Dear Parents. Below you can see the COVID-19 protocols we had in place for summer 2021. We are planning to operate again in summer 2022 and at this time we are still evaluating how best to focus on health and safety in terms of COVID-19. We are monitoring state and local health departments along with ACA and the CDC in terms of what might be best COVID-19 protocols for summer 2022 if any. Some of the health and safety protocols below will stay with us in terms of operations moving forward and of course others may change as we learn more and head toward summer 2022. We will update this page as needed to continue to provide you with a clear and transparent approach to health and safety for summer 2022. See you at Camp Cosby soon!
Thanks, The Camp Cosby Leadership
CAMP COSBY – COVID-19 FAQ – 2021
Q. Will Camp Cosby open this summer?
A. Yes, we are planning to open June 6th. This is always subject to state health orders set forth by the Governor of Alabama.
Q. Have any sessions been cancelled for this summer?
A. Not at this time.
Q. If Camp Cosby cancels any sessions will I get a refund?
A. Yes! All cancel/Refund Requests must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. List the request, session, full name of camper(s) and Date(s) of Birth.
Q. Can I donate a portion or all of my deposits/fees to support Camp Cosby?
A. Yes! Email email@example.com to be a donor and support Cosby.
Q. Can I credit any payments/deposits to summer 2022?
A. Yes! Submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your desire to credit your payments and already have summer 2021 paid for. Important: You’ll still need to register your children for camp for the 2022 season.
Q. What is the regular cancellation policy for parents?
Q. Will Camp Cosby be closed for the summer?
A. No! We are planning on starting Camp June 6th .
Q. Will enrollment capacities be reduced each session due to social distancing requirements and State/Local Health Departments?
Q. Should I send my camper(s) to camp this summer?
A. The decision to send camper(s) to camp this summer is a family decision and should not be taken lightly. Consider your family situation, potential exposure prior to camp and then upon returning home, other family members etc.
Q. Will someone contract COVID-19 at Camp Cosby this summer?
A. We cannot answer that question by saying Yes or No. We hope this does not happen. We do however always put the safety of campers and staff first. We will follow all social distancing guidelines, guidance from the Alabama Department of Public health, the CDC, and local Health Department, strengthen cleaning/sanitation procedures, clean equipment often and keep campers in small groups with social distancing.
Q. Will Stayover weekends be offered this summer?
A. Limited to only 3 options this summer. If you are enrolled for consecutive sessions when no stayover is available you will need to check out your camper on Saturday per normal and bring them back to camp on Sunday to check in for the consecutive session. This includes LIT A and LITB program.
Q. What will be the same this summer?
- Camp Magic will be alive and for all campers and staff
- All will have FUN.
- Friends will be made
- Singing will be done twice as much as other summers
- Great Camp Food
- The Camp Store will be open
- All activities will be open and campers will be able to experience most if not all as per normal
- Great caring and supportive staff
- Cook out night is a GO!
Campout night – maybe but might be a little different.
- Campers will participate in activities with their cabin (cohort).
Q. Will Specialty Camps be available this summer?
A. We currently planning to offer Specialty Camps.
Q. As a parent/guardian will I be able to set up my camper’s bunk bed and belongings this summer?
A. Yes! One parent will be allowed in the cabins during check-in. Only one family at a time in the cabin. All campers and parents will have temperature checks during arrival. Hand sanitizer must be used prior to entering the cabin and hands must be washed once in the cabin.
Q. How will you keep my camper healthy and safe this summer
A. Cabins and bathrooms cleaned twice a day. As well as:
- Hand sanitizer to be used before entering Cabins/Dining Hall/Health Center
- Hand washing stations all over camp. Campers and staff must wash their hands before entering the dining hall to eat, after bathroom use, before activities.
- All Campers and staff must wash their hands after entering the cabins
- Head to toe sleeping arrangement. And Social distancing requirements
- Temperature checks at check in and twice a day every day.
- Staff trained to recognize symptoms of sickness and fever etc.
- At least 2-3 medical professionals onsite at all times
- Deep cleaning of all camp facilities by Professional Cleaning company between sessions.
- Small groups (cohorts), not mixing
- Teach campers and staff about hand hygiene, coughing and sneeze covering
- Please pack a mask for your camper(s) – Summer Camp Packing List – 2021 Season
Q. Will you notify us of any COVID-19/contagious diseases are discovered at Camp or after each session?
A. Yes! Transparent and open communication will be provided to ALL families.
Q. Can I talk to a Cosby Leadership staff member about Camp this summer?
A. Yes! Call 256-268 -2007 Office Hours are Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm CDT
Q. Will my camper have to wear a mask at camp this summer?
A. We will follow all mask wearing requirements set by State and local health officials, ACA. CDC, and YMCA of Greater Birmingham policies. Please bring a mask to camp this summer. Masks will not be required to be worn when campers are with their cabin groups (cohorts), outside, while eating or in the pool/waterfront. However, it will be necessary to wear a mask when maintaining 3ft. or more social distancing is not possible.*Please pack a MASK – Summer Camp Packing List – 2021 Season
Q. Will Camp Cosby staff be required to wear a mask?
A. Camp Cosby staff will be required to wear a mask if social distancing is not practical or safe for any reason. Staff will be provided a mask and any appropriate PPE to safely take care of campers in the cabins or at activities.
Q. Will we do Opening and Closing Campfires this summer?
A. Yes, but it will be a little different to ensure social distancing requirements.
Q. Will I be able to hug other campers or staff this summer?
A. No. For the safety of all campers and staff this is not allowed. We will have to come up with some creative ways to be together.
Q. Will campers meet and make new friends with social distancing restrictions?
A. Yes! YES!!!! And YESSSSSSSS!
Q. Will it feel like Camp this summer?
A. Yes! We will be spending time this summer in cabin groups (cohorts) that will be like a family and in small groups that will be like a family.
Q. How will equipment be wiped or sanitized between camper uses?
A. Staff will use cleaning supplies to wipe down equipment between activity periods and after each use.
Q. Meal time- How will this be different?
A. We will not be eating as a whole camp like we used to. Meaning we will not have a full dining hall. We will eat in cabin groups (cohorts) and spread out tables arrangements. We will rotate cabins that will eat in inside and outside eating spaces we will create. We will eat family style but the counselors will serve the campers food from all serving bowls and platters. We will still have fun, eat great food and dance.
Q. What will check in be like? Will parents be allowed to enter the cabin to help with getting set up?
A. Check-in will be staggered therefore a little slower. We will be taking the temperatures of all campers and parent checking in camper(s). We will ask that one parent/guarding only check in campers(s). Parent will be able to go into cabin to set up belongings, but only one family at a time and hand sanitizer must be used prior to entering the cabin and hands must be washed once inside the cabin.
Q. Will there be a required COVID-19 waiver to attend camp this summer?
Q. What activities will not be available for campers this summer (that are usually available)?
A. We are still finalizing what activities will not be available. At this time we will not allow team sports, and potentially sailing (depending on if we can sanitize sailing equipment safely or not between uses).
Q. Will I be able to attend multiple sessions this summer?
A. Yes. Reminder, for LIT A and LITB and any camper enrolled for consecutive sessions where a if stayover session is not available campers will need to be checked out at the end of the session and then checked in for the consecutive session.
Q. Can I send packages this summer to my camper?
A. We would prefer you limit packages this summer. If you do send a package to camp, we will hold for 24 hours before giving to a camper. You can still bring a package at check-in to be delivered to camp.
Q. Are campers and staff being tested prior to coming to camp?
A. No! We will pre-screen with temperate checks and COVID-19 health questions. (We are looking into testing for staff on a weekly basis for an added layer of safety, this has not been finalized at this time).
Q. Can you guarantee a COVID-19 free environment?
A. No! We will follow all State and Local health department, CDC, and ACA guidelines as well as strict cleaning and disinfecting guidelines in an effort to maintain a healthy environment for all.
Q. Will Camp Cosby counselors be required to be vaccinated this summer?
A. It is not mandatory for counselors to be vaccinated this summer. We are strongly suggesting to our camp counselors to get vaccinated.
As more questions come in we will update this document with them and answers.
The Cosby Leadership Team!