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Summer 2021 is ON!!!

Covid 19 Updates

Roadmap to Summer 2021 - last updated 3/25/2021



Camp Riva-Lake  has the unique opportunity to allow kids to both grow and have fun this coming summer as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused many changes in our lives, but the need for us to be in a community at camp has not diminished; it has only increased. Camp brings laughter, face-to-face relationships, freedom from screens and homework, improved mental health, the perspective of living in a community, continued love for the outdoors, and so much more. We are committed to running a residential summer camp program in 2021.

Camp will look and feel different this year. But the value of being in an outdoor setting, among friends old and new, and participating in fun camp activities is needed more than ever during this challenging year.

Below are our current plans for operating this coming summer. All considerations are subject to change, modification, or removal based on current and relevant research.

Please read carefully, as we truly have “recreated the wheel” to provide the safest environment we can for your girls. We have followed the guidance of The American Camp Association, the CDC and the procedures of camps that had no Covid cases in 2020. We have capped our numbers at 2/3 of our usual capacity. We have already started a wait list for most sessions. If you feel that even one of the below precautions/protocols is not going to be possible for your family/child, then please contact Nonnie (404-626-6881)or Claudia (954-822-5807) and we will be happy to refund your deposit.

  1. We ask that our campers & staff implement a 10-day “quarantine” prior to camp where they do not risk unnecessary exposure to people outside their family, for example, attending a wedding or other large gathering.

  2. Your child will need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hrs of arrival.

  3. All those who are eligible for vaccination should demonstrate vaccination status.  Full vaccination is 2 weeks post second shot.

  4. We will not be offering airport transportation to allow our “bubble” to be created the moment your child hops out of your car into our care.

  5. You will select a timed arrival slot in 15 min. increments on opening and closing days that best suit your travel schedule.

  6. Parents/guardians will not leave the car as they drive through the usual “stations” of check in: Rock House, nurse & lice screening, uniform & re-tread pick up, and trunk drop off at Jr. or Sr. hill

  7. Masks will be worn by campers & staff at all times except: in cabin with small cohort, while swimming, while eating.

  8. Symptomatic campers will be tested at camp or at the CVS in town.

  9. If a camper tests positive, they will be quarantined, and we ask that you come to collect them ASAP - no longer than 12 hours after notification. We ask that you be “at the ready” for the duration of your child’s session or make arrangements to have a relative that can collect them if necessary.

  10. Please carefully read the parent handbook on the website for other changes this year, especially in regards to packages and packing list.  

  11. Near the end of the session, if we have had no cases, the girls will be able to relax their cohorts and have an experience that looks more like previous summers.

Work In Progress:

All of these considerations are subject to change. This is a snapshot of our thinking if we were to open camp next month, based on what we know now from science and best practices today. Modifications will be based on current and relevant scientific research, CDC, state, and local guidelines. Our community’s safety will be at the forefront of all decisions.


Other camps are open, why did you make this decision?

Camp Riva-Lake is about connection and interaction in an environment that is emotionally and physically safe. We did not believe that we could bring the magic of CRL to life with the health requirements of social distancing which will be in place during 2020. Based on dialogue with parents, we feel this is the right decision for our camp community.

If the guidelines change, will you reconsider?

No, for our directors and staff, camp is a year-round event and due to the extensive preparation required, the decision is final. Instead, we will stay up to date on the CDC and ACA guidelines as they evolve and use best practices to plan a fantastic 2021.

I’ve already paid. What about my deposit and/or tuition?

Families will be given a choice of how to apply any funds already paid. Families may select one of these options:

  1. Roll your payment forward to Summer 2021
  2. Receive a full refund
  3. Convert your payment into a tax-deductible donation to CRL*
  4. A combination of the above.
Please email Claudia and let her know how you would like this handled. If directions are not received, we will roll over camper deposits and tuition.
*Note: Camp Riva-Lake is a not for profit corporation, and therefore, all donations are tax deductible. If you choose to donate to CRL, you will be sent a confirmation of donation for tax purposes.

I am considering donating my deposit and/or tuition already paid. Why should I support CRL in this way?

Without camp this summer, our expenses will be decreased, but they will not be $0. We have fixed costs such as maintenance, insurance, and accounting fees. We have paid our directors who have had their best recruiting year ever and have worked tirelessly the past few months to try to make camp happen. We have exciting plans to build a new junior bathhouse and have it operational for the 2021 season.
Your donation enables us to move forward more confidently, and to fulfill our plan of future improvements that will benefit your camper. Our mission will not be stopped by this pandemic; supporters like you light our path forward more clearly and make a real difference for children when they need it most.

Will you have “online camp?”

No, we will not have camp online. But we will have some activities that we hope our families will choose to enjoy. Through social media, we will encourage the girls to stay connected with each other.

What if Summer 2020 was my Ultimate Senior year?

We have decided to change our policy on the maximum age of campers. Over the years, many families have requested that we increase the maximum age of campers to include campers when they are 16 or rising 10th graders. This one-year pause is the perfect opportunity to make this change. We are crafting a special “ultimate senior” summer that will develop leadership skills and prepare you to be a CIT in 2022.

This is going to be really difficult for my kid(s). She is really upset! How can I help her?

She is not alone! We are having a difficult time as well, and we will ALL have to grieve the loss of not going to camp this summer. Please validate all of her feelings and be as present for her as possible. Know that her grief over camp can look a lot of different ways: sadness, anger, irritability, and more. There is no one way to grieve. Try to extend some grace to yourself as a parent/caregiver as well.
We recommend this video from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson for parents and caregivers, where she talks about the disappointment children and youth might feel as summer activities end up cancelled. Dr. Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.