COVID-19 Update - Email May 7th

It’s beginning to feel like camp is right around the corner! The CYJ staff has been preparing all year and we’re excited about Summer 2021 at camp.


We have partnered with Healix Pathology to provide all campers with saliva rRT-PCR tests for both the required pre-camp test and testing on day 5 of camp. All campers will collect their saliva sample and Fedex it back to Healix in the provided shipping envelope three days before their arrival to camp. Healix will provide both the parent and CYJ with the results of the COVID test before Opening Day. This means you DO NOT need to schedule a COVID test for your camper 24-72 hours before their session begins. The cost for this service will be covered by insurance and you will need to pay a small handling fee. We will provide you with more information regarding the Healix tests including mailing instructions in the coming weeks. If you would like to get your camper tested 10-14 days before camp, which we highly recommend, you will need to schedule that test on your own. 

On Opening Day, we have arranged with a company to administer rapid molecular PCR tests. This test is a shallow nasal swab and results will be ready in about 15 minutes.

Session One Opening Day Arrivals

Since all campers are arriving by car for Opening Day this summer, we will have half hour arrival slots between 9:00am and 2:30pm for families to drop off their campers. You will get the opportunity to select the arrival time slot that works best for you. By staggering arrival times, we will be able to perform the standard opening day processes (lice and temperature check) along with COVID tests in a prompt manner. We have limited the number of slots available at each time period to get campers checked in quickly with minimum wait times. 

Starting Monday, May 10th at 10 am central, you will be able to pick your arrival time slot by following this link to our Signup Genius page. Please sign up each of the campers in your car for their own time slot. If you will be carpooling, we suggest having the driver complete the sign up form for everyone in the car. This will ensure that everyone will be signed up for the same arrival time. Please plan to arrive within the 30 minute window you select.

Session Two Opening Day Arrivals

A month before your session begins, we will send you the link to our Signup Genius page in order for you to pick your time slot. 

Pre-arrival Quarantine

We’d like to reiterate our policy for campers regarding their pre-camp behaviors. It is crucial that all families follow our quarantine protocols so we can ensure a COVID-free camp this summer. Anyone who chooses not to follow these protocols is putting our community at risk for a COVID outbreak, which is the last thing we want. As a reminder, our policy is as follows:

  • All campers will be required to change their exposure behaviors for 7 days prior to the beginning of their camp session. During this 7 day period, we ask that you do not attend large gatherings (10+ people) and are masked and socially-distanced when outside of your immediate household. Please do not eat at indoor restaurants, attend parties, large sporting events, or other high-risk environments. Attendance at school is permitted.
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