2021 Camp and Covid-19

Our Students and Campers safety is always our first priority!

 

How will Summer Camp look in 2021?

 

We learned a lot from operating day an overnight session in 2020 in some weeks. So, there is a lot we know for next year's camp season and some things we cannot know. We had run all our Camp weeks  with almost full capacity in our Overnight Camps and a very low number in our  Day Camps and we had no known COVID 19 incidents. We are very happy about it and it shows us that the Guidelines we had in place worked. 

Pony Gang sees of right now no reason why we cannot do the same in 2021 as we did in 2020. We are overly EXCITED to imagine ways to safely operate our onsite activities, but off site activities will still stay postponed for next year.

 

We had to postpone a lot of the activities we had planned for this season due to the Guidelines and social distancing we had to follow, but all activities we had offered went well. BUT we know we can do better because we have more time to prepare and so we have spend the past couple of month since the last camp week ended with our right planning to add more fun outdoor activities for our campers.

Our Camp program received the biggest makeover for next season we have ever done at one time, so the 2021 season will not be the same as in the past. But believe us when we tell you it will be the best camp season ever. 

 

Our daily activity schedule will change. We will offer 6 activities each day - 4 off them will be horse related and 2 activities campers can decide for themselves (we give them different choices each day). 

 

We will have 2 Senior Counselors and 1 Junior Counselor here each week plus our permanent trainer/riding instructor staff.

We will run our Camp with regular capacity as Overnight and Day Camps, but will have fewer to none international campers, masks and facecovering where needed, enhanced health screening, and possible testing requirements for campers and staff.

The Pony Gang Team hopes that with enhanced rapid testing and/or a vaccine in place by next summer, we are able to offer a even wider range of program options and some carefully strategized relaxations of the existing restrictions.

The demand for Summer Camp 2021 is higher as ever, Families are very hopeful of an improved outlook for their children to safely gather with other children in camp community. There is still a risk in any gathering, including camp. But kids are getting to a point where, for some of them, the isolation carries its own set of risks. Only you as parents can weigh the options but we are here if you think camp is the right choice for your child,

Enrollment for the 2021 Camp season is already open, and our camp weeks start already to fill up.

So, hurry and sign up today to safe your child’s spot for another exiting summer here at Pony Gang Farm. Down payment for reserving your spot is only $50. 

You have the choice to set up a payment plan for the remaining balance or have us charge it to your card on Mai 1, 2021.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Pony Gang Farm in 2021

Kind regards

Pony Gang Team 

P.S. If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 , our summer camp and lessons program, please give us a call (803) 374 - 2155 or send us an email info@ponygang-farm.com

 


2020 Camp and Covid 19

1. Gather the best information 

Since March, we have been in contact with the State Health Department, the American Camp Association, and other Riding Academy owners and Camp owners to determine how best to prepare for camp this summer. As much as we have wanted fast answers, we have prioritized getting to the right answers. When best practice recommendations and timelines are released, we will make an informed decision about camp and communicate with our families about what to expect. 

 

2. Listen to experts 

As always, we are committed to running camp only if we can do so responsibly and healthily, To determine the right approach, we are listening closely to healthy care professionals and the relevant authorities to ensure we have the most accurate and current information. This is an exercise in humility: we are "camp experts". but not medical professionals. 

Just like our wonderful camp counselors, we pride ourselves on flexibility, We are diligently planning for different scenarios that the summer might bring, and will adjust accordingly as experts provide guidelines to operate camp in healthy manner. 

 

3. Dedication to Sanitation

We have raised our already thorough sanitation standards to match and exceed recommendations from health care professionals. Our housekeeping already work hard to keep camp clean: this year, they will have extra help from our summer camp staff members. We will increase the frequency with which we perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities, and deploy extra sanitation runs throughout the day. 

 

4. Personal Hygiene

While personal hygiene has always been an important part of camp, it will be a point of special emphasis this year. Pony Gang Camp already utilizes a comprehensive daily health check, but this summer we will add several relevant monitoring elements. There will also be additional hand washing stations throughout camp, and counselors will be prepared to model best hygiene practices so that campers know how we do it the Pony Gang way. 

 

 

5. Social Distancing measures

In keeping with public guidelines, we will modify certain elements of our lessons and camp program to achieve reasonable distancing standards. For example, during Camp our Dining Hall and Tent will have enough space between campers during meals. We also plan to operate camp with smaller groups. Our staff is up to the task of being innovative and flexible so that the campers feel like this is just another terrific summer at camp.

7. Closed Community

Not only do we take the health and safety of our camp community seriously, but we see ourselves as partners with our local and statewide communities. Our responsibility extends beyond Pony Gang Farm, which is why we will be treating camp as a closed "bubble" this year. Campers will be required to pass a health check at drop-off Day before they are allowed to join the camp community. 

Furthermore, there will be no visitors during the camp sessions and we will limit entrances and exits to and from property to essential business only. Our staff members will make the extra commitment not to leave camp during their time off. We will adjust the way we do Arrival day and Pick up day to minimize interaction between cam families. 

If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 , our summer camp and lessons program, please give us a call (803) 374 - 2155 or send us an email info@ponygang-farm.com