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Montshire Summer Camp Guidelines

We have been working hard to create a safe and enjoyable experience for our campers, their families, and our staff.

Due to the current public health situation, we are actively incorporating recommendations from the State of Vermont, in particular the Health Guidance for Childcare Programs, Summer Programs and Afterschool Programs issued on Wednesday, May 13, as well as any updates, as they are issued.

Measures may change as the summer progresses and we will adjust and communicate accordingly.

Camp Policies and Expectations

Montshire Museum of Science is incorporating the following policies and expectations into our camp programming.

Masks

All campers, Montshire staff, and adults who are picking up or dropping off a camper must wear a mask. If your child has a medical condition that precludes them wearing a mask you must contact us before camp starts. Mask breaks (during meals and various points throughout the day) will be provided when we can ensure physical distancing outside.

Daily Health Screening

All campers and staff will have their temperature taken and a health screening as they arrive. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F will be sent home.

Vermont Quarantine Rule

If you reside outside of Vermont or the greater Upper Valley of New Hampshire and are visiting from elsewhere, be aware of the current quarantine requirement established by the State of Vermont: Children who arrive from out of state need to quarantine for 14 days or be tested at day 7 before entering summer programs. Vermont has recently lifted this restriction for those coming from certain rural counties in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. Refer to Vermont’s public health response regarding travel to the state for updated information. Please note these restrictions may change over time and we expect all camp families to comply with the requirements at the time of their child’s camp. If you have questions about this rule, please contact us at registrations@montshire.org.

Extended Care

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer extended care (before camp hours, 8:15am-9:00am; or after camp hours, 3:00pm-5:15pm) this summer. We will refund payments for this service.

Camper Code of Conduct

For many, summer camp will be the first time children will be back in a group setting in more than three months. It will be difficult to avoid returning to pre-pandemic social behaviors, so please help your child prepare for camp by practicing wearing masks at home, and talking about the following appropriate camp behaviors. Before the start of camp, ensure your child is ready to comply with all aspects of the camper code. Campers unable to follow these guidelines will not be able to participate in our camp program this summer.

All Campers will be required to:
Wear Masks Wear Masks: Children will be expected to wear masks that fit appropriately, covering the mouth and nose, and that they can put on and take off independently. Masks will be removed for meal and water breaks, during swimming/water play, and for activities like journaling, that allow proper distancing.
Physical Distance Campers and staff must strive to maintain a 6 feet distance from others. Although we cannot guarantee that children will maintain this distance, we will enforce these requirements when necessary, and to the extent possible. Personal belongings will also be spaced apart from others, and may only be touched by the owner.
Wash Hands Hand-washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Campers will be required to wash/sanitize their hands multiple times throughout the day and will be expected to know how to do this properly.

What the Montshire is Doing to Ensure Safety

  • Camp groups will not interact with other camps at the museum and will be completely separated from museum visitors.
  • Each camp has dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces, and a set of bathrooms that no other group or visitor may access.
  • We are limiting group sizes to 15 or fewer campers.
  • We have greatly increased our cleaning and disinfection schedules.