Summer 2021 COVID Plans
AMC Echo Lake Camp is working toward opening in the summer of 2021. Our highest priority is creating a safe environment for campers and staff, and we are working to offer the best possible camp experience, given the evolving pandemic. The camp committee is continuing to monitor the circumstances affecting camp's ability to safely operate in 2021 and will confirm whether camp is expected to open, and how it is able to operate, in April 2021.
CHANGES AT CAMP
At this time, AMC and the camp committee are assuming that pandemic-related restrictions will remain in place throughout the summer season. These restrictions are expected to limit camp activities, affecting many camp experiences- from arrival at camp, to dining, to other organized activities. They are also expected to limit the number of people camp can accommodate each week.
- Prior to arrival at camp, all campers will need to meet any federal, state, local, and AMC guidelines necessary for them to participate in camp. Such restrictions may include prior quarantine, testing, or immunity requirements. Campers will be expected to socially distance from others not part of their "quaranteam" while in camp. (A "quaranteam" is a group that self-identifies as individuals not practicing social-distancing from others in their group.)
- To address the most crowded activity at camp - dining - the camp will adhere to
Maine food service regulations by seating "quaranteams" together, and at
appropriate distances from other "quaranteams". Meal service will be limited to Crooserved Breakfast and Dinner buffets, with Croo-assembled trail lunches provided
- To allow for as many of us to return safety to camp in 2021, the Rec Hall, Library,
and Dining Hall will be reconfigured and reserved exclusively for meals. They will be
closed at all other times.
- Echo Lake Camp's traditional program of organized hikes, nature walks, and evening activities will be suspended in 2021. Campers will be provided with detailed information with which to plan their own hikes, nature walks, and other activities, but will need to provide their own transportation and complete hikes and other activities without them being led by our traditional volunteer leaders.
AN EVOLVING SITUATION
AMC and the camp committee will continue to monitor the course of the pandemic and its associated restrictions, and additional information will be provided through updates to this website and email communications to registered guests. The camp committee will confirm whether camp is expected to open, and how it is expected to operate, in April 2021.
TOWN HALL MEETING
In mid-march the Echo Lake Camp Committee hosted a Town Hall style zoom meeting to provide people with updates on planning for the 2021 summer season. That zoom meeting was recorded and is available on-line.