Safety Plan & Operating Playbook

Summer 2021

Our summer 2021 protocols and procedures are based on the current guidelines from the New York State and Westchester County Department of Health and the established best practices developed from our experience in providing a safe camp environment for our campers and staff last summer. Our safety plan exceeds all state and local health department guidelines, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Camp Association.

Our Safety Plan will be updated if the guidelines change and new information becomes available.

Summer 2021 Update

Updated March 29, 2021

At this time, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Westchester Department of Health (WDOH) have not yet provided an update to the camp guidelines for summer 2021. The 2021 Mohawk Day Camp Safety Plan & Operating Playbook for this summer is based on the 2020 camp guidelines and our established best practices from opening last summer. We will continue to update the Safety Plan as guidelines become available.

Bus transportation will be provided throughout Westchester, CT, NYC, and Brooklyn. More details and safety protocols will be shared as additional guidelines become available from the state and local health departments. You should expect that both campers and staff members will be required to wear face coverings while on the bus this summer.  You will have the option to provide your own parent transportation for your camper.  Learn More

Campers will receive instructional swim daily. It will be a structured program, led by a qualified swim instructor, and cater to each camper’s ability. Mohawk’s 8-heated pools provide the necessary space to accommodate the state and local guidelines requiring the campers in each pod to remain constant and not mix with other pods, while still offering an exceptional instructional swim program.

Mohawk Day Camp will adhere to the state and local health department guidelines regarding face coverings, which currently require only staff members to wear face coverings at camp. If these guidelines are changed for summer 2021 to require face coverings for campers as well, we will ensure that there are sufficient “face-covering breaks” throughout the day. In addition, campers would not be required to wear face coverings during the daily swim, lunchtime, morning and afternoon snack time, any water-play activities, or sports activities. We will keep you updated as we learn more from the Department of Health and monitor the infection metrics in our region.

Campers will always be outside or in open-air spaces while participating in activities. Campers are protected from the sun with many activities taking place in open-air program studios, large tents, screened yurts, or pavilions to keep campers protected as well. In addition, each pod will have its own dedicated bunk to use for changing after each swim period.

We have developed specific cleaning procedures for each activity to ensure that campers enjoy the full Mohawk experience as our staff members maintain proper safety protocols.  A full list of the camp activities can be found in the Safety Plan & Operating Playbook.

Mohawk has plenty of open-air, covered space to accommodate all campers in the event of rain. The camp will be open every day throughout the 8 weeks of camp, rain or shine.

We will once again ensure that pods remain constant with the same staff and campers throughout the summer.  Campers that are enrolled for non-consecutive weeks may be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to rejoining their pod.  We will make a final decision regarding testing closer to the camp season based on local and state health department guidelines and current health metrics. (COVID-19 testing will be available at and administered by Mohawk Day Camp).

We will continue to monitor available information regarding the vaccine rollout and how it pertains to our summer camp staff. While teachers and bus drivers are included in group 1B to receive the vaccine, general camp staff do not fall into this category. However, based on the large number of teachers that Mohawk typically employs during the summer, we estimate that 40% or more of our staff will be vaccinated prior to the start of camp.

Mohawk Day Camp is licensed by the New York State Department of Health as a limited-service laboratory and authorized to perform COVID-19 antigen testing. If surveillance testing is required during camp, families may elect to receive testing at Mohawk Day Camp. All staff members will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test prior to the first day of camp. Intermittent testing may be implemented, as needed.

The deadline to cancel enrollment and receive a full refund is February 19, 2021.  Due to our decreased camper capacity this summer and the fact that many of the sessions are already full, extensions of the cancellation deadline will not be offered.

If a camper is diagnosed with COVID-19 or required to quarantine due to an exposure caused at the camp, Mohawk Day Camp will provide the opportunity for the camper to make up the missed days, based on availability.  If we are unable to reschedule the missed days, a pro-rated family credit towards camp 2022 or refund will be provided.

If a camper is diagnosed with COVID-19 or required to quarantine due to an exposure caused outside of the camp, Mohawk will provide the opportunity to make up the missed days, based on availability.  If we are unable to reschedule the missed days, only a pro-rated family credit towards camp 2022 will be provided.  

If your family plans to travel anyplace other than New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania, Mohawk requires the family to follow NYS Travel Guidelines before your camper can return to camp. These guidelines entail a 10-day quarantine upon re-entry to NYS or completion of the test-out option. Your camper will be able to rejoin the Mohawk community after these requirements have been met. Please notify our health director of any travel plans and send all travel-related test results to We will not adjust tuition for this missed time.

The following health and safety procedures have been implemented at camp to keep our community safe.

  • Mohawk Day Camp has contracted with a professional cleaning company to ensure that all areas are being cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. The camp has been divided into 8 Cleaning Zones and each zone cleaner has been provided with a specific cleaning schedule. Specific cleaning procedures for each activity area have been posted.
  • Additional hand washing stations have been installed and hand washing will be mandatory prior to lunch.
  • More than 200 automatic hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the camp and in each activity area. Each camper will sanitize their hands at the beginning and end of each period.
  • Each staff member is provided with five custom Mohawk Day Camp face coverings.
  • PPE is available for all staff members, including KN-95 masks and disposable gloves.
  • We have created and posted camp-friendly signage that promotes proper hand washing, face covering requirements for staff, social distancing, and cleaning.