2021 Policy Statement
While we have our sights firmly set on a successful summer in 2021, we know there are some hurdles to clear before we get there. Camp Up with people will undoubtedly look different in 2021—and that’s okay! Our traditions, programs, and camp spirit can still continue even if it does not look like our previous summers.
Over the last year we have grown increasingly more aware of what safe practices during the pandemic need to be. As we take collective steps toward recovering, we at CUWP will approach 2021 with the confidence of successfully balancing heightened healthy habits with happy campers. Despite our confidence, we are aware that we will need to tailor our CUWP curriculum to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
Our program planning is impacted by a variety of external resources, including:
- The Virginia Governor’s office, which has begun updating guidelines to allow summer camps to run if Virginia is in the appropriate phase.
- The American Camp Association, which has created a field guide for best practices within the summer camp industry.
- The Center for Disease Control, whose guidelines we have been following and will continue to adhere to this summer.
- The World Health Organization, which provide guidelines and updates as they pertain to the international community.
The policies detailed on this webpage are only beginning, but express what we can share with confidence at this time. With the Governor’s support, the ACA resources available to us, and continued adherence to CDC and WHO guidelines, we feel confident in our ability to offer a safe and exciting program for the 2021 summer season. Please continue to refer back to this page as we expand our policies for the 2021 summer.
This information is current as of January 25, 2021.
As we plan for summer, we know that there will likely be required testing, and we will look to the VA Governor’s office and the ACA for options. Our goal is to have rapid testing on opening day for all of our campers and staff. Through the next few months, we will be reaching out to testing centers and distributors to find the best option for a non-invasive test for all. With developments in accuracy and accessibility of rapid testing we are looking into on-site testing options.
This may incur an additional charge, and we will keep you abreast of any charges.
Every camper can attest, that hand washing, and sanitizing have always been a focal point at CUWP. The pandemic has magnified the urgency of maintaining clean hands. With that urgency in mind, we have installed additional sinks and hand sanitizer stations to stop the spread of germs throughout our facilities. These hand washing and sanitizing stations were implemented in response to COVID -19 back in spring of 2020 as daily operations continued on our campus.
While an inherent benefit of attending camp is spending time in the great outdoors, we also use indoor spaces, like dining halls, classrooms, and dormitories. This summer our housekeeping team will be increasing their cleaning rounds and paying special attention to high touch areas while using CDC-approved products.
We value every member of our Camp Up with People family and want our families to view camp as a fun and rewarding experience free of hesitation due to financial obligations. With this in mind we lowered our camp registration fee to $375. Finally, if we are unable to hold camp in 2021 families may request a full refund or move their tuition to 2022.