Summer 2020 Sled Dog Campers:

 

This year of the Covid, we are adapting so we can still have camps & stay safe.

 

The camp day will run from 10am-2pm (instead of 9am-3pm).

  • 4 hours with a face mask I think is the most we can sanely ask.

  • Camp is reduced to 8 campers. We will work in groups of 4.

  • 4 at each fire pit, 4 in the pen, 4 on a walk, 4 per dog yard.

  • We are only running our 3 Day Camp Weeks & not our 3 Overnight Camp Weeks. Camps will fill. 

  • Thank you so much for your patience & prevention:)
     

Safety Protocol  below:

 

A parent asked if we have a separate space for a child who may get sick. We have over 17 acres of the great outdoors. Yes, we have a quiet place for them to sit outside by themselves, but...

If 1 camper becomes sick, all campers will be sent home & camp will be over for that week. Days not attended will be credited towards next summer. We are not a Day Care. We are a highly skilled finely tuned Sled Dog Team that needs 100% of your child’s energy & attention to stay safe & have fun. Please do not send any child who is at all under the weather or not acting their normal self, whatever that may be:)

 

1. Campers need to independently keep a face mask & gloves on for 4 hours, except when eating lunch (which will be at designated seats 6 feet apart). We will provide fresh masks & gloves each morning!

2. Campers need to be aware of social distancing & have the understanding of how to maintain it. We call it a dance, one moves in, the other moves out…:)

3. We feel Campers need to be 10 years old & up to successfully implement the above.

*If you have a 9 year old you think can accommodate, let me know.

4. We will take the temperature of each camper & parent upon arrival in their car with forehead gun no touching.

If either has a fever they will not get out of their vehicle. 

5. Parents will remain with their cars in the lower parking pad. We are very happy to connect with each parent one at a time. No non-camper siblings or visitors allowed out of their cars. *We will allow 1 guardian to meet campers dogs on the last afternoon while also wearing face mask & gloves.

6. Once camp begins & campers can abide by new rules, it will feel like sled dog camp again, because really it’s all about the dogs & kids being together. Your kid may not be able to be next to another kid, but they can be next to their dog:)

7. The new rule is NO KISSING OF DOGS, DO NOT LET DOGS LICK YOUR FACEMASK. Petting, hugging, grooming, massaging, hiking, playing in the playpen & learning to dryland mush are all still allowed. There are no accounts of humans getting the virus from dogs. Fur is porous & not conducive to holding the virus. I’ve consulted with multiple vets. Still, I do not let anyone pet my dogs when we are off the land. On the land all must wear clean gloves they put on on the land inorder to pet the sled dogs.

8. If your child has a hard time with the new protocol, regretfully they may not be able to come back that week…and we would credit your enrollment fee for next summer.

We are trying to make it possible for all to relax & feel safe when here, myself majorly included since this is my home:)

*Again, I am not in a position to refund 2020 camp fees at this time, but I can offer comparable credit through the end of 2021.  What was going to be our most exciting warm weather season yet, spring with schools & summer with camps came to a total standstill. We have so many stories still to share from our Expedition in Alaska! 

P.O. Box 25

West Chesterfield, MA 01084

hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com

413-296-0187

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