Camp Aranu’tiq Covid-readiness Update: April 28, 2021
Posted on April 28, 2021
Since last August, we have been busy working to implement plans regarding COVID testing and safety measures for camp in 2021.
WE ARE LEARNING THROUGH:
- -Personally hearing from many overnight camps that ran in 2020 COVID-outbreak-free
- -Several camp director groups and classes on this topic
- -American Camp Association Field Guide in coordination with the CDC
- -Personal consultation with Dr. Laura Blaisdell, who is a camp doctor as well as a pediatrician and public health expert, and author of a research study about camps that ran in Maine in 2020 successfully
SOME REQUIREMENTS TO KNOW ABOUT:
- -COVID testing: campers must take a PCR-based Covid test just before camp and participate in only low-risk behaviors between the time they take the test until they arrive at camp. Some places have test results back in 24 hours, and some take several days, depending on your area. You will have to be aware of the timeline so that you can produce a negative result before the camper departs home to come to camp. Camper will then receive further testing on arrival day again 5 days later for those staying more than 7 days.
- -Campers must travel to camp in the most direct way possible. That means driving directly from home to camp, or, if you live very far away, that might mean a flight and then taking camp’s bus or a rental car (if you are accompanying your child on the flight).
- -Every camper must have an emergency contact who can come to camp within 48 hours in the event that a camper tests positive for COVID.
- -Camper parents/guardians are required to attend an orientation session in May (see email for details).
WHAT WILL BE THE SAME AS ALWAYS AT CAMP ARANU’TIQ IN 2021?
- -Friendship, community, and confidence-building with other youth who are transgender and/or non-binary
- -Activities on land and in the lake: arts & crafts, field/court sports, archery, rock climbing, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing/kayaking, tubing, drama, music, low elements
- -Evening activities, including campfires
- -Delicious food
- -Awesome counselors as role-models
- -Device-free, face-to-face interactions, bonds, and games (KIDS NEED THIS MORE THAN EVER!)
- -Being in a place where others understand you, like nowhere else!
WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT AT CAMP ARANU’TIQ IN 2021?*
- -Being together for dining and many activities with other campers in smaller cohorts:
- -Cohorts will consists of 1 bunk (8 campers and 2 counselors) for the first 5-6 days, and then 2 bunks may cohort together once cleared by further negative testing of campers and staff
- -At family camp, cohorts will consist of 2-4 families
- -Social distancing/masking around other cohorts
- -More handwashing and hand sanitizing
- -Getting tested for COVID-19 before and during camp (we’ll keep you up to date on the testing type)
- -Dining outside under tents
- -Other procedures may change and will take a little getting used to
*We aren’t 100% sure yet, but it is good to expect these changes as of this update.
MAIN AREAS OF COVID READINESS & PREPARATION**:
Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs):
- -Pre-screening, including PCR COVID testing
- -Outdoors/well-ventilated spaces
- -Hand hygiene
- -Masks when not in cohorts
- -Physical distancing
- -Camp healthcare team (increase in size)
- -Communicable Disease Plan: updating for COVID with help of experts, including isolation, quarantine, and communication plans
**subject to change as more information becomes available
RECENTLY, THE CDC UPDATED ITS GUIDANCE FOR OVERNIGHT CAMPS:
We had already put into place almost all of this guidance, as New Hampshire has been stricter than most states.
A couple of notable updates the CDC guidance brings up:
- -CDC says to practice low-risk behavior for two weeks prior to camp. New Hampshire has included school and day camps that are following safety guidelines in the category of low-risk activities.
- -CDC says to test campers after getting home, which we may recommend to families.
HOW MIGHT THE NEW STRAINS OF COVID AFFECT CAMP?
- -The new strains of COVID are certainly concerning. However, at this time, the new strains do not change our detailed plans and safety measures. We will be keeping up to date.
- -These new strains underscore the need for our families, campers, and staff to commit to staying safe and vigilant prior to camp.
REGARDING NEW HAMPSHIRE REGULATIONS:
- -We expect the State of New Hampshire to come out with additional updated regulations in the early spring and we will update enrolled families as well as this page.
- -Though vaccines will likely not be available for most children by summer, we are glad to report that many of our staff members have already been vaccinated, and we are highly encouraging it and helping them find appointments if needed.
- -We urge our CITs/older campers ages 16+ to get vaccinated prior to camp (Pfizer vaccine is cleared for ages 16+).
- -We urge our campers’ parents/guardians to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as this will help greatly in reducing transmission at home and into camp.
CAN CAMP ARANU’TIQ GUARANTEE A COMPLETELY COVID-FREE CAMP?
- -We cannot; as you are aware, no one can. COVID may even be more prevalent in younger populations than it was last year due to new strains and the inability to vaccinate kids yet. We want families and staff to make informed decisions based on as much information as we can provide, as well as their own comfort level.
For more information on travel policies and details pertaining to Camp Aranu’tiq’s COVID-readiness plans, email Director Nick Teich at email@example.com.
Posted on August 9, 2020
“Home Harbor” E-Programming for Summer 2020
Posted on May 20, 2020
“Home Harbor” connections for Camp Aranu’tiq begin June 15 and run through August 7.
Who: Trans/non-binary/similar youth ages 7 thru 12 (by Aug 1) for those not previously enrolled in 2020 or before (ages 8-17 for those previously enrolled).
What: E-bunks with ~12 kids of similar age & 2 counselors; hangouts twice a week for 1/2 hour each time, same group for 4-8 weeks. Just like in our “real” bunks, this will be interactive and structured time to hang out and chat with campers and counselors. It’s a great way to make and maintain connections to other trans and non-binary kids who want to make new friends and/or reconnect with old friends who are on similar journeys.Plus, we’ll have other optional e-programming like arts & crafts hangouts, scavenger hunts, games, & more.
Why: Make friends & play games in a safe and welcoming space with kids and great adult role-models on similar journeys!
Updated July 2020: Enrollment is full/closed at this time.
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“Supergirl” Actress Nicole Maines, An Aranu’tiq Alum, Wishes us a Happy 10th!
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Our own transgender superhero, Nicole Maines, wishes us a happy 10th birthday:
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Camp Aranu’tiq 2016
Posted on September 20, 2016
Camp Aranu’tiq 2016 was a blast! We served over 500 campers last summer. Click here for our photo newsletter. See you in 2017
Posted on September 1, 2016
New Camp Videos
Posted on October 9, 2015
Our brand new camp videos are ready:)
Check them out on our home page!
Aranu’tiq the Subject of Caitlyn Jenner’s Column
Posted on August 31, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner’s column about Camp Aranu’tiq: Tales from A Camp for Extraordinary Kids
Aranu’tiq to be Featured on “I Am Cait” August 30, 2015
Posted on August 19, 2015
Don’t miss Aranu’tiq campers and staff featured on the E! series I Am Cait, which follows Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and journey into the transgender community.
Aranu’tiq Volunteer Alex S. stars in Trans Hallmark Ad for Mother’s Day
Posted on May 8, 2015
Check out the heartfelt ad where Alex talks about being transgender and his relationship with his mom.
Alex’s interview about the ad: https://www.frontiersmedia.com/frontiers-blog/2015/05/08/trans-man-in-the-hallmark-mothers-day-ad-works-at-the-l-a-lgbt-center/
Posted on April 28, 2015
Camp Aranu’tiq in the Media
Posted on January 31, 2015
January 2015: Huffington Post Interview with Founder Nick Teich about Harbor Camps
January 2015: Bay Area Reporter Article about Camp Aranu’tiq of Harbor Camps
October 2014: Huffington Post Article about Camp Aranu’tiq Written by a Camp Mom
February 2013: Katie Couric Show (clip no longer available)
September 2012: Boston Globe Article about Camp Aranu’tiq
December 2011: ABC News Story About a Camper Family Mentions Camp Aranu’tiq
May 2010: WBUR Boston (NPR Affiliate) Interview about Camp Aranu’tiq
Aranu’tiq on the Katie Couric Show Feb. 2013
Posted on February 28, 2013
Nick Teich was on “Katie,” Katie Couric’s talk show discussing Camp Aranu’tiq along with a camper and his mom. Unfortunately, the link to the clip is no longer available since the show has ended.
Aranu’tiq Founder Nick Teich at White House in Fall 2012
Posted on December 1, 2012
Founder Nick Teich (front row, white shirt) with VP Biden and LGBT leaders
In September 2012, Nick was invited to an LGBT leaders day at the White House followed by a dinner at Vice President Biden’s home in Washington. There, Biden spoke about the importance of moving LGBT rights forward. Nick returned to a policy roundtable in November where he and other transgender policy leaders met with senior White House officials to discuss the president’s next steps in his new term regarding transgender rights. Nick was proud to represent Camp Aranu’tiq. He joined the Trevor Project and GLSEN in speaking about transgender youth and the need for tighter federal legislation to prevent bullying in schools. He was excited to personally tell VP Biden, our “second lady” Dr. Jill Biden, and John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, about Camp Aranu’tiq. They were all thrilled to hear that such a program exists.
Congressman Barney Frank Speaks About Aranu’tiq
Posted on May 4, 2010
On April 25, Congressman Barney Frank spoke to a group of about 30 camp supporters in Newton, Mass. as we gear up for our first summer.
Frank is a longtime LGBT advocate, member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years, and the current Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. He was the first Congressperson to ever come out publicly as gay.
While Nick Teich worked for Frank prior to Nick’s own gender transition, Frank has now become the first member of the Congress to hire an openly transgender person, Diego Sanchez, to work for him on Capitol Hill.
Congressman Frank talked about the importance of having a place like Camp Aranu’tiq. He made the important point that it is hard enough being any young kid or a teenager because peers can be relentless. When you add transgenderism or gender variance to the mix, he explained, it becomes that much more difficult to navigate through childhood and young adulthood. He enthusiastically urged the audience to support Aranu’tiq.
Frank also spoke about the debate over federal nondiscrimination laws for transgender and non-binary/nonconforming people. He talked about people’s panic over public restrooms being a main factor in the debate on this issue. In a recent conversation with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Frank, using his trademark mix of sarcasm and wit, said he dared her to show him one member of Congress who did not grow up in a home with “unisex” bathrooms.
We thank Congressman Frank for taking time out of his incredibly busy schedule to encourage people to support Camp Aranu’tiq.