June 7, 2021 Update
Dear BLC Parents,
We continue the countdown to the opening day of camp. Some counselors have already arrived and camp (particularly the new field!) is looking great.
What follows is our weekly update, focused this week on protocols for arrival at camp and a review of our testing protocols. Next week, we hope to have the latest information available from the New York State Department of Health and CDC incorporated into our comprehensive Covid-19 response operations, policies and procedures for the summer. We hope you understand that even then – we will continue to refine our plans as information continues to evolve.
We hope that you find some nice, safe, thoughtful family time over these next few weeks.
Wishing you the very best,
Richie, Max and Andy
March 2021 Update
Dear BLC Families,
We hope you are well and the last month has been a good one. For some of you, there has probably been more “in-person schooling” going on and recent vaccine news makes the future seem even brighter.
We’ve had some good news for BLC and the camp world. New York State officially confirmed that camps can operate this summer. Recent CDC updates indicate a loosening of guidelines, especially for those who receive the vaccine. Additionally, counselors and camp staff will be eligible for the vaccine as essential childcare workers. Having most, if not all, of our staff being vaccinated prior to camp would be quite a positive accomplishment and seems very possible. This is very promising news for our plans to operate a “mostly normal” summer!
We cannot yet give you a firm answer on Visiting Day or transportation to camp. However, we are still hopeful of Visiting Weekend for our younger campers (Junior B’s and below) and first-year campers on the weekend of July 24-25. We also continue to think it makes sense to have buses by division leaving from Westchester. Of course, parents will be allowed to drive their children to camp, and we believe that boys flying into Albany will work by following safety protocols.
Enrollment continues to be strong and interest from even more new campers continues to ramp up nicely. We are looking for USA counselors. If you have any interested prospects for us, please pass them along!
We’ll be back in touch with you on about April 15th and expect to have a good bit of information at that time. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.
We begin to feel camp “in the air” and couldn’t be more excited!
Sending best wishes,
Richie, Andy, and Max
February 2021 Update
Dear BLC Families,
While we are still in the throes of the pandemic, we do see the light ahead— hopefully coming early this Spring— and we expect by June to be living in a very different “world.” Our passion is child development. Children benefit greatly from camp. With thoughtful planning and the quantity and quality of our long-time key staff and medical personnel, we are undeterred in our mission to provide a SAFE summer for our campers filled with fun, memories and growth which they need and deserve.
We will operate camp this summer with the best-proven practices. Our approach has long been to be well-organized, yet “quick and nimble” and that flexibility (and our camp families’ as well) will surely be called on.
Most importantly, we are going to open this summer for our 104th season and we can’t wait!
As we are sure you’ll understand, our Covid-related policies are subject to change as additional information emerges and further considerations are given.
Summer 2021 Updates
We cherish our relationship with our camp families and are humbled by the trust placed in us. We routinely assess our procedures and protocols and will continue to make whatever adaptations necessary to ensure that we are able to keep your boys healthy and safe. We are grateful for the support of our BLC families — past, present, and future — and look forward to a fantastic summer.
The entire Brant Lake Camp family needs camp more than ever, and we can’t wait to hear the sounds of unbridled laughter, a buzzer beater on center court, a buddy check at the lake, and the alma mater being sung by all of us together — the way it should be.
Richie, Max, and Andy