19 at camp?

Campers who have been exposed to a camper with a positive COVID-19 result will continue with camp programming with some modifications to limit exposure to people outside their cabin group. Changes to programming will conclude after three days with confirmation of a negative test result. Monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms will continue for the remainder of the camp stay. 

 

Are you requiring staff or your campers age 12 and older to be vaccinated?

Per CDC recommendations for summer camps, we are strongly encouraging all members of our camp community who are eligible to receive the vaccination.

 

What if my child has a condition that may mimic the symptoms of COVID-19?

Please update your camper’s health form to indicate their condition and the symptoms to our Health Care staff. 

 

What if my camper is medically exempt from wearing masks? 

We invite them to join us for camp in Summer 2022 when mask requirements are less likely. We, unfortunately, cannot accommodate staff or campers that are unable to wear masks as this is a requirement from the CDC in order to keep the entire camp family safe. For any further clarification on why we came to this conclusion, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to answer this more fully.

If my camper received their first dose before coming to MMR but has not received their second dose, do we need to provide a negative PCR?

Yes, unless fully vaccinated (defined by the CDC as two weeks after the final dose) you need to provide a negative PCR before attending MMR.

If my campers has both doses of their vaccine but two weeks will not pass before they join MMR, do we need to provide a PCR?

Yes, unless fully vaccinated (defined by the CDC as two weeks after the final dose) you need to provide a negative PCR before attending MMR.

Resources

CDC Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps During COVID-19
American Camp Association (ACA) Field Guide for Camps

COVID-19 Update: April 08, 2021

 

Hey MMR Family!

GREAT NEWS! Provided the COVID-19 transmission and vaccination rates continue as predicted by the Governor’s office in California…

Our state is set to open as of June 15, 2021!

Our first group of camper’s for Session A arrive June 13th. The good news is that Resident Camps are included on California’s BluePrint and we will be able to operate even before the state opens on the 15th, albeit it may be with a few more precautions in place. 

California Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Ghaly, said in his briefing that those sectors included in the state’s reopening blueprint (which include resident camps like MMR) will be allowed to “return to usual operations in compliance with Cal/OSHA requirements and with common sense public health policies in place, such as required masking, testing and with vaccinations encouraged.”

We are still waiting for the specific guidelines for sleep away camps, which were promised to California camps by March 31, 2021. Those state guidelines may never come; however, our operational plan will still be subject to approval from our county health department.

We will continue to be required to follow health department guidelines regarding:

  • Masking
  • Testing
  • Distancing
  • Travel precautions

We understand that for some of you, specific policies may impact your decision to join our camp family this summer. We are sorry that we don’t have complete answers at this time. We appreciate your continued patience and trust in us as we plan for various contingencies.

 

Here is what we can say for sure at this time:

  •  We WILL be offering bus transportation from the Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport. We do not know specific scheduling times, capacity, or cost. Stay tuned and make flexible flight and travel arrangements.
  • There WILL be COVID-19 testing requirements for all campers. We are researching various options at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Campers and staff WILL be wearing masks in those instances where distancing from other cabin groups cannot be maintained.
  • We WILL be asking each camp family to utilize common sense precautions in the time before traveling to and arriving at camp in order to keep our entire community safe.

If you have questions about your specific situation or would like to postpone your child’s camp attendance to next summer (2022), please reach out to Anna at annamarie@mountainmeadow.com

Thank you again for your continued patience and support.

We’re confident that we will have a safe, healthy, fun and meaningful summer at MMR in 2021. Summer 2021 really can’t come fast enough!

 

 

March 2021 Update:

 

We’ve received some very exciting news over the past week. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has included sleepaway camps in the businesses that are permitted to open (with COVID restrictions) this summer in counties that are in red, orange, or yellow tiers . The Director of CDPH has also told a group of camp leaders that we can expect guidelines by the end of this month.

 

We cannot thank each of you enough for your continued support during such uncertain times. At this time, all of the anticipated changes below are tentative until we receive more guidance from CaliforniaAs always, the health and safety of our camp family is of the utmost importance to us, and we believe this means holistic health (mental, social, physical) and so remain committed to doing all that we can to provide a program that addresses the needs of our campers this summer.

 

Based on the existing guidance for resident camps in other states, as well as the American Camping Association (ACA) Field Guide, the following are some anticipated changes that may be implemented at MMR in 2021:

 

CAMP at MMR 2021


A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF SOME ANTICIPATED CHANGES TO OUR PROGRAM

 

Enrollment

Enrollment will be limited, allowing for smaller cabin groups and more space for distancing during meal times and group activities.

  • If CDPH precautions require a further reduced capacity before the start of camp, spots will be “first in, last out” based on date of enrollment.

 

Staff + Pre-Camp

All staff will partake in testing and quarantining prior to camper arrival. All staff will arrive 10-12 days prior to session start date for a longer training period.

  • Camp staff are now eligible to receive a vaccine, and we will do our best to encourage staff to be vaccinated.

All campers will participate in a 14 day health screening prior to their session’s opening day. This tracks temperature and symptoms to ensure all campers are feeling well and have no visible signs of illness.

  • All campers are additionally encouraged to restrict their behavior for 5-10 days prior to camp arrival (limit commercial travel and indoor gatherings).

It is likely that campers will be required to obtain a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival at camp. 

Travel

At this time we are not offering escorted flights.

We may be limited in the travel we can accept for incoming campers. All are encouraged to make flexible travel plans and avoid commercial travel if possible (airlines, etc.).

  • We may be able to offer a shuttle bus from the Reno-Tahoe Intl. Airport to MMR, but cannot guarantee that at this time.

Preferred travel: Drop-off at camp. 

  • Drop-off and pick-up will be scheduled and staggered. All campers will be screened prior to entering camp property.
    • Only campers are allowed to leave their car.
    • * Parents or an approved guardian may be required to accompany their camper to drop-off in the event the screening disqualifies the camper from participating. 

You are encouraged to book flexible travel options so the timing of arrival can align with the schedule.

  • Please note that domestic and international air travel may have additional requirements (testing, quarantine, etc.) and restrictions that are the responsibility of each individual to be aware of and plan accordingly. MMR cannot accommodate the pre-session quarantine of any campers. 

Activities

Cabin groups will function as “bubbles” for the duration of the camp session. These will remain the same for wide-game activities, meal times, and other all-camp events, and possibly all day-time activities.

  • We hope to allow some inter-bubble mingling during day-time activities (with masks and physical distancing) but cannot guarantee at this time.

We will not be offering out trips this summer in an effort to maintain our community’s safety and limit our possibility of exposure.

  • We hope to maintain a similar level of freedom with regards to choosing activities; however, this may be restricted and limited. 
  • We are planning to run all on-site activities except film photography. 

Staff days off will not include interaction with the general public.

 

Housing + Meals

Sleeping and housing arrangements may be modified to mitigate risk.

Meals times will be in cabin bubbles seated outside, distanced, and staggered.

Health + Wellness

Daily screenings (temperature check, symptom survey) will be conducted for the entire camp family to ensure all members are asymptomatic.

Approved masks or face coverings are likely to be worn in any setting in which physical distancing outside of one’s bubble is impossible (and may include all times except swimming, eating, and sleeping).

Proper hand washing and hygiene practices are to be observed by all camp family members, with poster and decal reminders posted around the camp property. 

Any camper or staff with COVID symptoms will be quarantined and tested. Campers with a positive test result will be sent home as soon as possible. Staff with a positive test will remain quarantined until deemed safe by medical staff. Cabins of campers or staff who have been exposed will isolate and be tested and may be sent home. 

  • Campers sent home due to illness or Covid-19 protocols are not entitled to a refund. 

Mountain Meadow Ranch, as well as most residential summer camps, are especially well-suited for many of the current recommendations. All activities take place outdoors, meals can be served outside, warm summer weather allows the option for great air ventilation in cabins, and cabin groups easily form bubbles.

We again thank you for your patience and grace as we navigate this season. We are excited to work toward offering a program that meets the needs of our campers. So many of us have felt isolated, afraid, anxious, and uncertain this past year and we are committed to doing what we do best:

  • providing a safe environment for our campers
  • giving them the opportunity to connect with others
  • get outside and explore
  • experience adventure
  • and grow as full humans

As always, we are here for you to answer any questions and talk with you about how we came to our current tentative plans. Anna, who leads our Parent Hotline in-session and handles Parent Communication year-round, is available to you by email and, as always, our office line (NOW 530-310-9281) is open to you. 

We will update this page frequently moving forward as guidelines are released and we get a better idea of what operating this summer looks like. Check back regularly!

 

 

November Update: 

 

We can’t wait for Summer 2021!

We remain confident and committed to offering our program, albeit may be with some changes. We are all chomping at the bit to know exactly what those changes are, but we must continue to employ our well-exercised patience muscle. 

 

We are in the research phase as we review the American Camping Associations Covid-19 guidelines, utilize the experience and resources of fellow camps and camping professionals throughout the West Coast and country, and review the existing policies and protocols in place for other industries (such as hotels, restaurants, and schools). As we go, we are applying and implementing the findings for a number of different scenarios and plans for next summer. 

 

We remain committed to:

  1. The health and safety of our entire camp family. 
  2. Providing community, support, and camaraderie to our camp family in whatever capacity possible. 
  3. Living out Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All,” in all that we do. We will continue to serve each other above ourselves by living out our core values: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness. 

 

#SaveNextSummer

For those that love advocacy and being the squeaky wheel, you’re invited to join in the #SaveNextSummer campaign created by fellow camp professionals. As states and counties throughout the country release Covid-19 guidelines for residential camps, California has yet to do so. These guidelines are essential to our opening and running camp in 2021!!

 

What you can do: 

  1. Find your representatives.

You can find them by putting your address 

into the form at this link: https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ 

 

  1. Write your representative a letter or an email.
    If you aren’t sure what to say, here are some handy templates. Just go to the links and copy the text. Then paste it into a word processor. The parts in red need to be personalized so that you can tell YOUR story. Then print it out and send it (or email it!) using the contact info you found in Step 1. 

Here is the templates for campers.

​Here is the templates for camp parents.

 

  1. Share your story

Post a story, photo, tiktok, whatever you want using the hashtag #SaveNextSummer so that we can make sure as many people as possible know about our campaign!

 

For information regarding the national movement to save next summer:

https://www.savenextsummer.com

 

For information regarding California: 

https://www.savenextsummer.com/california 

 

 

 

Updated May 26th

Dear Camp Family,

With heavy hearts we share the sad reality that due to Covid-19 we will be unable to operate as usual for Summer 2020. The summer camp experience that we all know and love is now postponed until Summer 2021. This decision has come from many hours of research, meetings, and conversations with fellow Summer Camp professionals and our local Health Department.

We remain committed to:

  1. The health and safety of our entire camp family. 

  2. Providing community, support, and camaraderie to our camp family in whatever capacity possible. 

  3. Living out Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All,” in all that we do. We will continue to serve each other above ourselves by living out our core values: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness. 

We are getting creative in our brainstorming for what we possibly can do this summer! We can’t emphasize enough the importance of your voice in guiding our steps as we dream and plan (all within  the parameters of local health department regulations, of course). Please take a few moments to fill out this short and simple survey.

Help us make 2020 great! Fill out this short survey

 

We are immensely grateful to each and every one of you that has made this business one full of joy and life. 

We will miss you all, the ones we know and the ones we didn’t get to. We will miss many things this summer… The wonderful sounds of kids playing. All the beautiful campers and staff. The intense, fullness and immenseness of life lived abundantly. The songs sung around the campfire and beneath the stars, surrounded by the towering pines. The buzz at mealtimes. The peanut butter jelly table. The Birthday Song and subsequent huckage. “What time is snack time?” Lazy afternoons by the Lagoon. “Story time is OPEN!” The Overnight and the growth and camaraderie that happens there. The gift of watching the camp family come together and learn to love and lift each other up by living Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All.”  This is the heart song that we, the Ellena family, and many others, have sung every summer since 1956 & it will be sung again – Summer 2021, we look forward to you!

We hope each of you, new or veteran, will consider rolling over your enrollment with us so that you can continue to take part in the magic! 

 

 

 

2021 Dates*

Session A: Sunday June 13 — Friday June 25
Session B: Sunday June 27 — Friday July 9
Session C: Sunday July 11 — Friday July 23
Session D: Sunday July 25 — Friday August 6

* Please make note that these dates are subject to change before relevant school districts announce their 2020-2021 dates.

 

 

We are here for you. In addition to our full-time Office Line, Anna will open our Summer Only Parent Line from 1pm-5pm, Monday-Thursday, starting May 13th until May 28th. This is available for anyone – parent, camper, or alumni – that wants to ask a question about our decision or what’s next, share a good memory or word of encouragement, or simply process. 

Office: (530) 257-4419
Parent Line: (530) 310-9215


 

 

Updated April 15

We recognize that these are hard and uncertain times. It seems every other day there is a new development pushing back a return to 
normal to a later and later date. We hope you have been able to find moments of connection with your loved ones despite social distancing, peace amidst the chaos, and rejuvenation during the unexpected time of rest. As Directors, we have taken time to educate ourselves, process each new announcement, and carefully consider what is best for MMR. 
 
After taking this time, we thought it important to share our hearts with you:
 
First and foremost, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our camp family – your children. At the forefront of our considerations and plans is this simple yet complex fact. Second, we recognize that to many of our campers and staff, MMR is a backbone of community, support, and camaraderie that is looked forward to all year long. We remain committed to providing this community and support in whatever capacity possible. Third, MMR is driven by our mission: Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All.” In all that we do, we strive to serve each other above ourselves by living out our core values: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness. Fourth, camp is a creative business that is accustomed to catching curve balls. We are no strangers to improvising and accommodating to provide the best possible program. None of the above facts will be changed by the current situation, we remain committed to our camp family. Finally, we will always strive to keep you informed and up to date. 
 
As a result of the recent U.S. Federal and California State orders, we request patience from you, our camp family, as we wait to finalize any plans and preparations for Summer 2020 until forecasted announcements from California governor about what to expect for the summer months. That being said, we remain realistically hopeful that MMR will go on, albeit may be with some adjustments. 
 
In light of the above, we offer the following:
•Extending our tuition and forms deadline until June 1st. 
We recognize many are in a situation that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to get to the doctor to update immunizations or are unable to work consistently.
 
We are also implementing a new Covid-19 cancellation policy: 
  • Extending our April 1st cancellation policy until May 1st, meaning cancellations will incur a $200 fee rather than the full $500
  • In the event that MMR does continue yet you feel uncomfortable sending your camper for Summer 2020: 
    • Any tuition and deposit paid will be rolled over to Summer 2021.*
  • In the event that MMR does not continue as usual for Summer 2020:
    • We will provide information regarding refunds at that time. 
 
* If this is not possible (i.e. camper has aged out, other extenuating circumstances) we will discuss other options on a case-by-case basis.
 
We hope you can rest assured that MMR is working tirelessly to ensure that any decision made is one that has been carefully researched and weighed and made in light of local health department and CDC recommendations as well as in line with the decisions of fellow WAIC and ACA camps. 
 
We are here to help if you have any further questions or concerns and would be happy to have a more thorough conversation with you at any time. We are available at our office at (530) 257-4419, by responding 
to this email, or emailing Anna at annamarie@mountainmeadow.com 
 
Take care of yourself and those around you,

 

 

 

March 12, 2020

Dear Mountain Meadow Parent:

 

We have been watching the news and monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We recognize the WHO’s change in declaring COVID-19 a pandemic and international recommendations for social distancing. We continue to closely monitor the situation and public health recommendations and will plan and communicate any actions accordingly. 

The safety of campers and staff at MMR is paramount. As of right now we are going to continue to operate for Summer 2020.

The social distancing recommendations from the State of California, the CDC, and WHO have been set for the next 8 weeks (or close to), which means there is hope things will improve around early to mid-May. With hope in our hearts, we are going to move ahead as scheduled and will continue to monitor and update you as necessary.

 

Hygiene

  • Washing our hands thoroughly (under water for more than 15 seconds) is always the best and most effective preventative measure.  
  • Remind your kids to keep their hands off their face! Pathogens enter our body through the eyes, nose and mouth.

 

Travel

 

  • Until we know more, we would suggest restricting any travel outside of your area until the federal recommendations for social distancing are changed.

 

 

Treatment

  • What we should do if we develop cold symptoms (runny nose, fever, mild cough):
  • Isolate
  • Hydrate
  • Call your doctor (avoid going in unless requested) to talk through your symptoms and their recommendation for next steps.

appropriate)

  • Don’t forget there are other illnesses out there.
  • If fevers are high see your doctor to rule out influenza
  • If you have a red sore throat with or without fever or an upset stomach see your doctor to rule out strep.

 

What’s a pandemic?

A “pandemic” disease sounds much scarier than a mere “outbreak.” but it’s important to remember that “pandemic” refers to how many parts of the world are dealing with an elevated rate of the disease — and says nothing about how serious that disease is. 

 

Why does it matter that something is called a pandemic? 

Pandemics must be battled, at the international level, significantly differently than epidemics. Where there’s a pandemic, we are all in the fight together and there are essentially no “sidelines.” In other words, stopping the spread is unlikely but slowing the spread to prevent healthcare system overload (referred to as “flatten the curve”) and unnecessary harm is possible and something we all play a part in. This is why measures like social distancing and hygiene etiquette are so important.

 

 

What we are doing:

MMR Directors have had a number of meetings regarding our existing healthcare protocol and decided to implement the following changes in response to COVID-19:

> Pre-session ‘Recent Health and Travel History Form is required before arriving at camp (made available 2 weeks prior to session start date).

> Health screening on opening day will include fever check and more thorough education on proper hand washing and cleanliness practices

> Increased monitoring of shared items while at camp

> Increased training and monitoring in health and cleanliness protocols (in the kitchen, healthcare center, cabins, activity areas, public areas, etc.)

> Increased hand sanitizer stations at various activities 

 

What YOU can do:

  • Engage your children and educate them on COVID-19 and proper cleanliness and sickness habits to develop before sending them to camp. We should all be increasing our awareness of face touching and hand washing.
    • Hand washing, proper cough etiquette, etc. 
  • Remain calm, your campers are looking to you for cues on how to respond. It is of the utmost importance that as adults, we maintain a calm and collected mindset as we respond to the developments. Hysteria is not the answer, it will only prove to increase anxiety and inhibit our ability to respond appropriately.
  • Comply with the recommendations for social distancing. Only go out socially when necessary, and if you do, be mindful of proximity to others and your hygiene. Even if you and your littles are not at high risk, you may come into contact with someone who is. This is more than a “me” issue and requires consideration for the greater “we.”
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

Coronaviruses are typically seasonal and so we can hope that by the time weather warms and the regular flu season ends, this virus will burn itself out, too. Until then we try to control spread and take care of each other.

We recognize that our children are deeply important to us all, and that the current status of social distancing with many aspects of regular life “paused” it is a natural response to feel fear and concern over what that means for the future. We encourage all of us to remain diligent in where we go for information regarding COVID-19 and that we are maintaining a clear and level head as we respond.

 

As mentioned, we are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with Health Department and CDC recommendations to keep MMR a safe space for our camp family. 

 

Please do not hesitate to call or email us to answer any further questions you may have. The CDC and WHO provide more detailed coronavirus information on their websites and your personal physician is a valuable resource for specific medical questions you may have.

Rest assured we will keep you updated with any changes.

 

Thank you,

Mountain Meadow Ranch Directors

 

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