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After a successful summer camp and retreat season in 2021, we are continuing to work hard for a safe and healthy summer camp season in 2022. Pyoca staff are adhering to American Camp Association and CDC guidance, as well as monitoring for clear directives from state and local government officials.

Through careful planning and protocol implementation, we were able to run summer camp in 2021 with no COVID-19 cases or exposures on-site. While we cannot be 100% certain of pandemic conditions in Summer 2022, we have protocols in place from Summer 2021 that we are confident mitigate exposure to COVID-19 when put in place.

It is our hope that our protocols can be less strict in 2022, however if pandemic conditions continue to worsen we will keep them in place, including masking while indoors.

This summer we are asking all families to consider fully vaccinating their children before sending them to camp. While not required at this time, COVID-19 vaccinations (including booster shots) are the best tool we have to mitigate and slow the spread of the virus. Pyoca summer staff and volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to work with our programs for the 2022 camp season.



Summer 2021 Health and Wellness Protocols:

To learn more about Pyoca's role and camper families' roles in ensuring a safe return to camp, check out our Health and Wellness expectations for Summer 2021.

In 2021 we established five basic guidelines that ran throughout all of Pyoca's programs and our partner camp programs:

1) We reduced cabin capacities, meaning there were fewer campers on-site each week. We extended to four weeks of programs in order to make room for the reduced capacities each week.

2) Campers were "cohorting." Each camper was assigned a small group. All daily activities, meals, and lodging were limited to these small groups.

3) All staff and campers completed daily health screenings.

4) Masks were required indoors at all times, except when eating and in assigned cohort cabin space, and outdoors when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be achieved. Pyoca provided at least one mask per camper and had additional PPE supplies on-site.

5) Outdoor activities and meals were prioritized. This seems a bit silly, we know, of course camp is outside! That said, we prioritized being outdoors as much as possible and each cohort had an assigned indoor space that was only for them.

We remain committed to providing the same amazing Pyoca experience our campers have come to love each year. We thank you for your patience as we continue to plan and provide additional resources in the coming months to help your family decide if summer camp is right for you.

Follow the links to the left to learn more about our summer camp programs and registration. Have additional questions? Feel free to call our office at (812) 358-3413 or email program@pyoca.org.