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Greetings Adventure Camp Families and friends,
First off, I'd like to thank all campers, families and staff for a wonderful summer 2022. It was truly a great summer, the best of my 6 summers at Adventure Camp. Amazing staff, amazing campers, and amazing families as always.
Now for the news I've put off far too long and I apologize for that. Unfortunately, after summer 2022 ended Boston University decided not to extend Nature's Classroom's lease any further. This essentially means that Nature's Classroom Adventure Camp will not be happening for summer 2023. BU was always excellent to Nature's Classroom and provided a lot of support through COVID but with limited programming for 2 years at the facility a decision had to be made.
I know how much this camp means to many campers, staff, and families and it means a lot to me too. Camp shaped my life as I've been a part of camp programming at various camps since I can remember. Nature's Classroom Adventure Camp was a special program on a beautiful property, but it was the quality of the community we created that made it so incredible. Having the opportunity to watch campers campers and staff grow these past 6 summers was an experience I will carry with me forever. I hope that one day I can figure out a way to re-create a version of Adventure Camp somehow, somewhere, but for this upcoming summer I've decided to take a step away from camps. These past 2 years have been extremely challenging and without getting into the gory details, I'll just say a change of pace is needed for a bit.
Currently, I'm not sure what Boston University is planning to do with the facility. I know the Friends of Sargent organization are working hard and expanding in order to help rebuild something and I'm certainly rootling for them! BU still has amazing maintenance staff at Sargent keeping everything looking good and running properly.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. There still isn't a lot of info out there as to what may be in store for the future of Sargent Center. I am now currently in Colorado working for a new Outdoor Education program and quite busy so its tough to respond very efficiently. Its been a challenge to get everything in order personally as I settle in out here for a new chapter of life. I love Nature's Classroom Adventure Camp and if there is ever a chance to rebuild I would happily support that any way possible.
I wish all campers, families, and staff the very best and thank you all again for helping to create the greatest camp community I've ever been a part of.
Matt Caliendo - Adventure Camp Director
UPDATED JUNE 10th, 2021
Registration for 2021 is officially up and running. For folks who have rolled their payments over from 2020, when you go to our registration and log in you will find the balance of your payments from 2020 reflected in 2021. Unfortunately I was unable to make it as simple as possible and just pre-register everyone who rolled over due to the many possible variables that could come up for campers from last year to this. If you are a parent/ guardian who rolled over from 2020 you have priority on registration. Fortunately, since we updated our software last summer, some of the information that you input last year should be saved in the system for this year hopefully making the registration process a bit easier. Below you will find our current plan for combatting Covid-19 at camp. We are confident that we will be able to have a fun, safe summer, and are looking forward to seeing all of you soon!
-Matt - Camp Director
PRE-CAMP INFO FOR FAMILIES
~If possible, campers should be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival at camp. All staff members will be fully vaccinated by the start of camp, or will be tested on the same schedule as campers. Please email us a copy of your camper’s vaccination card before coming to camp, and bring the card to camp. Anyone without proof of vaccination must be tested on the same schedule as unvaccinated campers!
~Unvaccinated campers will need a negative result from a PCR-based COVID test (or comparable NAAT test) no more than 7 days before arrival at camp. Rapid tests (such as home test kits) are not reliable enough to qualify, but PCR-based tests are available at many pharmacies, doctors offices and clinics. If the result of the screening test is positive, please let us know before arriving at camp so we can make alternate arrangements such as switching them to another session.
~After the screening test is performed, campers and household members should carefully follow local/state guidelines for low-risk behaviors.
~All campers should bring enough masks for the duration of camp. Masks will be recommended when physical distance from other groups is not possible, and required when groups are indoors without the ability to socially distance. One mask per day spent at camp should be enough. Remember we don’t have laundry facilities!
~Campers should be monitored for symptoms of possible COVID-19 in the week leading up to camp. If you suspect your camper may have been exposed (or if the screening test comes back positive), please let us know as soon as possible so we can make alternate arrangements such as switching them to another session.
~Upon arrival, each vehicle will be greeted by a camp staff member. Please wait in your car until directed to the check in area! Any family member who exits the vehicle at check in should be masked.
~Only campers living in a certain cabin should enter that cabin for move in. Please say goodbye outside!
TESTING WHILE AT CAMP
~In accordance with New Hampshire state guidelines, all incoming campers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must be tested with a PCR-based test upon arrival. Our medical staff will be on hand to assist your camper with swabbing. All unvaccinated 2 week campers will be tested a second time 7 days into their camp session.
~Rapid testing will be performed on-site for any camper or staff member who develops symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. Rapid testing will also be used to confirm any positive results from PCR testing.
~Fully vaccinated campers are exempt from ALL testing requirements.
~If any test result comes back positive, the camper in question will be retested using a rapid antigen test. If results are positive, the camper will be quarantined, and may need to leave camp. All close contacts of that camper will be monitored for symptoms for 5 days, and tested with a rapid antigen test on day 5.
2021 CAMP SCHEDULE
~When with their cabin groups, campers will be free to socialize as normal and remain unmasked in their cabins.
~In line with other camps in New Hampshire, we will now be allowing groups to mix for activity blocks. This will allow the same flexibility and freedom of choice that campers have had every summer. When activities are outside and social distancing is possible, masks will be optional. Masking will still be recommended when campers are outside their cabin groups and participating in activities that require close contact.
~Large group activities such as meals and campfires will be outside whenever possible, and will allow for social distancing between groups. If keeping distance between groups is not possible, campers and staff will be encouraged to wear masks especially when indoors.
-Your Friends at Natures Classroom Adventure Camp