Updated December 2020

How we are keeping our families and staff safe: 

We plan to return to a fun-filled camp experience this June, and we are well aware that Covid-19 may still be a part of daily life in the summer. JCC Camps maintain the highest standards for health and safety, and we will work together with our families to implement the most effective and up-to-date practices recommended by the CDC, the MA Department of Public Health, and our local Boards of Health. Protocols are subject to change as the Covid-19 pandemic changes, and we will update you as soon as possible with those changes. 


Parents and guardians are expected to check in with their children each morning before camp. We appreciate your role in keeping our community safe! We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • Keep your child home from camp with these symptoms: 
    • Fever (temperature of 100.0F or above) or chills 
    • Cough 
    • Sore throat  
    • Difficulty breathing 
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)  
    • New or unexplained nasal congestion or runny nose  
    • New or unexplained loss of smell/taste 
    • New or unexplained muscle aches 
    • Any other signs of illness  

Notify the Camp Health office as soon as any of these symptoms occur. 

  • Keep any child home from camp if they have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 or who may be suspected of having Covid-19, for example they have symptoms and are awaiting test results. Close contact is currently defined by the CDC as someone who was “within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” 
  • Comply with camp’s or a medical professional’s request to have a camper or family member tested for Covid-19. 
  • Follow any and all quarantine procedures requested by JCC Greater Boston or the appropriate medical professional. 
  • Maintain open communication with the camp’s health staff regarding any suspected cases of or exposure to Covid-19. 
  • Follow all morning attestation protocols implemented by JCC Greater Boston. We will share more information about how we will ask families to attest to their campers’ health in the coming months. 
  • Provide your campers with their own masks, clearly labeled with name and the direction the mask should be facing when being used. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowable for masks at camp. 
  • Keep toys, games, stuffed animals and other items at home to minimize exposure to shared items. 
  • Have an authorized adult prepared for emergency pick-up at all times. 
  • While we cannot restrict families’ activity outside of JCC Greater Boston, we ask that they consider how their choices before and after the camp day affect the larger community. We encourage everyone at our summer camps to follow appropriate hand hygiene, physical distancing, and mask wearing, along with any other guidance from the CDC, the MA Department of Public Health, and local Boards of Health, at all times.  

Camp Staff: 

Our staff will follow best practices and protocols suggested by the CDC, MA Department of Public Health, and local Boards of Health which currently include the following: 

  • Staying at home with any of the aforementioned symptoms or if in close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 
  • Complying with any request by JCC Camps or appropriate medical professionals to get tested or quarantine 
  • Following all morning attestation protocol set forth by JCC Camps
  • Following and encouraging: 
    • Physical Distancing: maintaining 6 feet of distance as much as possible 
    • Frequent, thorough handwashing and/or sanitizing (before and after activities, snack, and lunch; after sneezing or coughing; after contact with bodily fluids) 
    • Disinfecting equipment and high use spaces as recommended, wearing masks as much as possible, and always when indoors or when 6 feet of distancing is not feasible.
  • Following relevant guidelines and regulations regarding size of groups, as well as interaction between groups. 
  • Monitoring campers for any signs of illness
  • Preventing the sharing of food 
  • Communicating with the Health Office as soon as any symptoms are suspected for campers or staff 
  • Implementing contact tracing protocol with all members of the camp community in relation to a suspected case of Covid-19 

JCC Staff: 

JCC Camps are committed to making the camp day safe and fun. We pledge to: 

  • Provide thorough, ongoing training to our staff on all Covid-19 practices 
  • Maintain group sizes in accordance with state guidelines 
  • Arrange group schedules to minimize cross-group exposure and assist with contact tracing. This may include staggering lunch times, swim times, and drop-off and pick-up schedules 
  • Provide an isolation room for any staff or campers with Covid- 19 symptoms 
  • Clean and disinfect shared spaces and equipment throughout the camps,  as recommended 
  • Provide appropriate PPE to nurses and staff as directed by the local boards of health 
  • Deep clean and disinfect any and all areas of the camps exposed to a reported or suspected positive case of Covid-19 
  • Provide frequent and timely communication to camp families regarding the health and wellness of our community