Summer Camps at Delaware Nature Society

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Read below to answer your questions about our Summer Camp!  Learn more about our Summer Camps and view Summer Camps online now or in our online Summer Camp Guide magazine.

What should I pack for the week?

Backpack with:

    • Lunch for full day camps and Lunch Bunch sessions
    • Snacks
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Rain jacket/poncho, change of clothes
    • Extra sunscreen and/or insect repellent
    • Closed-toe water shoes (keens, Crocs, old sneakers, or hiking shoes – no flip-flops or sandals)
    • An extra pair of socks
    • Labeled medications in original packaging with instructions
    • Masks, as required.
    • Labeled medications in original packaging with instructions – medication must be handed to an adult.  Please do not send the medication with your child.  Parents will need to complete a medication form.
    • Please label everything with your child’s name

What should my child wear?

  • Clothes that can get wet and dirty and that can be worn in all kinds of weather
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Hat

Will camp be cancelled for inclement weather?

  • Camps run rain or shine! Each camp has a space indoors to use and activities throughout the week may be adjusted for weather.

Can I pack a cell phone with my child?

  • Cell phones are permitted but must stay off and away during all activities

When will I receive detailed information about the camp week?

  • Approximately 8 days before camp, you will receive an email with information on what to pack, a schedule for the week, and information about your camp instructor.

Do you offer scholarships for camp?

Do I have to turn in immunization records? How do I turn them in?

COVID Promise and FAQ

The goal of all DelNature camps is to ensure all our campers have a wonderful, safe outdoor experience.

Our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of our campers and staff.

This year, to ensure the safety and health of our campers and staff, we are, again, implementing additional safety procedures. As required by the state of Delaware, we are following the CDC recommendations for recreational camps.

How will drop-off and pick-up work?

Parents will be asked to stay in their cars for drop-off.  A camp staff member will meet each camper at their car and escort the camper to their camp group. During pick-up, parents will also be asked to remain in their vehicles.  Parents will notify staff at the designated pick-up area of camper name.  Camper will be called and delivered to parent in car and signed out by the individual picking up the child.

How do you handle screening?

Camper parents are asked to screen their children at home prior to leaving for camp.

  • Has the camper been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • In the past 24 hours, has the camper had any of the following symptoms:
    • persistent cough or shortness of breath?
    • New loss of smell/taste
    • Body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Fever (of 100.4 or more)
    • Chills
    • Diarrhea
    • Repeated shaking with chills.
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
  • In the past 14 days, have you or any member of your household:
    • Tested positive for COVID-19?
    • Been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) of a person who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • Been tested for COVID-19 due to suspected exposure and are still awaiting results?

If any individual has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher (staff or camper), they are not permitted to enter/attend camp at any DelNature site.  If an individual answers YES to any of the questions (or any 2 symptoms from list not identified as being caused by another illness), they may not enter/attend camp.

For everyone’s health and safety, we cannot make exceptions and we thank you in advance for not asking our staff to do so if your child is not permitted to enter camp. Parents are asked to prescreen their children at home before coming to the site.  Please do not bring a child feeling ill, regardless of symptoms, to camp.

What are your rules for face coverings and social distancing?

Face coverings will be worn outdoors by all staff and campers when social distancing cannot occur.  Campers and staff who can remain 3 feet apart outside will be able to remove their masks.  Masks will be worn indoors except when eating.  Children aged 2 years and older who can wear a cloth face covering safely and consistently should wear one in accordance with CDC guidance.

There are a variety of strategies parents/guardians and camp counselors can use to assist children with becoming comfortable wearing cloth face covering in a camp setting.

  • Children ages 2 and over must wear face coverings unless there is a health reason why they should not.
  • Face coverings should not be worn while eating or while outside if social distancing can be maintained.
  • Parents/guardians and camp staff should discuss the considerations above and in this document for each individual child, and consult with the child’s health care provider, if necessary (e.g., for children with certain conditions such as asthma), to determine if an individual child is able to safely and consistently wear a cloth face covering while in camp.

Will you have cohorts (stable groups)?

Cohorts of no more than 15 campers plus staff will be maintained throughout the day and throughout each camp week.  Children and staff will not switch between stable groups within the day/week and interaction between stable groups will be restricted as much as possible.  The stable groups of 15 may be broken down into smaller groups, but the main group of 15 must remain stable throughout the week.

What are your hand washing and cleaning rules?

Staff will remind campers to wash their hands frequently through out the day.  Hand sanitizer is available if soap and water is not readily due to the location of a group on the site.  Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned during the day using approved cleaning products.

How do lunch and snacks work?

Campers will be required to bring their own water, lunch, and snacks.  If refrigeration is needed, campers will be asked to use an “Igloo” or similar personal lunch box with a cold pack. Water bottles can be refilled at the water fountain under supervision, and the water bottle “mouth” may not touch the fountain. No one should drink directly from the water fountain.

Parents, 8 days before you camp begins, look for an email from your camp instructor that will give more specific COVID and other camp information.

Learn more about our Summer Camps and view Summer Camps online now or in our online Summer Camp Guide magazine.