COVID-19 Parent and Camper Resource Center

Dear Belknap Family,

This spring, as the global health pandemic emerged in the United States, we made the difficult decision to close the camp.  The health and safety of our campers, families, and community guided us to this hard, yet necessary, decision.  Despite being closed this summer, our staff and Belknap families adapted to these circumstances and salvaged the summer through our remote engagement program: Beyond Belknap.

Now that the summer of 2020 is over, we are already looking ahead to prepare for next summer.  With everything we have learned in the past few months, especially the scientific understanding of how the virus can be managed, we believe it is possible to bring our campers and staff back together in the summer of 2021.  That being said, we have a lot of work to do to implement new safety protocols that will make the Belknap experience safe and possible.  Our first decision begins with an earlier registration date to allow us enough time to plan and prepare for the summer:

CAMP BELKNAP APPLICATIONS OPEN

NOVEMBER 2, 2020 

Applications for the summer of 2021 are launching early this year!  If you have an age eligible camper(s), you will be receiving an email with more information soon.  If you have a new camper or if you never completed an inquiry for your camper (to be placed on the email list to receive an application and the updates leading up to the launch), visit www.campbelknap.org/registration before November 3rd.  Also, be aware that if you unsubscribe from our mailing list in the future, you will not receive an application or important updates from Belknap.

For session dates, please follow this link.  If you have any questions, please visit our website: www.campbelknap.org or email admin@campbelknap.org.

Thank you and Timi-Hi!

Updates from Belknap

June 27, 2020 – Beyond Belknap

June 19, 2020 – Fortitude 2020: An unprecedented Annual Fund effort for an unprecedented Year

May 27, 2020 – Boomalacka for Belknap

May 15, 2020 – A Letter to our Campers

May 1, 2020 – A Community of Joy and Humor

April 17, 2020 – Seeking the Patience of an Earlier Time

April 3, 2020 – We Are All First Time Campers & Updates on Tuition Due Date Change and Refunds

March 19, 2020 – Belknap’s Daily Schedule – A Structure We Can Lean On

March 13, 2020 – Postpone STJ Events


Frequently Asked Questions

What is camp doing to prepare for the 2021 camp season?

Belknap has a lot of work to do to implement new safety protocols that will make the Belknap experience safe and possible in 2021. Our first decision begins with an earlier registration date to allow us enough time to plan and prepare for the summer. Registration is occurring November 2nd. Additionally we have changed the two sessions to start on Sundays and end on Saturdays to allow time between. See the updated session dates here. More information about COVID-19 and 2021 at camp will be provided as we continue to learn more.

How do I participate in the Beyond Belknap Virtual and Remote programming?

The Beyond Belknap real time programming is complete for the summer at the end of August 2020.  If you would like to view some of the asynchronous content that is posted to the public, click here.

How did families share the news of Belknap cancelling 2020 with campers?

We understand this news may be very difficult to share and process.  We have prepared a handwritten letter specifically for your son, a copy of which will also come in the mail in the next week.  We hope this letter will help provide a starting point for a conversation.

In addition, Dr. Chris Thurber (“Thurbs)”, one of Belknap’s longest tenured staff and Psychologist, has provided additional resources to support conversations with your son.  You may access a handout here.

Did Belknap issue refunds for the summer of 2020?

Yes, Belknap refunded all camper tuition and registration fees for all enrolled campers.

How was the 2020 tuition refund policy administered?

Families of currently enrolled campers received a separate email on May 15th with information about the refund process.  Families also had the option to convert tuition payments into a tax-deductible gift to Belknap.

NOTE – After June 1, if your family did not complete the form, your tuition/registration refund was automatically processed.  However, if you still want to donate, even though we can’t convert your tuition, you can still give by visiting campbelknap.org/donate.

What do I need to know about camper registration for 2021?

Campers who were enrolled on March 13, 2020 or later will be considered returning campers for the 2021 summer registration process.  However, campers will still have to register for 2021.  Please look for an email in September with information and registration dates for 2021.

What will happen to Senior Campers who are aging out in 2020?

We are committed to providing opportunities for senior campers in 2021.  All 16 year-old campers in 2020 will have the opportunity to return as senior campers in 2021.  The Senior Recognition process was completed online in July and those campers were identified in August.  We welcome those who did not receive the recognition to join us as campers in 2021.

Is 2020 Family Camp, Women’s Weekend, and other Fall programming still going to occur?

As of July 1, 2020, Family Camp and Women’s weekend has been canceled.  Participants have been sent a letter directly addressing cancelation and the refund process.  We look forward to seeing you under the pines in 2021.

How will our internal leadership program be affected by COVID-19?

The Co-Directors, with the support of the Leadership Director, are developing a promotion and staff retention plan for all staff.  We will provide opportunities for all of our current staff (LC’s through DH’s) to return in 2021.  The staff will be provided additional information as we progress into the summer.

Did you pay the Summer Staff even though Belknap did not run on site in 2020?

Yes, we will pay all year-round and seasonal staff and leaders in 2020.  Our staff will be engaged for the summer, supporting Belknap’s mission remotely.  Additionally, should camp have the opportunity to provide limited programming in late July, August, or September, the staff will be able to mobilize and return to camp.

What financial measures have you had to implement to refund everyone and pay staff salaries?

Belknap has implemented a variety of financial measures to bridge the loss of revenue and while continuing to pay staff salaries for 2020 including: reducing expenses, deferring certain capital projects, borrowing funds where available with attractive terms, accepting loans/grants from the federal government, using a portion of our cash reserves, seeking additional gifts from alumni and parents, and making a modest supplemental draw from our endowment.

Can Belknap survive a summer without camper tuition?

Yes, Belknap will endure. Belknap’s financial situation is strong, reflecting both the long-term and generous support of our donors as well as sound fiscal management. More specifically, in response to the potential disruption from COVID-19, Belknap has conducted the following:

  • We have frozen all spending except for salaries, health benefits and utilities.
  • We have applied for and secured funding through a combination of low interest loans and gifts to cover certain essential expenditures.
  • Belknap’s endowment is well-managed and could be available to provide additional support.

To help support Belknap, please visit campbelknap.secure.force.com/donate

What were the management guidelines Belknap implemented to help guide a decision about summer 2020?

The Risk Management Committee, with support of the Board of Trustees, has outlined the following guidelines to support the decision-making process around COVID-19:

  • Safety is our first priority.
  • Understand and respond to the needs for our campers and their families.
  • Engage with and honor, as best we can, our commitments to our staff in hopes of retaining our outstanding leadership.
  • Be good stewards of Belknap’s financial resources and preserve our ability to provide the Belknap experience in the future.

Is camp currently open to visitors?

Belknap property is open to authorized visitors only at this time.  Permission is required. If you are interested in visiting Belknap, please click here for more information about our Site Safety Plan.

Is Belknap accepting phone calls and emails?

Yes we are. Our staff are currently working remotely and actively monitoring emails and phone calls.


COVID-19 Resources

The Belknap staff are monitoring several key, reliable sources of information about COVID-19:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center

ACA Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020

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Communications

All communications related to COVID-19 and plans for summer 2021 will be posted here.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Belknap will provide a checklist for families to follow 2 weeks before arrival at camp. Belknap plans to include at least the following as part of the pre-arrival checklist: low risk pre-camp behaviors including list of what activities to avoid, symptomatic screening, testing, and travel recommendations.

Pre-Camp Requirements as of 03/05/20

Packing for Camp

Click here to view and download the most up-to-date list of items to pack for camp (Updated on February 24th, 2021).

If any changes to the list occur prior to the start of camp, a new list and updates will be posted here.

Please note the following:

  • No Laundry - To minimize handling of camper clothes and equipment, Belknap will NOT be offering laundry for sessions that are 1 or 2 weeks. We will provide laundry for 4-week campers.
  • Mask type requirements are outlined as of the current CDC guidance.
  • Water bottles with strap or carrying device are required. Water fountains will be closed to minimize transmission of COVID. Instead, campers will be asked to carry their water bottles to program periods. Water bottle fill stations are located throughout camp.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Belknap plans on coordinated efforts to minimize exposure and risk on these high traffic days. Families will be made aware of exact pick-up and drop off times and procedures for campers and guardians. Information will be posted here.

Camp Life During COVID

Belknap’s mission remains unchanged. Belknap is working on modifications to the property/facilities and program in 2021 to enhance safety and still preserve the core principles of Belknap life. The pictures below will be updated as we make changes around camp.

  • Cabin Fans
  • Hand Washing Station
  • Screen Doors
  • Cabin Fans

    Fans installed on cabin to improve airflow.

  • Hand Washing Station

    Outdoor hand-washing stations installed around camp.

  • Screen Doors

    Screen doors on every cabin will improve the airflow in living quarters.

Masks

Masks for campers and staff will be a part of Belknap’s plan for preventing introduction and spread of virus at Camp. Belknap will be providing more information at a later date about type and number of masks to pack for camp. Please note that campers and staff will be unmasked for sleeping, eating, showering and swimming.

COVID Testing

Camp Belknap plans to use COVID testing as a part of our 2021 plan for entry and admittance to camp, diagnostic (symptoms) and ongoing monitoring, The timing, type of testing, and logistics are being reviewed and will be announced as decisions are made. Types of tests and criteria for their use are continuing to evolve and we want to ensure that we are implementing best practices.

Response to Positive Test

Working with Belknap’s medical advisory group, we are developing a detailed plan for the potential of a symptomatic individual and/or positive test at camp. This plan will include isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, and care of campers/staff.

Visitors

Permission is required to visit camp during the non-summer months/“off season.” Please click below for detailed information on visiting camp. When camp is in session, for the safety of our campers and staff, visitors will be strictly limited. Updated information regarding this policy will be provided here.

Visit Information

Belknap Pledge

We are developing a pledge to ensure compliance and a clear focus on keeping ourselves and each other safe. More to come on this!