Info You Need To Know

Info You Need To Know

Info You Need To Know

RoCA is modifying our camp procedures and activities to allow for smaller camp groups and social distancing to keep a safe environment for everyone. Please check here for updates and schedules as they become available.

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Arts Camp @ RoCA 2022 Covid-19 Protocol FAQs

RoCA's protocols are set in accordance to the CDC and the Rockland County Department of Health and are subject to change.

Q: What if I change my mind after registering this summer and I am not comfortable sending my child to camp? Can I get a refund?
A: Yes! We are happy to refund your account OR you can apply your payments already made towards your 2023 registration.

Q: How can I be assured that other campers and staff are not sick upon arrival at camp?
A: All camp staff are required to be vaccinated. In addition, before entering the camp program daily, all camp staff and campers will be required to have their temperature taken, and will continue to do so for the duration of camp. All campers and staff will be pre-screened before coming to camp with questions that have been recommended by the CDC.

Q: Will the format of camp look different from previous summers?
A: While this summer may look different from previous summers with adherence to social distancing guidelines, our programming will continue to provide plenty of outdoor experiences as well as visual and performing arts programs for all campers. 75-80% of all camp activities take place outdoors. RoCA will accept a maximum of 90 campers per session (6 groups of 15 children).

Q: Will my camper have to wear a mask this summer to camp?
A: Only when indoors. We have modified this rule in accordance with the (6/7/21) NY State Guidelines.

Q: Will extra measures be taken to ensure the overall cleanliness of the camp? (i.e. extra sanitizing and disinfecting)
A: Yes! In addition to the thorough cleaning that RoCA already does, multiple cleanings will be scheduled throughout the day. RoCA will follow all the cleaning protocols that the CDC requires and recommends.                                    

Q: Can I bring my own food into camp?
A: Campers bring their own bag lunches and are not permitted to share food.  While we are not a nut-free facility, we have areas designated for children with nut allergies that are nut free.

Q: How will the camp program adhere to social distancing?
A: Campers will stay with their assigned group and enjoy their daily activities. Large gatherings will be prohibited, program activities will be limited to individual groups, and social distancing will be enforced. Campers will not intermingle with other camp groups.

Q: How will camp handle the sharing of supplies?
A: In any “hands on” activities where equipment is shared, all equipment will be cleaned after each group and campers will need to wash their hands immediately following the activity. Campers will receive their own individual bin of art supplies.

Q: Will my camper still be able to swim this summer?
A: According to the CDC, campers should still be able to swim this summer. However, we will adhere to social-distancing recommendations and will only have one group in the pool at a time.

Q: What will be the camper-to-counselor ratio?
A: The CDC recommends that group sizes remain small with no more than 15 campers per group.  We will maintain a 1:5 ratio of campers to counselors for younger groups and 1:7 for older groups. 

Q: What is the protocol should a camper or staff member come down with Covid-19?
A: If a camper or staff member becomes sick, we will follow all guidelines as required and recommended by the CDC. Additionally, if this should happen, the CDC recommends that the facility close for 48 hours.

Q: When will we receive our welcome packet?
A: Welcome packets will be mailed in early to mid-June

Please note: families will be updated on any new or revised Covid-19 protocols.

Email Antonia Edelstein, Camp Director, with any specific questions you may have at antonia@rocklandartcenter.org.

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Meals

Children bring their own bag lunches and drinks, which must have the child’s name and group letter written on them. Lunches are kept in coolers with ice packs. RoCA provides a mid-afternoon ice cream or ice pop snack.

Clothing

Campers should bring a swimsuit and towel daily. Individual storage is provided for backpacks. All clothing should be labeled with the camper’s name. All campers will receive a complimentary camp t-shirt.

Transportation

Parents provide transportation to and from camp.

Health Forms

Parents will be sent a health form for each child in mid April. Health forms must be returned to RoCA by June 1st.

Licensing

New York State requires our camp to be licensed by the Department of Health. Licensing includes on-site inspections. The Operating Permit is displayed in the lobby at RoCA.

Contact

RoCA Programs are held at the Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack, New York 10994. Phone: (845) 358-0877. Fax (845) 358-0971.

Email: Camp Director Antonia Edelstein antonia@rocklandartcenter.org.

In recognition of our LGTBQ+ identifying campers and staff members, all staff will have their pronouns listed on their nametags this summer, and campers will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves using their pronouns (i.e., he/she/they).

Anti-bullying Policy

Bullying is when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another person with the intent to hurt another. Bullying happens when a person or group of people want to have power over another and use their power to get their way, at the expense of someone else. Bullying can also happen through cyberspace: through the use of emails, text messaging, instant messaging, and other less direct methods. This type of bullying can also lead to persons being hurt during or between the camp seasons and be especially hurtful when persons are targeted with meanness and exclusion.   

At Arts Camp @ RoCA, bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Our Camp philosophy is based on our mission statement which ensures that every camper has the opportunity to develop as an artist and express themselves creatively in a non-competitive environment. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with great memories.

Unfortunately, persons who are bullied may not have the same potential to get the most out of their camp experience. Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their campers so both staff and campers will be comfortable alerting us to any problems during their camp experience and between camp sessions. Every person has the right to respect and to have the best possible experience at camp. By working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer at Camp RoCA.

Special Needs Information

Camp RoCA tries to accommodate all interested children.  However, there are a large number of transitions and sensory changes throughout the day.  Children are expected to be able to follow all directions, rules and expectations independently.  Children must participate well with others and follow safety rules without adult prompts.

For certain special needs, our camp is wonderful; for others it puts the child and staff in uncomfortable and unsafe situations.  We are responsible for the safety and well-being of all the campers and do not offer one-on-one supervision.  Please contact Antonia at 845-358-0877, ext. 18 or antonia@rocklandartcenter.org to discuss your child’s particular needs.  If possible, please discuss any school service plans applicable to your child.

Medical Conditions and Allergies

Camp RoCA has an on-site Medical Director, who is certified in CPR and First Aid.  The Camp needs to have all medical information on-site for campers, including immunization history and allergy information. No camper will be admitted to the Camp without this paperwork.  Additionally, any medications that campers may need during a camp day must be submitted to the Medical Director, along with supporting paperwork from the camper’s doctor. 

The Camp is not peanut-free; however, there is a peanut-free section of the lunch area.  Should any parents wish to send in a birthday treat, please send in something store bought that lists the ingredients.  For more information about allergies within camp groups, please contact Antonia at 845-358-0877, ext. 18 before you send in a treat for the group.