We appreciate your patience as we continue to develop our Covid-19 guidelines to ensure maximum physical and emotional safety for our campers and staff this summer. As more research, guidance, and rules comes out from the CDC and NYS DOH, we will work with our Medical Advisory Committee to update our guidelines accordingly. Keep an eye out for a Medical Town Hall before the start of camp, which will answer any pressing questions. In the meantime please make sure to read over this, and our Covid Resource page carefully.
In our last update, we explained our strategy to maintain a Safe Bubble at camp by having one arrival day, strict distancing, and testing procedures in the first week. We hope to effectively weed out the virus so that your children can enjoy as close to 'normal' of a summer as possible. This update will delve into what happens if someone is found to be sick at camp in terms of procedures at camp and financial policy.
After the first 3 days of Cautious Distancing, we will start moving towards a more 'normal' camp experience for all Campers & Staff. That being said, we will maintain the Safe Bubble throughout the entire summer, and are taking this measures to monitor symptoms and limit spread:
In case someone is sick
If someone is showing signs of Covid, make sure to separate them from the group and administer a PCR test. In the meantime, the rest of camp is paused and split into Pods.
As camp begins, we will continue to update you on the status of Covid at camp. We will let you know about the results of pool testing, and will let you know if there are any cases. Thank you for trusting us, your child's safety is our priority!
Today we are announcing a staff transition, saying goodbye to our Camp Director Alex. She wrote her own letter explaining her decision to part ways with this position. Luckily, she will stay as a valued member of our community! Thank you for all of your work in these unprecedented times, Chazak ve Ematz!
Dear Hashomer Hatzair Camp Shomria Community,
As a 3rd generation to Hashomer Hatzair and an education professional, I was honored to take on the position of Camp Director at Shomria a year ago. Just as I began learning the organization and working at Shomria, the COVID pandemic started. The work I was hoping to do shifted and changed, as did so many things in our everyday life.
Once Summer Camp 2020 (Mosh Kayitz) was canceled, my family and I decided to travel to Israel where we were hoping to have in person education for our two daughters. We are now in Jerusalem, working remotely and missing our US and Brooklyn community everyday. Our daughters were not only lucky to have school in person most of this year, they are also thankful for the opportunity to spend time and build relationships with family on a weekly basis. Following hours and days of contemplation we have decided that at this point it is best for us to stay here and continue to build our life here in Israel.
Thank you to Adi, Odelia, Tal, and Minna as well as the whole Hashomer Hatzair board and Hadracha for welcoming me into the organization and the position. I have learned and grown tremendously in such a short year. I welcome Lior Ben Zvi, a camp alumni and a movement Bogeret, into our staff. With her understanding of the combination of both a camp and a youth movement, I am confident that she will do an amazing job working with Adi and Yoni, preparing and leading during the coming summer camp season and beyond.
It is my hope to continue and work with Shomria on a smaller capacity and see many of you in person this coming summer.
For the rest of the month, you can continue to reach Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org