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Montshire Summer Camp Guidelines

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 and Out-of-School-Time Care (revised August 2020), as well as any updates, as they are issued.

Measures may change over time and we will adjust and communicate accordingly.

(This information was updated on February 4, 2021.)

Camp Policies and Expectations

The 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. 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 or any COVID-like symptom will be sent home.

Vermont Quarantine Rule

If you reside outside of Vermont, 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 and have received a negative test before entering summer programs. In addition, Vermont residents who travel outside the state must also comply with the quarantine period on their return. 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 verify they have complied 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 this summer.

Camper Code of Conduct

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 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 physical distancing. Each camp will establish age and space appropriate protocols to assist and remind all of physical space needs. Personal belongings will also be spaced apart from others and each child will have a designated space to leave their bags and personal items.
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 come in close contact with museum visitors.
  • Each camp has dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • We are limiting group sizes to 15 or fewer campers.
  • We have greatly increased our cleaning and disinfection schedules.