Summer 2020 Update
Update – May 29, 2020:
Now more than ever, we are ready to welcome you. Here at Moses Brown, we never take our campers for granted. We have offered summer programming for more than fifty years, and many of the traditions and values that are part of our school find expression in our camps. Whether that’s inspiring creativity and community or learning a new skill, we can’t wait to do that once again. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that, in compliance with the RI Department of Health, we will open on June 29th.
While we’d love if things could go back to normal right away, we will be opening with some important changes in order to protect your health and safety.
Our New Normal (or What to Expect from MB Camps)
- Although space is limited, all camp offerings including Early RISErs, RISE, Sports, STEM, and Wise-Up can be found at https://camps.mosesbrown.org/.
- Campers will be assigned to stable groups of 15 or fewer including staff. This means children will not be able to change groups or split their day between RISE and specialty camps.
- Morning half-day camps run from 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tennis runs from 8:45 a.m. – 12 noon. All morning campers will then need to be picked-up, they cannot join other camps. We are not offering afternoon-only sessions.
- Full-day camps run from 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Because we are required by RI DOH guidelines to keep campers in stable groups with specific staffing guidelines, we are not able to offer busing, morning early arrival or afternoon extended day. We understand this might create hardship for some families, and deeply wish we had different news. Anyone already signed up will receive a full refund. If this affects your ability to attend camp and you need to cancel, please contact us immediately, and you will receive a full refund. We anticipate having a waiting list for our camps this summer.
- We are not able to offer lunch, anyone already signed up will be issued a full refund.
Masks and other Safety Measures
- We will follow the state guidelines with regards to masks. Campers will not be required to wear face coverings during most of the camp day. We will ask campers over the age of two to have a covering available for use as needed in common areas such as drop-off and pick-up times.
- Here is an excerpt from reopening RI: “Cloth face coverings may be used if tolerated by children older than age two. However, wearing cloth face coverings for long periods of time is uncomfortable and could hamper speech and social development. As face coverings are not recommended when children are at home with family members, it is reasonable to not require them, even of older children, in childcare when interactions are limited to only children and adults in the stable group. Face coverings could be considered for children older than age two, as tolerated, in common areas of the center and at drop-off and pick-up times when there may be some unavoidable close interaction between the stable groups.”
- A daily health screening/form will be required of all campers and staff – more details to follow
- A full list of mandates from the RI Department of Health can be found here. Also, please visit our website often as we will continue to update and outline each specific camp.
Early RISErs will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities that build motor skills, encourage imagination, promote creative expression, and more. Groups will remain stable throughout the week. We look forward to bringing story time, art, music, and so many other activities back for our Early Risers this summer!
Lower RISE will return this year with small groups and big fun! Campers will explore a number of themes this summer that will guide them through each week. From reading activities, to crafts, to games, lower campers will be active intellectually, creatively, and physically. We are eager to bring our program back to our RISE Camp community and look forward to seeing you soon.
Upper RISE Rewired: We are here to offer you Upper RISE summer in a whole new way! Kids will select their highest area of interest: Visual Arts, Sports, Performing Arts, Outdoor Games & Frisbee, and Science, Building & Drawing. Campers will be placed in stable groups, groups that DO NOT change throughout the day and stay the same for the week, and travel with that group to each course. Their weekly schedule will include courses they have identified as their highest interest along with camp inspired games, activities, and outside play with their stable group. If a camper is with us for more than one week, they will stay in that group or be reassigned to that group if their weeks are not connective. Campers will not be allowed to request or change their groupings. Although different from other RISE summers, our goal is to create a fun atmosphere while keeping our community as safe and healthy as we can.
Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that we will offer some virtual camp programs and will have that information posted shortly. We have been thinking of each and every one of you during this difficult time and we can’t wait to see you again soon.
Update – May 22, 2020: We know that our camp families are looking forward to learning a new skill this summer, enjoying the outdoors, seeing old friends and making new ones. We have just received the RI Department of Health newly released guidelines and are working diligently to ensure an environment that is safe and full of fun. Also, please know we are members of the American Camper Association (ACA) . The ACA hired the environmental health consulting firm Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E) and have established a panel of independent experts to provide a Camp Operations Guidebook for this new environment. We wish we could answer all your questions today, and we appreciate your patience just a little longer while we prepare our operating guidelines for summer 2020. It is our goal to send these to our families by the end of next week. In the meantime, we hope you have time to get outside and enjoy the holiday weekend.