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Below is some of the most important information you will need and then some of the most frequently asked questions:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

• Pre-screening of all staff and campers upon arrival

• Small groups of campers

• Typically 10-12 campers and 2 counselors per group, not to exceed groups of 15 people

• We recommend that parents and legal guardians of high-risk campers consult with their child’s medical provider to assess their risk and determine if camp attendance is acceptable.

Please note that NO sick camper or staff member may attend camp.

• It is up to each parent/guardian to supply a face covering or mask they prefer as their child must wear one when appropriate.
• Staff will wear face coverings during activities when maintaining physical distancing is not feasible.
• Day Camp activities and programs are all outdoors excepting bathrooms.
• All staff have completed comprehensive training in all aspects of summer camp and are prepared with  CDC protocols and safety procedures.
• Staff and instructors are excited to work with campers to provide the safest and best camp experience while promoting physical and mental health in all children.

 

General Questions Day Camp:

Will you be providing transportation?

No, this summer we are unable to provide transportation due to the need to keep kids in distinct pods and because of social distancing protocols.

Can we carpool?

As long as you are comfortable with the family you are carpooling with/ they are in your "bubble", we advise against carpooling with new families.

How will pick up and drop off work?

We are encouraging one identified adult per family be responsible for the drop-off and pick-up of the camper or children at the facility as best as possible. All Campers and parents must wear masks when interacting with staff and security during drop-off. Pre-screening (an online Health screening) will be required, and will be done before arrival by individual families. We ask all drivers to remain in their vehicles and follow the direction of staff.

Will my child have to wear a mask?

According to the CDC staff will wear face coverings during activities when maintaining physical distancing is not feasible due to area limitations. Masks and face coverings are not required for outdoor activities when practicing social and physical distancing measures. Until the current restrictions are lifted staff will wear face coverings when required and where appropriate according to CDC guidelines. The parent will need to supply the child’s mask or face covering. All Parents, Campers and Staff will wear masks during pick up and drop off.

Extreme Heat Days or Rain Days:

After consultation with the Department of Health, ONLY for periods of the day when it’s not possible to remain outside (thunderstorms, extreme heat), we will utilize some of our indoor spaces on the campus. Face masks will be required for all campers and staff while we are in the building. On campus we have thunder and lightning safe open pavilions, and will stay cool in the forest/creek before we would go inside. Based on the Department of Health code in the event of a full day of inclement weather we reserve the right to cancel that day of camp.

Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures

A cleaning and disinfection schedule is in place for all Pearlstone locations with clear accountabilities assigned to specific staff.

What kind of activities will my child be doing?

Join Pearlstone’s amazing crew of talented farmers, wilderness experts and fun-loving educators for a week of awesome adventure! Each unique day engages kids through hands-on skills, beautiful stories, great songs and fun community building.
Campers will spend the day:
• Exploring the forest with shelter building, fire making and creek walking
• Connecting to the land with seed planting and vegetable harvesting
• Caring for our animals
• Swimming in the pool (don't forget the water slide!)
• Flying on our Zip-lines, or climbing up in the tree tops on our High ropes course and rock wall
• Getting to explore their creative side with tye Dyeing, farm to table cooking, Natural art, Story-telling and much much more!

What does a sample day of Tiyul Day Camp look like?

There is a morning block of games and activities (natural art, forest exploration, farm to table time, creek play etc.) and an afternoon block with lunch in between that includes singing and free time. Each pod leader will choose the activities that best fit the spirit and energy of their group, and have pre-scheduled activities throughout the week. including swimming in the pool 3 days a week, zip-line and or high ropes once a week and other specialty sessions. On Fridays we have a special choose your own adventure Shabbat party with many different festival style activities. We are excited for groups to explore the woods and connect to the land and the skills they learn!

What is your refund policy?

Camp fees are fully refundable (less $25 admin fee) until April 1
Camp fees are 50% refundable (less $25 admin fee) until May 1

After June 1
Less than 3 weeks before your first day of camp, Camp fees are 50% refundable (less $150 fee to cover administration and camp preparations)
Less than 3 weeks before your first day of camp, Camp fees are non-refundable.

Transferable
You can switch Day camp weeks (based on availability) at no charge
If you choose to cancel after the deadline, you can transfer your fees to future Pearlstone programs less a $25 admin fee

Other
There are no refunds or prorates for any missed days of camps including but not limited to, family vacations, holidays, or change in campers’ schedule.

Extenuating circumstances must be received in writing, please reach out to mmenyuk@pearlstonecenter.org

General Questions Overnight Camp:

When is drop off and Pick up?

All Overnight camp sessions will begin and end in the afternoon, the exact time of pick up and drop off will be shared in the Spring.

What kind of activities will my child be doing?

Each unique day of Tiyul Overnight Camp engages kids through hands-on skills, Edge experiences, great songs and fun community building.
Campers will spend the day:
• Eating a delicious Breakfast and Lunch
• Exploring the forest with shelter building, fire making and creek walking
• Connecting to the land with seed planting and vegetable harvesting
• Swimming in the pool 3 days of the week (don't forget going down the water slide!)
• Flying on our Zip-lines, or climbing up in the tree tops on our High ropes course and rock wall
• Getting to explore their creative side with Tye Dyeing, farm to table cooking, Natural art, Story-telling and much much more!
Campers will spend their evenings:
• Eating a tasty dinner!
• Building campfires and singing songs
• going on sunset hikes (maybe to pick some strawberries!) and night hikes to explore their senses.
• Playing games like capture the flag
• Having time to relax and build friendships
• Celebrating an immersive and beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evening

What are your COVID and mask policies for overnight Camp

We are still finalising these decisions and will update this as soon as we do. We will be following all guidelines from the CDC for the safety of our campers and staff.

Where will my child sleep?

Campers will be sleep on bunkbeds in bunkhouses of up to 8 campers. They can bring a full set of bedding or sleeping bags and pillows, the bunk houses are located in the low ropes course forest near the retreat center which makes for easy pick up and drop off.

Where are the bathrooms and showers?

The Bathhouse/Shower house is conveniently located right near the bunk houses, with access to both bathrooms and Showers. There will be time blocked off each evening for campers to shower.

What is the food like?

The Pearlstone Retreat Center kitchen is a fully kosher kitchen with an amazing chef. The food will be provided by the retreat center buffet style for each meal. We are a peanut free facility and allergy conscious.

What do you do for Shabbat?

We celebrate Shabbat joyously with a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening with a special meal and a talent show! We have Saturday morning services outdoors and spend the day participating in Shabbat friendly activities, playing games, relaxing, spending time at the creek and more. Havdallah is celebrated around a bonfire with music and community!

What is your electronics policy?

There are no cell phones allowed at Earth skills camp, this is an opportunity for campers to engage with the people and nature around them without being plugged in. If your camper has a device just for music or taking pictures. Be in touch with mmenyuk@pearlstonecenter.org if you have any questions about this.

How do I communicate with my camper?

Every day we will print out any letters (sent by email) and deliver them to the campers at breakfast or dinner. Campers can write back and we will scan their letters and email them to you.

What is your refund policy?

Camp fees are fully refundable (less $25 admin fee) until April 1
Camp fees are 50% refundable (less $25 admin fee) until May 1

After June 1
Less than 3 weeks before your first day of camp, Camp fees are 50% refundable (less $150 fee to cover administration and camp preparations)
Less than 3 weeks before your first day of camp, Camp fees are non-refundable

Transferable
You can switch Day camp weeks (based on availability) at no charge
If you choose to cancel after the deadline, you can transfer your fees to future Pearlstone programs less a $25 admin fee

Other
There are no refunds or prorates for any missed days of camps including but not limited to, family vacations, holidays, or change in campers’ schedule.

Extenuating circumstances must be received in writing, please reach out to mmenyuk@pearlstonecenter.org

General Questions Earth Skills Camp:

What does a week of Earth Skills Camp look like?

Monday through Friday campers will spend their days working on their craft in the wilderness village, (an area with 7 covered pavilions) with a finished tool, bag, bow by Friday afternoon. During the day there are breaks to play games, go to the creek, relax, read a book or play JEDI (and awesome balancing game) or basketball, both located in the vicinity of the campsite. In the evenings we will go on sunset hikes and night hikes, make campfires, play games, and sing songs in community. On Friday we will celebrate with a joyous Kabbalat Shabbat with Overnight Camp, and spend Saturday day relaxing, swimming, playing games and other Shabbat friendly activities. On Saturday night we will close out an amazing week with a Beautiful Havdallah bonfire and song.

Where are campers eating?

Breakfast and Dinner will be at the Pearlstone Retreat Center down the hill from our campsite. The kitchen is fully kosher, Our head chef is creative and thoughtful and likes to make tasty, healthy, but not boring food. The food will be provided by the retreat center buffet style for each meal. We are a peanut free facility and allergy conscious.
We will eat one or two dinners near our main campsite over a fire!
Lunch will be eaten near the Wilderness village buffet style with a variety of sandwich style options that campers can create themselves, this gives us more flex time for lunch!

Where are a Campers sleeping?

Campers will be sleeping in their own personal tents with sleeping pads and bags on a covered and raised pavilion in the wilderness village, Counselors will be sleeping in their own tents next to the platforms. No rain or sun will affect the tents. Campers can choose to sleep off of the pavilion nearby if they like.

Where are the bathrooms and showers?

The closest bathroom is within a hundred feet from the wilderness village, there are three enclosed stalls on two sides, and two sinks, campers can brush their teeth and wash their faces there. The showers are down the hill in a showerhouse/bathhouse near the retreat center. There will be time blocked off after dinner each evening to shower.

What is your electronics policy.

There are no cell phones allowed at Earth skills camp, this is an opportunity for campers to engage with the people and nature around them without being plugged in. If your camper has a device just for music or taking pictures. Be in touch with mmenyuk@pearlstonecenter.org if you have any questions about this.

How do I communicate with my camper?

Every day we will print out any letters (sent by email) and deliver them to the campers at breakfast or dinner. Campers can write back and we will scan their letters and email them to you.

What is your refund policy?

Camp fees are fully refundable (less $25 admin fee) until April 1
Camp fees are 50% refundable (less $25 admin fee) until May 1

After June 1
Less than 3 weeks before your first day of camp, Camp fees are 50% refundable (less $150 fee to cover administration and camp preparations)
Less than 3 weeks before your first day of camp, Camp fees are non-refundable

Transferable
You can switch Day camp weeks (based on availability) at no charge
If you choose to cancel after the deadline, you can transfer your fees to future Pearlstone programs less a $25 admin fee

Other
There are no refunds or prorates for any missed days of camps including but not limited to, family vacations, holidays, or change in campers’ schedule.

Extenuating circumstances must be received in writing, please reach out to mmenyuk@pearlstonecenter.org

Complete detailed 2020 COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY Plan can be found HERE some policies are in the process of changing we will keep parents updated