Frequently Asked Questions (Below were for Camp 2021. To be updated)
Q: How will you keep campers safe from COVID-19?
A: We take the safety of all participants very seriously, and will implement all suitable precautions to minimize the chance of exposure to COVID-19. Please see tab above on our COVID-19 policy.
Q: How many campers will there be at camp?
A: Approximately 125 campers between 3rd and 9h grades have registered for camp.
Q: Where do kids sleep?
A: Kids will sleep in cabin style housing in a camplike setting. Cabins will have multiple bunk beds in a large central room, along with bathrooms and showers. Each cabin will have campers of similar grade and same gender, with adult volunteers overseeing them. There will be no mixed gender sleeping pods.
Q: Who can come into the cabin where kids will stay?
A: We have exclusive use of the whole property. Only those associated with IFNet and Camp Wicosuta will be on premise, and only campers, adult volunteers and counselors will be allowed into the space.
Q. What’s the security protocol around activities, meals, sleeping time, etc?
A: At every activity, whether it’s sports during the day, at the cafeteria for meals or at night in their cabins, we will take roll call. Counselors will be staying with their groups during the day. Our small ratio will help us allow us to keep an eye on campers, and we will also implement the buddy system for kids.
Q: Can kids walk out at night?
A: Kids will not be permitted outside after designated times.
Q. Will children be allowed to roam on their own?
A: Campers will be required to stay in designated areas.
Q. Who will be managing the kids? How equipped are they to handle a variety of situations?
A: Every volunteer will be CORI checked (or have a similar background check) before being allowed to help at camp. Parents and counselors will undergo training in a variety of topics.
Q. What if a child is not interested in a specific activity?
A: Part of our responsibility as organizers is to expose kids to well thought out activities. We expect kids to participate in every activity at camp (except for swimming/waterfront activities where they'll have a choice) so they are able to get the most from the experience individually and collectively.
Q. What if a child doesn’t want to partake in water activities?
A: We recognize not all kids will be good swimmers and/or confident to participate in water activities such as swimming, canoeing or kayaking. We will allow kids to skip water activities if they prefer not to do them. In lieu of that, we will have alternatives planned for kids who choose not to partake in water activities.
Q. What happens if a child is injured?
A: Parents will be notified, and volunteers will make every effort to help the child. We have several doctors on site and a designated medical area. If needed, there is also a hospital 18 minutes from the campsite.
Q. What is the refund policy?
A: For camp 2021, fees are no longer refundable. For truly unforeseen and clearly disruptive events such as sickness/injury or a death in the immediate family, IFNet Camp may choose to refund money at its sole discretion. Please see our terms and conditions document for further details.
Q: How and to what degree will religion be taught at IFNET camp?
A: Overall, we plan to emphasize generalizable values over specific religious rituals, and we are not aiming to "teach" religious beliefs. We welcome and encourage campers of any religion to attend camp, and the majority of activities will not have a religious component. However, there will be some activities with a religious connection, such as arathi during dinner time on a daily basis. One or more class(es) is likely to include Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and/or Jain concepts. The festival of Holi will also be explained and celebrated with color play during camp.
Q. Are electronics allowed at camp?
A: IFNET camp will be an electronics-free retreat. Campers will have to leave all electronics behind at home or can be checked in to us before getting on the bus Monday morning before departing for camp. Similarly, campers arriving straight to the campsite will be required to check-in electronics upon arrival.
Q. What if my child misses home?
A: Counselors and parents will have cell phones and during designated times, and if really needed, kids can use the phones to contact parents. Please know we will do our best to make sure kids are happy and having a great time.
Q. Will transportation to camp be provided?
A: Bus transportation to and from camp will be provided from the Boston area. We recommend that all campers and participants, whether from the Boston area or not, utilize the bus transportation as it will be another opportunity for kids to bond. However, if more convenient, parents may drop and pick-up their child/children from the campsite directly during the specified times.
Q. Can I come for part of camp?
A: Campers, counselors and volunteers will need to stay for the entire camp, we will not be accepting requests for partial attendance. In most years, recognizing that parents may not be able to take a full week off, we will have options for parents to volunteer or visit for a day. Because of Covid-19, we are prohibiting partial week participation.
Q. What if my child can’t sleep at night?
A: We will check and make sure kids are going to bed on time and also conduct checks to make sure they are sleeping. As parents that care about your children, we will make sure they are getting enough rest and if not, we will assess what can be done differently.
Q. Can I visit my child at camp?
A: For security, liability , covid-19 and other reasons, no visitors will be permitted at camp. However, we'd love for you to get involved, and encourage you to sign-up to become a volunteer.
Q: Can I make a friend request for my child’s group or sleeping arrangements?
A: No friend requests will be taken, however we will be very thoughtful about groupings to ensure kids have similar-aged friends throughout the day and in their sleeping pods.
Q. What if my child has allergies, is vegetarian or vegan?
A: We will work with you to make sure we stick to your child’s dietary restrictions. The cafeteria will have plentiful options so your child will have multiple choices at each meal.
Q. How can I get in touch with my child?
A: You will get the contact information of a parent and counselor as your contact point. We will have a designated time when parents can check-in. Please refrain from calling at times outside the designated time outside of emergencies.