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COVID-19 and 2021 Camps

COVID-19 and Brainy Camps 2021

Publication Date: January 26, 2021; Last Updated: January 26, 2021

CAMP WILL TAKE PLACE IN SUMMER 2021!! Format to be decided in the months to come.

This page will serve as our way of keeping you informed of the decisions we make concerning Brainy Camps 2021 and the steps we will be taking to ensure the safety of our campers and staff.  We will adhere to the guidelines set by Children’s National Hospital (CNH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), the Association of Camp Nursing (ACN) and the State of Virginia. Necessary adjustments will be made as new data and guidelines are published and we will keep you updated on our plans for testing, screening, etc.  Frequently asked questions also will be found at the bottom of this page.



Our current plans-

  • We will reduce the capacity of dorm rooms to 3 people per room, two campers and one counselor. 
  • Only assigned campers and staff will be allowed in their specific dorm rooms.
  • Counselors will be equipped with gloves to assist campers in unpacking their belongings in their designated cubby areas. 
  • Packing suggestions: 
    • Use a plastic container instead of a suitcase so that the outside may be sanitized. 
    • Pre-pack outfits into individualized bags. 
    • Limit your child’s belongings to only the essentials. 



We will adhere to the protocols set by the Blue Ridge School who has safely conducted their residential school since the onset of Covid-19.  Specific details to follow.



Participation in each activity will be limited to a cabin “pod” of both campers and staff. Face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing required by all. For those activities that often take place indoors, such as dance and arts and crafts, we will focus on outdoor alternatives. There will be a 15 minute break between activities to provide time for sanitizing all equipment used. Certain equipment will require a 24 hour sanitation procedure and use will be limited to once a day.  



The bus or train ride to and from camp is often where friendship bonds are forged and solidified.  For many, these forms of transportation are the only options available for travel to camp. We will keep you informed of the changing regulations and restrictions concerning bus and train transportation as they occur.

A considerable number of campers fly into Charlottesville to attend camp.  Please exercise caution when planning your child’s travel. Several airlines have greatly reduced flights during the pandemic and some have stopped flights to or from certain areas altogether. Be sure to follow the regulations of your chosen airline as you are responsible for your child’s travel. 



All staff and campers are required to wear masks at all times. Medical staff will use gowns when dealing with any and all medical issues, including medication delivery and addressing specific medical concerns.  More details to follow.


Start Early:

Encourage healthy behaviors at home. Follow good hand hygiene procedures, coughing/sneezing into elbows, mask wearing, and self care behaviors. 


Information for Staff Members:

Staff members, you are the ones who make camp possible.  We need you for both in-person and virtual camp. We are now accepting applications for counselors for our 2021 season and will begin scheduling interviews February 1, 2021. Please note, we are hoping that, by the start of camp, the COVID 19 vaccine will be available to all childcare workers which, we believe, would allow you access. More details to come!



Q: When can we expect the decision to be made concerning in-person vs virtual camp in 2021?

A:  Our decision will be made over the next several months as the CDC, ACA and Children’s National make their recommendations concerning the safety of residential summer camps.

Q:  We live too far from camp for my child to be driven there.  Can my child still attend?

A: We hope so. Presently, each state and each airline has their own set of requirements when it comes to quarantining and testing. 

Q: If my child is registered for camp this summer and it is decided to hold camp virtually can I receive a refund of my deposit?

A: We realize that the interactive virtual experience does not work for everyone. You will have the option to request a full refund for money paid, change any portion of your payment into a donation or let your payment roll over to 2022. 


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