Camp Pemi, Covid-19, and 2022

Here's to a happy, healthy camp season

Note that the information below may change as new information emerges. When updates are made, the date of the update will be indicated on the dropdown bar.

Heading into the 2022 summer, Pemi’s 115th year in operation, we feel an even greater amount of excitement than usual. After the global challenges of the last two summers, we could not be more thrilled to return to a sense of normalcy at Pemi, with appropriate precautions in place. The majority of these mitigation efforts will take place either before camp or right upon arrival – vaccination, safety-first pre-camp behaviors, and testing. 

With these steps in place, boys will experience a summer filled with the best of what Pemi offers: intercamp athletic events, all-camp meals and gatherings, self-selected activities, awe-inspiring hiking and canoe trips, and so much more! Pemi 2022 will provide boys with experiences, friendships, and memories that they will cherish for a lifetime! In order to ensure this happens, each member of the Pemi family – and that includes all family members at home – needs to do their part, and we thank you for your continued partnership. If any of the expected requirements pose a problem for you, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Should my son get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Please review Pemi’s updated vaccination policy here. Be in touch with a Director to discuss further. 

How is Pemi making its COVID-19 planning decisions for summer 2022?

While we’ve kept informed on the pandemic through national and local resources, we’ve also been working closely with a consortium of local camps, the American Camp Association, our extensive staff educators network, and our team of healthcare professionals to establish guidelines and best practices to open camp safely and to limit the spread of COVID-19 should it emerge. Additionally, our plans for 2022 are subject to the standards and recommendations issued by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. We will update this page as new information emerges.

What are the recommendations for campers and their families before camp? What if a camper tests positive within 10 days of his arrival to Pemi?

The success of this summer begins with you, at home. More than ever, the partnership between parents, campers, and staff in the weeks leading up to camp is absolutely critical. We need everyone to arrive healthy!

Campers and members of their households should engage in low-risk behaviors before traveling to camp. A rule of thumb is that low-risk behaviors are those that can be done outdoors, in small numbers, and/or with physical distancing.

If a boy tests positive prior to arrival, please be in touch with a director so that we can discuss a plan for his safe entry to Pemi, based on the individual circumstances.

Do campers need to have a COVID-19 test before coming to camp?

Campers are required to receive a negative PCR test approximately three days before entering camp, and will need to provide a COVID-19 attestation regarding symptoms, travel, and exposure. Parents will be asked to upload documentation of the date and results of this test to their son’s CampMinder account prior to arrival. We’ll provide more information and guidance on this. 

Will campers be tested for COVID-19 while at camp?

Campers will be tested on Opening Day using a BinaxNow rapid antigen test that produces results within 15 minutes. 

Further testing will take place should anyone display COVID-19 symptoms.

Parents who wish for their boys to be tested prior to their departure from Pemi can opt-in for an additional test. For boys traveling internationally at the end of camp, we will arrange for necessary testing prior to departure.

What is the plan for Arrival? Can I arrive whenever I want?

Staggered arrivals on Opening Day will allow us to better manage our arrival protocols. Please do your very best to adhere to your scheduled arrival time. 

Families with boys age 12 and older should plan to arrive in the morning, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Families with boys 11 and under should plan to arrive in the afternoon. We’ll provide you a more exact arrival window closer to Opening Day. 

First and Full Session boys arrive on June 25.

Second Session boys arrive on July 19.

More specifics to come.

What will transportation to/from camp look like this year?

Campers can arrive by car, Pemi’s chartered bus, or Pemi chaperoned airport shuttles. Most boys arrive by car and this is Pemi’s preferred option, given Covid arrival protocols.

Arrival by car: Pemi will follow a plan similar to last summer with testing on site before families depart. Families with boys age 12 and older should plan to arrive in the morning, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Families with boys 11 and under should plan to arrive in the afternoon. More specifics to come.

Arrival by bus: The NY/Stamford chartered bus returns as an option for arrival day on June 25 and departure day on August 13. Campers will need to take a rapid test the morning of June 25 at home and will be tested again upon arrival at Pemi. 

Sign up for the bus in your CampInTouch Account. Scroll down and click on Forms and Documents, then click on Additional Options. The cost of the bus is $200 per camper each way and is limited to 25 campers.

Arrival by Pemi chaperoned airport shuttles: For campers who live farther away, especially our international boys, Pemi will offer chaperoned shuttles from two airports. 

  • International campers should fly to Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS), arriving between 12 – 4 PM.
  • Domestic campers (if absolutely necessary to fly as an unaccompanied minor) should fly to Manchester, NH (MHT) arriving between 11 AM – 3 PM 

We ask for safety precautions during travel, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and strict adherence to other safety measures, such as hand-washing, and limited exposure to others beyond your own family during travel.

When should I pick-up my son on his departure day?

Parents should arrive between 10 – 12 in the morning. There are no assigned times within this time range.

What happens if my son tests positive for Covid-19 on Opening Day?

A BinaxNow rapid antigen test will be used on arrival day to test campers. The test provides results within 15 minutes. 

If the result is positive, your son will not be able to stay at camp until we follow the next step:

Take a PCR Test:

  • If the result is negative, your son can return to Pemi right away.
  • If the result is positive, your son will need to follow current isolation guidelines before returning – 10 Days or until a negative rapid test. 

We will be in communication with you should your son be unable to stay at camp as a result of a positive Opening Day test result, not only to determine how best to protect your son and the camp community, but also to provide support for an unexpected and unsettling occurrence.

If your son traveled to camp via the New York/CT bus or flew as an unaccompanied minor, we’ll be in immediate touch with you, place him in isolation under the care of our Health Center staff, and arrange for a PCR test. If the PCR test is positive, you will need to be prepared to come and pick him up from Pemi right away, and we will follow the procedure detailed above.

What will camp be like this year?

Camp will return to its traditional programming including:

  • Laughter, fun and Pemi spirit!
  • Intercamp athletic events with neighboring camps
  • Polar bear dips
  • Exciting hiking and canoe trips – including AMC hut trips for older boys!
  • Camper-selected Activities (occupations) starting with Week 1
  • Nature & Music
  • Water sports
  • Mess Hall singing 
  • Friendships, old and new

Will campers need to wear masks?

Because standards and guidelines continue to evolve, this answer may change! 

Campers will not be required to wear masks. 

Masks may be used on occasion, such as for van travel or due to other rare circumstances.

Will Pemi be a closed campus this summer?

We will allow prospective families, alumni visitors, and guests to come to Pemi this summer. These visitors will be able to walk around and tour Pemi, accompanied by one of our senior staff members, but will have limited, safe interactions with campers or staff.

What is the plan for Parents’ Visiting Day?

There is one Visiting Day scheduled for Full Session families on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 9 AM to 7 PM. Families will be able to visit their son at Pemi and have limited interaction with other campers and staff. We unfortunately will not be able to host families in the Mess Hall or other indoor spaces. Pemi staff will be available throughout the day to chat.

We do anticipate allowing Full Session parents to take their son(s) out of camp for the day to enjoy time together. We ask that activities take place outside and away from large crowds. We will have a list of recommended nearby locations for outdoor dining and other activities.

Will the daily schedule be modified at all?

No! We will return to Pemi’s custom of allowing individual activity choice right away.

Will campers go on off-campus trips or visit other camps?

Yes! Pemi will send hiking and canoe trips off-campus as well as special nature trips.

At this time, we are planning on visiting other camps with similar vaccination policies. Pemi will only compete against fully-vaccinated teams. We are in close conversation with our neighboring camps to ensure sports can be played safely.

How will you serve meals?

Pemi is known for serving healthy, varied, and delicious food. This summer we will return to having the full camp dine together, family-style, in the Mess Hall for all meals (except Sunday cookouts!). Cabins will eat together for the first week of each session, and then campers will be randomly assigned to tables for the remaining weeks in order to meet and interact with other boys of all ages. Boys will continue to be required to wash their hands before entering the Mess Hall. 

What happens when a camper has COVID-19 symptoms or someone tests positive for COVID-19 at camp?

If a camper has COVID-19 symptoms, he will be tested immediately and moved into isolation in the Health Center and cared for by the Health Center staff. If the test result is positive, he will remain in isolation as we notify his family. Parents (or designated guardians) should plan on being able to pick up their son within 24 hours of being informed of a positive test.

The remainder of his cabin and other close contacts will be tested immediately, as well as five days after exposure. Per current CDC guidelines, they will not need to quarantine unless an individual boy becomes symptomatic. Anybody showing symptoms will be moved to isolation in the Health Center and tested again.

Parents will be notified when any COVID test is administered as well as if their camper has been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

Does a camper who tests positive for COVID-19 have to go home?

If a camper’s Arrival Day rapid antigen test is positive, we unfortunately will not be able to allow the camper to remain at camp but will provide clear and supportive guidance for next steps.

If a camper has COVID-19 symptoms, he will be tested immediately and remain in the Health Center and cared for by the Health Center staff. If the test result is positive, he will remain in isolation as we notify parents. Parents (or designated guardians) should plan on being able to pick up their son if positive within 24 hours.

What if someone in the camper’s household tests positive for COVID-19 10 days before or after his arrival to camp?

Your communication with us in this event is critical. Please let us know right away so that we can discuss the particulars to ensure a safe and smooth entry to camp, based on individual circumstances. 

In the event that someone in a camper’s household tests positive for Covid-19 during the camp season, we ask for you to inform a Pemi director right away. We will monitor your son’s health at camp, test as needed, and remain in frequent communication with you at home.

What is the refund policy in the unlikely scenarios of a camper needing to go home or Pemi needing to close during the summer?

See Withdrawal, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

Who is the contact if I have a question or something I’d like to discuss?

Please reach out to us with any concerns, questions, or for clarification on any of the above information. Communication is the key to a successful summer. Please contact any director:

From June 7th on, email Kenny, Pat, or Charlie, or call the camp office at 603-764-5833.