A small 501(c)3 non-profit with a big impact! Each year we engage over 15,000 participants through over 1,200 programs, camps, and events. A 90 year presence in Derby has us securely rooted in the Kingdom, but the circle of schools, libraries, camps, and families we serve stretches into southern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and across the border into Quebec.

Summer Camp Update 2020

The way we live our lives has been dramatically different the past two months due to Covid-19. The Vermont Department of Health has released a 13-page document that provides the guidelines for summer camps. While we have decided to open camp this summer,we will look different. The following is a quick summary of how things will be different:

*Day Camp ages 5-13 only.

*Campers will be in 2 groups of 16 to 20 campers and 3-4 staff that will stay together all week. These two groups will not be able to interact throughout the day.

*Campers will typically have two choices during activity blocks, which is less choices then typical.

*All camp activity areas will be open.

*Lunch and 2 snacks will be provided.

*No Thursday overnight or slide show on Friday.

*Any campers who do not reside in Vermont will need to comply with the Governors order and confirm they have quarantined for 14 days before attending camp.

*Campers will be screened at drop off each morning and those running a temperature or showing Covid-linked symptoms will not be allowed to stay.

*Parents and guardians are advised to consult with the child’s doctor before attending camp if they have any medical conditions that could put them into a higher risk group for Covid-19.

*Camp costs will stay the same $145 reduced rate and $190 full rate.

**There will not be any Residential, Teen Adventure Camps, CIT Camp, or Bear Cub Camps.

Under the current guidelines, Masks are required for all staff. Masks present so many challenges in a summer camp setting that if worn at all times would make it impossible to open camp. After multiple phone conversations with the Vermont Department of Health and local medical professionals, we are confident that the following policy around staff and masks will keep kids and staff safe falls within the guidelines.

*The guidelines encourage campers to wear masks, however campers will not be required to wear masks.

*Staff will be required to wear masks indoors.

*Staff will be required to wear masks outdoors when personal distancing is not possible.

To Register Email Jason at programs@siskinea.org 

9 weeks of day camp  June 8-Aug 7

Finally, please understand that although we are pleased to open camp this summer, we are extremely disappointed to be so restricted in how camp will look and so limited in our numbers and program offerings. Families who have already registered for camp this summer and who either do not feel comfortable sending their child or whose child cannot attend because we are not able to offer the camp they were attending will receive full refunds. We also imagine that many families will still have questions after reading this over. Questions can be emailed to programs@siskinea.org. Calls to Annie at 673-5638 or Jason 673-4638 with questions are also welcome.