Summer Camp COVID-19 Updates

Most Recent Updates:

Updated: 5/27/2020

Summer Camp Will Be Held, but the Start Date is Delayed

On Friday, May 22nd, the Governor, PA Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society in accordance with the CDC issued some operating guidelines for Summer Camps. The Department is very happy to announce that we will be holding Summer Camps at Miles Park and the Cedar Grove Barn this summer with modifications to be in compliance with the regulations. We are excited for this opportunity to serve the community as we know that many surrounding and regional agencies have selected to cancel their summer programming. Nonetheless, in order to meet these requirements and provide the highest degree of safety for the participants and staff, the opening of Summer Camps will be delayed to Monday, July 6th. Anyone registered for the initial weeks of camp will be issued a full credit or refund in accordance with the Departmental policy.


Merger of Miles Park Camp and Teen Camp

Given the new guidelines, to best serve the public, and to accommodate both the Miles Park Camp and the Teen Camp groups given limited space, we have made an operational decision to combine the Miles Park Camp and the Teen Camp for daily operations. This decision allows us to continue to serve the smaller Teen Camp enrollment for those who wish to continue with their Summer Camp experience and not have to cancel the Teen Camp segment all together. Note that any Teen Camp participant registered that wishes to continue to participate in the Miles Park -Teen Combination Camp will receive a credit-refund for the difference in the cost of the camps. Any registered participants for Teen Camp that do not want to participate will receive a full credit-refund. Note that at each Summer Camp site (Miles Park and Cedar Grove Barn) we are evaluating the spacing guidelines in regards to enrollment and safe social distancing operations. This may lead to the ability to increase numbers or a need for reduction in current registrations based on safety.


Policies and Protocols

The Department is working to put together new daily policies and protocols that will be carried out at Summer Camp. These items will be shared with participant’s and guardians in a Virtual Parent/Guardian Meeting (June) as well as in the Camp Parent Handbook. Note that any Summer Programs operating in counties in the yellow or green phase of the Governor’s phased-in reopening plan will develop a written Health and Safety Plan that follows the CDC guidance for Youth and Summer Camps and we will post the plan on the publicly available Summer Camp COVID-19 Website Landing Page prior to providing services to children.


Updated: 5/18/2020

Cancellation of All Summer Camp Trips

At this time Whitemarsh Township has made the decision to have the Cancellation of All Summer Camp Trips (no off-site or buses) at Cedar Grove Camp, Miles Park Camp, and Teen Extreme Camp. This is due to safety of social distancing guidelines on the excursions and the potential sanitizing and staffing requirements of our destinations. While this was a very hard decision, the safety of our participants and staff is our top priority. In lieu of trips, camps will be working on bringing in programs, activities, and entertainment for the campers directly to the camp sites and following our best practices safety criteria.

Note that If not having trips at camp this summer is a deciding factor of your child’s involvement in the program we completely understand and will offer a full refund at this time. If you are planning on withdrawing please do so by May 29th. Otherwise, the general refund policy as outlined below is applicable. Note that refunds may take 30 days to process due to volume.

Also note that there are No Refunds for just the cancelled trips. These funds will be used to bring in outside programs, activities, and entertainers to the camp sites as well as used to purchase additional safety equipment, supplies, PPE’s, and staffing in order to make camp as safe as possible for your child and our staff.

General Refund Policy 
Full Refund: Cancellation 1-month+ prior to the start of the camp week
50% Refund: Cancellation greater than 2-weeks, but less than 1-month prior to the start of the camp week
No Refund: Cancellation 2-weeks or less prior to the start of the camp week
***Note that refunds may take 30 days to process due to volume.***


Camp Enrollments

The Department stopped taking registrations for summer camps in early May given the notices that projected CDC guidelines will require summer camps to operate at a 50% facility capacity for best CDC safety practices during the pandemic. It is highly unlikely that anyone on a Waitlist will be entered into any summer camp program this season given this information regardless of individuals withdrawing from the program. This is a recommendation that we are following to help reduce the amount of children on site which will allow to spread out more and practice social distancing.


Cancellation of the Camp Hopper Program

A decision has been made to have Cancellation of the Camp Hopper Program for this summer camp season. This decision was made over concerns with safety and social distancing guidelines and the sanitary requirements in transporting children in vehicles.


Monitoring of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Department is carefully monitoring the recent Official CDC Health Advisory (Found Here), regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is described as a rare and dangerous syndrome in children tied to COVID-19.


Originally Published: 5/14/2020

We hope that you and your family have remained safe & healthy during these extraordinary times. As you may be aware, many summer programs, activities, and special events are being cancelled throughout the county, region, and state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Understandably, our department has been receiving questions regarding how COVID-19 will affect our summer camps this year. This web page will provide answers to some of the most common camp-related questions that we’ve received. It will also include the most up-to-date summer camp information made available by our department. This information will be updated as developments occur, so please be sure to check back periodically.


Are summer camps still being held in 2020?

At this time, all Whitemarsh Township summer camps are currently running as scheduled. Our staff are diligently working behind the scenes to develop new processes & protocols aimed to maintain a safe and healthy camp environment, which is always our top priority. This continues to be an extremely fluid situation, and our department will continue to monitor and abide by all guidance provided by the Governor, County, CDC, and DOH, as well as professional recommendations by NRPA & PRPS, as are possible. Please note that, as these  guidelines and recommendations become clearer in forthcoming weeks, the township will be determining the best course for participant and employee safety.  This may lead to cancellation of camps, delaying the beginning start dates of camps, altering hours and camp structures, implementing new inclement weather policies, and requiring a variety of new safety protocols. In the event that there are any relevant updates or changes to our 2020 summer camp plans moving forward, we will be sure to communicate them to you as soon as possible.


Can I still register for summer camps?

The Department stopped taking registrations for summer camps in early May given the notices that projected CDC guidelines will require summer camps to operate at a 50% facility capacity for best CDC safety practices during the pandemic. It is highly unlikely that anyone on a Waitlist will be entered into any summer camp program this season given this information regardless of individuals withdrawing from the program. This is a recommendation that we are following to help reduce the amount of children on site which will allow to spread out more and practice social distancing. In the event that we make the decision to re-open summer camp registration, you will be notified.


If I am already registered for camp, but would like to cancel, what is the refund policy?

We understand and appreciate the uncertainty and difficulty of the decisions that many of you will have to make. In the event that you decide to cancel your summer camp registration with us, our refund policy is as follows:

General Refund Policy
Full Refund: Cancellation 1-month+ prior to the start of the camp week
50% Refund: Cancellation greater than 2-weeks, but less than 1-month prior to the start of the camp week
No Refund: Cancellation 2-weeks or less prior to the start of the camp week
***Note that refunds may take 30 days to process due to volume.***

Summer camp registration is made available by individual week. Our refund policy follows the same structure, meaning refund amounts are based off of the start date of the specific week(s) that you choose to cancel. 


How can I receive the most up-to-date information about summer camps?

As details are finalized for our summer camps, the information will be made available in multiple locations, in addition to this web page. If you are registered for one of our summer camps, you will receive updates via e-mail, as they become available. Updates will also be shared through our social media platforms, which are listed below. If you have more specific summer camp questions, you are always welcome to contact the Parks & Recreation Department member in charge of overseeing that camp. 

Cedar Grove Camp (Ages 3-6)
Contact: Mike Lannutti, Program Coordinator

Miles Park Camp (Ages 6-11)
Contact: Jon Walker, Recreation Superintendent

Teen Extreme Camp (Ages 12-15)
Contact: Emily Labowitz, Program Coordinator

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