At Hampton Country Day Camp, we are committed to providing the best camp experience this summer through "10 Core Principles & Protocols" - please see the following pages below for a full explanation of each one.

  1. Self-Contained Camper Groups/Pods
  2. Proactive Health Management
  3. Vaccination & Mask Plan
  4. Updated Transportation Systems
  5. Closed Campus Policy
  6. Restructured Group Schedules
  7. Modified Camp Program
  8. Sanitizing & Cleaning
  9. Updated Lunch Operation
  10. Assigned Indoor Facilities & Bathrooms

Camper Groups Organized as Self-Contained Camp Families..."Camp + Family = Campily!"

  • Depending on age, each "Campily" will have between 8 - 18 campers with 3-4 counselors (i.e. 3 Year Old groups will have up to 12 campers while our oldest groups may have up to 18 campers).
  • Each Campily will have its own arrival/dismissal locations (next to other groups of the same age), air-conditioned “cool down zones”, specific changing cabin times, swimming areas in the pool, bathrooms, lunch picnic tables, etc.
  • All special programming this summer will be re-structured to accommodate socially distanced Campilies (i.e. Wednesday Spirit Days and Friday Morning STARFISH Rallies)

Pre-Camp Testing/Screening

All campers, and any unvaccinated staff, will be required to take a COVID-19 test for active infection within 5 days of the start of their enrolled session(s). Proof of a negative result must be sent to our camp office prior to opening day . This allows us, to the best of our ability, to ensure that the camp season will begin COVID-free.

  • Parents have the ability to take their child to any certified COVID-19 testing location - proof of the negative result must be emailed to results@hamptoncountrydaycamp.com within 5 days of a camper's start-date.
  • For campers starting Week 1 (June 28th), we have once again partnered with Mobile Health to provide a rapid Antigen test as a convenient, on-site option at HCDC on Thursday, June 24th & Friday, June 25th (9:00am - 12:30pm on both days). We will send a separate email in early June regarding sign-up and fees for this on-site testing option.

All campers and staff will be required to submit a pre-camp online health history and questionnaire with COVID 19-specific questions (i.e. vaccination status)

Daily Monitoring of Campers & Staff


  • Parents are our first line of defense – please DO NOT send your child to camp if they have a fever, sore throat, body aches, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigued or have an unexplained loss of smell or taste.
  • Upon boarding the bus in the morning or arriving at camp (if being dropped off by car), campers will be screened by their bus counselor or a leadership team member for symptoms and given a temperature check using an infrared touchless thermometer. Any child with a temperature equal to or over 100.4 will not be allowed on the bus/in camp.
  • Counselors and staff will be trained throughout Orientation on how to monitor their campers’ wellness throughout the day (i.e. lethargy might equal a fever) and will proactively check in with our Nurses when necessary.
  • Fevers and Multi-Symptom Management - any camper who is sent home from our Health Center with a fever and/or any two symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. coughing, sneezing, etc.) will be required to be cleared by a local physician with documentation (no virtual health care) before returning to camp - the same would apply if a parent reports to us that they are keeping their child home with a fever and/or any two symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We have updated our standing order for fevers this summer which will now require campers to be 48 hours (minimum of 2 full camp days) FEVER FREE without the use of a fever-reducer. In addition to campers being FEVER FREE for 48 hours, they must be cleared by a physician before returning to camp.


Upon “signing in” each morning, all staff members will be screened by our health center team for symptoms and will receive a temperature check using an infrared touchless thermometer – any staff member with a temperature equal to or over 100.4 will not be allowed in camp.

  • Our trained HCDC health center team of Nurses will assess all staff with possible COVID-related symptoms.
  • Specialist Staff (i.e. Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Nature) will disinfect any/all shared surfaces and supplies at their location between activity periods.

What is the policy if a child or staff member contracts COVID-19?

  • ALL families and staff are required to notify HCDC if any camper, staff member, or family members test positive for COVID-19.
  • The case will be reported to the proper health authorities, and all families and staff within the group will be notified immediately.
  • For full transparency and to make sure our entire HCDC camp community is on the same page, a "full camp email update" will be sent but the privacy of the individual will be kept strictly confidential.
  • All facilities that the individual came in contact with will be deep cleaned and disinfected.
  • We expect that local contact tracing regulations will require all campers and staff who came in “close contact” (less than 6 ft for at least 15 minutes) with the individual will be required to quarantine for 10 days (i.e. the camper group).
  • Other campers or staff that may have had “proximate contact” (interactions greater than 6 feet within a shared space) will likely be asked to self-monitor for symptoms if local health guidelines require.
  • Families will receive a 50% credit, pro-rata based on their respective enrollment, for any missed camp days due to required quarantine.
  • All credit/refund organization will be addressed at the end of the camp season.

Staff Vaccination Plan

  • All HCDC staff that reside in our staff housing accommodations are REQUIRED to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • HCDC will continue to strongly encourage all non-housed staff to become fully vaccinated prior to the start of the summer.
  • While the overwhelming majority of HCDC staff will be vaccinated prior to the start of camp, there will likely be a few staff, due to personal reasons, parental preference, or medical/religious exemptions, who may not be vaccinated this summer.

Camper Mask Policy

  • When Outdoors - Campers will have the option to wear (or not to wear) a mask when participating in camp activities outdoors. We also respect that some families would like their own children to be masked at all times (except while in the pool or eating of course) and we will make sure to follow the direction of the parents in those circumstances. All families should send their child to camp with an extra mask in the front zippered pocket of their HCDC backpack.
  • When Indoors - Similar to last summer, we have proactively organized our entire camp program to take place outdoors so campers will only be indoors to change for swim, to use the restroom or during inclement weather. Campers will ONLY have to wear a mask indoors when they cannot properly distance themselves from other campers in a different group (we anticipate this happening only during select activities on rainy days). Campers will NOT be required to wear masks in their changing cabins while getting ready for swim or in bathrooms as only their group will be using that facility. Once again, we also respect that some families would like their children to be masked at all times and we will make sure to follow the direction of the parents in those circumstances.
  • When on the Bus - Campers will be required to wear masks while riding the bus to/from camp each day.
  • Campers will also be asked to wear a mask if it is determined by our Registered Nurse(s) that they have a fever or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 (while waiting to be picked up by a parent/caregiver).

Staff Mask Policy

  • VACCINATED staff will only be required to wear a mask when (1) indoors - changing cabins, bathrooms or inclement weather; or (2) while riding the bus to/from camp each day.
  • UNVACCINATED staff will be required to wear a mask at all times - social distance guidelines will be observed during lunch and where appropriate.

Bus Transportation

HCDC will once again provide door-to-door, morning and afternoon bus transportation for families who attend camp for a minimum of 2 weeks.

  • Morning and afternoon busing available (parent pick-up at 12:30pm and 1:00pm for 2 & 3 year old mini-day campers respectively).
  • Buses will operate with a reduced capacity of campers on-board.
  • Campers will be required to wear face coverings or masks while riding the bus.
  • The bus driver and HCDC bus counselor(s) will always wear masks while on the bus.
  • All windows will remain open on the bus to increase cross airflow with the air-conditioning system on maximum setting.
  • Campers will be assigned seats each week – buses will be completely cleaned and disinfected before/after every trip each day.
  • Car seats and booster seats will be available and assigned to individual campers.
  • Buses will either be "mini" or "large" depending on route and social distancing guidelines/efficiencies.
  • PLAYDATES - IMPORTANT - please note that we will NOT be able to accommodate any playdates (campers traveling on a bus different from their own to another camper's home) this summer.

Morning Drop-Off

If families plan to drop their child off in the morning by car instead of taking the bus:

  • Drop-off will occur between 9:00am - 9:30am.
  • UNVACCINATED parents/caregivers should arrive to camp wearing a mask or face covering
  • ALL parents/caregivers should remain in their car.
  • A member of our Health Center or Leadership Team will open the door for each child and perform a temperature check.
  • Campers will walk with a counselor to their designated arrival location.
  • Parents/Caregivers are asked to please not engage in discussion with staff at drop-off/pick-up so that we can ensure a smooth and efficient operation. Please send an email or call camp with any questions, comments or requests.

Early Pick-Up

Parents will be allowed to schedule "Early Pick-Ups" for their child by reservation only. We will have a specific number of Early Pick-Up times assigned to 15 minute windows throughout the day that are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting on the morning of the requested day (cannot schedule in advance) - parents must call or email our camp office to reserve an early pick-up time.

  • UNVACCINATED parents/caregivers should arrive to camp wearing a mask or face covering.
  • ALL parents/caregivers should remain in their car.
  • Campers will be escorted by one of their counselors or Division Leader to your car.
  • “Sign Out” will be performed at the gate before leaving camp.

Afternoon Pick-Up

Families who choose to pick-up their child (instead of taking the bus) at regular dismissal time should arrive to camp no earlier than 3:40pm.

  • UNVACCINATED parents/caregivers should arrive to camp wearing a mask or face covering.
  • ALL parents/caregivers picking up should remain in their car.
  • An HCDC Leadership Staff member will direct you to a specific pick-up location in the parking lot.
  • Campers will be escorted by one of their counselors to your car.
  • “Sign Out” will be performed at the gate before leaving camp.
  • The HCDC campus will be closed this summer to all visitors – only campers, staff and approved special event programming will be allowed beyond the parking lot during the camp day.
  • We will not be hosting Parent Visiting Days or Parent-Invite Special Events.
  • Off-site trips for our Seniors (9-12 year olds) will not be programmed.
  • Tutors, specialists, etc. will unfortunately not be allowed to provide services at camp this summer.

Maximized Outdoor Programming

  • COVID-19 has a considerably lower infection rate outdoors vs. indoors so campers will be OUTDOORS as much as possible!
  • We have assigned an “air-conditioned cool down zone” to each Campily which will be available whenever necessary throughout the day (i.e. snack break, if it’s too hot/humid and campers need a break from the outdoors, etc.).
  • Our daily program will include ALL of our traditional activities from athletics to aquatics, creative to performing arts, outdoor adventure and more!

Longer Activity Periods with Specific Modifications

  • Longer activity periods not only provide built-in time for campers and staff to wash/sanitize upon arrival and departure, but Longer Periods = Fewer Periods = Fewer Activity Changes = Less “Sharing” of Facilities by Campilies.


  • HCDC has (4) heated pools and we have modified our swim schedule so that each Campily will have their own dedicated section of the pool.
  • Campers will have (1) 45-minute swim each day (reducing the # of times that campers will need to change) with a 30 minute instruction and 15 minute recreational block.
  • HCDC's "Learn to Swim" instructional program will be implemented by our lifeguards on a DAILY BASIS so campers can continue to learn and improve throughout the summer!
  • IMPORTANT – all campers will be swimming in age-appropriate pools/depths during their recreational swim block where their feet CAN ALWAYS TOUCH THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL.

Full-Camp Gatherings

While activities and HCDC traditions like our Wednesday Spirit Days and Friday STARFISH Rallies have always been organized as full-camp or large group gatherings, all special programming this summer will be re-structured to accommodate socially distanced Campilies - the FUN will still be felt...just from a few extra feet away!

CLUB Electives, typically an individual choice, will be structured this summer as a Campily choice on a rotating basis (campers 5 years and older) to prevent any cross-over at activities.

Sports Academy, a sports-only morning option for campers 7+ years old, will not be offered as it brings campers from different age/groups together for specialized programming.

Rainy Day Gameplan

  • With the exception of "Wash Out Days" when a full day of storms/heavy rain is predicted, we plan to run camp with a modified "rainy day" schedule this summer!
  • We have partnered with local indoor venues to provide "private off-site HCDC indoor air-conditioned facilities" that campers 7 years old and older will be bused to for rainy day activities which opens up indoor space/programming for campers 2-6 years old at camp.
  • Days that require a modified "rainy day" schedule will operate on a SHORTENED DAY with a 12:00pm pick-up for our Mini-Day 2 Year Olds, 12:30pm pick-up for our Mini-Day 3 Year Old groups and 2:00pm dismissal for all Full-Day campers.
  • Similar to "Snow Days" for school, we will have 3 "Wash Out Days" built into our camp season where camp could be cancelled in anticipation of a full day of storms/heavy rain (which would otherwise make our modified rainy day operation extremely difficult to run safely).
  • We will be crediting parents 50% of their daily pro-rata tuition for each additional Wash Out Day required after the following "allotment":
  • Campers Enrolled 6-8 Weeks = 3 Wash Out Days
  • Campers Enrolled 4-5 Weeks = 2 Wash Out Days
  • Campers Enrolled 2-3 Weeks = 1 Wash Day
  • Parents will be called by 7:30 AM to be notified that camp is either CANCELLED for that day OR we are OPEN. Please note that on all “rainy day modified schedule” days, parents should be prepared for the early dismissal times as outlined above.
  • All credits will be addressed at the end of the camp season.

Campers and staff members will be required to wash or sanitize hands upon arrival each morning, after every activity period, and before/after organized group snacks + lunch.

A designated team of support staff members, always wearing proper PPE, will disinfect all changing cabins, bathrooms, shared play facilities and sports equipment throughout the day using EnvirOx’s H2Orange2 Hyper-Concentrate 112 – EPA & NSF approved.

  • ALL areas in camp will receive an electrostatic disinfectant spraying with EvaClean’s PURTABS disinfectant – approved for COVID-19 use – EPA-registered hospital-grade.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed in every changing cabin and lunch picnic table.
  • Portable hand washing sinks will be installed and available around campus this summer.
  • Staff will be trained to constantly ensure that proper hand washing procedures and hand sanitizing are followed by their campers and co-counselors.
  • Support staff will always wear proper PPE items when cleaning & sanitizing.

Group counselors will have a "to go" backpack for their Campily that will include hand sanitizer, gloves, disposable masks, tissues, cups for drinking stations and more.

ALL Specialist Staff (i.e. Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Nature) will disinfectant any/all shared surfaces and supplies at their location between activity periods.

  • Lunch will almost always, weather permitting, be eaten outdoors this summer in shaded picnic areas with assigned tables and times for each Campily.
  • Lunch tables will be spaced adequately to avoid any crossover.
  • Meals will be prepared for each individual Campily in “to go” serving dishes with our daily hot lunch as well as substitute options: Hot Lunch (i.e. Pizza, Baked Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Grilled Chicken, etc.) + Substitute Options (Pasta, Salads, Bagels, Fruit, & Yogurt).
  • Counselors will bring trays to their Campily’s table.
  • Utensils will be separated into bags for individual groups.
  • Each Campily will have their own serving utensils & water pitchers for their table.
  • Tables will be properly cleaned and disinfected between each lunch period.

Snacks - Morning & Afternoon

Campers will enjoy both a morning (i.e. variety of Annie's products) and afternoon snack (i.e. Chloe's Ice Pop) in only individualized wrapped packaging.

Groups Will Be Assigned To Indoor Facilities & Bathrooms to Minimize Cross-Interaction

Each Campily will have an assigned indoor/air-conditioned or tented facility to be used as separate "cool down zones" or "mid-program rainy day holding pattern" locations. In addition, bathrooms will be assigned by Campily to mitigate cross-interaction and reduce the number of shared facilities (on the aggregate). All bathrooms will be disinfected throughout the day.

191 Buckskill Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937, United States

Winter: 516-953-5171 Summer: 631-537-1770