Camp Shelanu will open for virtual camp June 15 and modified in-person camp with precautions June 29. FAQs are below.
About Our Summer Day Camp:
The award-winning and National Inclusion Project accredited Camp Shelanu is one of the Triangle’s most beloved day camps. With camps that allow campers to experiment with visual and performing arts, teamwork and leadership in sports, wildlife and nature conservation, STEM, and more, there’s something for every one. Also unique to Camp Shelanu is that our campers get to swim every day, with swim lessons for campers who need them included in your camp tuition! Campers of all ages splash in our two outdoor pools, zip down one of the tallest water slides in the Triangle, team build on a ropes course, go on field trips, dance, play, and foster old and new friendships both in the warm summer sun (with sunscreen, of course!) and inside the AC-cooled Levin JCC and Lerner Community Day School buildings, all with expertly trained camp counselors and a 9:1 counselor to camper ratio!
Our camp is unlike any other. While Camp Shelanu’s curricula is based on Jewish values such as giving, kindness, welcoming newcomers, and repairing the world, and includes learning about Jewish culture and traditions, there is no religious instruction or discussion of theology at camp. We welcome everyone with joy, inclusive of all faiths, identities, and backgrounds, and are proud of our diverse community. We offer need-based scholarships, a comprehensive Inclusion Program for campers with disabilities, and exceptionally trained staff and counselors. At Camp Shelanu, campers 5 years old and up experience their best summers ever, until the next summer at Shelanu, of course. To learn more about our camp, click here.
COVID-19 Response F.A.Q.
What precautions and modifications are being made this summer?
- Group sizes have been shrunk to 10 campers and 2 counselors.
- There will be no all-camp activities and minimal interaction between groups.
- Campers will spend much more time outside (with shade and drinking extra water!) and will be encouraged to give people their “bubble” of space. Each group will have their own indoor space separated from other groups. We will encourage social distancing but campers will not always be farther than 6 feet apart.
- All campers and staff will be screened daily before entering a camp building.
- Campers will wash hands frequently (before and after eating, in between activities, and after coughing/sneezing/blowing noses).
- All sports and games will be no-contact activities.
- There will be no fieldtrips.
- Spaces will be sanitized daily and any shared equipment will be sanitized between uses.
Who will be required to wear masks?
- All staff who go between groups will wear a mask at all times.
- Counselors will be allowed to remove their masks when they are with their group of 10, but will wear masks whenever they are not in their own group space, such as at drop off and in the hallways.
- Campers are not required to wear masks but are encouraged to do so, especially during transitions.
- For safety, masks will not be worn in the pool.
What will daily screening look like?
- All campers and staff will be asked daily screening questions provided by the American Camp Association about health symptoms and social distancing.
- Staff and campers will all have their temperatures taken on a daily basis. Parents may report campers’ temperatures or opt to have them taken during drop-off. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will not be admitted to camp.
What happens if someone at camp tests positive for COVID-19?
If a camper demonstrates COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, extreme G.I. issues) at camp they will be moved to an isolated location and families will be notified for immediate pickup. Unfortunately, any camper who is sent home with COVID-like symptoms will be asked to stay home until receiving a negative COVID test from a health professional. If COVID tests are not available, contact the camp director for next steps.
If someone is sent home from camp, we will follow the Health Department’s guidance for contact tracing and inform families from all groups who may have been exposed.
If a camper or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the camper’s small group will be asked to stay home until they have tested negative for COVID-19. A camper who has tested positive for COVID-19 cannot return to camp until they have been cleared by a medical professional. Campers asked to stay home will receive a pro-rated refund for days missed.
As medical information is updated, this policy is subject to change.
What should I do if I have symptoms or test positive after attending camp?
Please let us know if you have a fever or if anyone in your household test positive for COVID-19 in the 2 weeks after attending camp.
What if my camper or someone in my household is at a high risk for contacting COVID-19?
If you are not sure if you should attend camp, please discuss with your medical provider. Anyone who is at higher risk for severe illness if infected by Covid19, including people with moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, or are immunocompromised, OR anyone who shared a household with someone with one of these underlying conditions, should seriously consider not attending camp this summer.
What will cleaning procedures be like? What products will be used?
Spaces will be sanitized daily and any shared equipment will be sanitized between uses. A more complete list of sanitizing products and procedures is still forthcoming.
The Camp Day
What will the group sizes be?
10 or fewer, plus staff.
What will drop off and pick-up be like?
At drop off, we will ask if you have taken temperature, and if not we will take your camper’s temperature before entering camp. Parents/guardians will not be allowed into the building. There may be multiple drop-off points or a larger window for drop-off times to allow for more screening time.
Will campers swim?
Yes, campers will swim daily, weather permitting. There will be only campers at the pool at that time, with cleaning of high touch surfaces before camp pool time. Each group will have a zone in the pool to themselves.
Registration and Refunds
If we decide to cancel before camp starts, will we get a refund?
If you have not cancelled by 5/28, your balance will be charged on 6/1. After 5/28, your $50 per week deposit is not refundable. You may still cancel within 7 days of the first day of your camp session for a refund (minus your $50 deposit). If you cancel after 7 days before the start of your camp session, the full amount is not refundable. (Some exceptions may apply.)
If my camper has to stay home due to symptoms, will we get a refund?
If you miss 1-2 days of camp due to illness, unfortunately your fees are not refundable. If you miss 3 or more days of a camp week, we will refund 50% of your camp fees.
If camp has to close temporarily due to COVID-19, will we get a refund?
We would pro-rate a refund for any missed days due to camp closures.
What happens if camp opening gets pushed back later than June 29?
You would have the option of converting to virtual camp or being refunded. The cost of virtual camp is equal to the camp deposit. We would give families as much notice as possible in this situation. The
What if school starts early or late at the end of the summer?
We know there is uncertainty about what fall will bring. If your school starts earlier than 8/27, your camp reservation can be cancelled and fully refunded. If school starts later than planned, we will explore the option of extending camp past 8/26, and again, give families as much notice as we are able.
Other Fast Facts
Summer Camp and School's Out Camps
|Classic and Specialty Summer Day Camps||School's Out Camp|
|Weekly sessions||Select days throughout the year. For full schedule click here.|
|Summer Camp:Rising K-8th grades||School's Out Camps: Preschool ages 3-5 and rising K-6th grades|
|$238-$333 per week – member discounts available||$58 per day/$45 members|
|Extended Care||Before Care 8-8:30 $30/25 M – After Care 3:30-5:30 $70/65 M||Before and After Care $12 total|
|15/501 at Cornwallis – near Duke||same|
|firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-354-4948||same|